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Has the star factor dimmed for Nathan on SYTYCD?

November 26, 2009

eliminated_mg_0976_fIt wasn’t a surprise that Victor Smalley and Karen Hauer were picked to leave the competition Wednesday on So You Think You Can Dance, but the big surprise was who judge Nigel Lythgoe wanted to see packing up his bags.

While Nigel praised Victor’s strong solo and growth, he did not mince words with Nathan Trasoras. For a moment even, it almost seemed like Nigel was leading up to sending Nathan home. He concluded his critique by pointedly telling Nathan if it were up to him, this would be the end of the road for the young dancer. He then turned to Victor and announced he was going home.

The decision came as part of what judges called “the most important results show of the season.” The 10 remaining dancers are guaranteed a spot on the North American tour next year and, more importantly, the judges no longer have a say in their fates. Whether this will be a good or bad thing for Nathan remains to be seen.

nathan_mg_0968_lyfFrom the start, judges marked Nathan as a “brilliant” dancer who would have a strong fan base. This seemed to prove true at first, despite at least one particularly messy routine. But in the last two weeks, the audience love has cooled, with judges speculating about a possible backlash over glimpses of his relative immaturity.

On a dancing level, the judges seem pleased at the prospect of splitting up Nathan and his partner Mollee Gray.

“You’re going to have the opportunity to have new partners to make you grow,” said Adam Shankman. “I think you keep each other on the immature side [with your dancing].”

Did the judges make the right decision? Are you a fan of Nathan Trasoras or is he overrated?

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SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE: Host Cat Deeley says farewell to eliminated contestants Victor Smalley (L) and Karen Hauer (R) on SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE ©2009 Fox Broadcasting Co. CR: Kelsey McNeal/FOX

SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE: Top 20 finalist Nathan Trasoras, 18, is a Contemporary dancer from Downey, CA. Currently Resides: Downey, CA. ©2009 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Joe Viles/FOX


It wasn’t fair for Victor to leave the show. Nathan should have sent to home. He, from the very beginning, has been promoting as this season’s “star”, but he just didn’t perform that good, at least in my opinion, he is over rated!!!

Posted by Gia | Report as abusive

Of all the guys, I felt that Victor was the weakest link and was hoping he would go. He is amazing at what he does (his solo was tremendous!) – but as a dancing *partner* in this kind of multi-genre competition, he’s not a strong enough lead. I agree 100% with the judges – and have been saying for a few weeks myself – that Nathan/Mollee would be better paired with more mature partners. I think their “tween” appeal quickly worked against them as the judges were having a harder time taking them seriously (And btw – I partially hold the judges responsible for said tween appeal with all their “dream team”, “teenage hearts are breaking” comments!). I think Nigel was being harsh on Nathan to cool any possible tween fandom that could’ve potentially given him a free ride to the top…I think his strategy may be working and I couldn’t be happier!

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