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“Black Wednesday” on SYTYCD sends Nathan & Noelle home

nathankathrynrumba091130-0915The judges on So You Think You Can Dance seemed happy to finally relinquish control to viewers in this week’s top 10, with those same viewers voting to send contemporary dancers Nathan Trasoras and Noelle Marsh packing.

With a strong and diverse crop of male dancers — a ballroom dancer, a krumper, a b-boy and two contemporary dancers — vying for the crown, Nathan’s ouster was not a big surprise despite some good performances, particularly after a rough couple of weeks languishing in the bottom.

“You are against tough guys and in a competition that people are voting for who they love — it’s not just about dancing. You’re on a brilliant road at the moment,” said judge Nigel Lythgoe.

noelleryanhiphop091130-0124It wasn’t so clear cut between Kathryn McCormick and Noelle however, with both dancing fairly consistently thus far and both staying mostly under the radar. Noelle leaves just as the judges praised her for coming into her own this week with “breakthrough” and “smokin’” performances.

Meanwhile, the highlight of the evening may not have been who got the ax, but rather the performance by The Legion of Extraordinary Dancers, an amalgamated dance crew formed by Step Up 2 director John Chu. Were you as impressed as the audience members? With only four couples left, will Ryan Di Lello and Kathryn be the next to leave? Do you think voters made the right choice this week? Join us live on Twitter @Reuters_Fanfare for the east coast airing of the show.

Nathan Trasoras (L) and Kathryn McCormick (R) perform a Rumba choreographed by Tony Meredith and Melanie LaPatin ©2009 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Mathieu Young/FOX

Quickstep proves to be a dream on SYTYCD


top10_mg_1044_fIt may be the first time ever that the dreaded quickstep has proven to be dreamy, with Ellenore Scott and Jakob Carr being crowned the new “Dream Team” on Tuesday’s episode of So You Think You Can Dance.

Previously paired with the respective halves of husband and wife duo Ryan and Ashleigh Di Lello, both Ellenore and Jakob did well with their old partners, but proved to be magical with each other.

Has the star factor dimmed for Nathan on SYTYCD?


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.

SYTYCD shake-up to hurt some, help others


jakobaashleighlyrjazz_mg_5722They came, they danced and the judges were almost too positive, especially since two more dancers will be sent packing from So You Think You Can Dance tomorrow, leaving only the all important Top 10, who are expected to go on tour in 2010.

For the dancers who remain after Wednesday night’s elimination, next week will bring new styles and a new partner. So who will the shake-up help and who will it hurt?

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