So You Think You Can Dance swung into full gear this week with it's Top 20 dancers battling to stay in the competition and avoid the first elimination week. The three couples ending up for elimination, following Tuesday's performance show, were: Paris Torres and Tony Bellissimo; Asuka Kondoh and Vitolio Jeune; and Karla Garcia and Jonathan Platero.
After each contender danced a solo number to prove their worth to the judges, the axe finally fell on Paris Torres, whom judge Nigel Lythgoe said "didn't bring all she could," in her solo.
Nigel then went on to tell all three male dancers they didn't dance well enough to stay, but with a unanimous judges decision it was Tony Bellissimo who was eliminated. "I'm okay," said Tony after the news, while Paris admitted, "I will be able to start choreographing more."
Next week, the 18 remaining finalists will battle it out and Kristinia DeBarge performs her new single "Goodbye" on Thursday's results show.
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Hometown: Issaquah, WA
Eliminated: June 11
"It's just unfortunate I was the first to go"
Q: With some many contemporary dancers out there, and in the competition, did that make it difficult?
It's insane. I auditioned last year and they are looking for not only looking for America's favorite dancers, but the best dancers. Everyone in the top 20 this year could be a winner, it just depends on the style you get each week. The talent level is amazing.
Q: Have you heard the rumor Katie Holmes may be doing a guest spot on the show?
Wow that's the first I have heard of that! I hadn't heard that and it would suck if she were as I am not there now (laughs). I think a lot of stars are interested in seeing talented dancers and see people excel at what they do so it would bring a lot of attention to the show. There were eight contemporary dancers on the show and it's just unfortunate I was the first to go.
Q: What are you going to miss about the show?
There are so many great choreographers out there I was looking forward to working with, so those, and I was a huge fan of Mandy Moore's as a kid. I really would love to have worked with her. I am bummed I don't get to try out some different genres and grow in other areas.
Q: Are those costumes hard to dance in?
They were elaborate costumes, but really constricted our movement. Tony and I felt with them being tight and the leathery plastic, it was a lot to take on and it definitely didn't help the stress situation much. But we tried to work with it and did the best we could.
Q: Is there one memorable moment that stands out?
It' s hard to pinpoint one memorable moment- hearing I made top 20 was amazing, that was my goal and I was one step away from it last season. But I will never forget waling onto the set for the first time and hearing that roar from the audience was amazing. And just knowing that people were rooting for me and voting for me.
Q: What's next?
I am not in a position to move to LA just yet, but with the publicity the show has given me I will be able to start choreographing more in Seattle and earning more money and eventually move to keep in the swing of things.
Specialty: Hip Hop
Hometown: Buffalo, NY.
Eliminated: June 11
"I wish I could relive that moment again"
Q: Do you think the choreography you were given didn't help you stand out?
I think Tabitha and Napoleon are fantastic and it's about how the dancers do it. They gave us choreography that would have stood out, but Paris and I didn't execute it the right way. I am a hip hop dancer, but it wasn't the style I would normally do. There are no excuses. It was a great piece but not executed the right way.
Q: Had you heard the rumor Katie Holmes may be doing a guest spot on the show?
I have heard nothing about this? I didn't even know she could dance, or sing, what she would be doing? Maybe a reactive skit or if Tom Cruise would be coming too? We get celebrity artists all the time and are used to having them there.
Q: What was your most memorable moment that stands out?
It had to be the first time I hit the stage and heard that music come on. Hearing Cat Deely say, "Please welcome your top 20 dancers, and here's Tony," It was so awesome and unbelievable. I wish I could relive that moment again.
Q: What was you biggest fear about doing the show?
Not being respected as a dancer. My Vegas audition wasn't as good as it could have been and I wanted to prove I wasn't just a pretty face on TV as the judges said. I hope I have more opportunities to do that.
Q: Do you have a message to you fans or advice to would be dancers?
More dancing but stay creative! Do not throw away creativity for training, stay creative.