America and judges agree again as 'Grease' eliminates two more
By Christopher Rocchio, 02/27/2007
The four remaining Sandys performed during Sunday night's live episode of NBC's Grease: You're the One that I Want -- and for the second week in a row -- the judges agreed with America in eliminating its next two Broadway hopefuls.
Kevin Greene, a 22-year-old hotel bellhop from Rochester, NY, and Kate Rockwell, a 22-year-old waitress from Cincinnati, OH, were both sent home during Sunday night's Grease broadcast. Both received the lowest number of viewer votes based on the previous week's duet performances.
After competing in a sing-off with the other two bottom vote getters -- Kathleen Monteleone, a 23-year-old arts and crafts teacher from Tigard, OR, and Chad Doreck, a 27-year-old soccer coach from Long Beach, CA -- the three Grease judges revealed they agreed with America's decision to eliminate Kevin and Kate.
"This is tragic. I almost feel like I'm disowning members of my own family here after all we've gone through," said Grease co-creator and show judge Jim Jacobs. "And I will say too it's the first week it has not been unanimous in the people that [the judges] have decided to save."
Jacobs and his fellow judges, Tony Award-winner director and choreographer Kathleen Marshall and theater producer David Ian, didn't specifically say which Dannys and Sandys they disagreed on. However following Kathleen's post-elimination announcement performance, Marshall said she was "ultimately unsure if the [Sandy] part was right" for her, presumably meaning she championed to save Kate and eliminate Kathleen.
"I want them to know there's more to me than just a serious side. I have a great energy and I'm very much in love with what I do. There's no reason to get rid of me yet," said Kate when she learned she was in the bottom four. Once she learned she was officially eliminated, Kate said, "I'm surprised. I feel like I've done well. But this is a crazy competition and it's not the end for me or Kevin."
Following last week's performances, Ian told Kevin he thought he was "small on charisma" and added he thought "his days are numbered."
"I know I'm not the strongest showman here and I know I need to become a stronger showman if I want to continue on in this competition. But you put Shakespeare up there and I can act it better than these guys. You put any kind of song up there I can sing it better than these guys," said Kevin when he learned he was in the bottom four. However Ian's comments from last week were all he could think of when he was eliminated.
"I got news for you. When Dave Ian says your days are numbered, your days are probably numbered. But I'm right for so many things and I promise you this is not the last you're going to see of me."
Because this Sunday was "Ladies Night" on Grease, only the four remaining Sandy hopefuls performed. On Sunday, March 4 at 8PM ET one Sandy will be sent home and the remaining four guys will perform -- with one being eliminated the following week -- revealing Grease's top three Dannys and Sandys.