America and judges disagree but 'Grease' sends another Sandy home
By Christopher Rocchio, 03/06/2007
The four remaining Dannys performed during Sunday night's live episode of NBC's Grease: You're the One that I Want, and for the first time in three weeks, the show's judges and home viewers disagreed in their decision of which Sandy to eliminate.
Kathleen Monteleone, a 23-year-old arts and crafts teacher from Tigard, OR, was the fourth Sandy eliminated during the reality competition series. However she did not receive the lowest number of viewer votes based on last Sunday's performances -- that dubious honor went to Allie Schultz, a 19-year-old ballroom dance studio clerk from Nashville, TN. And while the judges decided to save Allie for the time being, even they also weren't in total agreement about which girl should have been sent home.
"This is a [Grease co-creator Jim Jacobs and Tony Award-winner director and choreographer Kathleen Marshall] choice. It's not mine, but majority rules," said Grease's third judge, theater producer David Ian. "We've chosen as a panel to save Allie."
For Kathleen, it was a situation she was all too familiar with.
"It's extremely disappointing to be in the bottom two for a third time, but I've been fighting every week for this [role]... and I'm ready to fight again," she said before officially learning she was eliminated. "This is a role I'd love to play and I'm too close to my dreams to give it up."
Prior to a sing-off in which she performed Grease's "It's Raining on Prom Night" with Kathleen, Allie was very emotional.
"I'm so lucky to have made it this far but I really want to stay," said Allie before learning she was safe. "I really think I could prove so much...I know that I've got what it takes to act the heck out of this whole show."
Upon learning she was being sent home, Kathleen tried to stay optimistic.
"I'm emotional... but you know, this is such a great opportunity and I'm thankful to have had that opportunity," she said. "I'm hopeful to be in a show one day. Maybe Grease on Ice in Japan or something."
Because this week's broadcast was "Guys Night" on Grease, only the four remaining Danny hopefuls performed. Max Crumm sang "Hard to Handle;" Derek Keeling performed "Heaven;" Chad Doreck belted out "Don't Stop Me Now;" and Austin Miller sang "Fun, Fun, Fun."
On Sunday, March 11 at 8PM ET one Danny will be sent home, revealing Grease's top three Dannys and Sandys.