Nathan Trasoras: I deserved 'So You Think You Can Dance' bottom
By Christopher Rocchio, 12/03/2009
Nathan Trasoras wasn't surprised to find himself in the bottom four during last night's live So You Think You Can Dance results show. In fact, he feels he should have been there earlier in the competition.
"I wasn't the smoothest through the competition and I thought that I deserved to be in the bottom," he told Reality TV World during a Thursday conference call.
"I thought in the first week when I got saved that I should have been in the bottom in the first place. I expect it because I could have done better."
The 18-year-old contemporary dancer from Downey, CA was eliminated fromSo You Think You Can Dance's sixth season based on home viewer votes cast immediately following Tuesday night's performance episode broadcast, in which each couple performed two routines.
Trasoras initially auditioned for So You Think You Can Dance's fifth season and would have made it to the "Las Vegas Round" callbacks except for one problem -- he was only 17 and thus could not continue.
While he received a guarantee from So You Think You Can Dance creator and lead judge Nigel Lythgoe that he would make it straight through to the "Las Vegas Round" callbacks if he returned for the sixth season -- which he did -- he was still constantly criticized by Lythgoe for his immaturity during the competition.
"I understood where was coming from," he told reporters during the conference call.
"I pick up corrections really well, so if he does have criticism I'll fix it right away. Sometimes could things be handled better, but you never know and it was wrong on my part to say some the stuff I said. He's basically making me grow up and it's tough love. I'm 18, so I finally have to experience this."
Despite the fact that it might have hurt him, Trasoras said he has no regrets about competing on the show at 18.
"I don't wish that I went later. This show actually sped up my process of learning," he explained. "Now that I know that I've done some stuff wrong, I can finally take advantage of the fact that I've been corrected for it and apply it to when I audition. It makes it a lot easier."
Trasoras' initial partner Mollee Gray -- who is also 18 -- shared a lot of the same immaturity criticisms as he did, and he advised her to keep her head up as she continues in the competition.
"I think that she should take the corrections, but at the same time don't let it bring her down," he said. "I felt like during this competition I was kind of brought down -- of course you're going to feel that way. But you've got to keep your chin up and keep working hard."
Trasoras described Gray as "bubbly," which he said was a great characteristic for the competition.
"She's just very positive and it's nice to have that energy around when you're trying to pick up a dance style. You can't always be serious, you have to enjoy life," he explained.
"Sometimes people do get caught up with the idea of dance and take it too seriously. You always need that one person to remind you that this is something you love doing. So it was really nice to have her around."
Still, Trasoras said it was nice to get Kathryn McCormick as his new partner when he reached the Top 10.
"Kathryn, she had a closer personality to mine. So it was a lot easier to finally connect to someone. Her and I have a personality that's really reserved," he said.
"So the fact that we were on the same page all the time, it was just nice to be able to bond quicker because we only had a short amount of time and we needed that if we're going to be partners. I was in a nutshell, so I had to break out of it in order to show America this is really how I am."
In addition to gaining some maturity, Trasoras said he also learned to love a new dance style.
"I learned that I have a love for ballroom now," he told reporters.
"It's a big world out there for ballroom and I didn't know that. I was always more into the competition for contemporary and jazz. I didn't know there was another world of ballroom. Now that I'm opened up to it - -that I got a chance to do rumba and salsa -- I want to start pursuing that."
Trasoras added he plans to remain in Los Angeles to pursue a career in dance.
"I'm going to stay in L.A.. I love L.A.," he said.
"It's nice weather first of all, and a lot of my friends are from L.A. and I know a lot of choreographers. I think it would be the best lifestyle to live in."