NBC's 'Grease' reality show reveals its Top 2 Dannys and Sandys
By Christopher Rocchio, 03/19/2007
The two remaining Dannys and two remaining Dannys performed for the final time during Sunday night's live penultimate episode of NBC's Grease: You're the One that I Want, which also saw two more hopefuls get sent packing from the reality competition series.
Derek Keeling, a 26-year-old design consultant from Charleston, WV, and Allie Schultz, a 19-year-old ballroom dance studio clerk from Nashville, TN, were both eliminated based on viewer votes from last week's performance episode. In addition -- for the first time since the series premiered -- the judging panel of Grease co-creator Jim Jacobs, Tony Award-winning director and choreographer Kathleen Marshall, and theater producer David Ian were powerless to save the two lowest vote getters.
"It's a big letdown," Allie said upon learning she was eliminated. Allie was one of the Sandy hopefuls who had benefited most from the judges' ability to save the lowest vote getter, as she would have already been sent home twice if Grease's judges hadn't previously been allowed to overrule America's decision. "This competition has been the most overwhelming experience of my life," said Allie during a montage of her Grease experience. "This is something I'll tell my grandchildren about."
"She's got youth in her favor," said Jacobs of Allie. "She's going to grow and build and become great ultimately."
The opposite of Allie, Derek was never one of America's bottom two vote getters throughout his time in the reality competition series, and said he went into the finals "very confident."
"You know, nobody comes into this situation and expects to lose," said Derek upon learning he was eliminated. "I'm a little shocked... but hey, I had a fun time."
Derek wasn't the only one who was shocked, as Marshall could be seen mouthing the word "wow" when the results were revealed. "I adore you. You're so talented, you're so handsome, you're so terrific," said Marshall to Derek. "I'm so sad to see you go and the only thing that makes me feel better is knowing that we will work together many times on many shows."
"This has been the best and worst thing I've ever done to myself," said Derek during a montage of his Grease experience. "The highs have been super high and the lows have been super low. It's been worth every second... I'd do it all again." However like Marshall, Ian said he doesn't have a doubt about Derek's ability to make it big.
"With Derek, there's a twinkle behind the eye, there's a sparkle, there's charisma... and that's what makes a star," said Ian.
The two remaining Danny hopefuls are Austin Miller, a 30-year-old former Days of Our Lives actor from Alvin, TX, and Max Crumm, a 21-year-old gym receptionist from Phoenix, AZ. The two remaining Sandy hopefuls are Ashley Spencer, a 21-year-old cocktail waitress from Massillon, OH, and Laura Osnes, a 20-year-old actress from Minneapolis, MN.
During Sunday night's final live performance episode, Ashley and Laura performed "Hopelessly Devoted to You" -- "the ultimate Sandy anthem" -- while Max and Austin sang "Sandy" to "portray Danny's sensitive side." Duets were also performed. Ashley teamed up with Max to sing "I've Had the Time of My Life" and with Austin to sing "Endless Love." Laura sang "I've Had the Time of My Life" with Austin, and performed "Endless Love" with Max.
At the end of the episode, all three judges picked Max and Laura as their favorites to win the NBC reality competition series and land the lead roles of Danny and Sandy in this summer's Broadway production of Grease. Grease: You're the One that I Want will air its live finale on Sunday, March 25 at 8PM ET/PT.