NBC's 'Grease' reality show reveals Top 3 Danny and Sandy hopefuls
By Christopher Rocchio, 03/14/2007
The three remaining Sandys and three remaining Dannys performed during Sunday night's live episode of NBC's Grease: You're the One that I Want, and for the second time in two weeks, the show's judges and home viewers disagreed in their decision of which hopeful to eliminate.
Chad Doreck, a 27-year-old soccer coach from Long Beach, CA, was the fourth Danny eliminated from the reality competition series. However he did not receive the lowest number of viewer votes based on last Sunday's performances -- that dubious honor went to Austin Miller, a 30-year-old former Days of Our Lives actor from Alvin, TX. But the judges -- Grease co-creator Jim Jacobs, Tony Award-winning director and choreographer Kathleen Marshall, and theater producer David Ian -- decided to save Austin and move him into the finals.
"We've been hearing from everybody's families tonight, and this is so difficult because we feel like you're surrogate family," explained Marshall before revealing who was eliminated. "But we need a triple-threat for Broadway, and so we've decided to go with the better singer, dancer and actor in all three categories."
Chad sang "Don't Stop Me Now" during last Sunday's performance episode and upon learning he was one of the bottom two vote getters, he hoped the judges would decide to let him continue to grow.
"I've grown so much through this experience and they've only begun to see how much I can deliver, how much I can bring to the stage and everything that Jim, David and Kathleen have asked of me I've tried so hard to deliver every week and I think I've accomplished that," said Chad before participating in a sing-off with Austin. "I just want them to know there's only so much more, so if they save me, I promise I will deliver."
Austin sang "Fun, Fun, Fun" during last Sunday's performance episode and seemed surprised to find out he was America's least popular Danny.
"I came here to fight, and I'm gonna go out there tonight and bring it like Austin has never brought it before," said Austin before the sing-off.
Upon learning he was eliminated, Chad was asked who he wants to see win. "I want to see Kathleen win a Tony for best direction," said Chad before answering the question more directly. "I think they're all great guys. If I had to pick a guy, I think I'd pick Max."
The three remaining Danny hopefuls are Max Crumm, a 21-year-old gym receptionist from Phoenix, AZ; Derek Keeling, a 26-year-old design consultant from Charleston, WV; and Austin. The three remaining Sandy hopefuls are Allie Schultz, a 19-year-old ballroom dance studio clerk from Nashville, TN; Laura Osnes, a 20-year-old actress from Minneapolis, MN; and Ashley Spencer, a 21-year-old cocktail waitress from Massillon, OH.
During this past Sunday night's episode, the three female finalists performed songs showing Sandy's emotional side, while the three male finalists sang Elvis Presley songs. On Sunday, March 18 at 8PM ET, one Danny and one Sandy will be eliminated and the final four Grease hopefuls will perform for the last time. In addition, the judges will no longer have the power to "save" America's least favorite, as the voting power is totally in the hands of viewers.
Ian said his favorites are Austin and Laura, Marshall tabbed Max and Laura, and Jacobs thought Austin and Laura deserve the roles on Broadway.
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