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Noelle Marsh "blessed" to make 'So You Think You Can Dance' Top 10

By Christopher Rocchio, 12/04/2009 

Noelle Marsh claims she's at peace with her So You Think You Can Dance ouster.

"I was upset, but I think everything happens for a reason. I was just so glad to have made it that far. Maybe I just started to expose myself a little too late in the competition," she told reporters during a Thursday conference call.

"It's all about America's favorite dancer so I'm just excited for anyone who made it through to the next round. I'm just blessed to be in the Top 10, so I'm totally okay with it."

The 18-year-old contemporary dancer from Sanford, NC was eliminated from So 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.

Marsh's concern about exposing her personality too late in the competition was first mentioned by the judges during Tuesday night's broadcast.

"I always tried to be the best I could," she told reporters. "I got up there every week, I was never really nervous. I was always really excited and anxious to dance for everyone."

In addition, Marsh said the fact that she had a "star partner" in Russell Ferguson for the first four weeks of the competition might have made her star quality shine a bit dimmer compared to his.

"Russell is such an amazing dancer. I think maybe that was always a setback," she explained. "But I'm still thankful that I was with him."

Once she entered the Top 10, Marsh was paired with Ryan Di Lello -- and she said that helped her break out of her shell.

"It definitely did bring out a different side of me," she said.

"Ryan and I definitely click and we worked really well together. I think with each partnership there's a different side of you that does get brought out, so I think people will get exposed in different ways as they change their partners and that's what happened with Ryan and I."

Marsh's So You Think You Can Dance journey got off to a rocky start when she was forced to miss the first week of the competition due to a knee injury.

"That was definitely the lowest point in my journey because for that slight moment I thought that I was almost going to be taken out of the competition. It was like everything that I had ever worked for was about to be taken away from me," she told Reality TV World during the conference call.

"But I think it definitely brought a different side of me. It pushed me that much harder to come back in and show why I am in the Top 20. It definitely gave me a lot more to work for than I think the other contestants because I was a week behind everybody else."

Throughout her experience on the show, Marsh had a close friendship with fellow finalist Mollee Gray after the two met during "Las Vegas Round" callbacks.

"When Molly and I first met in Vegas, we didn't know each other at all but we were roommates -- so we pretty much just clicked right away," she said. "We're both just so energetic and bubbly, so it was like a match made in heaven."

While there was a two-month period between "Las Vegas Round" callbacks and when the Top 20 sixth-season finalists were chosen, Marsh said she never lost touch with Gray.

"I flew all the way out from North Carolina to L.A. and basically lived with her until the show. So I was living with her for two months," explained Marsh. "So our friendship only got stronger and throughout the show we just remained best friends. It was awesome being able to have this experience with her."

Despite the fact that they'll be separated for a few more weeks as Gray continues in the competition, Marsh said it's exciting to know that they will be reunited for the tour that follows every So You Think You Can Dance season.

"I just wanted to be able to make Top 10 because it's so hard to leave behind all the friends that you make," she told reporters.

"So to have the comfort that I'm going to be able to spend three months with them and I'm still going to be able to share my love for dance with America on tour, that's what's most important for me. It wasn't about winning or making the finale. I just wanted to never stop dancing."

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