'So You Think You Can Dance' cuts Bianca Revels and Phillip Attmore
By Christopher Rocchio, 11/04/2009
Tap dancers Bianca Revels and Phillip Attmore became the third and fourth finalists eliminated from So You Think You Can Dance's sixth season during last night's results show of the Fox reality series.
Revels, a 20-year-old from Detroit, MI who currently resides in Los Angeles, CA, and Attmore, a 25-year-old from Pasadena, CA who currently resides in Los Angeles, were ousted from the competition by SoYou Think You Can Dance's regular sixth-season judging panel of Nigel Lythgoe, Mary Murphy, and newcomer Adam Shankman.
Lythgoe said the decision to eliminate Revels instead of Noelle Marsh, an 18-year-old contemporary dancer from Sanford, NC who was also in the bottom four, was "not unanimous."
"I've just become a better person and a better dancer," said a tearful Revels after her ouster was revealed. "Out of all the seasons I've auditioned, I felt like I belonged in this one just because of the people."
Lythgoe then revealed the decision to boot Attmore instead of Victor Smalley, a 21-year-old contemporary dancer from Miami, FL who was also in the bottom four.
"My father passed away just about a week-and-a-half ago, and it was amazing to see more than half of the Top 18 at my father's funeral [last] Tuesday," said an emotional Attmore.
"This has been a crazy journey for me. It's amazing to be standing on this stage and to have gotten this far. I thank the judges for opening the door for me to be here and be giving me a chance. I just thank God for the opportunity, and I know my dad's smiling in heaven."
Revels and Smalley had performed a Broadway routine choreographed by Tyce Diorio earlier in last night's broadcast.
"You guys danced it well, but that's not really the point of this particular piece -- is dancing well," said Shankman.
"I wanted to see you guys lose it. I was overly aware that you were dancing. I feel bad that's a criticism on a show called So You Think You Can Dance. Did you dance it well? Sure. It was great. But once again, that's not particularly the point of it here. Each week, you have to figure out what is the point of each thing you're doing."
Murphy agreed with Shankman that the routine was "good."
"It didn't really go there. It didn't really get crazy. It wasn't completely abandonment out there on the stage," she added.
"Towards the end it kind of lost character altogether when you had turn and leap. It just kind of lost it for me. I wanted a lot more as well. But I thought it was danced really well... I just felt like you were doing choreography basically at a really high practice level."
Lythgoe then said that he agreed with both Shankman and Murphy's assessments.
"The characters weren't strong enough," he said.
"Victor, you looked a bit like a fish out of water -- it didn't look like it was sitting comfortably on you. You danced it well -- toes were pointed and legs were straight -- but as a character you really should have taken it somewhere else... Bianca, the character was there for you -- you've been in church, you've danced like this. Still needs to be more exuberant as a performance. I'm disappointed with this routine from the pair of you."
Attmore and his partner Channing Cooke, an 18-year-old contemporary dancer from Haverhill, MA, had performed a samba choreographer by Tony Meredith and Melanie LaPatin during the broadcast.
"I could see you guys struggling with this style, and that once again falls under the category that you've got to make it work. No matter what it is, you've got to just get out there and don't let me know that you're struggling with it," said Shankman.
"What I really did like that I saw was in between, some personal interactions. I saw you wink at her once like, 'Honey, we're doing okay.' You are an incredibly supportive team. I love seeing that on this show. It was really, really sweet."
"If you guys said it what am I going to say? Of course, yes, you were struggling out there," said Murphy.
"Phillip, your feet are just sloppy from time to time, well more than half the time, alright let me just say it! The tricks were labored. I could kind of see them coming. It looked like you were struggling so hard to get through them. You weren't really helping Channing as far as I was concerned."
Murphy added Attmore also didn't help Cooke enough.
"For me Phillip, you let her down a little bit tonight because I feel that if you would have been there 100%, this young woman would have nailed it," said Murphy.
Lythgoe said Attmore has "all the right movement" as a tap dancer, but added it didn't translate well to the samba.
"The chemistry between you didn't work for me," said Lythgoe.
"Channing, it looked like you were nervous about going into the lifts -- whether he was going to hold you or not. We shouldn't feel that. Some of the lifts you did terrifically, other ones were really labored. We really saw you struggling to pull her up. It looked like one point a sack of potatoes going around your head... Tough one for you this week, and really sad you pulled out another ballroom routine. You needed something else."
After all nine couples performed the judges revealed the bottom four finalists -- who each danced solos in their individual styles before the two tap dancers were eliminated.
At the beginning of last night's broadcast, Lythgoe revealed that Brandon Dumlao -- who was eliminated from the competition last week -- will be able to reapply for the show's seventh season since he made the Top 20 as a replacement for Billy Bell.
Bell originally made the sixth season's Top 20 but was forced to withdraw due to illness, and Lythgoe also said last night that Bell will be able to join the seventh season's Top 100 in Las Vegas.
"I think that's fair," said Lythgoe about both decisions. "I think that's very fair."
So You Think You Can Dance's next sixth-season episode will air on Tuesday, November 10 at 8PM ET/PT, with the Top 16 finalists performing -- however this time it will be for home viewers votes, which will help determine the two finalists who will be eliminated during the results show broadcast on Wednesday at 8PM ET/PT.