'So You Think You Can Dance' cuts Channing Cooke and Kevin Hunte
By Reality TV World staff, 11/19/2009
Channing Cooke and Kevin Hunte became the next two finalists eliminated from So You Think You Can Dance's sixth season during last night's live results show on Fox.
Channing, an 18-year-old contemporary dancer from Haverhill, MA, and Kevin, a 23-year-old hip-hop dancer from Brooklyn, NY, had found themselves among the bottom three couples based on home viewer votes cast immediately following Tuesday night's performance episode.
They were then ousted by So You Think You Can Dance judges Nigel Lythgoe, Mary Murphy and Adam Shankman after all six dancers each performed a solo routine.
"This experience has been really amazing, I feel like I can now walk away not only as a better person but also as a better dancer," Channing said during a video montage that followed her ouster.
"[I've learned] that if you put your mind to something and you work real hard it will always be done. And put God first [and] anything is possible," Kevin told So You Think You Can Dance host Cat Deeley after his elimination.
In addition to Channing and Kevin, the other members of the bottom three couples were Channing's partner Victor Smalley, Kevin's partner Karen Hauer, as well as Mollee Gray and her partner Nathan Trasoras.
Both eliminations were unanimous but difficult decisions, according to Nigel.
"It's not easy because certainly every one of these dancers was good enough to be in our Top 20 and is really good enough to be in our Top 10. But we've had to make a decision because that's the nature of the competition," he said.
"I'm going to repeat what I've said many times, which is we use [the] 'dance for your life' [solos] to give us something else but we base this decision on everything you have done in the competition and what we know about you and take the 'dance for your life' in order for you to be able to change our minds. I don't think anybody changed our minds about this decision tonight."
After announcing that Mollee, an 18-year-old jazz dancer from Orem, UT, was safe, Nigel turned his attention to Channing and Karen, a 27-year-old Latin ballroom dancer from Venezuela who currently resides in Queens, NY.
"Channing and Karen, this is about performance as well as about technique... Channing your technique is absolutely terrific and that's why you are obviously in our Top 20 this year but we do feel that your personality is not coming out as much as we would like to see it," he said.
"We've spoken out this on numerous occasions and it's -- we need to be very careful that you don't just become a technician that is a really great dancer that becomes a really great teacher. You need to be a performer too and what we've found with Karen is she is without question a performer and we believe Karen is a star this season... therefore we have decided to keep Karen this evening," Nigel continued.
"Channing, thank you very much [but] we're going to let you go."
After revealing that Nathan, an 18-year-old contemporary dancer from Downey, CA, was advancing to the competition's next round, Nigel announced Kevin's elimination.
"Kevin, you always feel a little uncomfortable we feel in the routines that you've put in, You are certainly a terrific dancer, you are well deserved being in our Top 20 but we're looking for growth and although just by doing the routines that you do you are growing as a dancer, we still feel as though there is a long way to go and you are in a competition against, this evening, two other guys who are really, really, really good dancers," Nigel said.
"Which is why, Kevin I'm sorry to say, we're going to let you go this week. Victor you're safe."