'So You Think You Can Dance' cuts Comfort Fedoke, Will Wingfield
By Christopher Rocchio, 07/25/2008
Comfort Fedoke and Will Wingfield became the thirteenth and fourteenth finalists eliminated fromSo You Think You Can Dance's fourth season during last night's live results show on Fox.
Comfort and Will found themselves among the bottom two female and male finalists based on home viewer votes cast immediately following Wednesday night's performance episode, in which each finalist performed two couple routines and a solo.
"All the dancers out there that are watching this right now, this is possible," said Will, a 21-year-old contemporary dancer from Nashville, TN, after his elimination. "Work. There is no depth to the ocean. Keep swimming. You guys can make it happen. I love you all, thank you for this opportunity."
"This experience out here has been crazy," said the 20-year-old hip-hop dancer from Lagos, Nigeria who currently resides in Dallas, TX after her ouster was revealed. "I'm just taking it for what it's worth every single day. I'm just blessed to be here."
Comfort was paired with Mark Kanemura for Wednesday night's performances, and the couple's first routine was a hip-hop number choreographed by Tabitha and Napoleon D'umo.
"I'm surprised Comfort that you dance so much better when you're choreographed than when you do your solo," had commented So You Think You Can Dance executive producer and judge Nigel Lythgoe. "There were no steps in your solo. Here, you've been given choreography, you were absolutely incredible. The whole feel for it was absolutely perfect. You're going to have to transfer that to your solos."
"You guys did a great job with that piece," added Mary Murphy. "Comfort, you were hitting it tonight. I was constantly being drawn to you, absolutely. You keep getting hip-hop, I don't care because you do it so well. You know what, you're a great dancer."
"I loved this routine," said this week's guest judge, choreographer and dancer Toni Basil.
Comfort and Mark's second Wednesday night routine was a foxtrot choreographed by Jean-Marc Genereux and, not surprisingly, the judges comments were as kind.
"I think Lady Luck walked in the room when you got your hip-hop routine, I think Lady Luck walked out of the room when you got your foxtrot," said Nigel, referencing the song Comfort and Mark danced to -- "Lady Luck" by The Brian Setzer Orchestra.
"It really wasn't good. It didn't feel as if there was any chemistry between you on this routine, which I know there is because I know you like each other. But somehow because you were thinking so hard I think you lost that chemistry. Everything became placed and very simply placed. It was slightly amateurish. I didn't like it."
"I'm sorry, it's not going to get any better here," said Mary. "I have to agree with Nigel. It was tough... Nothing was melding together. The transitions were all rough. That was one of the worst closed holds I have to say I've ever seen. It really was."
Will was paired with Courtney Galiano for Wednesday night's performances, and the couple's first routine was a samba and choreographed by Jean-Marc.
"Where you weren't thinking too much about technique, it was fantastic. There were some times where it just got caught up in technique and everything became very placed. You don't have to do that," had commented Nigel. "Somehow the guys on this show all look like they're out of the movie 300. The chemistry between you was really good tonight. I didn't think you'd get it as good as that, and you did. There was a lot of good stuff between you."
"What I want to know is where's Ashton? Because I think I'm being Punk'd right now!" said Mary. "Because there's two contemporary dancers up there, but all I see is two samba dancers right now! You guys did a terrific job. Will, I have to say from time to time, yeah, the technique not quite there... But from time to time Will, you were really letting those hips loose, and then other times you pulled back and it was a little bit tense in the upper body. But like [Nigel] said, the chemistry was there, absolutely."
"I had so much fun that I actually forgot I was judging," added Toni. "That's the whole point of it. You want it to be seamless."
Will and Courtney's second Wednesday night routine was a hip-hop choreographed by Napoleon and Tabitha.
"The routine in itself... Tabitha and Napoleon have done some incredible stuff this season," said Nigel. "This is another one for me. I guess it's the first season where I've been affected emotionally by hip-hop routines... The whole thing reminded me of Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore in Ghost. I almost didn't want you to perform for us, this was about you two and I wanted to be the voyeur. I got that feeling... It was very emotional."
"These two are two tremendous dancers and so I have really high expectations of the two of you, and expectations can be tricky," commented Mary. "Unfortunately tonight, you didn't meet my expectation. You blew my expectations right out of the water! It blew me away, and it makes us feel something... The emotion was just exploding, and the passion."
During last night's live broadcast, Comfort found herself among the bottom two female vote getters with Courtney, a 19-year-old contemporary dancer from Commack, NY. Will found himself among the bottom two male vote getters with Twitch Boss, a 25-year-old freestyle dancer from Montgomery, AL
Once all four bottom vote getters were revealed, they each performed a solo routine -- however it had no affect on the voting results since they had already been tallied.
"It's America's vote," said Nigel after Will's solo during last night's broadcast.
"For me, Will and Twitch were the best performers of [Wednesday] night. So I think sometimes they're so good, that America thinks, 'They're bound to get through. I need not vote for them, I'll vote for somebody else.' It often happens. But whatever happens now, it will be sad to lose Will or Twitch tonight."
In addition to Mark, Courtney and Twitch, So You Think You Can Dance's Top 6 fourth-season finalists are Katee Shean, Joshua Allen and Chelsie Hightower.
So You Think You Can Dance's penultimate fourth-season performance episode will air Wednesday, July 30 at 8PM ET/PT on Fox. Then on Thursday night at 9PM ET/PT, the two dancers who received the lowest number of home viewer votes will be eliminated from the competition, revealing the Top 4 -- who will compete for the title the following week.