'So You Think You Can Dance' cuts Malece Miller and Alan Bersten
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 08/07/2013
So You Think You Can Dance eliminated two more finalists and determined the tenth season's Top 10 contestants during Tuesday night's live show on Fox.
Malece Miller, a 19-year-old contemporary dancer from Los Angeles, CA, and Alan Bersten, a 19-year-old ballroom dancer from Minnetonka, MN, were eliminated by So You Think You Can Dance judges Nigel Lythgoe and Mary Murphy as well as guest judge Kenny Ortega after they found themselves in the week's bottom-six dancers based on home viewer votes cast for the Top 12 finalists immediately following last Tuesday night's show.
Jenna Johnson, a 19-year-old ballroom dancer from Salt Lake City, UT; Nico Greetham, an 18-year-old contemporary dancer from Woodbridge, VA; Amy Yakima, a 19-year-old jazz dancer from Northville, MI; and Tucker Knox, a 23-year-old contemporary dancer from Nashville, TN, were the other four bottom-six vote-getting dancers still in danger of elimination prior to Malece and Alan's ouster.
The judges chose to save Jenna and Nico right off the bat and then asked the other four performers -- Malece, Alan, Amy, and Tucker -- to "dance for their lives."
The judges were required to eliminate one male and one female competitor last night based on their quick "dance for you life" solos and their performances from last night and the week prior. The judges also based their decision on other criteria including what their choreographers had to say about their talent and progress on the show.
Following the four solo performances and the night's rounds of dances, the judges unanimously chose to send Malece and Alan -- who were partnered together -- home. Malece and Alan danced a jazz routine this week and a salsa routine last week.
Jenna was paired up with Tucker, however, he had picked up an infection in his knee and wasn't able to rehearse. Therefore, he couldn't perform with her last night and all-star Alex Wong filled in for him. So You Think You Can Dance host Cat Deeley announced Tucker will automatically be in danger of elimination next week since he survived last night's cut.
Nico's partner was Haley Erbert, an 18-year-old contemporary dancer from Topeka, KS. Amy took the stage with "Fik-Shun," an 18-year-old hip-hop dancer from Las Vegas, NV.