'So You Think You Can Dance' cuts Mollee Gray and Legacy Perez
By Christopher Rocchio, 12/10/2009
Mollee Gray and Jonathan "Legacy" Perez became the next two finalists eliminated from So You Think You Can Dance's sixth season during Wednesday night's live results show on Fox.
"Dance is my passion. If I didn't have it, I wouldn't be Mollee -- I just would be a normal person," said Mollee in a video montage of her So You Think You Can Dance journey.
"I want to be memorable for who I am and not just for, 'Oh, that Mollee girl. She can kick her legs.' I want to be known for my personality."
Mollee, an 18-year-old jazz dancer from Orem, UT who currently resides in Upland, CA, and Legacy, a 28-year-old hip-hop dancer and b-boy from Miami, FL who currently resides in Los Angeles, CA, were ousted from the competition based on the "more than 8 million" home viewer votes cast immediately following Tuesday night's performance episode broadcast, in which each couple performed two routines and a solo.
"I'm glad America was watching -- so many people watch -- and I feel that I was just a channel for those people that just in life in general don't believe in themselves," said Legacy after his ouster was revealed. "I think now they have a chance to because I was able to portray that."
For their first Tuesday night routine, Mollee and her partner Jakob Karr, a 19-year-old contemporary dancer from Windermere, FL who currently resides in New York, NY, performed a Viennese waltz choreographed by Jason Gilkison.
"I could have watched that for two more hours. That was so beautiful and also speaks to the power of great coupling, a great choreographer, a great piece of music and a great idea," said judge Adam Shankman.
"Mollee, you are blooming and also this is a competition show, you are peaking. So this is really good for you."
Fellow judge Mary Murphy also enjoyed the routine and the partnership, which she called "dynamic."
"Mollee, you elevated again. You were priceless tonight," she commented. "You certainly haven't lost your mojo whatsoever. If anything, you are still just gaining confidence every single routine... It is just like another light is shining inside of you."
Nigel Lythgoe described the choreography as "beautiful" and thought Jakob and Mollee had a "constant flow of movement that was just beautiful."
"You were both excellent," he said.
Mollee and Jakob's second Tuesday night performance was a Broadway routine choreographed by Joey Dowling.
"It showed your strengths so well and on top of it, you rose above with great acting performances," said Adam.
"Mollee, one of the best things that happened to you on this week was you got Jakob who brought you way up again and you got a style that once again pushed you up. You look gorgeous out there. My eye was on Mollee through that whole thing, which was great."
Mary said Mollee and Jakob "fell right into that style."
"Mollee you really did capture it. You were right in there," she said. "My hats off to both of you tonight. You're having just an amazing evening and both of you really brought it on."
Nigel said the routine did wonders for Mollee's growth.
"I think this is a routine that has just taken you into the realm of being a real professional dancer Mollee," said Nigel. "I think you should go to Broadway. This is perfect for you, this whole style. You just fill the entire stage."
For their first Tuesday night routine, Legacy and his partner Ellenore Scott, a 19-year-old contemporary/jazz dancer from Santa Cruz, CA who currently resides in Brooklyn, NY, performed a contemporary routine choreographed by Travis Wall.
"You murdered it!" exclaimed Adam, who heaped praise on the choreographer. "It was passionate, it was exciting, it was awesome. You guys did great."
"It was so strong and absolutely tailor made for the two of you," she added. "It was very exciting... You guys pulled it off, and Legacy, you were amazing. This isn't your style."
Nigel said he loved that it was "so, so dangerous."
"In this situation where you're fighting for a place in the finals of the show, your choreographer pushes you this far -- is dangerous. Anything could have gone disastrously wrong," he said.
"This was I guess out of everything we've seen this season, the most dangerous routine, and I give you props for that."
Legacy and Ellenore's second Tuesday night performance was a hip-hop routine choreographed by Napoleon and Tabitha D'umo.
"It wasn't my favorite routine of the night. It didn't push them for me," said Adam. "That having been said, your other number was so pushed that I think it totally takes care of everything like that... It ain't bad, but it ain't great."
Mary said the beginning of the routine was like the coming attractions of a movie and she "just loved it."
"Then I was just slightly disappointed after that. It didn't really hit for me after that," she added. "I was left a little bit disappointed honestly. But the other number, fantastic."
Nigel agreed and thought the choreography and concept was "strange" and went "too far."
"We didn't really get enough dancing from you," he added. "The dancing that we did get -- as Mary said -- was not really together."
In addition to Mollee and Legacy, Ellenore and Ryan Di Lello, a 28-year-old ballroom dancer from Springville, UT who currently resides in Orem, UT, were the other two members of the bottom four based on home viewer votes.
It was Ryan's third consecutive being among the bottom vote getters without being booted.
So You Think You Can Dance's final sixth-season performance episode will air on Tuesday, December 15 at 8PM ET/PT before the winner is revealed during Wednesday night's live finale at 8PM ET/PT.