Noelle, an 18-year-old contemporary dancer from Sanford, NC, and Nathan, an 18-year-old contemporary dancer from Downey, CA, were ousted from the competition based on home viewer votes cast immediately following Tuesday night's performance episode broadcast, in which each couple performed two routines.
"This journey, it's really made me appreciate how much I love dance," said Nathan during a video montage of his So You Think You Can Dance experience.
For their first Tuesday night routine, Noelle and her partner Ryan Di Lello, a 28-year-old ballroom dancer from Springville, UT who currently resides in Orem, UT, performed a hip-hop number choreographed by Tabitha and Napoleon D'umo.
"Noelle, I've got to apologize to you because last week I said you weren't sexy -- you certainly were this week darling," said judge Nigel Lythgoe. "Your dance technique was really good... I've got to commend the pair of you and say it was a really good, fun routine and you had good chemistry between you."
Fellow judge Mary Murphy also complimented the couple's chemistry, which she said was a "very good thing" since it was their first week working together.
"I thought it was a great routine," added Mary. "Noelle, you really just seemed like a different dancer tonight. You really brought it on, you were completely into the character, and it was totally believable."
Judge Adam Shankman described Noelle as "smoking."
"It was so good to see you doing that," he added. "I think what's really important from here on in -- especially since we're voting for individuals now -- is that you find a way to always dance from that place... You were totally lost in the dance, and that was great."
Noelle and Ryan's second Tuesday night performance was a smooth waltz choreographed by JT Thomas and Tomas Mielnicki.
"You look like the prince and princess at the end of a Disney movie falling in love," commented Nigel.
"I would love to see a little more softness Noelle in your neck and your shoulders. You sought of put it in one place and then looked down at the floor a little too much. You could just relax it a little bit more because the rest of it was beautiful."
Nigel added the couple "mastered" both the hip-hop and smooth waltz routines, and Mary agreed.
"Noelle, you are breathtaking tonight in this routine," she added. "You were elegant. The quality of movement, your footwork was correct -- you had a beautiful, flowing movement tonight. You have gained strength from him in this."
Adam described the routine as "really, really, really good."
"I think for this show, this is now a power partnership," he added. "I think this is like a big deal."
For their first Tuesday night routine, Nathan and his partner Kathryn McCormick, a 19-year-old contemporary dancer from Augusta, GA who currently resides in Burbank, CA, performed a Broadway routine choreographed by Spencer Liff.
"It was tremendous, you really did get the style," commented Nigel to Nathan before complimenting his smile. "Sometimes I find the smile a little fake, but in this style it absolutely suits it perfectly."
Mary said she was "anticipating maybe a little bit of trouble" from Nathan.
"But no trouble here," she added.
Adam echoed Mary's sentiments and was nervous for Nathan.
"After the beatings you've kind of been taking on this show I was worried about you. It can't be easy, it's got to be really stressful," he said.
"But you came out and you were really confident. I was like, 'Oh my god! He's doing really good. This is so great!' I was so relieved. I think exactly what we predicted would happen has happened -- Kathryn brought a little bit of maturity out in you."
Nathan and Kathryn's second Tuesday night performance was a rumba choreographed by Tony Meredith and Melanie LaPatin.
"We've failed to get the chemistry between the pair of you if you keep a sour face Nathan and pull it about like this," commented Nigel. "The dancing and the lines were good... I really do like to see a little more ballroom going on in it. It's not your fault, that's what you were given to do. It was danced well for what they were given to do."
Mary agreed with Nigel in the "passion department."
"It was not believable," she said. "Nathan, I'm very proud of you in your rumba back walks. You had that down. I was surprised and it's not easy to do... But there were some awkward moments."
Adam described Nathan as a "very polarizing contestant on this show."
"People -- for whatever reason, I think because you're charming and a little young and a little out there -- people have a lot of feelings about you," he added.
"I think that's really good on the show. Good and bad. I also know it's been very bumpy for you. I don't think when you signed up for this show you thought, 'Okay, I'm going to stand up in front of millions of people and have my dancing get knocked.' You're not going to experience that tonight at all."
While home viewers were voting for individual finalists instead of couples, Noelle and Nathan's partners Ryan and Kathryn were still the other two members of the bottom four. However they were subsequently revealed to be safe.
So You Think You Can Dance's next sixth-season performance episode will air on Tuesday, December 8 at 8PM ET/PT on Fox before two more finalists are eliminated during Wednesday night's live results show at 8PM ET/PT.
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