'So You Think You Can Dance' sends home Makenzie Dustman and Nico Greetham
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 08/14/2013
So You Think You Can Dance eliminated two more finalists and determined the tenth season's Top 8 contestants during Tuesday night's live show on Fox.
Makenzie Dustman, an 18-year-old contemporary dancer from Temecula, CA, and Nico Greetham, an 18-year-old contemporary dancer from Woodbridge, VA, were eliminated by So You Think You Can Dance judges Nigel Lythgoe and Mary Murphy as well as guest judge Debbie Allen after they found themselves in the week's bottom-four dancers based on home viewer votes cast for the Top 10 finalists immediately following last Tuesday night's show.
Jenna Johnson, a 19-year-old ballroom dancer from Salt Lake City, UT, and Tucker Knox, a 23-year-old contemporary dancer from Nashville, TN, were the other two members in the bottom four still in danger of elimination prior to Makenzie and Nico's ouster.
However, it was unclear whether Tucker was actually voted into the bottom four, as So You Think You Can Dance host Cat Deeley announced he was automatically in risk of going home due to a knee infection that had forced him to sit out his performance with his partner Jenna last week.
The judges didn't require any of the four dancers to "dance for their lives" because each performer had already danced his or her solo in prior weeks of the competition.
The judges were required to eliminate one male and one female competitor last night based on 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 night's round of routines in which each Top 10 dancer took the stage with a So You Think You Can Dance all-star, the judges revealed there were 15 unanimous votes to eliminate Nico from the show although he and Tucker had both delivered excellent performances. Nigel said judging the guys' Tuesday night routines alone would result in the "flip of a coin."
Out of the 15 votes to oust a girl, nine votes were cast to keep Jenna in the competition while six votes were for Makenzie to stay. Therefore, Makenzie was sent home although Nigel openly declared that she had been his "favorite dancer" this season and expressed disappointment in being out-voted.
Nico performed a hip-hop routine with all-star Comfort Fedoke this week, while Makenzie danced the Broadway genre with all-star Jakob Karr. Last week, Nico danced a Broadway number with partner Haley Erbert, an 18-year-old contemporary dancer from Topeka, KS. Makenzie and former partner Paul Karmiryan, a 21-year-old Latin ballroom dancer from Glendale, CA, had performed a contemporary routine that week.
Jenna and all-star Neil Haskell took the stage last night with a contemporary routine last night, while Tucker also performed a contemporary routine with all-star Robert Roldan.