'So You Think You Can Dance' cuts dancers Audrey Case, George Lawrence II
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 08/23/2012
So You Think You Can Dance eliminated Audrey Case and George Lawrence II and determined the ninth season's Top 8 contestants during Wednesday night's live show on Fox.
Audrey, an 18-year-old jazz dancer from Edmond, OK, and George, a 19-year-old contemporary dancer from Decatur, GA, were eliminated by So You Think You Can Dance judges Nigel Lythgoe and Mary Murphy and guest judge Benjamin Millepied after they found themselves in the week's bottom-two girls and bottom-two guys based on home viewer votes cast immediately following last week's show, which had featured the season's Top 12 finalists performing and concluded with the ouster of two dancers.
Witney Carson, an 18-year-old Latin ballroom dancer from American Fork, UT, and Chehon Wespi-Tschopp, a 23-year-old ballet dancer from Zurich, Switzerland, were the other two bottom-four vote-getting dancers still in danger of elimination during Wednesday night's broadcast, but they were saved by the So You Think You Can Dance judges.
The judges were required to eliminate two individuals, one male and one female, from the Top 10 last night based not only upon their performances from last week's show but also their new routines performed with all-star partners Wednesday night. The judges asked all four dancers to each perform a solo routine and "dance for their lives" to help them determine which two contestants should remain on the show.
After watching the four "dance for your life" performers and evaluating other criteria -- such as what the dancers' choreographers had to say about their talent, progress and potential in the competition -- the judges decided to send Audrey and George home.