'So You Think You Can Dance' cuts Rudy Abreu and Tanisha Belnap, determines Top 6 finalists
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 08/14/2014
So You Think You Can Dance eliminated two finalists and determined the eleventh season's Top 6 contestants during Wednesday night's live performance show on Fox.
Rudy Abreu, a 19-year-old Contemporary dancer from Miami, FL, and Tanisha Belnap, a 20-year-old Ballroom dancer from Payson, UT, were eliminated based on America's vote cast following last week's performance show which had featured the Top 10 finalists taking the stage and concluded with eight dancers remaining.
Rudy and Tanisha got sent home after they found themselves in the week's bottom-four dancers -- the bottom two guys and the bottom two girls -- based on home viewer votes. Because Rudy and Tanisha were the one male and female polled the lowest, Jacque LeWarne, an 18-year-old Ballet dancer from Clive, IA, and Casey Askew, a 19-year-old Contemporary dancer from Seattle, WA, survived the cut.
Wednesday night's show featured the Top 8 finalists each performing a solo and then a routine with a So You Think You Can Dance all-star for regular judges Nigel Lythgoe and Mary Murphy as well as guest judge Jenna Dewan Tatum.
Rudy and all-star Allison Holker, Season 2's Top 8 finalist, danced a jazz routine. Tanisha and all-star Nick Lazzarini, Season 1's sole winner, performed a contemporary routine.
Jacque and all-star Stephen "tWitch" Boss, Season 4's runner-up, danced a hip-hop number. Casey Askew and all-star Comfort Fedoke, Season 4's Top 8 finalist, also took the stage together with a hip-hop number.
Next week, So You Think You Can Dance's eighth eleventh-season performance show will feature the six remaining finalists dancing again for home viewer votes with a different all-star partner.