So You Think You Can Dance faced its first two casualties for season six even before the top 20 began competing.
Billy Bell, who nearly broke his nose impressing the judges during Las Vegas week, is ill and won’t be able to return to the competition. And Noelle Marsh, who made leaping backbends look effortless, blew-out a knee and may not be able to continue either.
Bell was replaced by Brandon Dumlao, who barely fell short of getting into the top 20. Melanie LaPatin, who is one of the premiere choreographer’s on SYTYCD stood in for Marsh. Dumlao’s excitement , however, was short lived. At the first round of cuts, he was out along with Ariana Debose, the tractor driving Contemporary dancer from Newbern, NC.
Executive Producer, Nigel Lythgoe and judges Adam Shankman and Mary Murphy understand the pain dancers go through for the sake of their art and they admit injury and illness are a fact that can’t be overlooked.
They did, however, end the show on a bright note. Brandon Dumlao may just get to skirt the rules next season and get a E-ticket back to Las Vegas. All the judges agreed he never got a fair shake after jumping in for Bell with one day’s notice.
Click onto video for Nigel Lythgoe, Adam Shankman and Mary Murphy‘s insights into dancer pain and suffering on SYTYCD.
So You Think You Can Dance continues with a two-hour show next Tuesday, beginning 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on Fox.
Practically everyone already knows that So You Think You Can Dance Executive Producer, Nigel Lythgoe has asked Paula Abdul to be on the show, but if you were watching last night, you saw Lythgoe holding a chair with the former American Idol judge’s name on it.
Lythgoe tells HollywoodOutbreak.com that Abdul has said yes, but they haven’t discussed finances yet. Still, when she’s ready, he has set a place for her at the table.
Click onto video for the status of Paula Abdul joining So You Think You Can Dance from Executive Producer, Nigel Lythgoe.
The SYTYCD competition continues with the 18 remaining finalists facing off Tuesday night, 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on Fox.
Just hitting the web yesterday is an extended version of the much-anticipated big screen version of ALICE IN WONDERLAND. Directed by TIM BURTON and giving a visual twist to LEWIS CARROLL’s classic tale of a little girl who finds a very disturbing, topsy-turvy world at the bottom of a rabbit hole. And we all know that nobody does ‘disturbing’ better than TIM BURTON.