[09/22/05 - 12:00 AM]
Artem Chigvintsev and Melissa Vella Are Eliminated from "So You Think You Can Dance"

[via press release from FOX]


COMPETITION HEATS UP AS REMAINING SIX FINALISTS PERFORM Two More Finalists to be Eliminated Wednesday, Sept. 28, on FOX

When America's vote was revealed last night, Artem Chigvintsev and Melissa Vella were eliminated from the competition on SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE. In the partner dance round, Artem performed the fox trot and the cha-cha with Ashle Dawson, while Melissa performed a hip-hop routine and the paso doble with Jamile McGee. Tune in next week to see who dances on, and who goes home Wednesday, Sept. 28 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.

Chigvintsev is originally from Russia and currently lives in Palo Alto, CA. He has a ballroom dance background and works as an instructor. His favorite professional dancers are Mikhail Baryshnikov and Rudolf Nureyev. Judge/choreographer Brian Friedman said, "Your fox trot is the smoothest I've seen yet."

Vella is originally from Springfield, PA. She currently works as a dance instructor at McHenry Dance Centre and has studied ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, modern and hip-hop. She considers jazz and hip-hop her personal dance style. Last week, judge Nigel Lythgoe said of Melissa's performance, "Your hip-hop was unique and original - fantastic."

SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE was created by Simon Fuller and Nigel Lythgoe and comes from 19 Entertainment Ltd. and dick clark productions. It is executive-produced by Simon Fuller, Nigel Lythgoe and Allen Shapiro.

Go to www.fox.com/dance for all of your SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE news. Check out the photos of your favorite contestants, along with special, behind-the-scenes information on SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE.

About 19 Entertainment
19 Entertainment, which was recently acquired by CKX, Inc. (NASDAQ: CKXE), is recognized as a leading creator, provider and promoter of globally successful, music-based entertainment, or "Entertainment Brands." 19 has attracted a unique collection of expertise in people who work together to integrate and leverage activity across television, music, film, merchandising, music publishing, recording, artist/writer and producer management, sponsorship and promotion. To date, 19 has been involved in the creation of 106 No. 1 singles and 83 No. 1 albums, with an impressive tally of 281 Top 40 albums and 430 Top 40 singles.

About dick clark productions
Founded in 1957, dick clark productions has grown to become a leading independent producer of a wide range of TV programming for broadcast/cable networks, distributors and advertisers. The Company has produced thousands of shows and specials in all genres and for all day parts, including such perennial hits as "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve," "The American Music Awards," the "Golden Globe Awards," the "Bloopers" specials and series, the "Daytime Emmy Awards" and the "Academy of Country Music Awards," among others. The Company also is a leading creator of award-winning communications experiences from live events and meetings to integrated marketing programs for major corporations.

  [september 2005]  


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