HOT FROM FOX�
SARA VON GILLERN AND DOMINIC SANDOVAL ARE ELIMINATED ON "SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE"
DEBBIE ALLEN RETURNS TO GUEST-JUDGE
AS THE TOP 6 DANCERS COMPETE
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 8, ON FOX
NEXT RESULTS REVEALED MONDAY, AUGUST 13
The summer hit SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE continued its powerhouse ways this week, with the Top 8 finalists each performing two couples routines on Wednesday and a solo dance last night. In addition, last night's musical guest, OneRepublic, performed their hit song "Apologize." With only two weeks remaining, the competition is heating up as the contestants vie for the title of "America's Favorite Dancer" and the $250,000 cash prize.
The two girls who received the fewest votes after Wednesday's performance show were Lauren Gottlieb and Sara Von Gillern; the two guys with the fewest votes were Neil Haskell and Dominic Sandoval. Host Cat Deeley announced that Von Gillern and Sandoval were eliminated from the competition based on total votes received, ending their quest to become America's Favorite Dancer. Von Gillern, 23, is a Hip-Hop/B-girl dancer from Ft. Collins, CO; and Sandoval, 21, is a Hip-Hop/B-boy dancer from Roseville, CA.
Next week, the remaining six finalists (Lauren Gottlieb, Neil Haskell, Sabra Johnson, Pasha Kovalev, Lacey Schwimmer and Danny Tidwell) compete again on the penultimate performance show Wednesday, Aug. 8 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX, and Debbie Allen will return as a guest judge. The voting outcome will be revealed on the next results show, airing on a special day and time: Monday, Aug. 13 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT). Then, on the two-hour final performance show Wednesday, Aug. 15 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT), the Top 4 dancers will battle it out for America's vote. The following night, America's Favorite Dancer will be crowned on the live season finale Thursday, Aug. 16 (8:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) on FOX.
Debbie Allen is an internationally recognized director/choreographer who holds the distinction of having choreographed the Academy Awards a record 10 times, including six in consecutive years. She has directed and choreographed for such artists as Michael Jackson, Mariah Carey, Janet Jackson, Whitney Houston, Gwen Verdon, Lena Horne and Sammy Davis Jr.
Allen won a Golden Globe for her role as "Lydia Grant" on the hit series "Fame" and is a three-time Emmy Award winner for her choreography for "Fame" and "The Motown 25th Anniversary Special." An Artist in Residence at the Kennedy Center, she has created six original musicals with James Ingram, Arturo Sandoval and Diane Louie.
Allen's television credits include "Family Ties," "Quantum Leap," "The Twilight Zone," "A Different World," "The Jaime Foxx Show," "The Parkers," "That's So Raven," "All of Us," "Girlfriends" and "Everybody Hates Chris" as well as the television movie "The Old Settler," in which she co-starred with her sister, Phylicia Rashad. Recently, Allen directed "Life Is Not a Fairytale: The Fantasia Barrino Story." Allen produced the epic film "Amistad" in 1996 and appeared in "Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life is Calling," "Ragtime" and "The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh," which she also choreographed. She made her Broadway debut in the chorus of "Purlie," created the role of "Beneatha" in the musical "Raisin" and appeared in the 1979 revival of "West Side Story," for which she received the Drama Desk Award as well as her first Tony Award nomination. Allen's second Tony nod came in 1986 for her performance in the title role in "Sweet Charity." In 1988 she choreographed the new musical "Carrie" with the Royal Shakespeare Company.
Allen has represented the U.S. as a Culture Connect Ambassador in visits to Brazil, China, Italy and India. In 2001, she opened the Debbie Allen Dance Academy in Los Angeles, offering a comprehensive curriculum in the major dance techniques for boys and girls ages 4 to 18. She is a member of the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities, a board member of the American Film Institute and an Executive Committee member at the UCLA School of Theater, Film & Television.
Emmy-nominated 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 Barry Adelman.
[EDITOR'S NOTE: Due to a pre-emption for NFL pre-season football on Thursday, Aug. 9, the next results show will air on a special day and time: Monday, Aug. 13 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.]