[12/02/09 - 09:08 PM]
So You Think You Can Dance Top 8 Finalists Revealed After Noelle Marsh and Nathan Trasoras Are Eliminated
FOX details the latest "So You Think You Can Dance" elimination.

[via press release from FOX]




Special Performances by AMERICAN IDOL's Kris Allen and Pop Group Wonder Girls Wednesday, December 9

The Top 8 finalists were revealed after Noelle Marsh and Nathan Trasoras were eliminated tonight on SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE. Marsh, 18, is a Contemporary dancer from Sanford, NC; and Trasoras, 18, is a Contemporary dancer from Downey, CA. This week's results show also featured performances by Snoop Dogg with Quest Crew, who debuted his new single, "I Wanna Rock," as well as by LXD (Legion of Extraordinary Dancers).

With only two weeks to go until the final showdown, the competition gets even hotter when the Top 8 finalists (Ashleigh Di Lello, Ryan Di Lello, Russell Ferguson, Mollee Gray, Jakob Karr, Kathryn McCormick, Legacy Perez and Ellenore Scott) take the stage Tuesday, Dec. 8 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on the penultimate performance show in hopes of making it to the finale and earning the title of America's Favorite Dancer.

Here is what the Top 8 finalists said America might be surprised to learn about them:

Ashleigh Di Lello

Dance Specialty: Latin Ballroom

Hometown: Orem, UT

Currently Resides: Orem, UT

Age: 26

"I am a complete klutz. I have so many stories of running into things, falling down stairs, etc. It's as though God gave me all my coordination and grace for dance and there was none left for everyday life!"

Ryan Di Lello

Dance Specialty: Ballroom

Hometown: Springville, UT

Currently Resides: Orem, UT

Age: 28

"America probably doesn't know that I speak Spanish fluently because I lived in Argentina for two years as a Christian missionary."

Russell Ferguson

Dance Specialty: Hip Hop/Krump

Hometown: Boston, MA

Currently Resides: Boston, MA

Age: 20

"I think America would be surprised to know that I taught myself how to tap dance and that I never took a tap class. I spent my younger days watching movies and musicals."

Mollee Gray

Dance Specialty: Jazz

Hometown: Orem, UT

Currently Resides: Upland, CA

Age: 18

"America would be surprised to know that I love, love, love to write! I write poetry and music in journals, and I am trying to write and publish a book."

Jakob Karr

Dance Specialty: Contemporary

Hometown: Windermere, FL

Currently Resides: New York, NY

Age: 19

"One thing America would be surprised to know about me is that I love to cook and bake for my friends and family."

Kathryn McCormick

Dance Specialty: Contemporary

Hometown: Augusta, GA

Currently Resides: Burbank, CA

Age: 19

"At one point when I was growing up we had more animals in the house than people. There were four chinchillas, two dogs, one cat, one bald python and two lovebirds."

Legacy Perez

Dance Specialty: Hip Hop/B-Boy

Hometown: Miami, FL

Currently Resides: Los Angeles, CA

Age: 28

"When I am not dancing, I enjoy writing poetry, editing videos, playing soccer and making music. I'm also an aspiring director and choreographer."

Ellenore Scott

Dance Specialty: Contemporary/Jazz

Hometown: Santa Cruz, CA

Currently Resides: Brooklyn, NY

Age: 19

"One thing America doesn't know about me is that I have never driven a car in my life � ever! I live in New York City, so who needs one?"

On Wednesday, Dec. 9 (8:00-9:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed), Season Eight AMERICAN IDOL winner Kris Allen and pop sensations Wonder Girls will take the stage. Allen will perform his newest single, "Live Like You're Dying," and Wonder Girls will sing their hit song, "Nobody," before America's vote is revealed and Cat Deeley names the six dancers who will perform in the following week's finale.

Kris Allen won the hearts of America each week on AMERICAN IDOL by adding his signature pop-rock sound to each performance he gave. Allen who hails from Conway, AR, is a pianist and self-taught guitar player. He recently released his debut self-titled album on 19 Recordings/ Jive Records, and his first single from the album, "Live Like We're Dying," has received rave reviews and is currently climbing the U.S. radio charts.

Pop sensation Wonder Girls sold over 30,000 copies of their debut single "Nobody" during the week of October 11 earning them the No. 76 position with a bullet on the Hot 100. This is the first time ever a music group from South Korea has debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. Already a hit in Asia, the Wonder Girls are striking a chord with a young U.S. audience, having just completed their first U.S. concert tour with the Jonas Brothers.

SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE was created by Simon Fuller and Nigel Lythgoe and comes from 19 Entertainment Ltd. and dick clark productions. The series is executive-produced by Simon Fuller, Nigel Lythgoe and Barry Adelman.

  [december 2009]  


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