From a media release:
Tatiana Parker And Taylor James Exit Stage Left As 20 Become 18 After The First Two Dancers Are Eliminated From So You Think You Can Dance Canada
Tatiana and Taylor have become the first two dancers of the season to be eliminated from SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA, leaving 18 competitors in the running next week for the chance to become Canada’s favourite dancer. The results were revealed live during tonight’s broadcast by host Leah Miller after the three couples with the lowest number of votes danced for their lives. Nearly one million votes were cast after the first performance episode of the season last night, nearly double the number of votes compared to last season.
The first three bottom couples of the second season of SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA’s were: AMY Gardner, 21, Calgary, Alta., and VINCENT Desjardins, 20, Trois-RiviÃƒÂ¨res, Que., who danced a sexy Samba routine; TATIANA Parker, 21, Toronto, Ont., and AUSTIN Di Iulio, 19, Mississauga, Ont., who performed a playfully combative Capoeira routine; and MELANIE Buttarazzi, 22, Woodbridge, Ont., and TAYLOR James, 22, Vancouver, B.C., who performed a fiery Tango routine that brought new meaning to blood on the dance floor, as TAYLOR’s mouth bled after a minor mid performance collision with his partner. Following the reveal, each dancer had the opportunity to dance for their lives before the judges deliberated and decided that TATIANA, a hip-hop dancer and TAYLOR, a contemporary dancer, would be the first two dancers eliminated from the competition.
Before the results were revealed, the Top 20 performed a Michael Jackson tribute group number choreographed by Gil Duldulao to open the show. Duldulao, who has worked extensively with Janet Jackson as well as Tina Turner, Christina Aguilera, Britney Spears and Jennifer Lopez, brought some of Jackson’s unforgettable moves to life as the competitors performed a medley to “I Want You Back” and Ã¢â‚¬Å“ABCÃ¢â‚¬Â by The Jackson 5. Duldulao is also choreographing and directing the highly-anticipated Michael Jackson dance tribute at this year’s MTV Video Awards in the U.S.
Stepping onto the SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA stage in front of judges Jean Marc Genereux, TrÃƒÂ© Armstrong and Luther Brown and guest judge and SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE judge Mary Murphy for the second Performance episode on Tuesday, September 1 beginning at 8 p.m. ET on CTV (go to CTV.ca to confirm local listings) are:
AMY Gardner, 21, a Contemporary dancer from Calgary
ANTHONY Grafton, 24, a Ballroom dancer from Calgary
AUSTIN Di Iulio, 19, a Contemporary dancer from Mississauga
CODY Bonnell, 19, a Hip-Hop dancer from Unionville
CORRYNNE Barron, 18, a Classical Contemporary dancer from Edmonton
DANIEL Dory, 23, a Hip Hop/House dancer from Montreal
DANNY Lawn, 21, a Contemporary dancer from Brockville
EMANUEL Sandhu, 28, Contemporary/ Ballet dancer from Vancouver
EVERETT Smith, 25, a Tap dancer from Glen Morris
JAYME RAE Dailey, 21, a Contemporary dancer from Montreal
JENNA LYNN Higgins, 18, a Jazz/Lyrical dancer from Toronto
KIM Gingras, 23, a Hip-Hop dancer from Montreal
MELANIE Buttarazzi, 22, a Latin Ballroom dancer from Woodbridge
MELANIE Mah, 19, a Contemporary dancer from Richmond Hill
NATALIE Lyons, 23, a Hip-Hop/Krump dancer from Halifax
NICOLAS Begin, 24, a B-boy/Hip-Hop dancer from Quebec City
TARA-JEAN Popowich, 20, a Contemporary dancer from Lethbridge
VINCENT Desjardins, 20, a Ballroom dancer from Trois-RiviÃƒÂ¨res
An encore of he Top 20 Reveal Special will air on MuchMusic Sunday, August 30 beginning at 5 p.m. ET, and will be followed by last night’s Performance episode and tonight’s results. The weekly Performance and Results episodes will air back-to-back Sundays at 6 p.m. ET beginning September 6 on MuchMusic (go to ctv.ca and muchmusic.com to confirm local broadcast times).
Viewers can also learn more about the competitors at dance.CTV.ca, the official online portal for the series and the source for everything SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA. Watch episode highlights on the CTV Video Player at dance.CTV.ca, which also includes behind-the-scenes video, exclusive footage and clips. Fans can get up close and personal with their favourite dancers, judges and choreographers by browsing the image galleries, videos, forums, blogs and more.