So You Think You Can Dance Canada’s latest eliminations

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JENNA LYNN and NICOLAS Take a Bow as They’re Eliminated From So You Think You Can Dance Canada, Leaving Fourteen to Dance for Canada

  • Canadian Icon and Artistic Director of the National Ballet of Canada, Karen Kain, makes her first appearance as guest judge, and SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE’s Dan Karaty returns to the judges desk Sept. 15 and 16

It was announced live on CTV tonight that JENNA LYNN Higgins and NICOLAS Bégin would be leaving the SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA stage. After one million votes were cast nation wide, the names of the two eliminated competitors were revealed after host Leah Miller announced the three couples who received the lowest number of votes and they danced for their lives. Fourteen dancers remain, with one ultimately earning the title of Canada’s Favourite Dancer.
The bottom three couples who performed their solos for the country this week were AMY Gardner, 21, Calgary, AB., and VINCENT Desjardins, 20, Trois-Rivières, QB. who danced a “Flii” Hip-Hop routine; MELANIE Mah, 19, Richmond Hill, ON., and CODY Bonnell, 19, Unionville, ON., who danced a cute and refreshing Mambo; and JENNA LYNN Higgins, 18, Toronto, ON., and NICOLAS Bégin, 24, Quebec City, QB., who performed an apocalyptic Hustle. Following the reveal, each dancer had the opportunity to dance for their lives before the judges deliberated and decided that JENNA LYNN Higgins a Jazz/Lyrical dancer from Toronto and NICOLAS Begin, 24, a B-boy/Hip-Hop dancer from Quebec City would be the two dancers eliminated from the competition.

Kicking off the results show was an Afro Brazil group number choreographed by judge Jean Marc Genereux and his dance partner and wife, France Mousseau. The performance featured intricate choreography full of lifts and flips as the guys pursued the girls in a playful back and forth between the sexes, ending with the girls conquering the guys.

Next week, the competitors will perform in front of a Canadian icon who will appear for the first time on the judging panel. Karen Kain, the Artistic Director of the National Ballet of Canada and former Principal Dancer, makes her debut appearance on the show as a guest judge. She will be joined on the panel by Dan Karaty, well-known to Canadian audiences from his appearances on the show last year and his role as choreographer and guest judge on SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE, as well as judges Jean Marc Genereux and Tré Armstrong.

Taking to the stage for next week’s Performance episode on Tuesday, September 15 beginning at 8 p.m. ET on CTV (go to to confirm local listings) are:

AMY Gardner, 21, a Contemporary dancer from Calgary
AUSTIN Di Iulio, 20, a Contemporary dancer from Mississauga
CODY Bonnell, 19, a Hip-Hop dancer from Unionville
CORYNNE 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, a Contemporary/Ballet dancer from Richmond Hill
EVERETT Smith, 25, a Tap dancer from Glen Morris
JAYME RAE Dailey, 21, a Contemporary dancer from Montreal
KIM Gingras, 23, a Hip-Hop dancer from Montreal
MELANIE Mah, 19, a Contemporary dancer from Richmond Hill
NATALIE Lyons, 23, a Hip-Hop/Krump dancer from Halifax
TARA-JEAN Popowich, 20, a Contemporary dancer from Lethbridge
VINCENT Desjardins, 20, a Ballroom dancer from Trois-Rivières

The Top 14 will work with returning choreographers Stacey Tookey, Melissa Williams, Sho Tyme, Gustavo Vargas and Benji Schwimmer as well as judge Luther Brown. New to the SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA stage is John Byrne, who has choreographed music videos for Lady Gaga, Christina Aguilera, Gwen Stefani, Blink 182, Mary J. Blige, Britney Spears and Bryan Adams. The 26-year-old has also worked extensively with Elton John, specifically on his “The Red Piano” show at Caesar’s Palace.

Highlights from each week’s SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA episodes are available on demand on the CTV Video Player at For exclusive footage and clips, information on dancers, judges and choreographers along with image galleries, videos, forums, blogs from the judges and more, visit The weekly Performance and Results episodes also air back-to-back Sunday, September 13 at a special time of 4:30 p.m. ET before moving back to its regular timeslot of Sundays at 6 p.m. ET on September 20 on MuchMusic (go to and to confirm local broadcast times).