From a media release:
AMY Gardner and AUSTIN Di Iulio are Eliminated from So You Think You Can Dance Canada, Leaving Eight to Sweat it Out for Canada’s Votes
- Special Top 8 performance show is expanded to two-hours on October 6 beginning at 8 p.m. ET on CTV
- Recent EmmyÂ® Award-winning choreographer Tyce Diorio to choreograph for the first time on SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA with Top 8 group number
- Next week, Canada’s Favourite Dancer Nico Archambault and acclaimed Canadian choreographer Sabrina Matthews to choreograph for the first time
Following over 1 million votes, host Leah Miller announced live on CTV tonight that AMY and AUSTIN received the lowest number of the country’s votes and had been eliminated from SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA. The eight remaining dancers will take to the stage for a super sized, two-hour Performance Episode on Tuesday, October 6 beginning at 8 p.m. ET on CTV (visit CTV.ca to confirm local listings).
The two girls and two guys who received the lowest number of votes following last night’s countrywide poll were girls AMY and MELANIE, and guys AUSTIN and CODY. With voting now based on individual competitors instead of couples, these dancers then had the opportunity to take to the stage to dance a solo. Although their performances wouldn’t change the results, for two competitors, it would be their last chance to perform on the program. In the end, host Leah Miller announced live that AMY, 21, a Contemporary dancer from Calgary, AB., who danced a Contemporary number with CODY this week and AUSTIN, 20, a Contemporary dancer from Mississauga, ON., who danced a Hip-Hop routine with JAYME RAE this week, received the lowest number of votes and would be going home.
Tonight’s results show opened with the Top 10 performing a contemporary number by Canadian choreographer Stacey Tookey. A number that was as emotional as it was beautiful. The Top 10 performed to â€œHometown Gloryâ€ by Adele.
During a special two-hour performance episode on CTV, the Top 8 will perform on Tuesday, October 6 beginning at 8 p.m. ET in front of judges Jean Marc Genereux and TrÃ© Armstrong as well as returning guest judges Mia Michaels and Dan Karaty. The Top 8 dancers are:
1. CODY Bonnell, 19, a Hip-Hop dancer from Unionville, ON
2. EMANUEL Sandhu, 28, a Contemporary/Ballet dancer from Vancouver, BC
3. EVERETT Smith, 25, a Tap dancer from Glen Morris, ON
4. JAYME RAE Dailey, 21, a Contemporary dancer from Montreal, QB
5. KIM Gingras, 23, a Hip-Hop dancer from Montreal, QB
6. MELANIE Mah, 19, a Contemporary dancer from Richmond Hill, ON
7. TARA-JEAN Popowich, 20, a Contemporary dancer from Lethbridge, AB
8. VINCENT Desjardins, 20, a Ballroom dancer from Trois- RiviÃ¨res, QB
The SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA Top 10 will heading out on an 18-city tour of Canada where they will be showcasing their incredible talents to audiences nationally. The second SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA Tour kicks off on November 25th, 2009, in Kelowna, B.C. Tickets go on sale this Saturday October 3, at 11am, for full details regarding ticket purchasing go to dance.CTV.ca.
Off a recent EmmyÂ® Award win for outstanding choreography, SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE guest judge and choreographer Tyce Diorio will make his first appearance on SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA as he creates a theatre routine for the Top 8 Results show on Wednesday, October 7 at 7:30 p.m. ET on CTV (visit dance.ctv.ca to confirm local broadcast times).
No stranger to the entertainment world, Diorio has been performing on television since the age 17 when he won STAR SEARCH. Since that time, Diorio has worked and performed with artists including Paula Abdul, Janet Jackson, Ricky Martin, Jennifer Lopez, Mya, *NSYNC, Kelly Osbourne, Celine Dion and Toni Braxton, and has also worked on numerous feature films including Mr. and Mrs. Smith and 13 Going on 30. In addition to five seasons on SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE, Diorio choreographed for eli stone and The Academy AwardsÂ®, among others, and also starred in the Tony Award-winning Broadway hit Fosse and Chicago. Diorio works privately with Katie Holmes and Tobey Maguire.
The Top 8 will face two different dance styles next week and two different choreographers. Returning choreographers are Pierre Allaire, Gustavo Vargas, Lil â€œCâ€, Eric Caty, Luther Brown, Melissa Willams and Sean Cheesman. In addition, Williams and Cheesman will also be choreographing a Top 4 girl and a Top 4 guy numbers respectively. New to ,bold>SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA is Toronto-born Sabrina Matthews, who has created pieces for some of the most prestigious ballet companies in the world, including the Stuttgart Ballet, Royal Swedish Ballet, Boston Ballet, and the National Ballet of Canada.
Also stepping onto the SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA stage for the first time as choreographer, is Canada’s Favourite Dancer and Season 1 winner Nico Archambault, who will be creating a jazz funk routine.
Highlights from each week’s SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA episodes are available on demand on the CTV Video Player at CTV.ca. For exclusive footage and clips, information on dancers, judges and choreographers along with image galleries, videos, forums, blogs from the judges and more, visit dance.CTV.ca. The weekly Performance and Results episodes also air back-to-back Sunday, October 4 at 6 p.m. ET and a special time on Sunday, October 5 at 5 p.m. ET on MuchMusic (go to ctv.ca and muchmusic.com to confirm local broadcast times).