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'So You Think You Can Dance' Results November 18: Channing Cooke and Kevin Hunte Eliminated

by Sharon Knolle, posted Nov 19th 2009 1:00AM
Two teams were broken up tonight on 'So You Think You Can Dance' as modern dancer Channing Cooke and hip-hopper Kevin Hunte were sent home. Kevin's partner, Karen Hauer, was in tears at the judges' verdict, as was Channing's partner, Victor Smalley. Channing and Kevin looked shocked but forced smiles (what else can you do on national television?) as host Cat Deeley introduced their going-home clips.

Nigel Lythgoe announced that both decisions were unanimous. Channing may have finally "stepped out of her cage" this week, but Lythgoe told her that she was still more of a brilliant technician than performer, while Karen, whom they voted to keep, is "without question a performer and a star this season." Kevin was chastised for appearing "uncomfortable" in his routines. "You're well deserved in our Top 20 but we're looking for growth. Although just by doing the routines, you are growing as a dancer, we still feel as though there is a long way to go."

While those two eliminations were startling, the biggest surprise of the evening had to be that "dream team" Mollee Gray and Nathan Trasoras also ended up in the bottom three. And that the judges, who've been highly critical of them as a couple and individually, voted to keep them. Two teams were broken up tonight on 'So You Think You Can Dance' as modern dancer Channing Cooke and hip-hopper Kevin Hunte were sent home. Kevin's partner, Karen Hauer, was in tears at the judges' verdict, as was Channing's partner, Victor Smalley. Channing and Kevin looked shocked but forced smiles (what else can you do on national television?) as host Cat Deeley introduced their going-home clips.

Lythgoe announced that both decisions were unanimous. Channing may have finally "stepped out of her cage" this week, but Lythgoe told her that she was still more of a brilliant technician than performer, while Karen, whom they voted to keep, is "without question a performer and a star this season." Kevin was chastised for appearing "uncomfortable" in his routines. "You're well deserved in our Top 20 but we're looking for growth. Although just by doing the routines, you are growing as a dancer, we still feel as though there is a long way to go."

While those two eliminations were startling, the biggest surprise of the evening had to be that "dream team" Mollee Gray and Nathan Trasoras also ended up in the bottom three. And that the judges, who've been highly critical of them as a couple and individually, voted to keep them.

The two audience favorites escaped the bottom three last week, but while their jazz routine (to Lada Gaga's 'Bad Romance') pleased the judges this time around, viewers obviously weren't feeling the love. It was a tense moment as they waited with Legacy Perez and Kathryn McCormick to see which couple had drawn the least votes, but Legacy and Kathryn's powerful paso doble proved a winner with voters. Nigel Lythgoe speculated that perhaps Mollee and Nathan were still paying for last week's so-so salsa.

Mollee wowed in her solo, in which she performed an arial cartwheel onto her knee, a move Lythgoe said he had never even seen before. "You really proved tonight that you can dance like a woman," Lythgoe complimented her, adding, "you showed everyone in the competition what dancing for your life means."

Victor was warned not to simply throw in "pirouette after pirouette" in his solos. "We know you can pirouette, but this is not 'America's Favorite Pirouetter,' so please be careful," Lythgoe said.

One couple happy to still be together after tonight's decision: Noelle Marsh and Mollee. Noelle gave Mollee an enormous hug after learning her BFF was safe for another week.

The Top 12 dancers are: Ashleigh Di Lello, Ryan Di Lello, Russell Ferguson, Mollee Gray, Karen Hauer, Jakob Karr, Noelle Marsh, Kathryn McCormick, Legacy Perez, Ellenore Scott, Victor Smalley and Nathan Trasoras.

Exit interviews with Channing Cooke and Kevin Hunte

CHANNING COOKE

On the "blackbird" dance
I
t is definitely fun to get into character because then it takes your dancing to a different level, as opposed to just doing a straight out style. You get to live in the character and it makes it fun and more exciting for people to watch so they can kind of get into the character with you.

Whether the choice of an a capella Bobby McFerrin song hurt her
Well, Tyce was trying to do something different. I thought it was a cool dance, and I thought that the choreography went well with the music. I think the show needed something like that. But it's possible that the voters did have a disconnect because of it.

On Nigel's comments that America "couldn't connect emotionally" to her and Victor
What they showed of me isn't all of me, so they might not have connected with it as much as other people. Victor and I had a great partnership and I wish it showed through a little more, but it is what it is.

On whether she'd rather have the judges criticize her technique or her personality
I have been working on my technique for about 15 years, so the technique part will always be there. It's just the personality didn't come through on the show as much as I had hoped it would have. But they're both very strong points that I have, just one came through more than the other.

On how she grew during the competition
I feel that now I can push myself through boundaries that I had set before, that I can keep on going and going and going to places that I never thought were possible. I'm never going to set limits on myself ever again because I know that I can break them.

On whether she would have done anything differently
I guess I would have gotten my face in the camera a little more and shown people more of myself, but they give you so little time to do that. But you have to do what the choreographers ask you to do and you just have to throw yourself into it.

KEVIN HUNTE

On what inspired him to start dancing
For me growing up, watching Michael Jackson inspired me to just move. My mom put me in a dance school, which I didn't really like at first but then I realized that I did want to pursue this so I started taking classes, getting my technique up to par. So, when I got a little taste of the industry, I started going full force with the whole hip-hop thing and 'So You Think You Can Dance' came out. I auditioned in season 3 and I got cut in the top 32. Mia Michaels told me that she wanted me to grow more and she wanted me to come back next season. So, I took two seasons off and trained and trained and trained, and I came back and actually made the top 20.

On how Michael Jackson's death affected him
It just gave me the inspiration to dance harder and stronger because Michael believed in something that he didn't really get as a child. You've just got to dance because you never know when you're going to leave this earth. You have to go full force and that is what he did, so that is what I try to live my life by. Every time I got on that stage, I just felt like I had to let it all out because that is what Michael did every time he got on stage.

On his dance training
I have taken some ballet classes and modern classes. I had the privilege of joining a contemporary company called Creative Outlet Dance Theatre in Brooklyn and through that company I have just been taking classes and performing with them.

On the toughest styles of dance to learn on the show
Besides the cha-cha and the hustle, which was really different, I would have to say the Broadway because it just took me out of my element. It took me by surprise, a lot of the character, the style of dance, the movement, just the whole feel of it. It was just so fast.

On whether he'd have been safe if he'd drawn hip-hop instead of Broadway
Oh yes, definitely, but I like challenges and the Broadway was a real challenge. I just feel like that week was our week to get picked on. As a hip-hop dancer never really doing Broadway, I thought that I pulled it off pretty well. I was doing some splits and turns that Spencer Liff, who was the choreographer, told me he wanted me to do because he wanted to showcase me in a different light, but in the judges' eyes it didn't go too well.

On "not capturing the humor" in his Broadway dance
Spencer actually told me that I was supposed to be sad. The whole story was I lost my job, and Karen, who was my wife, was supposed to cheer me up. So, by the end of the dance that's when the happiness was supposed to come out, like at the high point at the end of the dance. That wasn't my character so I told myself before I performed, "Just smile, whenever you can smile, try to be humorous" and that's what I did. I thought I did a great job, so I was very surprised.

On being able to dance hip-hop with Russell Ferguson and Legacy Perez
That was the most amazing experience ever, and as you guys know, me and Russell became like brothers in the show. Just to do that together was mind-blowing. Right after the taping of that we were back stage, Russell and I hugged and we had a moment like, "Wow, we're really here. We're really doing this."

On what he would have done next to try to impress the judges
I really wanted to get contemporary. I just really wanted to let go and show that a hip-hop dancer can emote and can give off the whole contemporary feeling. I was excited about working with some contemporary choreographers such as Tyce Diorio, Stacey Tookey, or Randi Moore, because being around them and seeing them choreograph for other couples, you get inspired and excited and you want to work with them.

On his plans after the show
I really want to become an actor and do movies, some more modeling, just basically getting myself out there. I am the kind of person who is never going to stop. I am just going to keep on moving.

On his advice to Victor, who'll be dancing with Karen now
If he ever feels tired or doesn't feel like doing something, he better get it together real quick because she's no joke. She is a professional. She is a mambo champion, so she knows her craft. That is one of the things that I loved about her, she just always adapted to whatever style we got. She was just like "I'm going again. Let's do it again." I told Victor, "Be ready because she is fierce and she is non-stop."

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