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Chelsie Hightower and Mark Kanemura Eliminated from So You Think You Can Dance

So You Think You Can Dance Rundown: Meet Your Finalists!

You guys! I didn't realize how invested I was in the So You Think You Can Dance top six until Thursday's elimination show. Was that some emotion I felt? Some tears, even? Why, yes.

Fact is, I really don't feel like I'm done watching any of these six dancers — a feeling that didn't really set in until their group dance to "The Rose," a gorgeous number that gave me real, honest-to-goodness chills. This season might have started out kind of rocky, and it took a while for me to become attached to any of the dancers, but I really adored this final group.

Of course, that top six has now been cut to a top four, awaiting next week's finale where America's Favorite Dancer will be crowned. So who will get the chance to compete? To find out, just


In some ways, I feel like all my dreams came true! Joshua, Katee, Twitch, and Courtney will be dancing in the finale next week, the four I said I hoped would make it after Wednesday's performance night. (I even did a little jumping up and down when Courtney made it — I really didn't think she had a chance. ) I don't think I fully realized, though, how sad I would be to see Chelsie and Mark go. At least they got to go together; I think they were both at their best when they were dancing with each other.

Official Chelsie and Mark Memorial Photo:

So now, I'm left with a pretty unique situation as far as reality shows go: a finale where I would honestly be happy to see any of the remaining contenders win. I can't begin to predict the winner at this point, and I don't even feel confident guessing the gender. What about you? Willing to go out on a limb and say whether the winner will be a guy or a girl?

Some other thoughts on Thursday's show:

  • Whoa, Mandy Moore! Been a while since we saw her, huh?
  • Cat was so cute dancing in the wind fan. I want her to be my best friend.
  • I don't know what the voting numbers tend to be for SYTYCD — but the fact that all six dancers got more than a million votes seems pretty impressive to me. Loved watching the reactions, especially Joshua's gaping mouth.
  • Speaking of which, Joshua got his braces off! I know this post so far has been pretty much nothing but "squeeeee!" over and over again, but really, what a cutie.
  • Lil' Demon was also totally adorable, but I might have been happier about the whole thing if it had looked like he was having any fun at all.
  • Do or Don't: Lady GaGa's super-high-cut leotard?

So, next week's the big one! What are you hoping for from this year's finale? Which choreographers' work would you like to see? And do you think either Mark or Chelsie got robbed?

Photos courtesy of Fox

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tanyamtl tanyamtl 9 years
I am so sad to see Chelsie go. Shocked,really. Although, I enjoyed most of Courtney's duets, her solos looked like technique classes and lacked personality. And please, do something with your hair!!!
Ms--Anonymous Ms--Anonymous 9 years
I want Joshua to win this!! To think he's had no professional training whatsoever and through sheer hard work and determination ia a finalist!! It's really inspiring....and he's just that good!!!
CatLand CatLand 9 years
Not only is Courtney great on So You Think You Can Dance (my favorite actually) but did you also know she was on the NY Knicks City Dancing team? That girl can seriously dance, she is by far the best dancer on the team!!! Those other girls have nothing on her. What do you think? You can see her competition right here:
MissMarisol MissMarisol 9 years
I agree with what a lot of you have said. Of the 6, there wasn't one that didn't deserve to be in that spot. Had Courtney and Twitch left, I would have been sad too because they both have some so far in the competition. I liked the chemistry that Mark & Chelsie had and that is why I was rooting for them. This group was my top six with the exception of Courtney. I thought it would have been Kherington there instead of her. I am rooting for them all but I feel like Joshua may win it all.
geekyPOP geekyPOP 9 years
i'm crying on the inside! i really thought chelsie was going to be on the top, courney was no good compared to what chelsie could do. I'm really really sad, now there is no competition for joshua and katee. this is a sad day for SYTYCD, chelsie if you're out there, you should know you kick butt any day.
tepiza tepiza 9 years
Now that Chelsie is gone, Katee has even a greater chance of winning. I never liked Chelsie much. Go Katee!
elanakat elanakat 9 years
i would be happy with ANY of the remaining dancers! and i really wont be surprised no matter who the winner is! ...well, i was kind of expecting chelsie to make it over courtney, but i love courtney just as much, and think they both equally deserve it! yay for joshua getting his braces off! i love him! i love all of twitch's solos! theyre always entertaining! i am really sad to see mark go, but it wasnt really a surprise. mark wasnt voted off because hes a bad dancer, he was because twitch and joshua are just SO amazing. i have NO idea who will win! i could definitely see katee or courteny winning (katee a little more courtney) which make it only the second time a girl wins, but i could easily see twitch or joshua (i used to think twitch deserved to win more than joshua, but now im torn!) which would be the first time a hip-hop dancer has ever won. cant wait for next week! but so sad its almost over!
Angelica Angelica 9 years
I didn't watch last night so this post was a real shocker. Mark is my favorite boy!!! Kudos to Joshua for getting his braces off, they have been bugging me from the start.
couture-yourself couture-yourself 9 years
I was really, really, really sad to see Mark & Chelsie go. They were my two favorites from the beginning, and I definitely got a little emotional to see them go. (sad, I know) I've never liked Katee or Joshua. Although they're good, their personalities have never done anything for me. I would've rather had Chelsie be in the finale over either girl. I'm stoked to see Twitch in the finale. He is so great! Of everyone, I'd love to see him win. But, I think it'll be one of the "Holy Trinity of SYTYCD" - Joshua or Katee. :/ ...I'm not looking forward to it being over - but then it's tour time!!
luckyme luckyme 9 years
I really REALLY want Joshua to win. I think Joshua is a better dancer than Twitch, but Twitch has the personality thing going for him. Katee is a good dancer, no doubt, but that's kind of it with her. And I like Courtney, but she doesn't wow me. Joshua wow's me. I'll be depressed when this show is over too. It's SO much better than American Idol. Oh well, now there's something to look forward to for next summer.
popcorn19 popcorn19 9 years
My *hope* is that Courtney will win. My prediction is that Katee will win. Or Joshua. Or Twitch..... It's just so hard!! Does anyone know why, since all of this time it's been Guys. and Girls--why there is only one winner? Why isn't it one guy and one girl? There were a couple of girls that overstayed their welcome, and a bunch of guys that I would have loved to have watched a few weeks longer.
lady_jade lady_jade 9 years
aww mark was my favorite, so I was a little bummed.
vivaciousv1114 vivaciousv1114 9 years
i'm happy about the guys, but i really wanted chelsie to be the top 4. i don't know why, but i was never really into courtney. well, i guess i now officially want katee to win.
ilanac13 ilanac13 9 years
i'm REALLY sad that chelsie isn't in the top 4 - she's a PHENOMINAL dancer - but i'm sure that her career will just go straight up from this. she's gorgeous and she's got skills, so we know we'll see more of her. i can't wait until next week, although i can tell you what my gut says and i know who's going to win. :) just my gut talking, and we'll just have to see what America says. is it just me though or is it getting REALLY ANNOYING about all the 'register to vote' BS that they keep doing. it's too much already. this is a fun light summer dance reality show - not a political arena.
bluebellknoll bluebellknoll 9 years
The photo of Chelsie and Mark above was one of the BEST dance routines on the show this season. I was hoping they would make it to the finals.
Linda-McP Linda-McP 9 years
Cat Deeley definitely wins my vote too; she really is adorable. Twitch has never been my favorite, but neither has Mark, so I honestly didn't care which of those two made it to the final four. I'm happy with the other three finalists. Katee and Joshua are clearly on top. My bets are on Katee, but I'd really love to see Joshua win.
ekdkdk1 ekdkdk1 9 years
I am happy with the final four, although I really was a HUGE Mark fan. I love his personality, and he brings so much to his dances, I feel something every time he takes the stage, so I am really going to miss watching him dance. I love Cat too, she is the greatest, and so genuine! I love it!
felicityporter felicityporter 9 years
If you go back and watch Mark's routines versus Twitch's routines it is obvious that Mark is a better dancer - he can pull off any genre and the only dances Twitch really pulled off well were the hip hop routines. Joshua is the best dancer left with Katee and Courtney right behind. Twitch is a very distant 4th. In fact of the last 8 he would have been 7th (ahead of only Comfort). All that said, I don't dislike Twitch and I would love to see the Comfort/Twitch Forever dance again next week, what he does well, he does VERY well. I would also like to see more Bollywood next week! Pretty please Nigel...and Cat Deeley is my new celebrity best friend. Hands down.
Jillz1128 Jillz1128 9 years
I don't like Courtney, but I didn't care much about Chelsie either. Katee is clearly the best female dancer. I love Joshua! He is my favorite!
Francesca-Fiore Francesca-Fiore 9 years
Cat is adorable, I have never actually been fond of a reality show host before. I know it has already been discussed, but how did Emmy skip her??? Even though I think it was the right choice, I was SO sad to see Mark go. His personality reminds me of Johnny Depp a little- soft spoken and quirky, but when he performs he can really focus and pull it off. And I would have picked Chelsie over Courtney too (I have no idea if I'm spelling those right) but they're both great- I'm pretty pleased with the last four. I was one of the minority that wasn't crushed when Will left. It's going to be so hard to see this show end- I can't believe how attached I've gotten!! This is my first season watching, but it won't be my last. It'll be hard to get into Dancing With the Stars again after this... it will seem so boring.
superstar2780 superstar2780 9 years
sad to see mark go, but I'm glad courtney made it to the top 4.
partysugar partysugar 9 years
I totally want Cat to be my bff too. She was so sweet to Chelsea at the end.
sumbum sumbum 9 years
Also, from the side, Joshua looks like Big Boi from Outkast =) HOT! I looooooooved Mandy Moore's choreography on Thursday night, it was so sweet and beautiful.
Megatron Megatron 9 years
I forgot to mention I re-arranged my schedule next week just so I could watch the finale. I have never done that before...
JustSomeChick JustSomeChick 9 years
Katee, though a talented dancer, has rubbed me the wrong way since the Vegas Top 20 reveal. Her attitude there just put me off. Mark really just gave me the heebie jeebies. I don't know why, he just seemed creepy to me. I am so thrilled Courtney made it; I have loved her since the beginning. I would rather have seen Chelsie over Katee, but my prediction is that Katee will win.
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