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Susie Garcia and Marquis Cunningham Eliminated from So You Think You Can Dance

So You Think You Can Dance: Down to 16

It was time to say goodbye to two more dancers on Thursday as So You Think You Can Dance rolled toward its top 10. Which of the smiling dancers in the photo above have taken their last spin on the show's stage? Find out and discuss the results when you


Well, Thursday spelled the end for Susie and Marquis. Joining them in the bottom three, but squeaking through to safety, were Thayne and Chelsea and Chris and Comfort.

I'm not surprised (nor terribly sorry) to see Susie go; I only wish that at some point we'd gotten to see in her what the judges apparently saw in Vegas, because I'm still confused about how she made the top 20 in the first place. Meanwhile, Marquis hadn't made himself terribly memorable thus far, but after the solos, I was pretty surprised that the judges bid him farewell. In fact, I thought Marquis's solo was the strongest of the three, followed by Thayne and then Matt. But maybe that was just me being easily wowed by high-flying leaps and flips, because the judges used the "all tricks" criticism as a reason for ditching Marquis and keeping the other two. It seemed like strange logic when contestants are usually penalized for being too safe or not leaving it all out there; I mean, the guy did a front flip with no hands that landed in a seated position. How much more out there can it get? On the girls' side, while none of the three solos truly wowed me, Chelsea was passionate and strong, and Comfort was funky and tough (though I admit I wanted to see a little something more from the supposed best female hip-hopper Nigel has ever seen). Susie just did her thing, with lots of hip movement and hair tossing, but the judges dinged her for not using the stage or being as hot as she was in Vegas. Well, she was wearing more clothes . . .

Some other thoughts:

  • The judges said their real reason for keeping Comfort in the competition was the way she stood out during Shane Sparks's group number — and, considering my notes read "man, Comfort rocked that," I suppose I can agree with that. I especially loved the section where she broke it down with three guys and totally held her own.
  • So, Mary looks a lot better sans crimped hair and boob-pushing bustier, no?
  • Does anyone else think Kherington looks like Natalie Portman a little in the face? Just me?
  • I'm pretty sure that was a Schwimmer-style light-up sign I saw for Chelsie Hightower.
  • If I never hear "Stop and Stare" again in my life, I'll be happy. How many times have we heard it now this season? Four? More?
  • Totally called that setup with Jessica and Will and Kourtni and Matt being safe. I'm glad they made it through — they weren't the best of the week, but they certainly weren't the worst.
  • What does it say about this show that America's No. 1 flamenco dancer could try out two years in a row and not make the top 20 either time? This process is hard, and versatility really is key.
  • I think that no matter who the guest performers are for the rest of the season, I'm going to be able to safely comment, "Well, at least that was better than the Pussycat Dolls."

Were you sorry to see Susie and Marquis go? Surprised by the decision? Suspicious that we haven't had a couple split up yet after two eliminations? Discuss!

Photos courtesy of Fox

idance2live4ever idance2live4ever 8 years
Susie is absolutely amazing! She didn't have time to show everyone what she's got, but Youtube her, and you'll be blown away! Her fierce hair flipping and dancing sure won me over. She stands out BIG TIME from a bunch of overrated contemporary dancers. She's creative; she's different; shes HOT, and shes got TALENT!! She should have SO stayed!
Gabriela14815884 Gabriela14815884 9 years
I really wished Susie could have just showcased herself better but it was very obvious that she was leaving and Marquis I was a little surprised they chose him, I was sure they were going to choose Matt but either way not too sad about either of them leaving.
couture-yourself couture-yourself 9 years
I wasn't sad at all to see Susie go. Like everyone else, I failed to see what the judges have seen in her. As for Marquis, I thought his solo was fantastic. Chris just didn't do it for me, but apparently the judges saw him putting his all into it :-/ I definitely think it has something to do with the partnering. Lame.
Hootie Hootie 9 years
I'm glad Sideshow Bob is gone but I liked Marquis.
hmmmm. the two that went were expendable in my opinion. this is a tough season in that i really like everyone and dont really want anyone to go home. My heart is with will right now. i also like the contemporary guy that is quirky, his name is leaving my mind right now. i am not attached to any of the girls really at this point
graylen graylen 9 years
I think Susie leaving was a given. Marquis just didn't seem to have the personality. I honestly wasn't surprised. I really liked the Shane Sparks number.
NiceDriveway NiceDriveway 9 years
Buzz!! I just realized! You claimed it was MATT dancing a solo. IT WAS CHRIS!!!
NiceDriveway NiceDriveway 9 years
longhornlass04 - Marquis' solo was definitely not well rounded. He was all tricks, little passion or emotion. His movements didn't flow into each other, and rather, the routine seemed to reek a little of desperation. I think he's a bit young, and might not quite be there in understanding how to showcase his talents while keepin it real. Thayne was stellar. Passion, emotion, talent! Whatta guy!
faerymagick15 faerymagick15 9 years
I think the judges picked the right ones to leave. I never saw anything special about Suzie and there was something about Marquis that just irked me. I was very happy Twitch stayed. he is my fave so far!
anon21 anon21 9 years
That actually WAS a Schwimmer holding the electric sign. It was Mr. Schwimmer. Chelsie once trained with Benji's mom.
lovelystate lovelystate 9 years
I was surprised with Marquis leaving. His solo really showcased his talent...even without the "tricks" his lines were impeccable and I thought his solo was the best of the three males hands down. I think they got it right with Susie. I didn't see why she even made it into the top 20.
tepiza tepiza 9 years
Marquis showcased his talents quite well during his solo, but for some reason, i think he's very floppy when he dances...too feminine. With that said, I thought Chris should've gone home.
spazzydana spazzydana 9 years
oh and i totally called marquis. I think it was the strongest in some ways and the weakest in others. He was obviously doing every single jump turn and flip that he could possibly shell out to make it appeal to the audience and to make it look spectacular. i can see how the judges got pissed because its a dancing competition, not a flippy trick impress the audience competition. while i think his solo was better than some of the others, the judges just came down harder on him for that.
fireyelectra fireyelectra 9 years
Buzz, "I'm pretty sure that was a Schwimmer-style light-up sign I saw for Chelsie Hightower." I KNOW! I actually made my husband rewind the Tivo to point it out. I was like, "Do all Mormon dads on SYTYCD get those light-up signs for their kids? Did he borrow it from Swing King Schwimmer?" And I'm so glad Hot For Teacher is gone. I can't believe she made the Top 20 in the first place, with those unbending Barbie doll knees of hers. Poor Marquis. I knew he'd be gone as soon as I saw how much better manchild Chris' solo was than his. I need Chris to go home, and I need Jessica to go home. That girl doesn't even try.
jessielynn657 jessielynn657 9 years
I was debating marquis' elimination and I remembered Nigel's wiggly arm comment from wednesday. He's a great dancer though, I loved his flexibility. Susie on the other hand. WOO HOO. I was tired of watching her and the hair and eyebrows she sports.
dahippo dahippo 9 years
Frankly, I'm disappointed and a little bit angry that the judges chose to send Marquis home. Originally, of the three guys, he was the one I was okay with leaving, but after watching the solos, he was the only one that I thought for sure would be safe. He left it all out on the stage, and to penalize him for that is just... It confuses me to say the least. He really showed why he deserved to stay. Color me very unhappy.
sumbum sumbum 9 years
I thought Marquis' solo was the strongest too. Or at least, the most memorable. Susie, I could do w/o. Mia Michaels' hair looks so much better than last season, she's totally rockin the platinum!
DCBaxter DCBaxter 9 years
Spazzy, I agree - he wasn't singing at all! Also I was hoping to hear "Low." So I was disappointed. I also thought Marquis' solo was the strongest, Chris did not seem to give it his all during his solo, and Marquis seemed like he really wanted it. I also think that two teams going home is incredibly suspicious.
spazzydana spazzydana 9 years
what the hell was with flo ridas preformance, he wasnt even 'singing'. that was crap at its finest.
Firesheep Firesheep 9 years
I'm happy Susie is out, I didn't like her or her dancing. I wanted Chris to go, I think Nigel was right the first time - he's like a tree.
nals33 nals33 9 years
I actually couldn't stand Susie from the begining. The choreographer in Thursday night's show called her a street dancer. I think he hit the nail on the head with that one. She doesn't really salsa. If she did, she would have tore it up during the performance. She just moves her hips around and flips her hair entirely too much. Like you, I don't understand what the judges saw in her from the get go. As for Marquis, I'm not quite sure what I didn't like about him..but I definitely didn't like him. Maybe it was his personality. I'm not sure. So yeah, I'm not heartbroken that the two of them are gone.
longhornlass04 longhornlass04 9 years
I was totally confused with marquis leaving too. I agree with nomadreader, it's very suspicious that two teams went home. Out of the three contemporary dancers that performed solos, Chris seemed heavy, like he couldn't get off the ground. Thayne sticks his butt out WAAAAAAAAAyyyy too much when he dances and it's really distracting. marquis just had the most well rounded solo. have the producers just become too lazy and are afraid to have mismatched partners?
nomadreader nomadreader 9 years
I was sad to see Marquis go. I'm curious if the fact that he was Susie's partner (and she was clearly going) had any bearing. Isn't it unusual, and perhaps a little suspicious, that two teams have gone home thus far? I'm a sucker for tricks too. Isn't that the point of being America's "favorite" dancer. I want to be wowed, and I can't say I remember anything besides the music on Thayne or Chris. Every season when the judges pull the "all tricks" card, I get upset. Tricks are what we watch for! The judges love tricks too, as long as you're not a contemporary dancer.
LaurenG22 LaurenG22 9 years
I was happy... Marquis seemed off to me... not a fan of him or his vampire teeth look. As for susie, bleh, she was always just a bonafide clubber to me.
Martini-Rossi Martini-Rossi 9 years
same here.
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