"So You Think You Can Dance" 2013 bade a fond farewell to two more finalists at the close of the Aug. 20 performance show on FOX, narrowing the field of contestants still vying for the titles of America's favorite guy and girl dancers to just six.
After a creative show-opening number choreographed by Mia Michaels, show host Cat Deeley got the elimination ball rolling by revealing the highly anticipated results of the Aug. 13 vote. While Amy Yakima, Aaron Turner, Paul Karmiryan and Jasmine Harper advanced directly to the top six, the remaining four hopefuls, including Jenna Johnson, Hayley Erbert, Tucker Knox and Fik-Shun Stegall, found themselves facing potential elimination.
Noting that judge and choreographer involvement with eliminations ends with the top six, "SYTYCD" co-creator and judge Nigel Lythgoe asked all four hopefuls to dance for their lives. Up first with a body-bending, gravity-defying animation piece was a grinning Fik-Shun. Hayley followed with a "Skin and Bones" contemporary routine that was pretty but a bit flat, and five-time low vote getter Jenna came next with a cape and hip swinging ballroom sampler. Tucker rounded out the solos with a well-controlled yet powerful contemporary piece.
After all eight finalists had the chance to impress once again with their respective all-star partners, the four endangered hopefuls made their way back to the stage for the week's verdict. After explaining that the judges had a difficult time making a final decision, he called Tucker and Jenna forward. Although he called Jenna's innovative jazz routine with Mark Kanemura "the best routine of your life" and opined that Tucker was "amazing," both finalists were eliminated from the competition, which secured spots in the top six for both Hayley and Fik-Shun.
When Cat asked them to share their personal highlights from the season, the former partners agreed that their friendship was the biggest one of all.
"So You Think You Can Dance" 2013 continues Aug. 27 on FOX as the top six again perform for America's votes.