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Nick Young Eliminated on 'So You Think You Can Dance'

The Wisconsin dancer couldn't tap his way past the second week.

It was a short but terrific run on FOX's So You think You Can Dance for Franklin dancer Nick Young. He endured the audition and the grueling week in Vegas where he danced difficult routines in a number of styles to make to the Top 20.

The first week of competition, he and his partner, Iveta Lukosiute, a professional ballroom dancer, performed the quickstep. Young killed it, much to the surprise of the live and at-home audiences. This second week the couple pulled Bollywood and while Young lived up to his potential, his partner's performance wasn't as strong and they found themselves in the bottom three.

Since, for the first time since the show began, the judges chose to save everyone the first week, that meant four dancers, two couples, would be sent home this second elimination night. For Young, unfortunately, that meant dancing against a strong and versatile jazz/contemporary dancer and a hip-hop dancer with surprising range.

Even more unfortunate, it seemed obvious even before each dancer did their solo who would be sent home. Young and the hip-hop dancer, along with their partners, got the bad news near the end of the show.

Young, a 2010 graduate of Martin Luther High School in Greendale, was one of the top 20 contenders for the title of 'America's Favorite Dancer' on the show.  The Franklin native has danced at his mother's dance studio, Young Dance Academy, in Oak Creek since the age of four.

Will you still watch even though Nick Young has been eliminated?

Cheryl Sanders June 24, 2011 at 04:59 AM
Bummed that such a terrific dancer was eliminated so early! Not sure if I'll still watch the show? I disagree with the judges' decision tonight which makes it hard to continue tuning in when some of the less-talented people are still on it. Still, I think Nick did a great job and represented WI well - he has a great future ahead of him!
Heather Asiyanbi (Editor) June 24, 2011 at 12:09 PM
As soon as the Bollywood number was over, I knew he was in the bottom three, but I was hoping the judges would make a bolder decision and steer away from the jazz/contemporary dancer since the Top 20 is stuffed with that style. Moreso because Nick is so much more versatile than just tap, which I feel was evident most especially during his quickstep.
Heather in Caledonia June 24, 2011 at 01:35 PM
I watched it last night and am so disappointed. He was the only reason I was watching (or trying to watch) the show. He was so much fun to watch - I've enjoyed seeing him at the recitals each year, also. Looking forward to seeing what comes next in his career!
John Cizman June 24, 2011 at 08:43 PM
Very disappointed that Nick was eliminated so early in the season. He faced several challenges, his pairing with the older, more disciplined Iveta, his misfortune to select the Bollywood number that had been made memorable during an earlier season and his tapper background. (I expected Debbie Reynolds to mention how important this style has been to the history of American dance.)
Heather Asiyanbi (Editor) June 24, 2011 at 11:08 PM
John, you raise a good point about Reynolds and her tap background. I thought Iveta was an asset during the quickstep, but she lost it during Bollywood while Nick kept it together and then some, which is why I was hoping the judges would keep him. Nick is strong and versatile. Part of the trouble, too, is that this Top 20 is absolutely the best they've ever had. Ever. That makes the eliminations that much harder.

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