It was another tough go-round for the remaining dancers on last night’s So You Think You Can Dance. The judges, with the help of America, had the unpleasant task of sending home two more talented dancers–and this time around it was partners Susie Garcia and Marquis Cunningham.
But before the Top 18 dancers learned their fates, they were given one more chance to light up the stage with a stylish industrial hip-hop routine choreographed by choreographer and guest judge Shane Sparks.
Afterwards, host Cat Deeley spared no time in getting down to the eliminations. Hip-hop dancer Chelsea Traille and her partner Thayne Jasperson, who fell off Mary’s Hot Tamale Train the night before with a lukewarm jazz routine, were the first two take a spot in the bottom three. The final two spots went to salsa dancer Susie Garcia and contemporary dancer Marquis Cunningham and Comfort Fedoke and Chris Jarosz. After a smoking hot open-shirt flamenco performance by season 1 hopeful Timo Nunez (he never made it past Vegas), the six contestants then took the floor once more for the solos as the judges deliberated backstage.
When the judges resurfaced, Miami salsa queen Susie (whom they felt failed to “rekindle” what they saw in the audition stages) was first to get the sad news. Then soon after Marquis, who gave what appeared to be one of the hottest solos to date (watch the clip), with an incredible back flip and landing that sent the audience in a frenzy, would be next. The surprise decision received unanimous boos from the shocked crowd.
Despite the audience’s reaction, when asked after the show how they came to such a difficult decision, judge Nigel Lythgoe told PEOPLE that, on the contrary, the final pick “wasn’t really that tough,” adding, “I don’t think any of those six tonight are going to be there at the end of the day competition.”
After being voted off, Susie, 25, the teacher from Miami Beach, Fla., humbly said that “just working with all the choreographers” was enough of a great experience.
As for the 18-year-old Marquis, he remained positive, telling PEOPLE: “It’s just been an awesome road, and I can’t wait to keep going down it.” –Jed Dreben
Tell us: Were you shocked by last night’s eliminations? Did Marquis deserve to get voted off?Michael Becker/FOX