It was up to America to decide who stayed and who went home on last night’s So You Think You Can Dance results show. The first two to leave the Top 10–show favorites Kherington Payne and Gev Manoukian.
But it wasn’t all gloom, as the final ten kicked off the show with a whimsical Bollywood number. Another highlight: the three resident guest judges/choreographers Shane Sparks, Mandy Moore and Wade Robson got Emmy props for their work on the show.
With the dancers now being judged individually rather than as couples, the female dancers were the first to learn their fates. Comfort Fedoke (back from elimination after an injured Jessica King left the competition) was the first to learn she was back in the bottom. Then in a surprise, audience favorite Kherington Payne joined her. The top five guys performed a routine choreographed by show creator Nigel Lythgoe before Mark Kanemura and Gev Manoukian joined the two girls in the bottom.
When host Cat Deeley broke the news that Kherington and Gev who would be leaving this round, it came as a shock to both the audience and the judges. “The other dancers should just look at this as time to really bring A-game,” guest judge and choreographer Lil’ C told PEOPLE. “Your dance career is never over when you lose … it’s never over. If anything, this should compel them to go harder.”
Kherington, 18, the stunning contemporary dancer/soccer star from Placentia, Calif., (and cuter half of the “Twitchington”) was at a loss for words following her elimination. Meanwhile, Gev, the 21-year-old break-dancing ice-skater from Kazakhstan, held back tears, telling the audience “it’s been the greatest experience I’ve ever had,” adding, “this is definitely not the end … this is just the beginning.” –Jed Dreben
Tell us: Were you surprised Kherington and Gev got voted off? Who should have gone home first?Joe Viles/FOX