Lauren Froderman, Kent Boyd and Robert Roldan will compete in next week's finale

By People Staff
Updated December 01, 2020 03:47 PM
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For the first time this season on So You Think You Can Dance, the elimination was determined by the votes of over 10 million fans. And after a rough week for Adechike Torbert, the contemporary dancer was sent home on Thursday’s elimination show. Even though the judges didn t make the ultimate decision, they did agree with the voters that Torbert’s time had come.

“I’m not surprised,” Torbert told PEOPLE after the show. “This journey has shaped who I am right now.”

The journey also gave him the opportunity to work with his idol, Desmond Richardson, and Torbert is grateful to have performed his choreography. “I’m glad I got to leave the show doing a number that meant a lot to me,” he said. “To work with him was a dream come true and an absolute blessing.”

Torbert was a favorite this season, so his departure was really expected. “I was surprised because his voting has been high. America loves him,” Mia Michaels told PEOPLE. “But I think America got it right.” Michaels, who has been his biggest critic during the competition, thinks Torbert has a lot to work on as a dancer and an artist. He s a warrior, and his tenacity has gotten him really far, she said. “And I think because he is a warrior, he ll be great in anything he chooses to do.”

Torbert made sure to never let the Michaels’s tough critiques affect him too much. “I don’t need her to recognize me,” he said. “If she’s not too crazy about me then somebody else is.”

While Torbert has been immune to the bottom three each week, it was obvious that his weak performance Wednesday night was his downfall. “I think it went the right way,” said Adam Shankman. “He doesn’t lose himself in the number … with him I just feel tension.”

With Torbert gone, Lauren Froderman, Kent Boyd and Robert Roldan will compete in next week’s finale. And although Froderman and Boyd are currently the top two, the judges do not underestimate Roldan s talent. “It was his night for me, Nigel Lythgoe said of Roldan’a mesmerizing Viennese waltz and intricate hip-hop routine. He s gotten every single ballroom routine, and I m enjoying watching him struggle with it.”–Mussarat Bata

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