Toronto, ON (September 23, 2009) – There are only 10 competitors left and four weeks to go until Canada’s Favourite Dancer is revealed. Following Tuesday night’s Performance show and more than a million votes from across the country, CORYNNE and DANIEL were eliminated from SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA, leaving 10 dancers in the race to become Canada’s Favourite Dancer. During tonight’s live broadcast, host Leah Miller announced the bottom three couples; MELANIE Mah, 19, Richmond Hill, ON and CODY Bonnell, 19, Unionville, ON who performed a vampire inspired jazz routine; CORYNNE Barron, 18, Edmonton, AB. and AUSTIN Di Iulio, 20, Mississauga, ON. who performed a sassy salsa routine and JAYME RAE Dailey, 21, Montreal, QB. and DANIEL Dory, 23, Montreal, QB. who performed a wedding themed contemporary routine. After each competitor had the opportunity to dance for their lives, the judges deliberated and announced that, CORYNNE and DANIEL would be eliminated, just missing a spot in this year’s coveted Top 10.
The remaining dancers have survived various dance styles from dancehall, house, hip-hop quick step, salsa and mambo, to capoeira and afro brazilian. The dancers range in age from 19 to 28 and represent a variety of dance styles including contemporary, ballroom, tap, ballet and hip-hop, and are representing communities across the country; EMANUEL Sandhu from British Columbia, AMY Gardner and TARA-JEAN Popowich from Alberta, AUSTIN Di Iulio, CODY Bonnell, EVERETT Smith and MELANIE Mah from Ontario, and JAYME RAE Dailey, KIM Gingras and VINCENT Desjardins from Quebec. The Top 10 have now made it through five gruelling rounds of elimination. It all culminates during the finale in late October, when the winner will dance away with $100,000, and both the winner and runner-up will receive the keys to a brand new 2010 Mazda 3 Sport.
The competitors will begin rehearsing immediately for the Top 10 performance episode on Tuesday, September 29 beginning at 8 p.m. ET (go to CTV.ca to confirm local listings). The Season 2 SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA Top 10 are:
AMY Gardner, 21, a Contemporary dancer from Calgary, AB.
“It has been a bit of a rollercoaster so far, but the show has taught me to believe in myself and has helped me have more confidence. I’ve made some great friends and worked with some amazing choreographers and it’s been so much fun. I want to thank my fans and supporters, and no matter what happens, I want to show Canada what unique style and versatility I have as an artist.”
AUSTIN Di Iulio, 20, a Contemporary dancer from Mississauga, ON.
“It’s amazing to have all of my efforts over this past year finally pay off. The experience has been surreal so far and I can’t wait to se what is in store. Much love to all my supporters and fans.”
CODY Bonnell, 19, a Hip-Hop dancer from Unionville, ON.
“I’m very grateful for this opportunity and I am looking forward to the challenges ahead.”
EMANUEL Sandhu, 28, a Contemporary/Ballet dancer from Vancouver, BC.
“This journey is sometimes scary but also exciting and I’m grateful that I haven’t had to do it alone. I’m the happiest boy in the world right now. Thank you Canada!”
EVERETT Smith, 25, a Tap dancer from Glen Morris, ON.
“Last year I really wanted to make Top 20 and be a part of the show in Season 1, but I feel I wasn’t ready to believe in myself. This year, I wanted to be real from the beginning and lead with my heart. I want to bring tap back and thank everyone who’s always believed in me. No matter how hard the journey may get, believe in yourself and you can overcome anything that gets in your way.”
JAYME RAE Dailey, 21, a Contemporary dancer from Montreal, QB.“Last season I was sitting at home watching the show and I can’t believe I’m part of it now. This has been a great learning experience and I feel it’s the beginning of something amazing in my life. Most importantly, I feel blessed by all the teachers I’ve had and support from my family. They have given me the tools to be able to make it this far and I hope the journey continues.”
KIM Gingras, 23, a Hip-Hop dancer from Montreal, QB.
“I’m touched by all of the support I’ve received and I wouldn’t be here without it. I am thankful and blessed to be part of this experience and to have worked with amazing choreographers. Over a few short weeks I’ve had the opportunity to grow and learn as a dancer in such a short amount of time and can’t wait for it to continue.”
MELANIE Mah, 19, a Contemporary dancer from Richmond Hill, ON.
“Wow! I can’t believe I made the Top 10! All I have to say is thanks to everyone who has supported me on my journey so far. This has absolutely been the best experience of my life and I can’t say thank you enough to everyone who has pushed me and believed in me as a dancer.”
TARA-JEAN Popowich, 20, a Contemporary dancer from Lethbridge, AB.
“The experience so far has made my life. I want to thank everyone for their support – especially my hometown. Thanks Lethbridge!”
VINCENT Desjardins, 20, a Ballroom dancer from Trois-Rivières, QB.
“When I auditioned my goal was to make Top 20, but making Top 10 is more than I could have hoped for. Thanks to my hometown for all your support!.”
The competition will now become even more intense as the Top 10 face new choreography, but also new partners each and every week. Who stays and who goes is in the hands of Canadians, as viewer votes solely determine who continues in the competition and who goes home. After votes are tallied on Tuesday, September 29, two more dancers will be eliminated on Wednesday, September 30 at 7:30 p.m. ET (go to CTV.ca to confirm local listings). The judges will critique the dancers, but the guy and girl who receive the lowest number of Canada’s votes will be eliminated from the competition.
Offering their advice and support behind the judge’s desk next week are Jean Marc Genereux, Tré Armstrong, Luther Brown and Blake McGrath. The Top 10 competitors will work with returning choreographers Stacey Tookey, Tony Meredith and Melanie LaPatin, Sho-Tyme, Sean Cheesman and from season one of SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA, Francis Lefrenière and Natalli Reznik.