July 13, 2009 01:03 PM by Britteny Elrick
Last week, Phillip Chbeebwas kicked off of So You Think You Can Danceafterperforming a Russian Folk Dance. Although Phillip was upset, judge Nigel Lythgoe informed him and Caitlin Kinney that theywould be joining the Top 10 tour. On Friday, Phillip participated on a conference call where he talked about his experiences on the show and also his plans for the future…
Question: So, last night when you were saying good-bye, I thought your speech was really moving and really emotional, and I was wondering what was going through your head when you were standing up there trying to figure out what to say in that moment?
Phillip Chbeeb: You’re never really prepared to get cut so, always, it’s kind of a shock and you’re standing there and all of a sudden, wow, the microphone is up to your face and you have to say those final words before you’re off the stage.
I think really I just went down to the basis of why I wanted to be on the show in the first place, and that was purely to prove that there’s so many people who aren’t given the same opportunities as others, all over the world, not just here. And I really wanted to show that you could find something within that can really take you places and you don’t necessarily need to have the money, or know the right people, or all those things, that sometimes if you just find the talent that’s within, or the passion that’s within you, you can make things happen. And I feel like that was my main goal of being on the show.
Question: Phillip, so what’s your plan now that you are going to be going on tour as far as schooling goes? I know you’re taking a little bit of time off right now, but what’s the plan?
Phillip Chbeeb: Well, I’m taking a little bit of time off and surprisingly, this worked out perfectly because I was going through a lot of money issues before the show happened. And it’s amazing how things work out. It’s a blessing. The minute money problems got in the way of my college education I got on the show and get on tour. So I’m definitely, hopefully going to save up with this tour and I’ll be back in school within a semester of that, well, whenever the tour ends, so that will be great. I’ve already spoken, seen my school and they’re excited to have me back.
Question: Over the weeks that you were on the show, is there a particular routine, whether it was one of your routines with Jeanine, or a solo, or one of the group numbers that really stood out to you as like, that was it, that was the most fun, that was the best it could have been?
Phillip Chbeeb: I think that the greatest experience on stage I had was during “Love Lockdown,” the piece for week four, mostly because the disaster that that piece was leading up to that day was hilarious. The chain broke. We slipped. We fell. We tore our body apart trying to make that dance work, because I know it looks pretty easy on camera when there isn’t a mess up, but the amount of problems that you could have when you have your ankles attached to each other is insane. So just getting through that piece and making Napoleon on top of the prog because I know that was probably one of the most difficult pieces they’ve had to put on anybody, so yes, that was a great day. Getting through that was a great day.
Question: What went through your mind when it was announced that you would be on it [the tour]?
Phillip Chbeeb: Well, when I first found out that I was going to be on there, they announced it live right after I got cut so it was a mixed emotion at first, mostly because it was a lot to take in at any given point. But I think that after I got to breathe a little bit, I was really happy. And I feel like it’s all for the best. All the people that moved on to the Top 10, they’re all amazing dancers and I think they’re going to give the show a lot of what they can do. And I have so many projects lined up for myself in the future anyways, that I’m definitely happy to have been a part of it.
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