November 04, 2009 01:33 PM by Lisa Princ
For the first time ever on So You Think You Can Dance on FOX we watched history being made as 3 tap dancers made it into the top 20. Last night, we watched history being made again as 2 of the 3 tap dancers were eliminated from the competition. Bianca Revels and Phillip Attmore were sent home last night by the judges. Find out what they had to say about it, as well as what’s next for them.
Bianca was the first eliminated from last night’s competition and here is what she had to say:
Question:How did you get into tap dancing?
Bianca Revels: I discovered tap at 3 years old. My mom to used to play old school music in the house and I would dance around with no rhythm. She enrolled me in dance class, and I just fell in love with tap.
Question: Do you have a full time day job?
Bianca Revels: No, I was studying dance at college and I postponed it to do the show.
Question: What made you come back to So You Think You Can Dance season after season?
Bianca Revels: Over my years of trying out, I have grown every year as a dancer and as a person. They never had a tapper on the show and I was the first one to bring wide exposure to it. I was hoping I could inspire someone and show them what tap was all about.
Question: After your routine, what were you thinking? Did you think you performed well enough to stay out of the bottom 4?
Bianca Revels: Based on the judges comments, I wasn’t too sure but I knew we had given 110 percent.
Question: The judges commented that you really didn’t “lose it” like you should have. Do you really feel that you gave 110 percent?
Bianca Revels: Yes, I do feel like we gave 110 percent. Alot of the time when you “lose it” a dance gets sloppy. It needs to balanced and I think we balanced it well.
Question: Did you know Ryan before your audition with him?
Bianca Revels: Ryan and I had run into each other a couple of times. He trained with my teacher and we have a mutual respect because of that.
Question: What’s next for you?
Bianca Revels: I hope to get into movies, as I also act and model. I am just going to keep pushing. Halle Berry is my idol and I hope to be the next Halle Berry in a few years.
Next up was Phillip, here is what he had to say:
Question: Since so many of the men and women seem to be the same size on the show lately, did the lifts pose a problem for you?
Phillip Attmore: It certainly was a challenge. Channing is a beautiful girl, not large at all, but very muscular. I think we were way out of proportion for the types of lifts they wanted us to do.
Question: How did you discover tap?
Phillip Attmore: I don’t remember the very first time I saw Singing in The Rain, but I watched it over and over. When I first walked into the tap studio I saw that they were doing the exact same thing. I was 3 years old.
Question: How hard is it to convey what you are trying show as a tapper in a 30 second solo?
Phillip Attmore: Not very hard. For me in terms of choreography, I splice different things together to come up with a work of art in 30 seconds.
Question: Nigel said he was heartbroken that he had to lose 2 tap dancers last night. Did you get a chance to speak with him before you left?
Phillip Attmore: Yes, I hugged all the judges and Nigel told me how sorry he was for my loss. I wasn’t sure if he was referring to the loss of my father or the show, but it was a nice exchange before I left.
Question: How difficult was it to hear the judges’ comments about your struggles last night?
Phillip Attmore: I think the judges were hard on everyone across the board last night, they had to be. I was disappointed that they did not acknowledge that several people had picked their own styles and the routine we picked out was very difficult, not only in terms of steps, but lifts also. Normally they go a little easier on you when it’s not your style. I thought Mary’s comment that I let my partner down was not a fair comment at all.
Question: Did you expect 2 tappers to be sent home last night?
Phillip Attmore: I was very sad for Bianca, but I didn’t think much about that. I thought I had the highest probability of going home since Channing and I had one of the weakest performances.
Question: Do you think tap dancers are at a disadvantage on the show since they are asked to learn other styles, yet no one is asked to learn tap.
Phillip Attmore: Absolutely. I had to learn the Samba in 3 days. I think that they should bring tap into it, since its the same degree of difficulty as what I had to learn. It’s definitely a disadvantage and then for me to step on the platform and get ripped apart like I did. Again, Mary’s comment was not a fair one.
Question: What is next for you?
Phillip Attmore: I am also a writer and I would like to publish a book. I have something in the works. Publishing is my next step and I would also like to go to NY and perform in a broadway show.
Thank you to both Bianca Revels and Phillip Attmore for sharing their thoughts. We enjoyed you both on the show, and wish you all the best of luck.
Photos courtesy of: FOX