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So You Think You Can Dance: Cristina Santana Is “Sad To Go Home”

June 26, 2010 10:00 AM by Nancy Floyd

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On Thursday night’s episode of So You Think You Can Dance, another female dancer was eliminated from the competition. With only three girls remaining and all six male dancers still intact, it’s looking as though this season might belong to one of the boys. Cristina Santana, the most recent dancer to be eliminated, says “anything can happen” on the show. Keep reading for more details on Cristina’s departure and what the judges have to say about this season’s crop of competitors…

Not surprisingly, Cristina Santana wasn’t quite ready to be eliminated from So You Think You Can Dance. After being in the bottom three for two weeks in a row, the judges made the hard decision to send the salsa dancer home on Thursday night. Despite the fact that she gave a killer performance on Wednesday night’s show (a paso doble with ballroom All-Star Pasha), she didn’t receive enough votes to stay in the competition. When it came down to her and tap dancer, Melinda Sullivan, the judges were divided on who to send packing.

“We feel like Melinda grew the most last night because she did something completely out of her genre,” Mia Michaels said about the tap dancer. “And she was pretty awesome. Other than that dress.” Ultimately, the final decision about who to send home came as a result of comparing Melinda Sullivan and Cristina Santana’s entire history on the show. The judges considered everything from their solo routines, partner routines, and opening numbers.

So You Think You Can Dance executive producer, Nigel Lythoe wasn’t too thrilled with the decision to send Cristina Santana home. He was outnumbered by Mia Michaels and Adam Shankman though in the vote.  “I think she’s grown across the season,” Lythgoe said about Cristina after Thursday night’s show. “And I thought she was fabulous last night.”

Ultimately, the judges think the competition might end up with a male winner this season. “I love male dancers unless the girls are just as strong,” Mia Michaels said. “We have some strong girls and I want them to step it up.” Nigel Lythgoe agrees and isn’t surprised to see the men doing so well thus far.  “How many girls have we had win? Two girls out of seven seasons,” he said. “If it’s great dancing, I don’t care. It’s always going to be a boys club unless we have an outstanding girl.”

Despite being the second dancer eliminated from the competition, Cristina Santana is handling it well.  “Anything can happen on this show,” she told People magazine. “I wasn’t expecting not to be in the bottom three. I’m actually pretty happy with what I’ve done, but it’s sad to go home.”

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