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So You Think You Can Dance: Nigel Lythgoe “Heartbroken” About Eliminating Tap Dancer Melinda Sullivan

July 03, 2010 01:00 PM by Nancy Floyd


After spending three weeks in the bottom three on So You Think You Can Dance, it wasn’t too shocking to see that tap dancer Melinda Sullivan was eliminated from the competition this week. Although the judges were unanimous in their decision, Nigel Lythgoe says he’s “heartbroken” to see the tap dancer go. Keep reading for more details on why Nigel Lythgoe thinks Melinda didn’t receive votes and how she feels about her performances…

Another lady has been eliminated from So You Think You Can Dance! After being in the bottom three for three weeks in a row, tap dancer Melinda Sullivan was the latest casualty on the reality dance competition, leaving only two females in the competition. Melinda’s shaky salsa routine with sexy ballroom All-Star Pasha wasn’t enough to earn votes from America or the judges so she was sent packing.

Executive producer and head judge, Nigel Lythgoe, thinks that Melinda Sullivan had an issue connecting with the at-home audience. “She looks as though she’s confident,” Nigel Lythgoe said after the elimination. “That’s New York girls — they’re not always confident but they sometimes alienate the audience that’s voting.”

Regardless of the reason for her elimination, Melinda Sullivan said she did her best and is proud of her time on So You Think You Can Dance. “I was giving my all as an artist,” Melinda told People magazine. “As a confident, young, strong woman, I was pleased with my performances.” Melinda Sullivan was the only tap dancer to make the competition this year and she hopes she’s done a good job proving that “tap can be edgy and sexy and hip as opposed to old-school.”

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