“So You Think You Can Dance” has managed to find a pretty stellar crop of performers in what has been (at least in our estimation) a comeback season, and you could see evidence of that just in the talent level of the six dancers who performed on the show last year.
Just when you consider that we had both Hayley Erbert and Paul Karmiryan listed as favorites to win the entire season at times this year, it is a perfect testament to the pretty-equal level of competition on the show to see that they were both sent home last night. Neither dancer did anything wrong, but when America’s vote controls the last elimination before the final rounds, anything can happen.
In a conference call today, we had an opportunity to ask what the emotional process was like for these two in making it so far and being proud of that, but also knowing that they were so close to the finale at their time of elimination.
Hayley – “It’s a little bittersweet at this point because we were so close to the finale, but I’m so proud of Aaron [Turner], Fik-Shun, Jasmine [Harper], and Amy [Yakima] for making it, because they’re amazing at dance and incredible human beings, too, because I got so close to them over the weeks.
“I’m really upset because I didn’t get to show America my last bit, but I’m still so happy that I even made it this far because I never expected it to begin with. I’m so blessed to have been given this opportunity at all.”
Paul – “Of course it’s everyone’s goal to make it all the way, but just thinking back to L.A. auditions and the journey I’ve made, it’s amazing making it this far. I have no regrets and I think that’s the most important thing.
“…It’s bittersweet as Hayley said where you would want to go all the way and actually have the full potential of dancing each possible dance, but then again everything happens for a reason and [the other dancers] all deserve to be there. It was a hard decision for America. This season has been so strong, and I wish them all the best.”
When it comes to their future, Hayley and Paul each said later in the call that they would be interested in taking on a career in acting, though Hayley also would be happy to work as a backup dancer for Justin Bieber or another big star. Paul said that he would be interested in “Dancing with the Stars” if they came calling, and given what we saw of him this year, they really should be interested. The guy has great talent.
Are you going to miss these two on the show the next two weeks? Be sure to share your thoughts below, and check back tomorrow: We’re going to have more details about the performances and judges to be featured on the show next week.