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Interview: Ashley Valerio of So You Think You Can Dance

This morning I had the pleasure of chatting with Ashley Valerio, the latest dancer to be eliminated from So You Think You Can Dance . While we got to see woefully little of the dynamic dancer, Ashley impressed the judges with her persistence. Before making the Top 20 of Season 5, she'd tried out four other times for So You Think You Can Dance. Ashley and I chatted about how she managed to work with the choreographers she was most looking forward to during her short time on the show, what it was like to dance as a Crash Test Dummy, and her words of wisdom for Kayla now that she's paired with her former-partner Kupono. To Read More Click here .

Two More Go Home From 'So You Think You Can Dance'

Two more dancers take the fall on " So You Think You Can Dance " when the judges dropped the axe on Thursday, June 18. Latin ballroom dancer Max Kapitannikov and contemporary dancer Ashley Valerio, two contestants who did not start as a couple, must go home to leave 16 in competition. Max partnered with Jazz/contemporary dancer Kayla Radomski on Wednesday performance night, doing a pop-jazz routine which was choreographed by Brian Friedman. Meanwhile, Ashley did a Hip-Hop style choreographed by Shane Sparks with her contemporary dancer partner, Kupono Aweau. Another couple in the bottom three was Caitlin and Jason. But both impressed the judges individually on the solo routine and were declared safe. Nigel Lythgoe said the judges were not unanimous like last week in deciding who should go home. Nigel thought Ashley's solo was lacking on "substance" although she was looking hot. For Max, Nigel said the dancer had a good work ethic but he was restricted to his ballroom dance style. Since Max and Ashley are goners, Kayla and Kupono will be a pair next week. Source Here

Tonight's TV Hot List: Thursday, June 18, 2009 - Featured

* The Fashion Show (10 pm/ET Bravo ) The outfitters confront a red-faced social predicament: the "walk of shame" - that next-morning embarrassment of wearing the same clothes from the night before. The designers seek a solution, transforming last night's party dress into today's work-appropriate wear, utilizing office items in the process. Later, they're whisked away to a surprise location for the elimination challenge. Actress Becki Newton (Ugly Betty) and model-fashionista Veronica Webb are the guest judges. * Burn Notice (9 pm/ET USA Network ) Dealing with a host of problems is nothing new for Michael. But it seems to be coming at him from all sides these days, with old foes able to track him down now that he's lost protection from those that burned him, and with the cops sniffing around him. His latest foe is a repeat customer, the arms dealer (The Shield's Jay Karnes) who blackmailed Michael's ex last season. Now he's kidnapped Nate and is forcing Michael to help him pull off a heist. If that weren't enough, Paxson is still hot on Michael's tail. * So You Think You Can Dance (9 pm/ET Fox) As tonight's elimination of two more dancers will pare the field to 16, it's appropriate that this results show's performer is Kristinia DeBarge, whose recent single, "Goodbye" (which samples the 1969 Steam hit, "Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye"), has been getting lots of airplay on pop radio. Incidentally, Ms. DeBarge is no stranger to the spotlight, having appeared on the American Idol spin-off, American Juniors, a few years back, and her father, James, was a member of the 1980s R&B group DeBarge. * Supernatural (9 pm/ET The CW ) Lovers of classic horror movies from the 1930s and '40s will relish this eerie black-and-white October repeat, which pays homage to films from that era that featured Dracula, the Wolf Man and the Mummy. Sam and Dean head off to Pennsylvania (think Transylvania) during Oktoberfest to investigate an alleged vampire attack. There, they encounter a shape-shifting demon on a murderous rampage who takes the form of iconic movie monsters. * Soundstage (10 pm/ET PBS) Jackson Browne is far from "Running on Empty" - literally and figuratively. The West Coast singer-songwriter serves up selections from his 2008 Time the Conqueror album, including the title cut and "The Drums of War," and showcases a few of the classics that earned him a berth in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, including "Boulevard" and his first Top 10 hit, "Doctor My Eyes." Source Here

Looks Like Katie Holmes Is Serious About It

Okay. So I'll admit, I'm not exactly adding anything new to the discussion. But I remember first hearing about that rumor involving Katie Holmes showing up to perform for So You Think You Can Dance , and I thought, "whut?" Of course, I wasn't really aware of her recent encounters on the dance floor, which, as previously pointed out, involved a stint on Broadway and a guest role on Eli Stone. So, okay, dismiss as rumor, let's wait and see. Now I've waited, and I've seen stuff, and looks like it will happen--or, at least, the possibility has spiked. The folks at E! Online now reports that the plans to have Tom Cruise's wife on board for a guest performance is indeed underway. "As far as I know, that's the plan," a show insider said, adding that it won't be for this week's episode. (Throw in the fact that she's been spotted at dance studios taking lessons... plus photos of her bodyguard buying her ice cream afterwards. Weird. But anyway.) The source can't tell, however, when her performance is going to be. Rumor is, it happens either in this season or the next season, which is slated for the fall. Another rumor is, it'll happen during the show's 100th episode, which falls this season. Another source said that a lot of dancers are rehearsing lately for a big performance, including previous SYTYCD graduates--could Katie be part of that mix? No word, yet. The folks at X17 also managed to catch up with judge-slash-producer Nigel Lythgoe, just as he is going to meet with Katie over the weekend. He won't say if it's for SYTYCD or for something else altogether, but he did say the meeting went well, and they have "something very, very, very special" planned in the future. I told you, nothing new to the discussion--at least nothing pretty concrete... or so I think. Source Here

Ratings: Think You Can Dancers Get Hotter - Featured

Thursday's ratings rundown: * 8 pm/ET ABC's coverage of the NBA Finals, led by a Jimmy Kimmel special, was the night's most-watched fare, averaging 11.3 million total viewers across primetime. I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! , down 100K week-to-week, placed third behind a Bones repeat. * 9 pm Fox's So You Think You Can Dance results show (8.7 million viewers) gained 6 percent week-to-week to edge out a CSI repeat and claim second. Pitted against NBA overtime on the West Coast, Burn Notice (5.2 mil) was down from its season premiere. * 10 pm Episode 3 of NBC's The Listener (4.4 mil) plunged 17 percent, placing a distant third behind basketball and a Mentalist repeat. USA Network 's Royal Pains matched its premiere audience of 5.6 million and became the cabler's first scripted series to grow its demos in Week 2. Source Here

Interview: Tony Bellissimo of So You Think You Can Dance

This morning I had the pleasure of talking with Tony Bellissimo, the first male dancer to be eliminated from So You Think You Can Dance . The quirky hip-hopper was an early fan favorite, thanks to his charming personality, boyish good looks, and a hilarious Vegas week performance that had Nigel Lythgoe stalking him on stage. Despite being the heart-throb of Season 5 and a fan favorite, Tony was the first guy to be eliminated after he struggled with a routine in his own genre. Ever the optimist, Tony doesn't regret a single thing about his time on So You Think You Can Dance and hopes to continue exploring new genres and growing as a dancer. He also plans on voting for every single couple left on the show, because he can't pick favorites from his "new family" on who to vote for. To Read More Click Here .

'So You Think You Can Dance' Eliminates 2 From Top 20

One guy and one girl from the Top 20 were sent home on " So You Think You Can Dance " on Thursday, June 11. It was just a coincidence that the eliminated ones happened to be a couple who joined forces on Wednesday's performance night, Paris Torres and Tony Bellissimo. Paris and Tony were coupled on the Top 20 round, crafting a Hip-Hop piece for Black Eyed Peas' "Let the Beat Rock". While Tony is originally a Hip-Hoper, Paris is leaning more into contemporary style. And their Wednesday performance, which was choreographed by the D'umo couple, was rather slow for the beat and not memorable. Based on audience votes, Paris and Tony were in the bottom three along with two other couples, Asuka Kondoh and Vitolio Jeune as well as Karla Garcia and Jonathan Platero. But the final elimination was determined by the panel of judges who must pick one guy and one girl to be cut off. As their final effort to stay in the game, Paris did a solo piece of "It Doesn't Hurt" by Katie Thompson while Tony danced to The Gap Band's "Early in the Morning". However, they were announced as the outcasts by head judge Nigel Lythgoe who said that the judges were unanimous on deciding who should leave. Source Here

Ratings: Is I'm a Celebrity Suffering a Lack of Speidi Bite?

Wednesday's ratings recap: * For the first time in three weeks of head-to-head competition, Fox's So You Think You Can Dance toppled ABC's (special double dose of) Wipeout, 8.7 million total viewers to 8.42 mil. * I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! , now sans drama magnets Spencer and Heidi Pratt, welcomed 4.6 mil to the jungle. That's a drop of 600K from the survivors' last outing, and the show is now off a full 28 percent from its season premiere. * At 10 pm/ET, the penultimate episode of ABC's The Unusuals drew 4.67 million viewers, placing third behind CSI: NY and Law & Order repeats. Source Here

Tonight's TV Hot List: Thursday, June 11, 2009

* So You Think You Can Dance (9 pm/ET Fox) Only Mary Murphy truly knows what her Hot Tamale Train is all about, but tonight's first results show of the season will find two of the Top 20 dancers getting off at the next station. Before that happens, however, the bottom three couples will dance for their TV lives in solo routines, and if that's not enough sizzle for you, rapper Sean Kingston performs "Fire Burning" from his second album, Tomorrow. * American Chopper (9 pm/ET TLC) The Teutuls are no strangers to family conflict, so they should have plenty in common with tonight's featured client: Jon Gosselin, star of Jon & Kate plus 8 and recent tabloid target. Jon has commissioned OCC to build him a custom chopper, so Senior, Junior and Mikey take a trip to the Gosselins' Pennsylvania home to get a better idea of what he wants. And the guys get on Kate's good side by bringing her a pink scooter of her own. * She's Got the Look (9 pm/ET TV Land) The search for modeling's new face - over-35 division - is back for a second season of smiles, tears, laughs and fears. Host Kim Alexis guides 20 women through a grueling competition that rewards the winner with an exclusive contract and a photo spread in Self magazine, and as an extra incentive, also comes with a $100,000 prize. Tonight the hopefuls move into the New York City loft they'll share for the next seven weeks, and begin their quest to redefine what it means to be a "model" citizen. * Raising Sextuplets (10 pm/ET WE) There's a new family of multiples in town. Spun from WE's 2008 special OMG! Sextuplets!, this series follows first-time parents Bryan and Jenny Masche as they wade through the chaos of parenting six toddlers. In tonight's premiere, just giving the dog a bath turns into an ordeal for the gang. Jenny is also preparing to return to work and training for a marathon. Bryan, on the other hand, hasn't sprung back into shape as quickly as his wife and struggles to shed sympathy weight he packed on during Jenny's pregnancy. * Tosh.0 (10 pm/ET Comedy Central) Last week's premiere gave us a taste of what to expect from comic Daniel Tosh's new show, which uses the boob tube to show us what YouTube - and everything else on the Internet - has to offer. OK, so there weren't any sneezing pandas, but there are nine more episodes to go. And if you thought the Afro Ninja's Web Redemption was touching last week, wait until Miss Teen South Carolina takes another stab at world geography. Source Here

So You Think You Can Dance Invites Katie Holmes as Guest

Apart from running the competition, " So You Think You Can Dance " apparently is hiding a surprise guest for its future episode. Katie Holmes reportedly is tapped to make a "special performance" on the Fox hit TV show, either later this season or the sixth season which will come in fall. Bringing in such story is Life & Style which quotes its source as saying "She's met with judge and producer Nigel Lythgoe and everyone hopes she appears on this season or next season of the show." The magazine further adds that Katie has been spotted frequently visiting a dance studio around L.A. in the past few weeks. The guest performance seems unlikely but Katie once displayed her dancing skill in ABC's now-canceled " Eli Stone ", guest starring as a sexy jazz dancer. She was also on Broadway production of "All My Sons". The fifth season of "So You Think You Can Dance" is on-going. On Wednesday, June 10, the Top 20 had their first performance before judges, being paired to demonstrate a piece of collaboration. The eliminated pair will be announced on the Thursday, June 11 episode. Source Here