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Saturday, June 30, 2007
So You Think You Can Dance: No Sympathy From FOX
Over the last 48 hours, there has been quite an uproar over the elimination of hip hop dancer Jessi Peralta. Peralta had been hospitalized twice in the last two weeks for dehydration, causing her to miss Wednesday night's dance show. Executive Producer Nigel Lythgoe announced that if she were healthy enough to dance Thursday, she would have to dance for her life, regardless of her partner Pasha Kovalev's reults. Jessi did return, able to perform her cha cha with her partner, and dance for her life. Yet, without any explanation, Lythgoe abruptly dismissed her on Thursday's live results show despite disappointing performances from other female dancers. Outraged by the results, viewers took to the message boards such as Television Without Pity & FOX's official site. A petition was started, receiving thousands of signatures. FOX had only the following response: on their main page, they simply state: "You knew two more would get cut. Keep it together." Ouch.