Tuesday 5 July 2011

Four Quebecers make Dance Top 22

It was bad news for West Islander Jenny Dailey, who on her third try was unsuccessful in reaching CTV's So You Think You Can Dance Canada's (SYTYCDC) coveted top 20 finalists. But when the judges, including charismatic Montrealer Jean-Marc Genereaux, gave their final word there was actually a top 22 and four Quebecers among them.

After a cross-country audition tour which included a stop in Montreal last November, the judges selected 11 girls and 11 guys to perform for Canada’s votes and compete for the coveted title of Canada’s Favourite Dancer. Quebec is the home of SYTYCD Season 1 Winner, Nico Archambault, and this season Quebec is well-represented with competitors Christian Millette, 28 from Montreal; JP Dubé, 19, from Montreal; Denitsa Ikonomova, 24, of Laval, and Francois Pruneau, 26, from Trois-Rivières (pictured above). These competitors will take to the stage for the first time on Monday, July 11 at 8 p.m. ET on CTV, with voting beginning following the conclusion of the two-hour performance show. For full voting details, visit dance.CTV.ca.

Here is a look at the Quebec representatives:

• Millette, is a ballroom dancer. Growing up in a house of dancers, he was destined to become a performer. He has performed in countries such as England, France, Germany and Ukraine. When not on the dance floor, he also works as an ambulance dispatcher in Montreal.

• Ikonomova, also a ballroom dancer, grew up in Bulgaria watching her older brother dance on stage, and it was because of him she started dancing herself. Once she moved to Canada, she trained in Montreal, focusing on ballroom. Her dance skills have taken her to countries including England, Italy, France, Holland, Germany and Russia.

• Pruneau, yes another ballroom dancer, started doing so at the age of five. He also trained in Latin and standard dance and has participated in several competitions in Quebec and in cities around the world including New York City.

• Dubé , a hip-hop dance, has quickly become the heartthrob of he competition. He has trained at various studios in Montreal and is skilled in hip-hop, ballet and ballroom. JP has actually been dancing since he was 13, and as an aspiring hip-hop master, he’s looking forward to working with judge and choreographer Luther Brown. He told viewers that he is more than just "the little cute boy."

Canada’s newest dance hopefuls will pair into 11 couples and work with some of the world’s top choreographers, learning a new dance routine and style each week. Voting begins Monday, July 11, as viewer votes determine the bottom three couples, with the judges selecting who goes home. Once the show reaches the Top 10, viewer votes determine the fate of the finalists. Voting occurs following the conclusion of the performance shows, and is restricted to one, two-hour voting window in each region of broadcast. Voting can be cast for free via landline telephones. For full details about voting, visit dance.CTV.ca.

During the first live results show on Tuesday, July 12 at 8 p.m. ET, the three couples with the fewest number of votes are announced. Each dancer will then have one final chance to impress the judges and “dance for their life” with a solo routine of his or her choosing. After all six dancers have performed, the judges decide who continues their dream of becoming Canada’s Favourite Dancer, and who goes home.

An encore episide of the top 22 reveal airs on MuchMusic Friday, July 8 at 7 p.m. ET. Also catch weekly encores of the performance and results shows airing back-to-back Fridays at 7 p.m. ET beginning July 13 on MuchMusic (visit muchmusic.com to confirm local broadcast times).

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