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Atlanta’s Cyrus ‘Glitch’ Spencer makes it to finals on ‘So You Think You Can Dance’

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Atlanta’s hip-hop dance expert Cyrus “Glitch” Spencer entered tonight as one of the final two guys on Fox’s “So You Think You Can Dance,” competing with ballet dancer Chehon Wespi-Tschopp.

Over the show’s first seven seasons, Atlanta couldn’t land a single finalist on the show, but now it’s an embarrassment of riches. Over the past two seasons, five locals have made the top 20. And Marietta’s Melanie Moore last year took home the crown. This year, Spencer is in position to follow her.

Better yet for the competitors, Nigel Lythgoe decided to reward two winners: a man and a woman. In past years, there was just one winner.

Unfortunately, the show has suffered its lowest ratings to date, finishing last week with just 4.2 million viewers. Fox didn’t help matters by cutting it to once a week instead of two. And Fox aired repeats during the Olympics on rival NBC, slowing momentum the past month.

But don’t blame the show’s lack of buzz on Spencer. He’s been a fan favorite from his audition at the Fox Theatre, a gleeful “pop and locker” who knew nothing about choreography walking in. He has been an incredibly quick study and has humbly learned various dances, amazing the other dancers. As a result, he didn’t land in the bottom two or three a single time this season.

Tonight, the final four each had to learn five routines.

“I’ve been scared,” Spencer admitted in a phone interview Monday. Going into the live shows, “I didn’t even know if I could keep up with the other guys. Even now, I really feel these guys are in a whole other field, a whole other level. I get discouraged because I’m not as trained. I want to move a certain way but it doesn’t happen overnight.”

“You deserve to be here, young man,” said Lythgoe tonight after Spencer performed a pase doble. Later, after he and his male rival did  dance together, Lythgoe noted: “You Cyrus have improved so much as a dancer on this show. You’ve almost been starved of dance. Here you are with a  banquet in front of you and you are gobbling everything up. It’s fantastic to see… You are a remarkable person. I wish I had the same outlook on life as you did. You are an inspiration to me. You are my favorite person on this show.”

Spencer tries not to think of this as a competition to keep his nerves at bay: “We’re all so close. All we can think about is getting through the routines.”

“I feel like I’ve grown so much,” Spencer said. “I’ve never taken choreography. I used to dance to whatever the music made me feel. Now I have to stick by the rules. I have to make sure my partner is safe and secure and comfortable.”

Dancing with the previous contestants (dubbed as all stars) was helpful because they gave him tips to take care of himself and stay positive. So far, he loves contemporary dance and Broadway.

After the show and the tour (which comes to Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre Dec. 1), Spencer plans to pursue movies and of course, doing shows galore. “I just want to be able to grow more,” he said, “and continue to learn new styles and increase my dance knowledge.”

He had to cut the interview short. More rehearsals. And a smorgasbord more to learn.

The season finale is next Tuesday, Sept. 18 at 8 p.m. when the two winners will be named.

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By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk

30 comments Add your comment

James Johnson

September 11th, 2012
10:39 pm

Can someone please tell me why did Nigel make that comment to Cyrus at the end of the show tonight???? He he said he’s not going to vote for Cyrus because he feels more complelled to support the other male dance because He has been training for so long…
Who Asked Him for his openion?? and Why be misleading to the American Public by indirectly throwing Salt at Cyrus??? Al Sharpton said it best “You can’t pee on me and then tell me that it’s raining”.

deeg

September 11th, 2012
10:55 pm

I agree …Nigel did not need to voice his opinion on who he was voting for. I think that was inappropiate.

Alicia

September 11th, 2012
10:55 pm

I agree. Nigel should not have disclosed who he planned to vote for. It was completely out of line and downright mean.

Jade

September 11th, 2012
11:12 pm

Nigel’s comment was so unfair. Let America decide who the favorite dancer is!!

nikkie

September 11th, 2012
11:16 pm

i understand the other dancers were trained but 1 you should keep who ur vote is for to yourself as a financial supporter and judge it was extremely unprof. to shout out the way he did in regards to who was getting his vote. ;/ .. way to inspire him to actually want to learn .. not even.. close.. smh

jennifer

September 12th, 2012
12:02 am

Nigel did that on purpose as a way to influence the vote. That was a dirty move but I’m sure he realized that Cyrus is a very strong competitor and could win. #teamcyruswillprevail

Valerie

September 12th, 2012
12:25 am

Nigel was basically saying, I’m voting for the other guy because I know America is voting for Cyrus.
The other guy is a great dancer, but Cyrus is a great dancer who brought out the passion in me to start dancing again. While the other guy dances very well, I was never moved to get up and start dancing myself by watching him. He did what I expected him to do. Cyrus surprised me every week as he learned a new step. I could actually see his growth. It was amusing, heart provoking, emotional, and awesome all of the time.

Phylis

September 12th, 2012
1:07 am

It’s like he does not believe that Cyrus is a dancer because he is not classically trained. This is just wrong. Cyrus moves me with his passion and expression of feeling. Have you ever watched his face. He can emote more feelings than Chehon will ever be able to do. Cyrus is a dancer. Does Nigel just think Cyrus woke up one more and could move like that. He had to practice and train to be able to move like he does. Shame on you Nigel.

Vonnie

September 12th, 2012
1:34 am

Why would Nigel take away Cyrus’s glory. He did great and killed it with Twitch, who couldn’t keep up. I mean yea, Cyrus isn’t a “trained” dancer, but I looked forward to him dancing every week. I am ashamed of Nigel and feel it was uncalled for, rude and so heartless. I hope anyone who might have been on the fence will now vote for the dancer who hasn’t been in the bottom once, has improved the most and makes me smile every time he dances any genre. Nigel owes us an apology but more importantly he owes Cyrus a heartfelt apology.

Tami

September 12th, 2012
6:27 am

I TOTALLY agree. Cyrus never ceases to amaze me. Even after Nigel told Cyrus who he was voting for and why, that beautiful smile and genuinely humble soul never faded. Cyrus, you are most definitely ‘World Class’. Congratulations! You’ve already won in my book

Judge Judy not Al Sharpton

September 12th, 2012
8:06 am

Actually James, Judge Judy is the person attributed to the “Don’t pee on my leg and tell me it’s raining”.

Cyrus’ performances show incredible RAW talent. But, he needs training and technique. Cyrus was consistently reminded about his posture, extensions and pointed toes throughout the season. He certainly has potential in his native genre, but choreographers will want someone with talent and technique.

His competitor, Chehon, has incredible technique and talent. The air he gets in his jumps and power in lifts demonstrates why he should win. Cyrus can’t compete with that.

I don’t think Nigel was slamming Cyrus – he was acknowledging how far Cyrus has come and the passion he has. Praising his spirit was not a diss.

Rodney Ho

September 12th, 2012
8:43 am

I agree with @Judge Judy. Cyrus is going to win. People will vote for passion, not technique. Just my opinion. I think Nigel was purposely trying to help the other guy Chehon and just expressing his fair opinion.

Mona

September 12th, 2012
9:04 am

I was very saddened by Nigel’s comment at the end of the show. The show allows amateurdancer compete alongside professionally trained dancers for the title. I didn’t the comment was needed nor necessary.

I do believe Nigel was trying to influence the vote. Honestly speaking, I haven’t been happy with the way this year’s show has played out. It is confusing and has been uneventful.

Cyrus has been the only real stand out for me. He brings his talent every week. Therefore, I believe he will win hands down. Unless, the producer, Nigel Lythgoe, puts his hands in manipulating the vote.

Lola

September 12th, 2012
9:29 am

Nigel, Nigel, Nigel shame on you. You dirty low down scoundrel. The show is entitled ‘ So you think you can dance”. It doesn’t mean you have to be the most technical or advanced dancer; it’s how diverse you are. Cyrus, you deserve to win. Im very pleased and amazed that you you maintained your beautiful spirit eventhough Nigel took a blow at you. Goodluck tothem all. Great show.

Diedra

September 12th, 2012
10:51 am

I was very disappointed in the comment that Nigel made at the end of the show. It was not necessary. The reason why you will vote for someone was not necessary. It is up to America and that comment was unfair and not needed – it is not up to you. Because of your bias comments (you are always praising the women), that is why the count is down for the show. You really need to shut your horse teeth up sometimes and as a matter of fact, maybe you need to move on off the show and just be the executive producer and let some younger person judge the competition. I love Mary Murphy – I think she is a very fair judge and always try to be positive with the dancers. She gives constructive criticism when needed. And also the guest judges as well. But Nigel needs to go or QUIT being so bias against people that are different. I would like to see him do what Cryus can do with his big teeth. Cryus can’t do what Checon (whatever his name is) and Checon can’t do what Cryus can do – they are totally different dancers – that is the concept of the show. We don’t want dancers that can dance alike – it will be boring. It may be great that they have ballet on the show (and that is what Nigel likes as he says), but it is a boring dance and it does not keep the majority of the viewers attention. Cyrus dancing DOES. It is what it is!

Suggestion Box

September 12th, 2012
11:00 am

The only part of that show worth watching is the magnificent Cat Deeley. She is gorgeous, vivacious, playful, sympathetic and stands on some of the finest legs in Christendom.

peggy

September 12th, 2012
11:25 am

I was so happy tonight and one reason was i couldnt wait to swe cyrus and twitch dance together. you have a guy here that gives it more than we can imag HEART and SOUL!! if we all gave what cyrus gave it would be amazing what we could accomplish. and after cyrus dances with twitchand every time he dances i have the biggest smile on my face. but after butt heads comment i just sat there with my mouth open shocked and kinda pissed. thanks foe putting a downer on the show with you snobbery. remember this is a show u bring the viewers for us not u. And for cyrus to hang with trained dancers that is talent in itself.Thank You CYRUS for the smile you brought to me every week and making me want to try something totaley out of my comfort zone.

SYTYCD_Fan

September 12th, 2012
11:48 am

While I feel that Cyrus is a genuinely nice guy and is phenomenal in his style, in any other style he is awful (I know, start the boos and throwing things). All the other dancers are pushed to dance other styles, in the whole season Cyrus has received ballroom once and hip-hop in the majority of episodes. Be honest, while Cyrus may have passion, all others have passion for dance too. The judges on SYTYCD have been overly generous to Cyrus and the choreographers have been choreographing around him in all of the numbers.
Nigel’s comment was odd and ill-placed but true, Chehon is the best male dancer and he is a genuinely nice guy as well I am sure.

fannnnn

September 12th, 2012
2:27 pm

The show is looking for America’s favorite dancer, not America’s best dancer. Chehon has skill and technique and all but he may not be America’s favorite. Cyrus doesnt have the professional training Chehon has but is definitely my favorite!!! and maybe America’s! So it’s not Nigel’s place to voice his opinion in an attempt to influence voters. He cannot impose a favorite on America. It may not have been his intention but it definitely will influence voters somehow and it could go either way.

Rodney Ho

September 12th, 2012
3:09 pm

I think Nigel’s comments probably inspired Cyrus fans to vote even MORE.

Breezy

September 12th, 2012
3:16 pm

I think Cyrus is ultimately entertaining and I love his style. However, Chehon story background moves me. Plus he is a fantastic dancer. I love to watch him dance, he reminds me so much of Danny from seasons past. Nigel got caught up in his comments and went too far in expressing the person he would vote for. Not cool!!

XCEL TALENT

September 12th, 2012
3:51 pm

thanks for the support rodney!
http://www.xceltalent.com

nazaar

September 12th, 2012
4:15 pm

I agree… Nigel was out of line for making that comment!
1st. Who cares who you’re voting for.
2nd. Why try to influence the American audience…IMO this would be the only reason for stating anything before the night was over.
3rd. IMO Cyrus is the epitome of someone who should win “So You Think You Can Dance”. He’s not a trained dancer (like all the others this season). The fact that he didn’t have the means to be trained, but still follow his heart makes him an ideal to win. He definitely “thinks he can Dance”!!

whazzup

September 12th, 2012
7:49 pm

Sorry – think Cyrus is a loveable dude – but honestly he does not belong there! If it were a popularity contest yeah – absolutely. But it is about dancing. Twitch – had it all! Cyrus – not so much. He skated through not having to do anything outside his comfort zone – he was never stretched like the others had to. Like I said – it would be a real shame if Cheon did not win for male. And I think Cole and William were robbed too!

whazzup

September 12th, 2012
7:52 pm

Nigel was being honest – and one can only respect him for that. That is part of the territory….dancing and entertainment industry is rough and tough – and if you cant take the truth and criticism – then get out…..just the facts.

Chris

September 12th, 2012
10:41 pm

I love how humble and honest Cyrus is in interviews. He may not be the best dancer out there, but this is a competition for our FAVORITE dancer. I think that people respond to Cyrus’s genuine attitude and commitment to giving his best, and that he is America’s favorite dancer this season. I was talking to a coworker at Dish who is a Cyrus hater, and even she had to admit that the routine last night with Twitch was impressive. He has brought a unique style and character to this show in a humble way, and deserves a lot of credit. I am so glad that I got to catch last night’s show after I completely forgot about the finale. Thankfully, my Hopper automatically records it for Primetime Anytime and I got to see all of the amazing performances. I think all the contestants can be happy that they brought their best for the final performances. Good luck Cyrus!

hmaas

September 13th, 2012
12:25 am

Ithought this show was about Americas favorite dancer. Not the most trained. Nigel goes on and on about the importance of dance. He tries to inspire everyone to just get up and move. Look how hard he promotes national dance day. I do not disagree with any of that but let me ask you this. Who is more inspiring the one that has been professionally trained for many years? Or the one who may not have all the technique but throws himself heart body and soul into every performance. He knows he is not the best technically but he gives it everything he’s got. Plus Cyrus is just a natural performer. His personality shines through every routine. I don’t know about anyone else but Cyrus is the one that inspires me. I did not like the changes to the format this year but I tuned in to watch Cyrus. I respect Nigel but he came off as a hypocrite and just mean. How can he all season go on about everyone needing dance in their life then say he was voting for the other guy cause he was professionally trained? My whole family was glued to the Tv in anticipation of watching twitch. And Cyrus and we weren’t disappointed. Amazing! Now that would inspire kids to want to dance and believe that they can. Team Cyrus all the way.

KT

September 13th, 2012
3:23 pm

It’s called, GETTING PEOPLE TO VOTE. He’s stirring the pot to get you to talk about it and to vote. (low ratings = desperation). THAT is why he did it!

It was a tacky move and I lost any respect I had for the show.

STARR

September 14th, 2012
10:25 am

I didnt read everyones comment but for what I have seen on the show its called, So You Think You Can Dance????? So Cyrus is proving that, if he doesnt win, I wont b seeing it next time, hes proved that he can take any challenge and make something of it, lets see the other dancers do what cyrus does, then we can say, yeah they truly can dance…. But thats ot the case…. GOOD LUCK KIDD N DANCE ON,

Bev

September 16th, 2012
6:42 pm

Cyrus is amazing. I love Nigel but his comment was uncalled for. It is up to the fans to pick a winner, not the judges. I am so glad and greatful that it was up to us the night Cole went home. Because honestly, if it would have been up to the judges, I believe in my heart, the outcome would have been reversed. Obviously, we want Cyrus in the finale. I love Chehon. He is a beautiful dancer, and person. But Cyrus is my favorite. I love Tiffany. She is an amazing little ball of versitility and sunshine. But Eliana is my favorite. Nigel was wrong to have told Cyrus what he did, and he should be ashamed of himself. He is entitled to his opinion, of course. But in that instance, he should have kept it to himself.