Destination ‘So You Think You Can Dance’: Mary Murphy gets real

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After Thursday’s shocking “So You Think You Can Dance” elimination show, I just had to get Mary Murphy’s side of the story. Here’s her explanation for the cut that left viewers perplexed.

On Marquis Cunningham’s ouster angering the crowd:

‘I think America at home probably won’t see it the way that we saw it either, mainly because there were so many tricks, and that’s exciting to see. What they didn’t see was enough dancing in between. . . . There’s no way the crowd would understand our decision.’

On Susie Garcia’s solo:


‘That just had no real thought or planning into it, I feel, whatsoever. She could have at least covered the stage. She didn’t even do that.’

On the ladies:

‘I didn’t really enjoy any one of their solos. Not strong enough.’

On the importance of the 30-second solos:

“I mean, we can have a sense before they even do their solos, but I can honestly tell you that we’ve definitely changed our mind.’

On Thursday’s strongest solo dancer:

‘I felt Thayne really just walked away with the top solo. It saved him, without a question. I think we were all just kind of mixed about what to do with them until he came out with his solo, and I said, ‘Well, we’re keeping him.’ '

On ballroom dancers fighting for their lives:

‘It’s very difficult for a ballroom dancer. . . . When you have to fight for your life, I always wish they could fight with their partner. But ultimately, on the other side of it, one person’s gonna win this competition so you’ve gotta be able to be a soloist. They know that going in. . . . Come up with a good solo. You know you’re gonna have to do one here.’

-- Stephanie Lysaght