Ashley Rich and Chris Koehl are eliminated on SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE

Jesse Tyler Ferguson to guest-judge Wednesday; Nicole Scherzinger and Jason Samuels perform on Thursday

SO YOU THINIK YOU CAN DANCE: Cat Deeley (C) with eliminated contestants Chris Koehl (L) and Ashley Rich on the Thursday, July 7 episode of SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE.

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By Jason Matthews

Finalists Ashley Rich, 22, a contemporary dancer from Antioch, CA; and Chris Koehl, 21, a hip hop dancer from Garland, TX, were eliminated tonight on SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE.

The three couples who received the fewest votes tonight were: Chris Koehl and Ashley Rich; Tadd Gadduang and Jordan Casanova; and Ryan Ramirez and Ricky Jaime. Judges Nigel Lythgoe and Mary Murphy, along with choreographer Travis Wall, asked the six finalists to perform solo routines and then eliminated Rich and Koehl.

This week’s results show featured performances by Florence and The Machine and Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet. Also tonight it was announced that National Dance Day is Saturday, July 30, 2011. The annual celebration will include local events at Six Flags theme parks across the country.  Fans are encouraged to visit www.fox.com/dance to learn the choreography for three unique National Dance Day routines of various levels of expertise, making it possible for people of all ages and dance backgrounds to celebrate.

The competition continues next week on America’s favorite dance show when the Top 12 finalists – Jordan Casanova, Alexander Fost, Tadd Gadduang, Marko Germar, Ricky Jaime, Mitchell Kelly, Caitlynn Lawson, Jess LeProtto, Sasha Mallory, Melanie Moore, Clarice Ordaz and Ryan Ramirez – compete for America and the judges. Emmy-nominated actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson will appear as next week’s guest judge, on a two-hour live performance show airing Wednesday, July 13 (8:00-10:00 PM live) on FOX 50.

Tune in the following night, Thursday, July 14 (8:00-9:00 PM live), for special performances by Nicole Scherzinger and Jason Samuels Smith and to find out which two dancers will be sent home next.

SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE was created by Simon Fuller and Nigel Lythgoe and comes from 19 Entertainment Ltd. and dick clark productions. The series is executive-produced by Fuller, Lythgoe and Barry Adelman. Become a fan of SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE on Facebook at www.facebook.com/soyouthinkyoucandance and follow the series on Twitter at @danceonfox.

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