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Hayley Newton

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Hayley and Mark are next to leave SYTYCD

BBC One's So You Think You Can Dance stepped up a gear and the final ten dancers were pushed to the limit, performing in couples, solo, whole group and boys-and-girls group routines in a bid to win your vote.

Robbie & Charlie's highly emotional lyrical routine left all the judges visibly moved with Sisco choked as he delivered his critique.

After performing in hip-hop, contemporary and salsa routines in the third live show, viewer votes left Hayley & Mandy and Mark & Tommy having to "dance for their lives" in front of the judges.

The four gave their all in the final 30-seconds to save their space in the competition, and judges chose to eliminate Hayley & Mark, saving Mandy & Tommy.

Of the girls' final dance, Nigel Lythgoe said: "The judges are unanimous – unanimous in believing it's getting tougher every week too. I can say there's very little difference between the two of you but we have to make a decision so we've done that."

"Mandy, you're a mature dancer. We think you've got great strength. We think you understand the demands of this show and we think for us you won't always meet the demands of this show."

"Hayley, we thought you were absolutely fantastic last week with your routine and just shone. And this week we don't quite understand why you're here in the bottom two. But in this show you have to highlight your strengths and not expose your weaknesses and I guess you've exposed some of your weaknesses this week.

"I have known your family for many years. It was in 1968 that your dad left The Young Generation leaving an opening in that group for me. Without that I probably wouldn't be here now. Because of that history it's even more difficult for me to say, Hayley, you're leaving the show."

Of the boys' final dance, Nigel said: "Again the judges are unanimous with the decision. We're all terribly upset that our two hip-hop dancers are here.

"The great thing about this show is that we can take kids from the street, they don't have to be formally trained and we can put them through their paces. It's amazing what you can learn and do and certainly both of you have been extremely exciting in what you've done so far. Unfortunately the public have made the decision and one of you is going home tonight."

"Tommy, you have a great warmth about you and somehow that gets you through routines as well. We just warm to you. It's difficult, though, that you have to pick up steps you're not accustomed to doing but we think you're doing it well.

"Mark, the same with you: we don't feel as though you've grown as much as Tommy, and we are going to be sending Amico his daddy home this evening."

After her elimination, Hayley said: "The whole experience has been amazing. It's truly been an honour to be up here. Thanks so much for letting me be part of it."

After his elimination, Mark said: "I feel that I'm blessed. I hope I have inspired people to know that you can come from the streets and make it on the stage."

The results show had performances from JLS, and a group dance featuring all ten finalists to Pump It choreographed by Simon Osyea.

Next week the remaining four couples will be performing to remain in the competition.

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SYTYCD - Hayley and Mark out!

Hayley Newton and Mark Calape have become the latest finalists to be voted off So You Think You Can Dance, after losing out in the final dance-off.

The pair found themselves having to perform again to stay in the competition after landing in the bottom four alongside fellow performers Mandy Montanez and Tommy Franzen.

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Hayley shows viewers how she can dance!

Her perfect evening may be a night in watching a box-set of 24 - but Hayley Newton is about to hit the big-time after wowing the judges in a new television talent contest.

Hayley, a tutor at the Italia Conti Academy of Performing Arts in Goswell Road, Finsbury, has got down to the final 10 in new BBC show So You Think You Can Dance.

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Profile - Hayley Newton

A girly girl whose perfect evening is a night in with a box set of 24.

Hayley trained at Italia Conti, even though her parents, who were both performers themselves, were keen for her to pursue a more stable career. It was only when she persuaded them to let her audition for the West End production of the Goodbye Girl and got the job that she was allowed to attend Italia Conti and began to train properly.

Since then, her work has included being assistant choreographer for Take That's stadium tour, appearing in Chicago, Moving Out, Contact, A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum, five Royal Variety Performances and playing Tally in Granada's youth drama 24 Seven.

She is excited about being on So You Think You Can Dance because it will be the biggest challenge of her career so far.

Favourite song to dance to?

"My favourite song is Angel by Sarah McLachlan, but not to dance to."

Greatest dancing fear?

"Falling over! I've tripped but never actually gone splat."

Best physical feature?

"My bum. I inherited it. I'm very grateful."

Worst habit in dance?

"Wiggling my hips too much and flicking my hair."

Most embarrassing moment on stage?

"When I was singing once and went off stage, they left my microphone on and I immediately said 'That was so awful'. The whole auditorium could hear it. That was at the Albery Theatre in the West End. I was 13."

How did you get into dance?

"Not easily! My parents were both dancers and they didn't want me to do it, but I pushed them, and here I am."

Where did you train?

"Italia Conti."

What's your favourite type of dance?

"Anything soft and feminine. I'm a bit scared of hip-hop – I need to feel my inner groove."

What is it like working on a TV show?

"Great. I've worked in TV before and it's very different to theatre. I love the fact, when you're not live, that you can do it again if you mess up."

Have you bonded with other contestants?

"Yeah. Probably with Chloe and Lizzie most."

Are the judges as scary as they seem?

"Yes! Obviously they're judges and need to be – they can be very strong sometimes. This is a TV show, so things are said to make an impact."

What are your future plans?

"I just want to be happy and successful."

Why did you enter the competition?

"For a challenge. I've never done anything like this before, never performing as myself on TV before, I have always been a character actress. It's very scary – I might be rejected!"

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