“I’ve never watched the show until this season,” said City Councilwoman Cris Eaton-Welsh, who organized the viewing party at the Ben Robertson Community Center.
Cheers rang out when Everhart, 20, came on the screen to perform as a top-four finalist. However, the crowd dispersed shortly after he was the first competitor eliminated.
“That’s too bad,” said Kennesaw Mayor Mark Mathews after learning of Everhart’s loss. “We’re very proud of him here and he represented the community well.”
The Kell High School alumnus has performed at Kennesaw community events throughout the years.
His parents, Mike and Tammy Everhart, own the Great Gig Dance Co. off Wade Green road, and Tammy Everhart was her son’s first dance instructor.
Mike and Tammy Everhart flew to Los Angeles on Wednesday morning for the live broadcast.
“We’ve watched most of his career backstage,” Mike Everhart said Wednesday afternoon. “To sit in an audience and just enjoy the art is phenomenal.”
When his son first made the top 20, Mike Everhart said the family hoped the Kennesaw dancer would make the top 10 so he could go on the tour after the season.
“It’s a blessing,” Mike Everhart said. “Most dancers spend their entire lifetime working and paying their dues to get that break.”
Twelve-year old Elizabeth Patel came to the community center to watch with her mother, Jennifer, and sister, Hannah, 8.
“He’s been really good and he showed that he can do all the styles,” the seventh-grader at Awtery Middle School said of Everhart.
There was also a viewing party at the Chili’s on Barrett Parkway, where Everhart worked before going on the show. Mike Everhart said 10 percent of the restaurant’s proceeds Wednesday night will go directly toward helping Zack move to Los Angeles.
“How sweet is that?” Mike Everhart said. “What a phenomenal community we live in. We love Kennesaw and we’re so blessed that our business is a part of that community.”