Season 10 ‘SYTYCD’ Top 20 Semifinalists Revealed!
I found it odd and awkward when, at the beginning of "So You Think You Can Dance's" top 20 reveal episode this Tuesday, Nigel Lythgoe stated that he and his fellow judges had "invested in dancers we're not sure about." Um, what's not to be sure about? For the most part, this season's semifinalists are an amazing bunch, as their first live onstage performances readily proved.
But by the end of Tuesday's epic episode, Nigel seemed more convinced, saying, "I think we've picked the right dancers." Over the course of the episode's two hours, the 33 remaining contestants found out their fate, and then those that made it through were grouped by specialty style to do numbers for a studio audience. Most of these routines were stunning, so I think the top 20 have a lot of potential...and that Nigel really needn't worry. These kids will likely do him and "SYTYCD's" legacy proud.
These are contestants who will be moving on to the live shows, which kick off next week:
DuShaunt "Fik-Shun" Stegall & Mariah Spears – Hip-Hop
Fik-Shun is a Vegas street performer and this year's token untrained diamond-in-the-rough dancer (a la last year's Cyrus Spencer or Season 7's Jose Ruiz). Mariah is the awesomely named awesome krumper who tried out last year; she didn't make the cut then, and I remember being quite upset about that. I'm thrilled to see her back. Together, these two brought fire to the stage during an aggressive but playful Luther Brown routine. I hope they're able to excel in other genres, so they can stick around. (Sad side note: A third hip-hop dancer, Phillip Chbeeb's pal Emilio Dosal, made it to the top 20, but he had to withdraw this week when he was injured.)
MacKenzie Dustman, Jasmine Harper, Nico Greetham & Tucker Knox – Contemporary
Jasmine and Tucker got a lot of screentime this season due to their backstories — Jasmine is Cyrus Spencer's ex-girlfriend (he broke up with her while he was competing last year), and Tucker was in a nearly career-ending serious car accident not too long ago. (Tucker was so emotionally overwhelmed after he danced his top 20 Stacey Tookey routine with Jasmine, MacKenzie, and Nico, he started sobbing. Hopefully he can channel that emotion into his future routines.) However, MacKenzie may be the real star here; the one and only goddess of "SYTYCD," Mia Michaels, actually told MacKenzie she's "brilliant," and coming from Mia, that means a lot.