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'So You Think You Can Dance' names Top 20

By
Nigel Lythgoe (So You Think You Can Dance USA Judge)

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So You Think You Can Dance has named its Top 20 dancers for season eight.

The contestants who had won a place on next week's live shows were revealed during Thursday night's episode of the Fox competition.

Las Vegas callbacks had begun on Wednesday night, with 160 dancers gathering in Sin City hoping to impress the judges during the five choreography rounds of hip hop, ballroom, Broadway, group and contemporary.

At the end of the first episode, just 31 dancers remained in the running to advance to the live shows, and the Top 20 were determined tonight. They are:

Jordan Casanova
Dance Speciality: Jazz
Hometown: Chino Hills, CA
Currently Resides: Chino Hills, CA
Age: 18

Alexander Fost
Dance Speciality: Contemporary
Hometown: Alhambra, CA
Currently Resides: Alhambra, CA
Age: 21

Tadd Gadduang
Dance Speciality: Hip Hop
Hometown: Salt Lake City, UT
Currently Resides: Salt Lake City, UT
Age: 25

Marko Germar
Dance Speciality: Jazz
Hometown: Dededo, Guam
Currently Resides: Canoga Park, CA
Age: 22

Ricky Jaime
Dance Speciality: Contemporary
Hometown: Miami, FL
Currently Resides: Tampa, FL
Age: 19

Wadi Jones
Dance Speciality: Breaking
Hometown: Ossining, NY
Currently Resides: Ossining, NY
Age: 24

Mitchell Kelly
Dance Speciality: Contemporary
Hometown: Chicago, IL
Currently Resides: Atlanta, GA
Age: 20

Chris Koehl
Dance Speciality: Hip Hop
Hometown: Garland, TX
Currently Resides: Garland, TX
Age: 21

Caitlynn Lawson
Dance Speciality: Contemporary
Hometown: Moses Lake, WA
Currently Resides: Moses Lake, WA
Age: 18

Jess LeProtto
Dance Speciality: Broadway
Hometown: Little Falls, NJ
Currently Resides: Little Falls, NJ
Age: 18

Iveta Lukosiute
Dance Speciality: Ballroom
Hometown: Klaipeda, Lithuania
Currently Resides: New York, NY
Age: 30

Miranda Maleski
Dance Speciality: Contemporary
Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA
Currently Resides: North Hollywood, CA
Age: 19

Sasha Mallory
Dance Speciality: Contemporary
Hometown: Bakersfield, CA
Currently Resides: Bakersfield, CA
Age: 23

Melanie Moore
Dance Speciality: Contemporary
Hometown: Marietta, GA
Currently Resides: New York, NY
Age: 19

Missy Morelli
Dance Speciality: Jazz
Hometown: Arvada, CO
Currently Resides: Studio City, CA
Age: 20

Clarice Ordaz
Dance Speciality: Jazz
Hometown: Whittier, CA
Currently Resides: Whittier, CA
Age: 19

Ryan Ramirez
Dance Speciality: Contemporary
Hometown: Morgan Hill, CA
Currently Resides: North Hollywood, CA
Age: 19

Ashley Rich
Dance Speciality: Contemporary
Hometown: Antioch, CA
Currently Resides: Emeryville, CA
Age: 22

Robert Taylor Jr.
Dance Speciality: Hip Hop
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
Currently Resides: New York, NY
Age: 31

Nick Young
Dance Speciality: Tap
Hometown: Franklin, WI
Currently Resides: Franklin, WI
Age: 19

So You Think You Can Dance airs its first live performance show next Wednesday at 8/7c on Fox, with the results being revealed on Thursday at 8/7c. Jessie J will also perform on the results show.

Viewers will be able to vote for their favourite dancers online at the So You Think You Can Dance official website for the first-time ever following the Wednesday show, which will see the Top 20 paired for their performances.

"We are extremely excited that we are expanding the voting process to include online," said Lythgoe this week. "I believe that interactivity is going to be a major part of programming in the future. We are at the cutting edge of dance, and it's important that we remain at the cutting edge of interactive technology."

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