'So You Think You Can Dance' Season 10 Recap: Meet the Top 20
'So You Think You Can Dance' Season 10 Recap: Meet the Top 20
Kim Stempel
Kim Stempel
Contributing Writer, BuddyTV
It's time for the So You Think You Can Dance big reveal: what will Cat Deeley be wearing? I am betting on something sparkly. No, it's finally time to meet the Top 20 dancers! The dancers survived a grueling week of auditions in Vegas, and are so agonizingly close to joining the So You Think You Can Dance live shows.

First, each dancer will endure a long walk to face the judges and hear their fate. Did each dancer do enough to make it to the live shows and compete to become America's favorite dancer? We will have the answers soon.

Get ready to meet the Top 20! This is the So You Think You Can Dance blog:

An Injury Derails a Dancer

Cat Deeley is in something sparkly. Wonderful! The resident judges, Nigel Lythgoe and Mary Murphy, are joined by Adam Shankman. He thinks Cat Deeley looks like a giant disco ball. I agree, but in a good way.

Du-Shaunt "Fik-Shun" Stegall is up first. He makes it! So does Emilo "Millie" Dosal. Marcus does not get a spot. Blonde hip-hop dancer Mariah gets good news from tWitch.
"Fik-Shun" and Mariah perform a Luther Brown hip-hop routine. I like it, but it doesn't really deliver the fireworks. Emilio Dosal has to withdraw due to an injury. It looks like "Fik-Shun" has a crush on Mariah!

Contemporary Dances

Next up is the contemporary dancers' category. Makenzie Dustman, from the LA auditions, is the first to learn her fate. She is in! She is also one of my top picks. Jasmine Harper also joins the top 20.  Ryan Johnson receives bad news -- he did not make it this year. Two other female contemporary dancers are also sent home.

Tucker Knox, the dancer who survived the car accident and severe injuries, and Nico Greetham are sent in together. Tucker and Nico both make it.

The four contemporary dancers perform a Stacy Tookey routine which is lovely and dream-like.  I really enjoy this dance. Tucker cries at the end of the dance as he is overcome with emotion. Makenzie receives the most raves.

Tap Dance

The three tappers are next to hear the news. Alexis Juliano is in the top 20! Curtis Holland also gets good news. Aaron, who was cut before the top 20 last year, is understandably anxious. He is sent home -- again. As number 11 on the mens' list, Aaron is added to the top 20 after Emilio's injury.

The tappers perform a fun and engaging Anthony Morijarto (sorry about the spelling!) number.
Oh, and Nigel Lythgoe informs us that National Dance Day is July 27 so get your dancing shoes ready, people! Mary Murphy adds them to the hot tamale train.

Six spots remain for the male top 20 dancers. The animators Jade Zuberi and Dorian "BluPrint" Hector are up next. They battled each other in Las Vegas for the chance to continue in the competition before they were both put through. Jade makes it in! So does "Bluprint."

They dance together in an awesome Christopher Scott number, and the audience goes wild.

Even More Contemporary Dances

More contemporary dancers are up next. Carlos pretends to vomit on Cat Deeley. (Yes, really.) He makes it into the top 20 dancers. David Lorenzo does not make the cut. Hayley Erbert, who auditioned in Austin, is in. Malece Miller is next in to see the judges. She survived being dropped on her head in Vegas, and makes it to the top 20.

Mia Michaels choreographs a moody contemporary routine for Carlos, Hayley and Malece around some chairs. It is over the top and dramatic.

Ballroom Dancing

Bring on the ballroom dancers! Serge and Britney, who auditioned together, learn the news together. Serge is sent home, and Britney makes the top 20.  Jenna Johnson, who is one of my picks, moves on! So does Paul Karmiryan. The Bersten brothers are facing only one open male ballroom spot. Alan Bersten makes the top 20, and Gene Bersten is sent home. Mary Murphy is crying when she gives the news.

The ballroom dance number is choreographed by Louis VanAmstel. Adam Shankman praises the girls, as does Nigel Lythgoe.

There are just two spots left, and six girls waiting to learn their fate. Amy Yakima, who auditioned in Detroit, is up first. Nigel Lythgoe tells her that she is a "beast" and that she is in the top 20. Marisa, Tessa and Gaby are sent home. The final opening goes to Meghan Branch or Jasmine Mason. They both auditioned for season 9 and did not make the top 20. Jasmine Mason is in, and Meghan is sent home. Jasmine and Amy perform a Sonya Tyre number that is very athletic and dramatic.

The Top 20 Perform

The top 10 male dancers perform a Christopher Scott hip-hop number that uses sand, which the dancers are supposed to control. The routine is creative and a bit confusing, but the guys kill it.

The top 10 women perform a number from Ray Leeper that is based on the "mod" era. The lights, costumes and dancers' movements are almost psychedelic. They bring the house down!

And finally, the top 20 perform together for the first time. Sonya Tayeh choreographs a number that she considers "challenging." Oh no!! I am slightly worried for the dancers. They are shrouded in mist as they begin dancing.  I like this number. It has drama, strength and also an elegant quality. It is shaping up to be a mind-blowing season!

So You Think You Can Dance airs Tuesdays at 8pm on FOX.

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