Check out the SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE Top 20 Photocast!

SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE: The Season Eight Top 20 finalists. Pictured back row L-R: Missy Morelli, Marko Germar, Caitlynn Lawson, Jordan Casanova, Nick Young, Sasha Mallory, Chris Koehl, Robert Taylor Jr. and Iveta Lukosiute. Middle Row: Jess LeProtto, Clarice Ordaz, Miranda Maleski, Tadd Gadduang, Ashley Rich, Melanie Moore, Alexander Fost and Ryan Ramirez. Front row L-R: Mitchell Kelly, Ricky Jaime and Wadi Jones.

By FOX50.com

After thousands of auditions by some of the strongest dancers ever, the judges of SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE tonight announced the 20 finalists who will compete to be named America’s Favorite Dancer. This season’s Top 20 are Jordan Casanova, Alexander Fost, Tadd Gadduang, Marko Germar, Ricky Jaime, Wadi Jones, Mitchell Kelly, Chris Koehl, Caitlynn Lawson, Jess LeProtto, Iveta Lukosiute, Miranda Maleski, Sasha Mallory, Melanie Moore, Missy Morelli, Clarice Ordaz, Ryan Ramirez, Ashley Rich, Robert Taylor Jr. and Nick Young.

 

On Wednesday, June 15 (8:00-10:00 PM ET live), the Top 20 dance for the judges and America on the season’s first two-hour live performance show. The Top 20 will be paired into 10 couples who will each work with a world-renowned choreographer to compose a dance routine representing their assigned genre. After each Wednesday performance show, the phone lines and online voting window will open and the fate of these 20 finalists – one of whom will be the named America’s Favorite Dancer – will be left up to the voting fans.

 

Then, on Thursday, June 16 (8:00-9:00 PM ET live), America’s vote is revealed during the first live results show. The six contestants comprising the bottom three couples will be given a chance to perform solo routines in the hopes of convincing the judges to keep them in the competition. The judges will then decide which dancers stay and which two will be eliminated. Also that evening, catch British pop star Jessie J performing her latest single, “Who You Are,” from the SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE stage.


 

The SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE Top 20 finalists are:

 

Jordan Casanova

Dance Specialty: Jazz

Hometown: Chino Hills, CA

Currently Resides: Chino Hills, CA

Age: 18

 


Alexander Fost

Dance Specialty: Contemporary

Hometown: Alhambra, CA

Currently Resides: Alhambra, CA

Age: 21

 


Tadd Gadduang

Dance Specialty: Hip Hop

Hometown: Salt Lake City, UT

Currently Resides: Salt Lake City, UT

Age: 25

 


Marko Germar

Dance Specialty: Jazz

Hometown: Dededo, Guam

Currently Resides: Canoga Park, CA

Age: 22

 


Ricky Jaime

Dance Specialty: Contemporary

Hometown: Miami, FL

Currently Resides: Tampa, FL

Age: 19

 


Wadi Jones

Dance Specialty: Breaking

Hometown: Ossining, NY

Currently Resides: Ossining, NY

Age: 24

 


Mitchell Kelly

Dance Specialty: Contemporary

Hometown: Chicago, IL

Currently Resides: Atlanta, GA

Age: 20

 


Chris Koehl

Dance Specialty: Hip Hop

Hometown: Garland, TX

Currently Resides: Garland, TX

Age: 21

 


Caitlynn Lawson

Dance Specialty: Contemporary

Hometown: Moses Lake, WA

Currently Resides: Moses Lake, WA

Age: 18

 


Jess LeProtto

Dance Specialty: Broadway

Hometown: Little Falls, NJ

Currently Resides: Little Falls, NJ

Age: 18

 


Iveta Lukosiute

Dance Specialty: Ballroom

Hometown: Klaipeda, Lithuania

Currently Resides: New York, NY

Age: 30

 


Miranda Maleski

Dance Specialty: Contemporary

Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA

Currently Resides: North Hollywood, CA

Age: 19

 


Sasha Mallory

Dance Specialty: Contemporary

Hometown: Bakersfield, CA

Currently Resides: Bakersfield, CA

Age: 23

 


Melanie Moore

Dance Specialty: Contemporary

Hometown: Marietta, GA

Currently Resides: New York, NY

Age: 19

 


Missy Morelli

Dance Specialty: Jazz

Hometown: Arvada, CO

Currently Resides: Studio City, CA

Age: 20

 


Clarice Ordaz

Dance Specialty: Jazz

Hometown: Whittier, CA

Currently Resides: Whittier, CA

Age: 19


 

Ryan Ramirez

Dance Specialty: Contemporary

Hometown: Morgan Hill, CA

Currently Resides: North Hollywood, CA

Age: 19

 


Ashley Rich

Dance Specialty: Contemporary

Hometown: Antioch, CA

Currently Resides: Emeryville, CA

Age: 22


Robert Taylor Jr.

Dance Specialty: Hip Hop

Hometown: Brooklyn, NY

Currently Resides: New York, NY

Age: 31

 


Nick Young

Dance Specialty: Tap

Hometown: Franklin, WI

Currently Resides: Franklin, WI

Age: 19

 


And keep up with the SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE Top 20 at:

 

FINALIST

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Jordan Casanova

@D8Jordan

facebook.com/D8Jordan

Alexander Fost

@D8Alexander

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Tadd Gadduang

@D8Tadd

facebook.com/D8Tadd

Marko Germar

@D8Marko

facebook.com/D8Marko

Ricky Jaime

@D8Ricky

facebook.com/D8Ricky

Wadi Jones

@D8Wadi

facebook.com/D8Wadi

Mitchell Kelly

@D8Mitchell

facebook.com/D8Mitchell

Chris Koehl

@D8ChrisK

facebook.com/D8ChrisK

Caitlynn Lawson

@D8Caitlynn

facebook.com/D8Caitlynn

Jess LeProtto

@D8Jess

facebook.com/D8Jess

Iveta Lukosiute

@D8Iveta

facebook.com/D8Iveta

Miranda Maleski

@D8Miranda

facebook.com/D8Miranda

Sasha Mallory

@D8Sasha

facebook.com/D8Sasha

Melanie Moore

@D8Melanie

facebook.com/D8Melanie

Missy Morelli

@D8Missy

facebook.com/D8Missy

Clarice Ordaz

@D8Clarice

facebook.com/D8Clarice

Ryan Ramirez

@D8Ryan

facebook.com/D8Ryan

Ashley Rich

@D8Ashley

facebook.com/D8Ashley

Robert Taylor Jr.

@D8Robert

facebook.com/D8Robert

Nick Young

@D8Nick

facebook.com/D8Nick

Also be sure to follow SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE host Cat Deeley (@catdeeley) and judges Mary Murphy (@hottamaletrain) and Nigel Lythgoe (@dizzyfeet) on Twitter.

 

SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE was created by Simon Fuller and Nigel Lythgoe and comes from 19 Entertainment Ltd. and dick clark productions. The series is executive-produced by Simon Fuller, Nigel Lythgoe and Barry Adelman. Become a fan of SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE on Facebook at www.facebook.com/soyouthinkyoucandance and follow the series on Twitter at www.twitter.com/danceonfox.

 


 

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CKX, Inc. is engaged in the ownership, development and commercial utilization of globally recognized entertainment content. The Company's current properties include the rights to the name, image and likeness of Elvis Presley and Muhammad Ali and the operations of Graceland. Through its wholly owned division 19 Entertainment Ltd., CKX owns proprietary rights to the “Idol” and “So You Think You Can Dance” television brands, including the “American Idol” series in the United States and local adaptations of the “Idol” and “So You Think You Can Dance” television show formats, which collectively, air in more than 100 countries, as well as other television properties. Also through 19, CKX has relationships and partnerships with some of the biggest names in entertainment, including Carrie Underwood, Kelly Clarkson, Chris Daughtry, David Cook and Adam Lambert. For more information, please visit www.ckx.com.

 

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Founded in 1957, dick clark productions, inc. (dcp) is a leading independent producer of television programming. dcp produces perennial hits such as the “American Music Awards,” “Golden Globe Awards,” “Academy of Country Music Awards” and “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest.” dcp also produces popular weekly television programming, including SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE, and owns and maintains one of the world’s most unique and extensive entertainment libraries, which includes more than 30 years of “American Bandstand” footage. For more information, please visit www.dickclarkproductions.com.

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