2011 So You Think You Can Dance Season 8 Top 20 revealed, Interviews (VIDEOS)

Fox Press release:

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.

SYTYCD – Top 20 Contestant Photo Shoot Season 8!

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On Wednesday, June 15 (8:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed), 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/PT tape-delayed), 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.

From MTV’s The Seven:

From Hollywood junket:

Top 10 girls perform:

Top 10 guys perform:

Various Performances:

SYTYCD 8 Profile Spotlight on Miranda Maleski

Name: Miranda Maleski
Nickname: My brother used to call me “mana” when he was younger because he couldn’t say the “d” and my parents always call me “peanut.”
Age: 19
Dance: Contemporary
School: I graduated high school January of 2010.

other training/talents: Track/ Field, Soccer, Trampoline, Photography, and Aerial work.

started dancing at age: 3

formal dance training: I’ve been trained in Tap, Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, and Gymnastics/ Acrobatics.

Wants to work with Choreographer/s: I’m so excited to work with all of them! Travis – Tyce – Sonya – Nappy Tabs – Tony and Meridith.
SYTYCD dream partner: Robert Roldan
SYTYCD dance inspiration: Allison Holker and Lauren Froderman.

Miranda Maleski moved from the suburbs of Pittsburgh, PA, to Los Angeles at just 18 years old. She has been dancing since age 3, and her dance specialties have evolved over the years. She is always up for trying new things and can’t resist a challenge.