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.

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From Hollywood junket:

Top 10 girls perform:

Top 10 guys perform:

Various Performances:

SYTYCD 8 Profile Spotlight on Chris Koehl

Name: Chris Koehl
Age: 21
Dance style: Hip Hop
School: was at Richland Community College taking some basic classes, but took off this past semester to work on dancing in hopes of making Season 8.
Previous job: Dance instructor at Denton Dance Conservatory and Revelation Dance Studio. I’m also a Lead Party Dancer for different DJ companies.
other training/talents: In High School, participated in musicals, enjoyed dirt bike and trail bike riding. can also wiggle his ears and is really good at checkers.
started dancing at age: Around age 14, but got serious around age 17
formal dance training: had training in Hip Hop under Fenton Fulgham for two years. have also taken some Jazz, Ballet and Ballroom classes
Wants to work with Choreographer/s: Napoleon and Tabitha D’umo
SYTYCD dream partner: Lauren Gottlieb or Lauren Froderman – both are beautiful and amazing dancers!
SYTYCD dance inspiration: Phillip (Pac Man) Chbeeb. His style is amazing. He is very different and is more intricate with his movement than any other Hip Hop dancer on the show.

Chris Koehl lives in his hometown of Garland, TX. He began teaching himself Hip-Hop at 14 years old. Over the past few years, he has divided his time between training at local studios, in college classes and teaching dance.