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: Iveta Lukosiute

Name: Iveta Lukosiute
Age: 30
Dance style: Ballroom & Latin

Previous job: have been teaching ballroom dancing at studio “Ballroom Off Fifth” since 2003.
other training/talents: I draw, design dance costumes, teach dancers how to do competition hair and makeup, and do graphic design for advertising, business cards and photos.

started dancing at age: 6

formal dance training: started training in Ballroom at the age of 6, and over the last few years have taken Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary and Hip Hop.

Wants to work with Choreographer/s: All of them!
SYTYCD dream partner: Mark Kanemura, Robert Roldan, Blake McGrath and Nick Lazzarini.
SYTYCD dance inspiration: All of the above boys plus Travis, Jokob, and Heidi.

A native of Eastern Europe, Iveta Lukosiute moved to the U.S. in 1997. She has been dancing since she was six years old.

So You Think You Can Dance Season 6 Las Vegas Callback


Vegas week kicks off on So You Think You Can Dance, Season 6. On the panel with new mainstay judge Adam Shankman were regulars Mary Murphy and Executive Producer Nigel Lythgoe. Helping them out were Tyce Diorio, Mia Michaels, and Debbie Allen.

First round of cuts happened too quick for some of the contestants when all 152 were asked to perform their solos again to remind the judges why they were picked or how wrong they were to have called them back to go to Vegas in the first place! 41 people were let go and 111 are left to continue. Still a long way to go to Top 20.

The second round of cuts were done during the Hip Hop round with Napoleon and Tabitha D’umo. Here, 21 other dancers had left the competition. Last round was a very difficult ballroom routine with Louis Van Amstel that left only 77 dancers standing after the final cuts for the day.

Here were some of the performers in Vegas week:

Nathan Trasoras – 18yo from Downy, CA

Ellenore Scott – 19yo from Brooklyn, NY

Krumper Russell Ferguson with world champion Ballroom dancer, Iveta Lukosiute