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: Nick Young

Name: Nick Young
Nickname: Nick, but my baseball nickname is “Bird” because one time before a game I was dared to eat birdseed. I ate it all.
Age: 19
Dance style: Tap
School: I graduated from high school last year and decided to take a year off to work and audition for So You Think You Can Dance!

Previous job: teach and choreograph for my mom’s dance studio. I have been doing choreography since i was 16, but i started teaching just this past year.
other training/talents: played baseball, football, and soccer all the way through high school, I took gymnastics for a couple years to learn how to tumble and build up muscle, and I LOVE to sing harmonies while others are singing or the radio is playing.

started dancing at age: 4

formal dance training: trained in Ballet, Tap, and Jazz as a wee lad, and as I got older, I started getting into Lyrical and Contemporary as well as continuing my training in the former styles

Wants to work with Choreographer/s: Stacy Tookey or Tabitha and Napolean D’umo. Or Tyce Diorio. Or Travis Wall. Or Sonya Tayeh. Or Mandy Moore. Or Wade Robson…. I’m awful at this game…
SYTYCD dream partner: Definitely Allison Holker. The emotion behind her dancing is something you don’t see everyday, and would love to experience first hand. Whenever she steps on the stage, you cant help but to take your eyes off of her, from her entrance to her exit, and everything in between.

Nick Young graduated from high school in 2010. He has been dancing since age 4, and his favorite style of dance is Tap.