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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Top 10 girls perform:

Top 10 guys perform:

Various Performances:

SYTYCD 8 Profile Spotlight: Tadd Gadduang

Name: Tadd Gadduang
Nickname: Taddpole
Age: 25
Dance: Hip Hop
School: I’m in my Sophomore year of college working toward my degree in Psychology.

other training/talents: I’ve been involved with the Filipino Martial Art of Kali since I was about 6 years old. Also, around the same time I started dancing, I decided to teach myself to play the piano simply because I was bored one weekend.

started dancing at age: about 15

formal dance training: trained for twelve years at Centre Stage School of Dance in Marietta, GA. Then furthered my training at Rhythm Dance Center in Marietta, GA.

Wants to work with Choreographer/s: Pretty much all of them!
SYTYCD dream partner: Again, all of them if possible! But it would be amazing to share the stage with Gev Manoukian from Season 4! He’s a good friend of mine and one person who really influenced me to start B-Boying.
SYTYCD dance inspiration: Yet again, all of them! Seeing all of these amazing dancers and people persevere and reach such heights is truly inspiring at the highest level.

Tadd Gadduang began dancing at age 15 as a hobby, but eventually realized his passion for it after graduating from high school. With no formal dance training, he considers what he does “urban dancing.” He is currently in his sophomore year of college studying psychology.