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: Wadi Jones

Name: Wadi Jones
Nickname: BBoy Skye
Age: 24
Dance style: Breaking
School: currently not in school, but attended the University of Guam for one year.

Previous job: currently work for a fitness gym, in the child care center, playing sports and working with kids from six months to twelve years old. also work for three dance companies as a party motivator. Additionally, teach at a dance studio as a dance instructor.
other training/talents: draw, write poetry and music, parkour/freefun, skateboard and snowboard.

started dancing at age: 12

formal dance training:a self-taught BBoy and Hip Hop dancer. have about three months worth of formal Contemporary training at a dance studio and about one month of Ballet.

Wants to work with Choreographer/s: Napoleon and Tabitha D’umo
SYTYCD dream partner: tWitch Boss or Legacy

Wadi Jones was born in St. Ann’s, Jamaica, and moved to the U.S. in 1988 at age 3. A dancer for nearly fourteen years, his specialties are Hip-Hop and Breaking. He is passionate about art, poetry and music, and he is inspired by his older brother and the example he set for him.