“I gave it my all. I really hope it’s enough this year, I really do,” said tap dancer Evan DeBenedetto after he performed during the final round of cuts on “So You Think You Can Dance” before the live shows start next Monday, August 6. This is his second season on the show, and he’s hoping to make it farther than he did before. This season he was one of the 10 best male dancers, but there were only five available slots for men in the live shows. Watch his performance above to decide if you think he deserved one of those spots.
This round challenged the contestants to dance in a style that’s not their specialty, so the tapper ended up with an emotional contemporary routine partnered with “SYTYCD” all-star Allison Holker with choreography by Brian Friedman. Did the judges like it enough for him to advance to the next round? Read what they had to say about his routine below.
Nigel Lythgoe: “Evan, wow. Well, that couldn’t be any more different than tap. You’re not on bent legs, you’re pointing your toes, and you were dancing with one of the most emotional dancers we’ve ever had, and I felt that you were feeling the pain that she was feeling. So good job all around.”
Vanessa Hudgens: “Your performance was really strong. The execution was beautiful. The choreography was amazing. You had strength and abandon. It was just really good.”
Mary Murphy: “Evan, I felt like I went through something watching you perform like that. You gave it everything you could. You created so much volume. The choreography, by the way, was beautiful. Woo!”
With that performance the tap dancer tapped all the way to the live shows along with four other men: Jay Jay Dixonbey, Darius Hickman, Cole Mills and Slavik Pustovoytov. Were the judges right to send these five through?