The “So You Think You Can Dance” judges applauded the group number performed by the competitors during part two of “Academy Week” on July 16. There were still more than 30 contestants left by the time Emmy winning choreographer Mandy Moore got her hands on them, and she whipped them into a shape so they could deliver their fourth group routine of the week. How do you think they withstood the pressure? Watch them above and decide for yourself.
Moore didn’t have much time with the 30 competitors, but she’s used to choreographing for large groups: she won an Emmy just last year for a pair of group routines for the professional dancers on “Dancing with the Stars.” She put them through their paces with a jazz number, but she also incorporated their unique individual dance styles — tap, ballroom, hip-hop, contemporary — before a grand finale with the entire team on stage together.
Afterwards Mary Murphy, Nigel Lythgoe and Vanessa Hudgens only ousted a handful of dancers before bringing the remaining 27 back for one last solo to determine the spots in the Top 20. The 10 men who got the nod were Jay Jay Dixonbey, Cole Mils, Justin Pham, Slavik Pustovoytov, Peyton Albrecht, Dustin Payne, Evan DeBenedetto, Kyle Bennett, Jr., Darius Hickman and Allen Genkin.
The 10 women who secured spots in the next round were Genessy Castillo, Magda Falek, Jensen Arnold, Stephanie Sosa, Dayna Madison, Sydney Moss, Brianna Penrose, Chelsea Hough, Emily Carr and Hannahlei Cabanilla.
But not so fast! The judges announced an unexpected twist. Only 10 of those 20 will get to perform during the live shows. Next week the 10 female contestants will be paired with “SYTYCD” all-stars for a final elimination round to secure one of just five spots in the live shows, and then the men will do the same.
So who impressed you the most during Mandy Moore‘s jazz extravaganza? And who do you think will make the final cut?