“It breaks my heart that we are not going to be putting you into our top five,” says judge Nigel Lythgoe to one unlucky dancer in a preview for tonight’s episode of “So You Think You Can Dance.” But who is he talking to? We won’t find out until tonight’s show, but the clip doesn’t mince words, explaining that “Dreams will shatter.” Watch it above.
In the July 16 episode during “Academy Week” the contestants thought they were in the clear. After the judges winnowed down more than 70 dancers to the top 20 — 10 men and 10 women — they thought they were on their way to the live shows to battle for America’s votes. But the judges had another trick up their sleeve: one more round of cuts, which would reduce the competition to just 10 dancers — 5 men and 5 women. The rest would go home to nurse their shattered dreams and maybe try again in 2019.
Last week the women performed and the cream of the crop were decided: Jensen Arnold, Hannahlei Cabanilla, Genessy Castillo, Magda Fialek and Chelsea Hough will show America their stuff during the live shows. And now we’ll find out which men will join them.
The 10 men fighting for consideration are Jay Jay Dixonbey, Cole Mills, Justin Pham, Slavik Pustovoytov, Peyton Albrecht, Dustin Payne, Evan DeBenedetto, Kyle Bennett Jr., Darius Hickman and Allen Genkin. Like the women before them, they will be paired with a “SYTYCD” all-star to perform a duet in a style outside of their comfort zone. “It’s excruciating,” says Genkin in the preview clip. How do you think he and his fellow hoofers will do?