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So You Think You Can Dance: Who Deserves the Top 20 Spots?

It wouldn't be season six of So You Think You Can Dance without an episode stretching things out a liiiittle longer before the competition, but Monday night's special, the one-off "Meet the Top 20," was actually a fun respite between auditions and competition. We were treated to an evening of the dancers performing in their own style, with no voting or judging taking place yet (that'll happen tonight, in the two-hour competition and voting blitz).

But just because no official voting began doesn't mean that we viewers weren't judging ourselves — I relished the opportunity to see everyone in their own style of dancing, because it's a level playing field.

So who did you think proved that they deserve to be in the top 20? I still believe in krumping Russell Ferguson, while I worry for the tappers — a tap show was a nice change of energy for the show, but I don't know how Bianca, Peter, and Phillip will actually fare. You know who really blew my mind? The entire team who danced Mandy Moore's contemporary routine to "Viva La Vida." (Unfortunately, Billy Bell has been sidelined due to illness, so he's one person we won't see go any further.) Who do you think earned their spot all over again?

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Yv Yv 6 years
I just watched showcase episode and this season top 20 is AMAZING. I missed hip hop dancers in the past season so much. I love love looove Russell (I didn't respect krumping as much before him, maybe I projected a bit, cause I can't stand Lil C). Contemporary dancers are better than ever, and characters are more interesting. I feel like season 5 was just a filler, with not much diversity, no stand-outs and boring routines (except outrageously-perfect-never-forgettable-routine-of-the-decade - Argentine tango). Season 6 looks very promising. It may top season 5 - the best so fat.My early favourites were Russell and Billy and I can't believe Billy won't compete. He's not human. His movement is superb, perfect, exquisite, supreme. Now I can't wait for season 7.Thank God there's still Russell. He is unbelievably hot, masculine, strong, very magnetic. AND a great dancer.BTW the opening Wade Robson number blew me away
Yv Yv 6 years
I just watched showcase episode and this season top 20 is AMAZING. I missed hip hop dancers in the past season so much. I love love looove Russell (I didn't respect krumping as much before him, maybe I projected a bit, cause I can't stand Lil C). Contemporary dancers are better than ever, and characters are more interesting. I feel like season 5 was just a filler, with not much diversity, no stand-outs and boring routines (except outrageously-perfect-never-forgettable-routine-of-the-decade - Argentine tango). Season 6 looks very promising. It may top season 5 - the best so fat. My early favourites were Russell and Billy and I can't believe Billy won't compete. He's not human. His movement is superb, perfect, exquisite, supreme. Now I can't wait for season 7. Thank God there's still Russell. He is unbelievably hot, masculine, strong, very magnetic. AND a great dancer. BTW the opening Wade Robson number blew me away
KAEB06 KAEB06 6 years
I am SO sad that Billy Bell :(
KAEB06 KAEB06 6 years
I am SO sad that Billy Bell :(
Yogaforlife Yogaforlife 6 years
I'm going to miss Mia's choreography. Wish I knew why she was leaving the show - although she mentioned last night that she had been going through a tough time with a lot of negativity. Maybe that was a hint?Sad about Billy Bell - I thought he was a great dancer - one of my favorites even from auditions. I was not impressed with the tap routine, I too felt that it didn't showcase their talent and would have liked to see a capella.I wish the girl who had to turn down the show because she was doing a movie was in it. I thought she would have been a top 5 contender. Right now, with Billy out, I have no favorites.
Yogaforlife Yogaforlife 6 years
I'm going to miss Mia's choreography. Wish I knew why she was leaving the show - although she mentioned last night that she had been going through a tough time with a lot of negativity. Maybe that was a hint? Sad about Billy Bell - I thought he was a great dancer - one of my favorites even from auditions. I was not impressed with the tap routine, I too felt that it didn't showcase their talent and would have liked to see a capella. I wish the girl who had to turn down the show because she was doing a movie was in it. I thought she would have been a top 5 contender. Right now, with Billy out, I have no favorites.
DCBaxter DCBaxter 6 years
Agree with Hilly - a great way to start the show! I wasn't impressed by the jazz routine either - and didn't find the girls SEXY by any means! I think it was the outfits that ruined it! (But I love Sonia, I think she's my fav choreographer). There seems to be lots of promise for this season, but I don't feel as attached to anyone as I have in seasons past. I read recently that Mia Michaels will no longer be on the show - anyone know why? Buzz did you write about it and I missed it?
DCBaxter DCBaxter 6 years
Agree with Hilly - a great way to start the show! I wasn't impressed by the jazz routine either - and didn't find the girls SEXY by any means! I think it was the outfits that ruined it! (But I love Sonia, I think she's my fav choreographer). There seems to be lots of promise for this season, but I don't feel as attached to anyone as I have in seasons past. I read recently that Mia Michaels will no longer be on the show - anyone know why? Buzz did you write about it and I missed it?
jhilly123 jhilly123 6 years
Yeah, one more thing, the hip hop routine was ridiculous! I loved it!! What a great way to start the show.
jhilly123 jhilly123 6 years
My favorites are Russell and Nathan so far, I still haven't found a girl that I really like yet. It's sad Billy's gone. Am I the only one who didn't think Mandy's dance was that spectacular? I mean, it was really good, but everyone's going on about it... I rather preferred Tyce's contemporary dance. I agree with the tappers, Buzz, though if they made if through Las Vegas week, I'm sure they can dance other styles too. We'll have to see.
tarabara1229 tarabara1229 6 years
So sad about Billy!!! I hope he gets well- it seemed pretty serious.I think the tap piece would've had a bigger punch factor if it was a capella. I think the music really drowned them out.My faves so far are Russell, Nathan, Pauline, and Eleanor.
tarabara1229 tarabara1229 6 years
So sad about Billy!!! I hope he gets well- it seemed pretty serious. I think the tap piece would've had a bigger punch factor if it was a capella. I think the music really drowned them out. My faves so far are Russell, Nathan, Pauline, and Eleanor.
demarco11 demarco11 6 years
I really liked the opening group number, it was fun and I love Wade's choreography. I like the concept of showing America what they can do in their styles and I'm sure the choreographers LOVED it as well! The Hip Hop and Mandy Moore routines were probably my favs. But also really enjoyed Tyce's. Still not feeling Bianca or Ashleigh, there's just something off about them for me as viewer. Booooo to Billy having to stop. He was very exciting to watch! Did you see the control he has of his body?!? wow. Did anyone notice how young this group is?! SO many 18/19year olds.
demarco11 demarco11 6 years
I really liked the opening group number, it was fun and I love Wade's choreography. I like the concept of showing America what they can do in their styles and I'm sure the choreographers LOVED it as well! The Hip Hop and Mandy Moore routines were probably my favs. But also really enjoyed Tyce's. Still not feeling Bianca or Ashleigh, there's just something off about them for me as viewer. Booooo to Billy having to stop. He was very exciting to watch! Did you see the control he has of his body?!? wow. Did anyone notice how young this group is?! SO many 18/19year olds.
Happsmjc Happsmjc 6 years
E news said: Fansite SYTYCDISM posted what is said to be an official statement from Billy and his family. The statement read (in part): "Billy was devastated when his doctors told the show that if he continued to dance on the show before he recovered, he could possibly die." Eek! The exact nature of Billy's could-be-fatal illness remains undisclosed. and that Brandon Dumlao will replace him.
Happsmjc Happsmjc 6 years
E news said: Fansite SYTYCDISM posted what is said to be an official statement from Billy and his family. The statement read (in part): "Billy was devastated when his doctors told the show that if he continued to dance on the show before he recovered, he could possibly die." Eek! The exact nature of Billy's could-be-fatal illness remains undisclosed. and that Brandon Dumlao will replace him.
Happsmjc Happsmjc 6 years
aww im also sad about billy bell! hopefully they let him right in the top 20 next year.im not one for change. i dont like that mia is gone, there is a permanent 3rd judge and now this new stage is putting me over the edge. i felt like i couldn't see the dancers that well, it was too big! was this only me?!?!?i thought mandy moores group was great as well! both contemp. groups! also the jazz was a little disappointing as well as the tap. any word on who is replacing bell?
Happsmjc Happsmjc 6 years
aww im also sad about billy bell! hopefully they let him right in the top 20 next year. im not one for change. i dont like that mia is gone, there is a permanent 3rd judge and now this new stage is putting me over the edge. i felt like i couldn't see the dancers that well, it was too big! was this only me?!?!? i thought mandy moores group was great as well! both contemp. groups! also the jazz was a little disappointing as well as the tap. any word on who is replacing bell?
ktc71 ktc71 6 years
I'm sad about Billy Bell...hopefully he can be on the next season.I really enjoyed the show last night. I thought it was a great idea to see everyone dance in their own style to get to know them better. I look forward to tonight!
ktc71 ktc71 6 years
I'm sad about Billy Bell...hopefully he can be on the next season. I really enjoyed the show last night. I thought it was a great idea to see everyone dance in their own style to get to know them better. I look forward to tonight!
esh712 esh712 6 years
i have to agree... as a tapper myself, i wanted them to blow it out of the water. they were not together, and the stage/acoustics didn't provide the best sound for them to really impress the viewers. but i loved the concept of this episode!
ldekosky ldekosky 6 years
I think Channing and the Tyce group were also fantastic. I was really disappointed in the Jazz group and the tappers. Being a tapper, I wanted so much for them to be amazing, but the taps were not clear and not together.
piper23 piper23 6 years
I was so impressed with the hip hop dancers and Mandy Moore's group. Her choreography was just beautiful. I thought Legacy would crack under the pressure because of how meotional he was during the tryouts but he really proved me wrong last night.
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