— This is the night where we learn who our season three top 20 finalists are. It's round two of Vegas week. We're starting the night off with 50 dancers, of which thirty will be eliminated. So You Think You Can Dance has, in the past, made some relatively poor finalist decisions. How will it work out tonight? What follows are my live thoughts while watching the episode.
Each dancer performs a solo routine. We get highlights but little personal attention here. I don't really recognize any of these people. Well, some of them. We see our first Vegas sighting of Caitlin Cucchiara, the 18 year old. But after that, it's incredible how many of these finalists we've never heard from before.The last to perform their solo dance is Faina. And, yeah, that's how quick they ran through the solos. Faina collapses once she leaves the stage. She was the one they showed in the promos with the heavy breathing.
Nigel calls about twenty people on stage. And, then, he cold-heartedly eliminates all of them. Olivia is one of the ones to go. That was a good way to do it. Just rip the band aid off.
Most people are happy about it. Except for Olivia, she's pissed. Goodbye, drama queen.
Oh, it was 16 dancers who got cut. 34 remain. 17 girls, 17 guys.
Each dancer now gets called in immediately.
Kevin Hunt: a guy we haven't seen before. He has been cut.
Then we see some randoms get booted.
Danny Tidwell, the adapted brother of last season's runner-up Travis Wall. We haven't seen him before, but he makes the top 20. Shane Sparks thinks it was a mistake to let in the top 20. He doesn't like his lack of heart.
Ashley Langus (sp?): She's made it into the top 20. Ashely is a cute girl. This is the first time we've seen her. I'm pretty happy about it.
D'Trix: He's an awesome hip-hop dancer and he's made it into the top 20.
Cedric Gardner: He says that he's had a hard time in Vegas, but his final freestyle is incredible. Mia loves his freestyle, but Nigel doesn't like his all-around game. They tell him to get batter all-around, but in the end put him through to the top 20.
They put two girls in the top 20 that we've never seen before. We still don't learn their games.
Janet Bombard: She's the one who lost her arm, and it's amazing that she's even made it this far. She made all the judges cry during her final Vegas callback. Well, not Shane. But everyone else. She's not in the top ten girls. Sad.
-Oscar Dahl, BuddyTV Senior Writer