Meet So You Think You Can Dance's Top 20!
So You Think You Can Dance selected its season 6 top 20 contestants Wednesday and after years of contemporary and jazz dancers taking the stage, the FOX show will see its first married couple -- and first hip-hop/krump dancer perform!
In a shocking twist, Ashleigh Di Lello ended up joining her husband, Ryan, in the top 20 after fan favorite contestant Paula van Oppen declined her spot so she could accept a movie contract. Russell Ferguson, the show's first krumper (improvisational street hip-hop) will take the stage next week, along with tap dancers Bianca Revels, Phillip Attmore and Peter Sabasino.
For the first time ever, this year's top 20 contestants will get the chance to perform in their specialty without fear of elimination, in a special "Meet the Top 20" show next Monday. Also on Monday, the show's judges -- Nigel Lythgoe, Mary Murphy and new permanent judge Adam Shankman -- will announce the couples who will compete together on the following night's performance round.
TOP 10 GIRLS
Channing Cooke, 18, from Haverhill, Mass., specializes in comtemporary
Ariana Debose, 18, from New Bern, N.C., specializes in contemporary
Ashleigh Di Lello, 26, from Orem, UT, specializes in Latin ballroom
Mollee Gray, 18, from Orem, UT, specializes in jazz
Karen Hauer, 27, from Valencia, Venezuela, specializes in Latin ballroom
Noelle Marsh, 18, from Sanford, NC, specializes in comtemporary
Pauline Mata, 19, from West Covina, Calif., specializes in jazz
Kathryn McCormick, 19, from Augusta, Ga., specializes in contemporary
Bianca Revels, 20, from Detroit, Mich., specializes in tap
Ellenore Scott, 19, from Santa Cruz, Calif., specializes in contemporary/jazz
TOP 10 GUYS
Phillip Attmore, 25, from Pasadena, Calif., specializes in tap
Billy Bell, 19, from West Palm Beach, Fla., specializes in contemporary
Ryan Di Lello, 28, from Springville, UT, specializes in ballroom
Russell Ferguson, 20, from Boston, Mass., specializes in Hip-hop/krump
Kevin Hunte, 23, from Brooklyn, N.Y., specializes in hop-hop
Jakob Karr, 19, from Windermere, Fla., specializes in contemporary
Legacy Perez, 28, from Miami, Fla., specializes in hip-hop/B-boy
Peter Sabasino, 22, from Philadelphia, Penn., specializes in tap
Victor Smalley, 21, from Miami, Fla., specializes in contemporary
Nathan Trasoras, 18, from Downey, Calif., specializes in contemporary