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20 top dancers

The final cuts were made on So You Think You Can Dance, naming the Top 20 that will compete for the title. The hour-long episode was virtually surprise free with many of the favorites being called to the front.

20 top dancersSadly, Alex Wong had to be sent home from So You Think You Can Dance, not because of his abilities, but because he's contracted to a ballet company and the company would not release him. I'm not sure that was a wise move on their part as now they have a disgruntled dancer in their company. On the other hand, it seems like he shouldn't have been allowed to compete in the first place since he was a dancer under contract.

As expected, only one of the two Kasprzak brothers made it through, mostly because they were too similar in style to take them both. Younger brother Evan got the spot and I think that was the best choice. I imagine we'll be seeing a lot of Ryan though as long as his brother is in the competition.

The one low point in the show was the battle over Brandon Bryant. Mia Michaels and Lil C jump all over this dancer's back with some pretty biting comments about his attitude and lack of spark. Debbie Allen jumped to his defense and things got so heated Mary Murphy was near tears and ready to walk off the panel. Since they'd already decided to put the boy through, what was the point in knocking him down like that? I have a feeling he's in for some trouble when he hits the stage.

On the other hand, sweet Tony Bellissimo was put through mostly on personality. He was told that he was low man on the totem pole as far as technique goes, so he's going to have to work it. I like this kid and he's on the top of my list right now.

Looking over the Top 20 list there are plenty of people we were barely introduced to, so it's hard to say who is the real front-runner at the moment. I think we'll have a better notion after next Wednesday's performance show, then two dancers will be sent home on Thursday night. That's rough.


Until then -- here are your Top 20:

20 top dancers

So You Think You Can Dance girls

Randi Evans
Dance Specialty: Jazz
Hometown: Orem, UT
Age: 23
Evans began dancing at an early age and performed in the closing ceremonies at the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympic Games. She currently attends Utah Valley University where she is majoring in elementary education.

Karla Garcia
Dance Specialty: Jazz/Contemporary
Hometown: Oxon Hill, MD
Age: 23
Garcia is a graduate of New York University. Her early dance experience included learning traditional Filipino folk dancing. Garcia performed on Broadway in Hot Feet, danced in the ensemble of the Radio City Christmas Spectacular and went on to tour with Wicked.
Caitlin Kinney
Dance Specialty: Contemporary
Hometown: Annapolis, MD
Age: 21
Kinney graduated from the Baltimore School for the Arts in 2005. She danced at North Carolina Dance Theatre as an apprentice for two years and is an experienced gymnast.
Asuka Kondoh
Dance Specialty: Latin Ballroom
Hometown: San Francisco, CA
Age: 25
Kondoh loves swimming, golf and tennis and has played piano for 13 years. She is a graduate of University of California, Irvine, and has worked as a Latin Ballroom instructor for the last two years.

Janette Manrara
Dance Specialty: Salsa
Hometown: Miami, FL
Age: 25
Manrara began performing in musical theater at age 12, and started her formal dance training at 19, studying Ballroom, Ballet, Pointe, Jazz and Hip Hop. She currently attends Florida State University. Jeanine Mason
Dance Specialty: Contemporary
Hometown: Miami, FL
Age: 18
A recent graduate of the Ransom Everglades School, Mason plans to attend the University of California, Los Angeles in the fall. She began her dance training in Ballet and Lyrical and then went on to study Jazz, Acrobatics, Hip Hop, Modern and Contemporary. 20 top dancersKayla Radomski
Dance Specialty: Jazz/Contemporary
Hometown: Aurora, CO
Age: 18
Radomski has been dancing for most of her life, and participating in So You Think You Can Dance is one of her most rewarding experiences. She is grateful to her amazing mother who has supported her love of dance for so many years. Radomski also enjoys acting and singing. Melissa Sandvig
Dance Specialty: Ballet
Hometown: Los Alamitos, CA
Age: 29
Sandvig has been dancing for most of her life. She has danced with the Milwaukee Ballet Company, LA Opera, Long Beach Ballet and Helios Dance Theater. A highlight for Sandvig was performing Le Coeur Illumine at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Paris Torres
Dance Specialty: Contemporary
Hometown: Issaquah, WA
Age: 19
Torres is a graduate of Skyline High School. She began dancing when she was 6 years old and now teaches at a studio near her home. She was also a Miss Washington Teen pageant winner, and was a Seattle Storm and Seattle Sonic Jr. dancer from 2000-2003. Ashley Valerio
Dance Specialty: Contemporary
Hometown: Mesa, AZ
Age: 22
Valerio has been dancing for most of her life. She is a graduate of Mountain View High School.

So You Think You Can Dance guys

20 top dancersKupono Aweau
Dance Specialty: Lyrical/Contemporary
Hometown: Honolulu, HI
Age: 23
Aweau graduated from the Kamehameha Schools and has been dancing since he was 16 years old. He loves his home state of Hawaii, and is an avid collector of home furnishings.

Tony Bellissimo
Dance Specialty: Hip Hop
Hometown: Buffalo, NY
Age: 20
Bellissimo has been dancing for most of his life. He is a graduate of Frontier High School, and played on the school's soccer, football and lacrosse teams. He likes to write short stories and poems, and his favorite professional dancer is Barry Lather.

Brandon Bryant
Dance Specialty: Contemporary
Hometown: Miami, FL
Age: 19
Bryant began dancing ballet at age 10. He is a graduate of Coral Reef Senior High School and now attends Miami Dade College. His most memorable dance experience was performing for Madonna at her daughter's birthday party. 20 top dancersPhillip Chbeeb
Dance Specialty: Popping
Hometown: Houston, TX
Age: 20
Chbeeb has had no formal dance training, but began dancing when he was 15 years old. At age 16, he founded the Marvelous Motion Studio in Houston. He is currently an engineering physics major at Loyola Marymount University. Jason Glover
Dance Specialty: Lyrical/Contemporary
Hometown: Fresno, CA
Age: 21
Glover began dancing at age 12, studying Tap and Hip Hop. He is a graduate of Bullard High School, and his favorite dancer is Michael Jackson. Vitolio Jeune
Dance Specialty: Contemporary
Hometown: Pétionville, Haiti
Age: 26
Jeune began dancing at age 18, and is a graduate of Florida's New World School of the Arts. He loves motorcycles, and his favorite dancer is Desmond Richardson. Max Kapitannikov
Dance Specialty: Latin Ballroom
Hometown: Moscow, Russia
Age: 26
Kapitannikov has been dancing for as long as he can remember. He comes from a dancing family, and his mother is a ballet teacher. He also enjoys sculpting and playing the guitar. He attended the Manhattan Comprehensive High School. Evan Kasprzak
Dance Specialty: Broadway
Hometown: West Bloomfield, MI
Age: 21
Kasprzak graduated from Wylie E. Groves High School and currently attends Illinois Wesleyan University. He has been dancing since he was 6 years old, and his most memorable dance experience was performing in a Gregory Hines tribute with Hines' family in the audience. Ade Obayomi
Dance Specialty: Contemporary
Hometown: Chandler, AZ
Age: 20
Obayomi has been dancing since he was 6 years old. He is a graduate of Corona Del Sol High School and currently attends Chapman University. A dance highlight for him was performing at Radio City Music Hall. Jonathan Platero
Dance Specialty: Salsa
Hometown: Sanford, FL
Age: 21
Platero was a gymnast before he began dancing at age 16. He is a graduate of Seminole High School, was a World Salsa finalist in 2006-2007 and performed as a dancer and acrobat in High School Musical.

Watch So You Think You Can Dance Wednesdays at 8:00 and Thursdays at 9:00 on Fox.

All photos: Kelsey McNeal/Fox

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