So You Think You Can Dance 6 :: Top 20 Perform

This week the top 20 dancers partnered up for the first time. Unfortunately, two contestants weren’t able to dance: Noelle had a knee injury, and Billy had to leave the competition. Luckily Brandon, a hip-hop dancer who didn’t make it into the top 20, took his place.


  • Channing and Phillip—Jive. The judges said it was good, but needed to be sharper. With a little more chemistry, the classy pairing will take America by storm.

  • Ashleigh and Jakob—sultry Broadway. The judges were very impressed, saying that Jakob especially has set a new standard of excellence on the show.

  • Ariana and Peter—Hip-Hop. They represented emotionless androids who gain emotions when they’re near each other. The concept was neat, but their movement was too dissimilar.

  • Melanie (choreographer standing in for Noelle) and Russell–Fox Trot. The judges were impressed that a krumper could dance other styles with such a smooth effortlessness.

  • Bianca and Victor—Travis Wall contemporary. In the piece, Bianca was pining for Victor’s attention. The judges called their dance brilliant and passionate, with definite chemistry.

  • Karen and Kevin—Cha-Cha. The judges called it sharp, rhythmical and sexy—so sexy, in fact, that Karen landed on Mary’s Hot Tamale Train.

  • Ryan and Ellenore—Contemporary-Jazz. They represented two angelic creatures, one dark and one pure. This unique routine really showcased their talent and chemistry.

  • Pauline and Brandon—Smooth Waltz. It was a young, contemporary love story. But the judges said that it felt more like a high school prom.

  • Kathryn and Legacy—Hip-hop. They acted like cavemen who were discovering music for the first time. The judges loved their chemistry, calling it a great performance.

  • Mollee and Nathan—sexy Disco. Thanks to their youth, it didn’t seem too sexy at all. The judges called them charismatic and adorable.

  • Due to the baseball playoffs, the judges had to make the first round of eliminations that night. Russell, Brandon, Pauline and Ariana landed in the bottom four. But it was Brandon and Ariana who were sent home.

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