I have been an avid fan of So You Think You Can Dance since season 1; watching my favorites like Benji and Lacey, Neil, Lauren, Anya, Pasha, Twitch, Melanie and of course Travis (oh, Travis) go on to do really well on the show and even come back as All-Stars, judges and choreographers. Some have broken out on their own as well; Lacey was a professional partner on Dancing with the Stars, Twitch has appears in commercials and movies, Melanie was on Glee and Travis got his own show. There is no question there
islife after SYTYCD for the break-out stars of the hit show.
Season 10 offers up a new batch of gorgeous and talented dancers for us to watch and I’m here to weigh-in on my personal faves and hopefully see them go to infinity and beyond; or at least the top 6.
Fik-Shun– The Kansas hip-hopper has got it going on. He’s not formally trained but he kicked serious butt in Vegas and shined throughout each round; proving determination and a huge personality can make a BIG difference. Fik-Shun’s partner this week, contemporary Amy Yakima is also one to watch; her technical skills will push him and together I think they’ll make it pretty far. Top 10 Anyone?
Mackenzie Dustman– The contemporary dancer, from Temecula, California, is a gorgeous dancer; not to mention she’s gorgeous! The wannabe-rapper wowed us with a Viennese waltz this past week with her partner, Paul. It was a great number, and showed Mackenzie’s versatility and strength as a dancer. I think Mackenzie could go far this season; she seems a little reserved or maybe just too poised, which may come across as boring to some viewers.
Jasmine Harper and Jasmine Mason– Jasmine H. has remained in the spotlight this season; partially because she is a genuinely amazing dancer and probably largely in part to her personal history with SYTYCD alum, Cyrus. She has channeled the pain of her past-romance into her dancing on multiple occasions and you can feel her pure emotion flowing through each piece. Jasmine M. has flown under the radar and I really don’t remember her up until her performance in Travis Wall’s “Blindfold” routine with partner Alan Bersten. That piece was by far one of my favorites that Travis has presented us, and Jasmine proved she had the abilities to dance in multiple genres; the jazz dancer killed this routine, and she didn’t blindfolded! Both girls are extremely strong dancers and could both easily end up in the top 6. I don’t know if there’s room for two Jasmine’s in this competition, so time will tell with dancer will dominate, but they are both on my list.
Nico Greetham– Ever since I caught a glimpse of Nico Greetham I somehow found myself as mesmerized as every teen/tween girl across the country (I am currently running for President of NicoNation). His audition was outstanding and he consistently shined in Vegas before walking down the green mile to the Top 20 stage. However, his mesmerizing smile didn’t prove enough to save him from his first dance with partner, tapper Alexis Juliano. Both failed to impress during their hip-hop routine and it was just a bit TOO obvious that neither he, nor Alexis, had found their swagger. His loveable personality and solid dancing skills should be enough to keep him out of the bottom for quite awhile and I think he’s definitely a shoo-in for top 10 - though I’m hoping to see him go much further.
Jenna Johnson– Utah is full of incredibly talented ballroom dancers, and Jenna is no exception. The brunette beauty has proven to be a powerhouse on the show so far; impressing the judges and the audience time and time again. She was a shoo-in for the Top 20 and a clear front-runner…in my opinion of course. Jenna could be the candidate to soar into the finale, but you just never know.
Personality is such a huge factor with publicly-voted competition shows, so it may be too early to tell who America will fall for or just who will fall off the radar altogether!
Who are YOUR favorites? Let us know!