Saturday, June 16, 2012

MercerMZ's predictions with videos) for So You Think You Can Dance Top 20

My picks for the So You Think You Can Dance Top 20 are split into 2 different groups: those who are 1st time auditioners and those who are returning auditioners. Click on each dancer's name to see a video of their audition, either for this season or in prior seasons.

First Timers - Girls: Since Season 2, the show has always showcased a large batch of people auditioning for the first time, and every season, it's great to see new faces come out and give a shot.

With the ladies, the new faces that are primarily showcased tend to be contemporary/ballet/jazz dancers. And for good reason, since each season delivers a really great batch of dancers from these styles. That's not to say the ladies from other styles don't deliver, but they aren't featured as much. So, from these 1st time ladies, who do I think could make it? Well...

--- Contemporary./Ballet/Jazz Amelia Lowe, Bree Hafen, Eliana Girard, Jasmine Mason, Audrey Case, Danielle Dominguez, Deanna "Dee" Tomasetta
--- Ballroom - Witney Carson, Lindsay Arnold
--- Hip Hop/Krump/Breakdance - Mariah Spears

First Timers - Guys: As for the guys, it's always a mixed bag. Sure, there is no shortage of great contemporary/jazz/ballet dancers who audition, but plenty of amazing hip hop dancers have gotten their start here on this show (Quest Crew's Ryan, D-Trix & Hok, Stephen Boss aka "tWitch" & Phillip "Pacman" Chbeeb). The show has also seen some amazing ballroom dancers who've gone on to become great choreographers (Benji Schwimmer, Dmitry Chaplin & Pasha Kovalev). So with the guys, I usually expect more diversity:

--- Contemporary/Ballet/Jazz - Leo Reyes, Chehon Wespi-Tschopp, Daniel Baker, Jarell Rochelle, Cole Horibe (brother to Fanny Pak's Cara Horibe), Stephen Jacobson (if he NEVER does something like his audition again...), George Lawrence II, Dareian Kujawa
--- Hip Hop/Krump/Breakdance - Shafeek "Mighty Mouse" Westbrook, ANY of the Dragon House crew members (Boris "Top Knoch" Penton, Andre "Androiid" Rucker, & Cyrus "Glitch" Spencer)

Veterans: While a good chunk of the auditions showcase the newer faces, there have been plenty of veterans to come back try again. These dancers typically have an advantage since they've already been through the process and have a better idea for what the judges are looking for. Plus, the judges may be inclined to put them on the show for their growth and determination to be a part of this show. So which returning dancers could potentially make it?...

--- Contemporary/Ballet/Jazz (Female) - Alexa Anderson, Amber Williams (* I cannot confirm this 100% but I heard that Arielle Coker and Hiro McCrae of ABDC S4 champions We Are Heroes) not only auditioned again but made it through to Vegas. I did see them both in the audience for the LA auditions, but again, I'm not entirely sure)
--- Contemporary/Ballet/Jazz (Male) - Marshea Kidd, Chase Thomas, Adrian Lee

Of course, there are plenty of other dancers who did not have their auditions shown who will heading to Vegas. And given the show's track record, we're more than likely to see a solo from a few who will be making it onto the show this season.

That's all for now. Thanks for reading, and by all means please leave a comment below on anything you've read. Do you have any personal picks? Is there something I could do to improve for next week? Tell me. I look forward to the feedback and of course, to next week's show. Shoutout to Nancy for giving me the opportunity to write this.
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