This new season of FOX’s hit television series “So You Think You Can Dance” features both old and new changes, including the Academy training and tryouts adding a surprise final cut as well as adding SYTYCD all-star Twitch to the panel as a resident judge. The top ten dancers, five men and five women, performed live this past Monday night, August 6, in hopes of winning America’s votes.
The five men in competition this season are Cole Mills (Latin Ballroom), Darius Hickman (Contemporary), Slavic Pustovoytov (Hip-Hop), Jay Jay Dixonbey (Jazz) and Evan DeBenedetto representing Tap for the first time on the series.
The five women competing for the title of America’s best dancer include Genessy Castillo (Contemporary), Magda Fialek (Latin Ballroom), Hannahlei Cabanilla (Contemporary), Jensen Arnold (Latin Ballroom) and Chelsea Hough representing Jazz.
Host Cat Deeley also announced that this season’s winner will not only claim the grand prize money and cover Dance Spirit magazine but they will also join the cast for the upcoming live musical “Rent” set to premiere on FOX in January 2019.
Reverting from all-star partners this season, dancers were randomly coupled together allowing each individual dancer to showcase their strengths in their style as well as perform a second number in their partner’s style. The first couple of the night, Jay Jay and Jensen, performed a sizzling Samba number choreographed by Jean-Marc Genereux for their first routine and a Mandy Moore jazz routine later in the night which received controversial reviews from the judges. Watch their exclusive post-show interview with MUSE where they discuss their thoughts on the judges feedback below.
Genessy and Slavik were paired together for a Luther Brown hip-hop routine which was dripping in swag, gaining the duo rave reviews from all of the judges. Their second routine was a contemporary piece choreographed by Talia Favia which told the story of two people leaving their comfort zones to enter a new reality together. We got the chance to talk with dancers after the show in an exclusive interview.
For more exclusive interviews with the remaining dancers, visit MUSE TV on Youtube and make sure to visit MUSE TV for all of the latest information and interviews with both dancers and judges from the new season. Watch “So You Think You Can Dance” next Monday, August 13 on FOX to see which dancers won America’s votes and which two dancers will be going home.