'Live To Dance' reveals identities of 17 of 18 semifinalist dance acts
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 01/06/2011
Live To Dance revealed 17 of its 18 semifinalists during Tuesday night's broadcast of the new CBS reality dance competition starring former American Idol judge Paula Abdul.
The eighteenth semifinalist will be selected among three dance acts voted on by home viewers after they competed in a dance-off during Tuesday night's show, and will be announced during next week's episode on Wednesday, January 12 at 8PM ET/PT on CBS.
The three acts competing for the last spot are Inside the Box, a 25-member group from Pomona, CA; White Tree Fine Art, a coed duo from San Francisco, CA; and Theatrix, an all-male act from Temecula, CA.
Next week's live Live To Dance broadcast will also feature six of the 18 dance acts competing against each other for two spots -- one chosen by the judges, and one by the votes cast from home viewers -- in the competition's final round. Three such semifinal episodes will number the 18 groups down to the final six acts who will then dance their final performances and compete to win the $500,000 prize in Live To Dance's penultimate episode.
Afterwards, home viewers will vote to determine the competition's winner, and the results will be announced live during Live To Dance's season finale airing on Wednesday, February 9 at 8PM ET/PT.
The dance acts selected as Live To Dance's 17 semifinalists are as follows:
- Jalen Testerman, a nine-year-old from Seattle, WA
- Beverly Polcyn, an 83-year-old from Woodland Hills, CA, and Hap Palmer, a 68-year-old also from Woodland Hills, CA
- Jill Wilson, a 16-year-old from Beverly Hills, CA, and Jacob Jonas, an 18-year-old from Santa Monica, CA
- Du-Shaunt Stegall, a 16-year-old from Las Vegas, NV
- Tap Sounds Underground, a male duo from Los Angeles, CA
- Dance In Flight, a coed pair from Los Angeles, CA
- The Vibe, a 38-member group from Utah
- Jitting Genius, formally known as Brandon Hobbs, a 26-year-old from Detroit, MI
- Shore Thing, a 19-member all-female act from Cape May, NJ
- Roosevelt Anderson, a 22-year-old from Brooklyn, NY
- Chi-Town Finest Breakers, a five-member group from Chicago, IL
- Dax Hock, a 29-year-old from Los Angeles, CA, and Sarah Breck, a 23-year-old also from Los Angeles, CA
- Twitch, a nine-member teen act from FL
- D'Angelo Castro, a nine-year-old from Miami, FL, and Amanda Carbajales, a 10-year-old also from Miami, FL
- Dance Town Chaos, a 12-member all-male group from Miami, FL
- Austen Acevedo, a nine-year-old from Orlando, FL