'So You Think You Can Dance' eliminates Moises Parra and Burim "B1" Jusufi, determines Top 16
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 07/28/2015
So You Think You Can Dance eliminated two dancers -- one Stage dancer and one Street dancer -- which determined the twelfth season's Top 16 contestants during Monday night's Fox broadcast.
So You Think You Can Dance cut Moises Parra, an 18-year-old from Garden Grove, CA, and Burim "B1" Jusufi, a 29-year-old from Basel, Switzerland, from the competition.
Based on America's vote from last week, three Stage dancers and three Street dancers were in danger of elimination. SYTYCD host Cat Deeley revealed the Street dancers had pulled in 48% of the votes compared to the 52% of votes the Stage dancers had received.
The Street dancers in the bottom six were Burim; Ariana Crowder, a 22-year-old from Somerset, NJ; and Asaf Goren, a 23-year-old from Tel Aviv, Israel.
The three Stage dancers who were in jeopardy were Moises; Edson Juarez, a 24-year-old from Mission, TX; and Kate Harpootlian, a 27-year-old from Columbia, SC.
Home viewers could then tweet to save two of the contestants -- one from Team Stage and one from Team Street. America tweeted to save Ariana and Kate.
The results left SYTYCD judges Nigel Lythgoe, Jason Derulo and Paula Abdul with the task of deciding which two of the remaining four dancers they'd like to keep and see advance in the competition. The judges opted to save Asaf and Edson. They therefore said goodbye to Moises and Burim.
Last night's show featured the Top 18 contestants performing in pairs or trios for home viewer votes. The dancers performed in random genres, so many of the hopefuls danced in a style completely foreign to them.
Jana "Jaja" Vankova, Derek Piquette and Alexia Meyer performed a contemporary routine. Moises, Megan "Megz" Alfonso and Jim Nowakowski danced hip-hop. Jessica "JJ" Rabone, Edson and Yorelis Apolinario took the stage with a jazz routine. Marissa Milele and Asaf danced a "club cha cha."
Ariana, Burim and Gaby Diaz danced an African jazz number. Kate and Eddie "Neptune" Eskridge performed contemporary. And last but not least, Hailee Payne performed a hip-hop routine with Virgil Gadson.