'So You Think You Can Dance' narrows hopefuls to 35 during Vegas Week
By Reality TV World staff, 06/21/2012
So You Think You Can Dance's ninth-season journey ended for 146 dancers during last night's broadcast of the Fox reality competition series' Vegas Week auditions round.
So You Think You Can Dance's ninth-season Vegas Week ended with only 35 of the season's 181 callback hopefuls left competing for the competition's Top 20 spots.
Over Vegas Week's four-day period, the 181 dancers were progressively reduced through two rounds of solo performances and six rounds of choreographed dances which required them to perform hip-hop, Broadway, jazz, ballroom, contemporary and group routines.
Vegas Week's first day began with each of the hopefuls performing a solo routine for the judging panel, which consisted of Debbie Allen, Tyce Diorio, Christopher "Lil' C" Toler, Adam Shankman, Mary Murphy, and Nigel Lythgoe. Fifty-one dancers were cut during the initial solo round.
The 114 remaining hopefuls then participated in the hip-hop performance round, with their routine choreographed by So You Think You Can Dance fourth-season finalists Comfort Fedoke and Stephen "Twitch" Boss.
The second day of Vegas Week commenced the next morning with the Broadway portion of the auditions, and the dancers learned a routine choreographed by Tyce. Only 82 contestants remained in the running once the Broadway round concluded.
So You Think You Can Dance choreographer Sonya Tayeh then choreographed the jazz round. It ended with sixteen additional dancers being cut -- including Rachel Applehans, a burleque dancer who was cut after convincing the judges to give her a second chance to "dance for her life."
Day 2 concluded with the 66 remaining dancers organizing themselves into five or six-person groups and beginning to rehearse routines for Day 3's group round. Only five contestants were eliminated during the group round performances, leaving 61 dancers still in the running.
Jason Gilkison then choreographed the ballroom round, which required the hopefuls to learn a cha-cha routine. Fifty-two contestants survived the Day 3 round.
Once the ballroom round was over, the 52 contestants were tasked with performing a contemporary routine choreographed by second-season So You Think YOu Can Dance runner-up Travis Wall.
The contemporary round brought an end to Day 3 and was followed by Day 4's last remaining audition round, which allowed the contestants to perform a final solo for the judges.
After the remaining dancers gave it their all in their solo dances, the judges narrowed the field to 35 contestants. The 35 dancers then ended Day 4 by celebrating their hard work and accomplishments in a hotel suite, but only 20 will make the final cut and be selected as Top 20 ninth-season contestants.
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So You Think You Can Dance's next ninth-season broadcast will air Wednesday, June 27 at 8PM ET/PT and feature the selection of the season's Top 20 contestants.