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'So You Think You Can Dance 2012' Top 20 Contestants Revealed



The finalists will dance for the judges and America on this season's first two-hour live performance show on Wednesday, July 11.



"So You Think You Can Dance 2012" Top 20 contestants
So You Think You Can Dance 2012 Top 20 contestantsJune 27, 2012

Alexa Anderson in "So You Think You Can Dance 2012"
Alexa Anderson in "So You Think You Can Dance 2012"
Matthew Kazmierczak in "So You Think You Can Dance 2012"
Matthew Kazmierczak in "So You Think You Can Dance 2012"
Tonight, after thousands of auditions from some of the best dancers in the nation, the judges of "So You Think You Can Dance" announced the Top 20 finalists who will compete to be named America's Favorite Male and Female Dancer. This season's Top 20 finalists are: Girls — Alexa Anderson, Lindsay Arnold, Witney Carson, Audrey Case, Janaya French, Eliana Girard, Amber Jackson, Janelle Issis, Amelia Lowe and Tiffany Maher; and Boys — Daniel Baker, Nick Bloxsom-Carter, Cole Horibe, Matthew Kazmierczak, Dareian Kujawa, George Lawrence II, Brandon Mitchell, Cyrus Spencer, Will Thomas and Chehon Wespi-Tschopp.

In two weeks, on Wednesday, July 11 (8:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed), the Top 20 finalists will dance for the judges and America on this season's first two-hour live performance show. The Top 20 will be paired into 10 couples and work with world-renowned choreographers to compose a dance routine representing their assigned genre. After the performances, viewers will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite dancers via phone, text and online. Please visit www.fox.com/dance for additional voting information.



Then, the following week on Wednesday, July 18 (8:00-9:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed), on the first performance and results show, the 10 couples will perform again, but in this week's assigned genre. America's votes from the previous week will also be revealed and at the end of the show, the six finalists comprising the bottom three guys and bottom three girls will be revealed and may be given a chance to perform solo routines. The judges will then decide which dancers stay and which two will be eliminated. If couples are split apart, the dancers who remain will form new couples.

The "So You Think You Can Dance" Top 10 female finalists are:

Alexa Anderson
Hometown: Chandler, Ariz.
Age: 19
Dance Specialty: Contemporary

Lindsay Arnold
Hometown: Provo, Utah
Age: 18
Dance Specialty: Latin Ballroom

Witney Carson
Hometown: American Fork, Utah
Age: 18
Dance Specialty: Latin Ballroom

Audrey Case
Hometown: Edmond, Okla.
Age: 18
Dance Specialty: Jazz

Janaya French
Hometown: Aurora, Colo.
Age: 20
Dance Specialty: Lyrical Contemporary

Eliana Girard
Hometown: West Palm Beach, Fla.
Age: 21
Dance Specialty: Contemporary Ballet

Amber Jackson
Hometown: Atlanta, Ga.
Age: 21
Dance Specialty: Contemporary

Janelle Issis
Hometown: Birmingham, Ala.
Age: 24
Dance Specialty: Belly Dancing

Amelia Lowe
Hometown: Butler, N.J.
Age: 18
Dance Specialty: Contemporary

Tiffany Maher
Hometown: Plantation, Fla.
Age: 19
Dance Specialty: Jazz


The "So You Think You Can Dance" Top 10 male finalists are:

Daniel Baker
Hometown: Newcastle, Australia
Age: 24
Dance Specialty: Ballet

Nick Bloxsom-Carter
Hometown: Oak Park, Calif.
Age: 20
Dance Specialty: Ballroom

Cole Horibe
Hometown: Honolulu, Hawaii
Age: 26
Dance Specialty: Martial Arts Fusion

Matthew Kazmierczak
Hometown: Peoria, Ariz.
Age: 21
Dance Specialty: Contemporary

Dareian Kujawa
Hometown: St. Paul, Minn.
Age: 20
Dance Specialty: Contemporary

George Lawrence II
Hometown: Decatur, Ga.
Age: 19
Dance Specialty: Contemporary

Brandon Mitchell
Hometown: Kansas City, Kan.
Age: 27
Dance Specialty: Stepping

Cyrus Spencer
Hometown: Duluth, Ga.
Age: 22
Dance Specialty: Animation/Robotics

Will Thomas
Hometown: Troy, Mich.
Age: 19
Dance Specialty: Contemporary

Chehon Wespi-Tschopp
Hometown: Zurich, Switzerland
Age: 23
Dance Specialty: Ballet


"So You Think You Can Dance" was created by Simon Fuller and Nigel Lythgoe and is produced by 19 Entertainment and dick clark productions, inc. The series is executive-produced by Fuller, Lythgoe and Barry Adelman.
 
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