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[10/21/09 - 09:02 PM]
So You Think You Can Dance Top 20 Finalists Revealed
FOX details the latest "So You Think You Can Dance" elimination.

[via press release from FOX]

"SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE" TOP 20 FINALISTS REVEALED

"SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE: MEET THE TOP 20" SPECIAL EDITION TO SHOWCASE FINALISTS MONDAY, OCTOBER 26, ON FOX

TOP 20 FINALISTS COMPETE AS COUPLES FOR FIRST TIME AND TWO FINALISTS ELIMINATED AT END OF SHOW TUESDAY, OCTOBER 27

After thousands of auditions across the country and the Las Vegas callbacks, the judges of SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE announced Season Six's Top 20 finalists. The top girls include Channing Cooke, Ariana Debose, Ashleigh Di Lello, Mollee Gray, Karen Hauer, Noelle Marsh, Pauline Mata, Kathryn McCormick, Bianca Revels and Ellenore Scott; and the top guys are Phillip Attmore, Billy Bell, Ryan Di Lello, Russell Ferguson, Kevin Hunte, Jakob Karr, Legacy Perez, Peter Sabasino, Victor Smalley and Nathan Trasoras.

For the first time ever, the Top 20 dancers will make their debut performances on SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE: MEET THE TOP 20 airing Monday, Oct. 26 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT). This special episode will showcase each of the dancers in their own style and genre and will feature group numbers choreographed by some of America's favorite choreographers. Additionally, viewers will get a chance to learn more about the dancers. Then at the end of the hour, judges Nigel Lythgoe, Mary Murphy and Adam Shankman will match the Top 20 with partners for the first performance show airing the following evening.

The competition begins Tuesday, Oct. 27 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) when the Top 20 dance for the judges and America on the season's first two-hour performance show. The finalists will work as partners with a world-renowned choreographer on a dance routine chosen at random from a number of dance genres. At the end of the episode, the judges will deliberate and then eliminate the first two dancers from the competition. The following week, on Tuesday, Nov. 3 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT), the Top 18 will perform and the judges will send another two dancers home.

On Tuesday, Nov. 10 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT), the Top 16 will take the stage in another two-hour performance show. Beginning this week, after each Tuesday performance show, the phone lines will open and the fate of the finalists � one of whom will be named America's Favorite Dancer � will be left up to the voting fans. Tune in the following night, Wednesday, Nov. 11 (8:00-9:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) when two finalists are sent home on the first live results show.

The Top 20 finalists are:

Girls

Channing Cooke

Dance Specialty: Contemporary

Hometown: Haverhill, MA

Currently Resides: Haverhill, MA

Age: 18

Channing Cooke grew up competing in local dance competitions around her hometown. She loves animals, especially cats, and likes to watch auto racing and football with her dad. Cooke once won a national lawn mower obstacle course competition.

Ariana Debose

Dance Specialty: Contemporary

Hometown: Newbern, NC

Currently Resides: Wake Forest, NC

Age: 18

Ariana Debose has been dancing since she was 3 years old and loves to express her creativity through dance. She also enjoys scrapbooking and playing the clarinet. Her goal is to attend college and study musical theatre.

Ashleigh Di Lello

Dance Specialty: Latin Ballroom

Hometown: Orem, UT

Currently Resides: Orem, UT

Age: 26

Ashleigh Di Lello graduated from Brigham Young University in Utah with a degree in political science and served as a congressional intern in Washington, D.C. She and her husband, Ryan Di Lello, used to compete against each other in local ballroom dance competitions and became dance partners a week before they were married.

Mollee Gray

Dance Specialty: Jazz

Hometown: Orem, UT

Currently Resides: Upland, CA

Age: 18

Mollee Gray has been dancing for 15 years and has appeared in all three "High School Musical" films. She has a hearing impairment in one ear, but doesn't let that stand in the way of her love for dancing. Gray's interests include singing, acting and gymnastics.

Karen Hauer

Dance Specialty: Latin Ballroom

Hometown: Valencia, Venezuela

Currently Resides: Queens, NY

Age: 27

Karen Hauer was born in Venezuela and came to the U.S. with her parents when she was 8 years old. She has been dancing for 19 years, and currently works as a professional dancer and personal trainer.

Noelle Marsh

Dance Specialty: Contemporary

Hometown: Sanford, NC

Currently Resides: Sanford, NC

Age: 18

Noelle Marsh is a small-town girl who grew up on a farm. She recently graduated from high school in Sanford, NC, where she now teaches contemporary dance.

Pauline Mata

Dance Specialty: Jazz

Hometown: West Covina, CA

Currently Resides: West Covina, CA

Age: 19

Pauline Mata teaches dance at Dellos Dance Studio in Walnut, CA. Aside from dancing, her interests include singing karaoke and eating.

Kathryn McCormick

Dance Specialty: Contemporary

Hometown: Augusta, GA

Currently Resides: Burbank, CA

Age: 19

Kathryn McCormick has been dancing for 15 years, and competed in dance team competitions during middle school and high school. With her parents' support, she recently moved to California to pursue a career in dance. McCormick admits that before she performs she gets extremely nervous, but can't stop dancing once the music starts.

Bianca Revels

Dance Specialty: Tap

Hometown: Detroit, MI

Currently Resides: Los Angeles, CA

Age: 20

Bianca Revels appeared on "Showtime at the Apollo" and considers it to be one of her most memorable moments. In addition to dancing, she competes in beauty pageants, paints, swims, sings and plays the piano.

Ellenore Scott

Dance Specialty: Contemporary/Jazz

Hometown: Santa Cruz, CA

Currently Resides: Brooklyn, NY

Age: 19

Both of Ellenore Scott's parents are dancers and serve as her inspiration. She describes her personal dance style as "lockerina," or a ballerina who locks. She speaks Japanese, loves to paint and cook and one day hopes to own a family restaurant.

Guys

Phillip Attmore

Dance Specialty: Tap

Hometown: Pasadena, CA

Currently Resides: Los Angeles, CA

Age: 25

Phillip Attmore has performed on stage in "White Christmas," "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang," "Fosse" with Ben Vereen and "Stormy Weather" with Leslie Uggams. In addition to dancing, he enjoys singing, acting and writing poetry.

Billy Bell

Dance Specialty: Contemporary

Hometown: West Palm Beach, FL

Currently Resides: New York, NY

Age: 19

Billy Bell currently studies dance at The Juilliard School. He considers working with Liza Minnelli and Joel Grey on "Back to Back to Broadway" one of his greatest accomplishments. He is trained in everything from hip hop to classical ballet, and enjoys skiing and grocery-shopping.

Ryan Di Lello

Dance Specialty: Ballroom

Hometown: Springville, UT

Currently Resides: Orem, UT

Age: 28

Ryan Di Lello was first introduced to dancing by his mother, who is a dancer and dance-studio owner. When he is not dancing with his wife, Ashleigh Di Lello, he enjoys snowboarding, skiing and wakeboarding, and would love to be an action-film star.

Russell Ferguson

Dance Specialty: Hip Hop/Krump

Hometown: Boston, MA

Currently Resides: Boston, MA

Age: 20

Russell Ferguson started dancing when he was 3 years old and began dancing professionally at age 6. He trained at the Boston Art Academy and has worked with Boston City Lights. His interests include acting, singing, drawing, rapping and making music.

Kevin Hunte

Dance Specialty: Hip Hop

Hometown: Brooklyn, NY

Currently Resides: Brooklyn, NY

Age: 23 Kevin Hunte has been dancing for nine years and cites Michael Jackson as his inspiration. He has performed with Lil Mama and Beyonc�. Hunte also models and has appeared in fashion shows. Jakob Karr

Dance Specialty: Contemporary

Hometown: Windermere, FL

Currently Resides: New York, NY

Age: 19

Jakob Karr is a sophomore at Fordham University in New York. In 2008, he was named New York City Dance Alliance's National Senior Outstanding Dancer. In addition to dancing, he also enjoys scuba diving.

Legacy Perez

Dance Specialty: Hip Hop/B-Boy

Hometown: Miami, FL

Currently Resides: Los Angeles, CA

Age: 28

Although Legacy Perez has no formal dance training, he has appeared in the film "Stomp The Yard" and has performed on tour with Gwen Stefani. His interests include writing poetry, making music, video editing and playing soccer.

Peter Sabasino

Dance Specialty: Tap

Hometown: Philadelphia, PA

Currently Resides: Philadelphia, PA

Age: 22

Peter Sabasino has been dancing for 16 years and is trained in various dance styles. He has been teaching dance in Philadelphia since 2001 and was a featured dancer in the city's Thanksgiving Day Parade. His other interests include playing the drums and doing impressions.

Victor Smalley

Dance Specialty: Contemporary

Hometown: Miami, FL

Currently Resides: Miami, FL

Age: 21

Victor Smalley has been dancing for five years. Although his first passion was art, he was inspired by his mother to start dancing. He loves to eat and considers himself a fast-food junkie.

Nathan Trasoras

Dance Specialty: Contemporary

Hometown: Downey, CA

Currently Resides: Downey, CA

Age: 18

Nathan Trasoras began dancing at age 10 and trained at the West Coast School of the Arts in Costa Mesa, CA. His other interests include playing the trumpet and table tennis.

SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE was created by Simon Fuller and Nigel Lythgoe and comes from 19 Entertainment Ltd. and dick clark productions. The series is executive-produced by Simon Fuller, Nigel Lythgoe and Barry Adelman.

About 19 Entertainment Ltd.

Simon Fuller's 19 Entertainment Ltd. is recognized as a lead creator, provider and promoter of globally successful entertainment and music brands of today. The company has attracted a unique team of exceptionally creative executives, who work together to integrate and leverage activity across television, sports, film, touring, merchandising, music publishing, recording and artist management. 19 Founder/CEO Simon Fuller has developed and managed some of the biggest entertainment properties of our time, with credits that include the creation of TV phenomenon AMERICAN IDOL, SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE and the HBO series "Little Britain USA." 19's unique talent includes musical icon Annie Lennox; country music sensation Carrie Underwood; pop group sensation Spice Girls; IDOL alumni Chris Daughtry, David Cook, Kris Allen, Adam Lambert and Allison Iraheta; supermodel Claudia Schiffer; soccer icon David Beckham; and world tennis pro Andy Murray.

About dick clark productions

Since its inception in 1957, dick clark productions (dcp) has been a leading independent producer of television programming. dcp produces perennial hits such as "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest," "American Music Awards," "Golden Globe Awards" and "Academy of Country Music Awards." dcp also produces popular weekly television programming, including SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE, and owns and maintains one of the world's most unique and extensive entertainment libraries, which includes more than 30 years of "American Bandstand" footage.

[EDITOR'S NOTE: Due to FOX's coverage of the 2009 World Series, SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE will be preempted on Wednesday, Oct. 28 and Wednesday, Nov. 4.]





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