Friday, June 29, 2012

MercerMZ review (with lots of videos) - Top 20 Showcase Episode

So You Think You Can Dance has now officially moved into its ninth set of Live shows, where you, the viewers at home and the one reading this recap/review, are now able to vote for you want to win! After surviving a long, physically & mentally draining Vegas week, 35 dancers of all shapes, sizes, & stories flew back into Las Vegas last week to hear from the judges who would make it onto the show. Then, tonight, they took to the stage to perform for the first time and show us exactly what we can expect to see this season. Which dancers made the final cut, and will be performing on the Live shows for your votes? How did the Showcase performances go and which dancers were grouped together? I'll give you the rundown and a few of my thoughts for each performance.

Before we go any further, I think it's only appropriate to let everyone know which dancers made the cut. So here we are, the official Top 20 dancers for So You Think You Can Dance Season 9. Click on each name to see their segment on this show:
Girls: Alexa Anderson (Contemporary), Amber Jackson (Contemporary), Amelia Lowe (Contemporary), Audrey Case (Jazz), Eliana Giraud (Ballet/Contemporary), Janaya French (Contemporary), Janelle Issis (Belly Dancing), Lindsay Arnold (Latin Ballroom), Tiffany Maher (jazz), Witney Carson (Latin Ballroom)

Guys: Brandon Mitchell (Stepping), Chehon Wespi-Tschopp (Ballet), Cole Horibe (Martial Arts Fusion), Cyrus "Glitch" Spencer (Animated Popping), Daniel Baker (Ballet), Dareian Kujawa (Contemporary), George Lawrence II (Contemporary), Matthew Kazmierczak (Contemporary), Nick Bloxsom-Carter (Ballroom), Will Thomas (Contemporary)

I would also like to mention the names of the other 15 dancers who made it to the Green Mile:
Megan Branch, Colin Fuller, Abigail Ruz, Kaitlynn Edgar, Katie Muth, Rebecca Anne Hart, Joshua Alexander, Blake Zelesnikar, Jasmine Mason, Daniel Kermidas, Jill Johnson, Aaron Turner, Zack Everhart, Devon McCullough & Feliciano Turk

If anyone reading knows or is aware of a video of any of these fine dancers, then I urge you to please help us by sending an email to with the dancer's name and a working link to the video. Your help would greatly appreciated, and I hope these 15 individuals have much success in their careers.

Here's the first group performance with 19 of the 20 Top 20 (Janelle had to sit out the show this week due to a gash over her eye, but will perform next week. Click here to read the full review and watch the other group performances.