The auditions are over and the dancers from “So You Think You Can Dance” head to Las Vegas for one of the most grueling rounds of dance they have ever faced. Of the thousands of dancers who auditioned, 181 made it to Las Vegas and hope to make it as one of the top 20.
Judging the dancers during Vegas week are Lil C, Tyce Diorio,, Adam Shankman, Mary Murphy, and Nigel Lythgoe. Before the first round of solos even began, Nigel told the dancers that they needed to impress the judges and bring something special; otherwise they would be cut right away. Though very talented in their own styles, many of the dancers struggled when taken out of their own style.
The first dancer on the stage was Hampton the exorcist dancer. He survived the first round but found following the choreography in the Hip-Hop round was too much for him and bowed out of the competition.
SYTYCD alumni Comfort and Twitch put the dancers through their paces in the Hip-Hop round. By the end of the first solo round 51 of the 181 dancers had been eliminated. Dragon House Crew members Andre and Boris did not survive the round but to his surprise Cyrus is continuing on in the competition.
Day two began with the Broadway round choreographed by Tyce Diorio; and Tyce held nothing back in his routine.
As dancers were eliminated, it was clear that some dancers were in need of more than improved dance moves – they also need an attitude adjustment.
After the Broadway round 82 dancers moved on to Sonya Tyre and the Jazz round. And although Sonya tells Cyrus to take some classes, he made it through to the next round. Danielle, who was kicked in the head during a performance, was taken to the hospital.
Next up was the group routine; the all night marathon. The music was chosen randomly but were allowed to form their own groups of five or six dancers.
Day three begins with the group round dances. The 61 dancers who survived group round, celebrated their success with a little time in the swimming pool.
Next up was Jason with the Ballroom round and the Cha Cha.
Cyrus struggled through the Cha Cha and was offered the chance to dance for his life. Cyrus thanked the judges and told them that he would love to dance for his life. Cyrus is an untrained dancer who has a style all of his own; but has an incredible attitude that he will not give up without giving it everything he has. And after dancing for his life, Cyrus got six yeses to move on to the next round; along with 51 other dancers.
The final round was Contemporary with Travis Wall. For this final round, the judges will see all of the performers before making any decisions as to who would stay and who would go home. Nigel called 34 of the dancers to the stage to inform them that they were moving on; but the remaining 18, the judges were unsure of and asked them to dance again.
With that day three has ended. The last day of Vegas week does not start off well when Joshua hits his head working on a new move to show the judges.
For the last performances the dancers must not only perform a solo, but tell the judges why they feel they should be a part of the top 20.
After telling the boys that he saw some of the best solos he had seen, Nigel apologized for having to release some of the dancers. Vegas week ended with 35 dancers survived including Cyrus.
Next week the top 20 are revealed and perform together for the first time as the competition begins.