October 22nd, 2009
08:05 AM ET

'So You Think You Can Dance:' Your top 20!

At long last, the top 20 have been chosen, and it's shaping up to be a memorable sixth season already: three tap dancers and a married couple, for starters. Before I get to the list, I have to note how disappointed I was to see twin Antwain, ballet dancer David and skilled technician Amber fail to make the cut. Even so, it's a strong top 20, especially among the men. Here's a quick look at who made it:

top ten boys

Nathan: After the then-17-year-old was given the chance to go straight through to Las Vegas last season, Nathan took advantage of the opportunity, and his fluid movements shouldn't be underestimated.

Kathryn: We haven't seen much of her dancing, and her propensity to turn on the waterworks could either endear or annoy the audience. A tough call so far.

Channing: Talented, good personality, but could easily get lost in the shuffle with the many other contemporary girls.

Ariana: Hasn't really left an impression so far (but then again, neither had winners Jeanine or Sabra at this point).

Ellenore: Quite possibly the quirkiest Vegas performance since Mark's "Bohemian Rhapsody" routine. She's definitely won some fans already.

Billy: I don't dare compare him to season two's Travis (yet), but Adam wasn't crying over his performance last week for nothing. Definitely a contender.

Russell: The first krumper to make the top 20, and this untrained dancer has already shown some moves in the other styles that blew me away. Shoo-in for the top ten, at least.

Kevin: He made it through after auditioning three seasons ago, but we saw very little of him Wednesday night, so it's hard to tell if he has the personality to take himself to the end.

Tappers Bianca, Phillip and Peter: Of these three, I prefer Phillip, though his attitude could be a problem for him. Bianca and Peter, on the other hand, have personality to spare (and we've seen precious little of Peter's dancing).

top ten girls

Victor: All we really know about him is that he cut his hair like Kupono.

Jakob: Ridiculously flexible contemporary dancer... and barely seen on Wednesday's show. Between him and Billy, I think one will go far and one will go early.

BFFs Mollee and Noelle: Oh, dear. No doubt Mollee dances immaturely (and acts it), but her personality took her right into the top 20, and that can take you ever farther in this show, so we'll see where she goes. Noelle hasn't made much of an impression beyond being at Mollee's side constantly.

Pauline: She made it through despite a major injury, and she definitely deserved it. Hard to tell how far she will get, however.

Legacy: We may have the most controversial dancer in this B-boy, who really impressed me in his audition but nearly fell short in Vegas. He could definitely rub some of the audience the wrong way as well.

Karen: Her husband didn't make it far enough in Vegas, but she got through. An extraordinary ballroom dancer, no doubt, but she may be forgotten because of...

Ashleigh and Ryan: My opinion of this married couple hasn't changed (he's great, she has potential but isn't there yet), and Ashleigh only got through because Paula turned the opportunity down. Ryan's another top 10 shoo-in.

We'll see if my predictions hold true as the real season starts next week. In the meantime, what do you think of this top 20? Who do you think has the best shot at winning it all?

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  1. Susan Hanks

    Reading the blog makes me wish I had gone to the show!! Must have been loads of fun!

    October 23, 2009 at 7:01 pm | Report abuse |
  2. David

    I have to say i am upset to see Paula turn down the invitation. She was beautiful and fun to watch. I Look forward to see what Russell and the hip hop dancer. he B-Boy wont make it far. She shouldnt be here. I think Nathan & Billy for the guys are sho-ins for final 4 and girls... this is a lot harder. Mollee is adorable but getting a tad annoying, the high voiced cryer is really good too. We shall see...

    October 23, 2009 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Erin

    Franky...I'm wondering if you pulled those sentences out at random and pasted them together. Wow.

    I'm frankly SHOCKED to see how much variety they put into the top 2 this year. When Ryan and a few other interesting, but not contemporary, dancers were cut early on, I was convinced they'd end up with the same rather boring group they've been trending towards year after year. This group looks as interesting as seasons 1 and 2. I'm really looking forward to it!

    October 23, 2009 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Orikes

    So far, Russel is my favorite. At the same time, I really like Billy, Legacy, Bianca, and Ryan. All of them have a chance to grow on me, though.

    October 23, 2009 at 2:19 am | Report abuse |
  5. Franky, Land of Lincoln

    For starters, I don't even watch that show or give it a chance and it is quite surprising, to say the least. I mean, I could dance! I have rhythm and literary but if I can get better, I have to work on my dynamics and placement but my balance, is very, very good! 🙂 Practice, that's all.

    I can't really say who will do better or not, haven't really caught up with it but if this is the top 20, there chances may be as great than facing each other. I don't know but don't you think that the ladies may seem more suited to dance or win more often? I don't know how the results have been fairing but that's just my opinion. Men can dance and they can raise the level.

    I just think women are more suited for it, that's all. Don't get me wrong, we men can also shake it and others try(I mean, try too hard) to shake it. We got game and we can show it. Is alright but I would give out a prop bet, put it on the ladies.

    And yes, I know I can dance!! 🙂

    October 22, 2009 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |

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