June 07, 2007 09:28 PM by Joe Blackmon
After one last solo performance by the remaining fifty dancers, the So
You Think You Can Dance judges cut the field down to only seventeen
boys and seventeen girls. The remaining thirty-four dancers were
called one by one in front of the judges and were either dismissed or
told they made the top twenty.
Just like on American Idol, the judges mercilessly teased most of the contestants that had really made it through to the top twenty. The judges weren’t always in agreement on the selections, as Shane Sparks wasn’t completely comfortable with the decision to send Danny through to the top twenty. One of the most heartbreaking eliminations was Janet Bombard, who didn’t let her prosthetic arm stop her from being an excellent dancer. Nigel Lythgoe told Janet that she had touched him a great deal, but unfortunately she did not make the top ten girls.
After many emotional eliminations, the dancers selected for the top twenty were Anya, Cedric, Ashlee, Danny, Faina, Dominic, Jamie, Hok, Jessi, Jesus, Lacey, Jimmy, Lauren, Kameron, Sabra, Neil, Sara, Pasha, Shauna, and Ricky.