So You Think You Can Dance has returned for its second week of live shows tonight (July 20th) in Los Angeles, Calif.
The Top 20 – Kate Harpootlian, Darion Flores, Edson Juarez, Marissa Milele, Moises Parra, Gaby Diaz, Hailee Payne, Derek Piquette, Jim Nowakowski, Alexia Meyer, Yorelis Apolinario, Jessica Rabone, Virgil Gadson, Ariana Crowder, Burim “B1” Jusufi, Jana “JaJa” Vankova, Megan “Megz” Alfonso, Eddie “Neptune” Eskridge, Lily Frias, and Asaf Goren — kicked off the show with a special group performance choreographed by Pharside and Phoenix to District 78’s “Baila Como Yo.” Following the group performance, the contestants were paired together to perform various urban salsa, jazz, contemporary, Bollywood, Broadway and hip-hop sequences in front of judges Paula Abdul, Nigel Lythgoe, and Jason Derulo.
After the performances, host Cat Deeley announced that Ariana Crowder, Derek Piquette, Eddie “Neptune” Eskridge, Moises Parra, Darion Flores and Lily Frias were the six contestants that received the fewest votes last week. Cat introduced the viewers to the Twitter Save vote, which allows people watching at home to save their favorite dancer by tweeting the appropriate hashtag. Two dancers would be saved by the viewers and two would be saved by the judges.
Following the announcement, Team Street‘s Ariana Crowder, Jana “JaJa” Vankova, Megan “Megz” Alfonso, Yorelis Apolinario, Asaf Goren, Burim “B1” Jusufi, Eddie “Neptune” Eskridge and Virgil Gadson took the stage to perform and incredible group number to Nathan Lanier’s “Title,” choreographed by Christopher Scott and Phillip Chbeeb. After Team Street, it was time for Team Stage to perform their group number, Alexia Meyer, Gaby Diaz, Hailee Payne, Kate Harpootlian, Marissa Milele, Darion Flores, Derek Piquette, Edson Juarez, Jim Nowakowski and Moises Parra performed a beautiful piece to Woodkid’s “Stabat Mater” choreographed by Team Stage mentor Travis Wall.
At the end of the show, host Cat Deely revealed the Twitter Save results, meaning that Moises Parra and Eddie “Neptune” Eskridge were put through in the competition. Judges Nigel Lythgoe, Paula Abdul and Jason Derulo determined that Crowder and Piquette would be saved as well, leaving Darion Flores and Lily Frias to be eliminated. Tomorrow marks the 10 year anniversary of SYTYCD, so make sure to tune in to the special episode at 8PM on FOX!
Check out photos and videos from tonight’s episode of So You Think You Can Dance below.
Photos: Adam Rose/FOX