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So You Think You Can Dance Episode: "Vegas Callbacks #2"

Season 5, Episode 5
Episode Synopsis: The second round of Las Vegas callbacks results in the selection of the Top 20 finalists.
Original Air Date: Jun 4, 2009

So You Think You Can Dance Episode Recap: The Top 20 Is Revealed Season 5, Episode 5

Have you been clock-watching all day waiting for this magic moment? No? Well, I'll admit that I have been. I'm so excited to meet So You Think You Can Dance's Top 20 (mostly).

I can't possibly imagine what it's like to wait for what might be some of the most important news you'll hear in your life — and in a tiny little windowless room. What makes it worse (or better) is to see other people — probably your friends — get called in front of the judges to learn their fate before you learn yours. But that's what our top 32 dancers had to go through tonight. I'm surprised there wasn't more crying, although there was plenty of that. And who made the final cut? Read on.

Meet this year's Top 20:
Asuka Kondoh
Janette Manrara
Karla Garcia
Kayla Radomski
Caitlin Kinney
Randi Evans
Jeanine Mason
Ashley Valerio
Paris Torres
Melissa Sandvig
Ade Obayomi
Brandon Bryant
Max Kapitannikov
Tony Bellissimo
Jonathan Platero
Phillip Chbeeb
Evan Kasprzak
Vitolio Jeune
Jason Glover
Kupono Aweau

Some of these dancers we're already extremely familiar with so I won't touch on everyone unless we learned something new.  But I want to hear your every thought and prediction, so please don't hold back.

Janette Manrara — She had a few rough weeks prior to Vegas. She got into a car accident and her boyfriend of four years broke up with her. I hope he's sorry because she seems awesome. I'm really excited to see her get into the Top 20 this year.

Randi Evans — I barely remember her from Denver. Did they show her during one of the good-dancing-montages? We learn that she's been training since the age of 3 and that she might be prone to giggle fits. Mia feels like she's still uncertain in her artistry, but her unitards are fierce.

Ashley Valerio — I didn't realize this was her fourth year trying out of the show. I have to give her serious props for sticking it out that long. It just goes to show you how far persistence can get you. Now I definitely want to see some personality because I feel like we don't know her at all.

Brandon Bryant — I have to mention him because of the war of the judges. I guess I can only be so mad and Mia and Lil' C for being disappointed in Brandon when the other judges have built him up so much. But I think he took their criticism extremely well and I'm confident he'll show them both what he can do. I can't wait to see them become his biggest fans. 

Tony Bellissimo — I'm a little surprised. I do think he's right for this show but it's hard to see better dancers get passed over. I want to see him grow and I want to see his technique improve so I hope he prepares himself for a hard road ahead. Personality can only get you so far. 

Phillip Chbeeb —I'm surprised and happy he's here. I love that he's unique and that he's so willing to try new styles. I do want to see some serious technique from him, though. But I think he'll do a lot of growing on the show. And I know we'll be impressed and awed every time he has to dance for his life. 

Vitolio Jeune — We met him in Miami: He's from Haiti, his mother died when he was five and he was sent to an orphanage after her grandmother couldn't take care of him and his brother. He left the orphanage at 15 and started dancing on the street for money. It sounds like an extremely hard path to travel, but I'm so glad it led him to this show. Anyone who is willing to bleed for this opportunity (all of them probably would, and gladly), has my vote.

Jason Glover — He got some good face time in Vegas, but I was never able to remember his name before. I'm so glad he made it through, because I was very impressed with his work there. Was he the guy who also cracked his head on the floor during a rehearsal period? If so, I might be even more impressed. 

Kupono Aweau — I didn't even recognize him with his new hair. I forgot about him until tonight, but it's a good thing the judges didn't. I loved his checklist. I hope he makes one for every week he's on the show.

There were two heartbreaking losses for me tonight: Alex Wong and Ryan Kasprzak. Alex couldn't advance because his ballet company wouldn't let him out of his contract ,and the judges felt there wasn't room in the Top 20 for two Broadway/burlesque dancers. Boo Nigel!

Who are you excited about? Who has the ability and personality to make it to the end? Who should be here but isn't? I'll see you back here next week for our first performance show of the season. I can't wait.

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Have you been clock-watching all day waiting for this magic moment? No? Well, I'll admit that I have been. I'm so excited to meet So You Think You Can Dance's Top 20 (mostly).

I can't possibly imagine what it's like to wait for what might be some of the most important news you'll hear in your life — and in a tiny little windowless room. What makes it worse (or better) is to see other people — probably your friends — get called in front of the judges to learn their fate before you learn yours. But that's what our top 32 dancers had to go through tonight. I'm surprised there wasn't more crying, although there was plenty of that. And who made the final cut? Read on. read more

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