With auditions over, our first look at the 20 So You Think You Can Dance finalists came last night as they partnered up were thrust out of their comfort zones and into some challenging choreography.
Jaimie Goodwin and Hok Konishi
Jaimie, a contemporary dancer, admitted that ballroom and hip-hop were kind of foreign to her. Doing Shane Sparks' hip-hop routine next to Hok Konishi - a youngster who dominated auditions for two years now, and spends a good part of his life upside down, break-dancing like a madman - could not have been easy. But Nigel Lythgoe (and no doubt many viewers) thought Jaimie held her own against the awesome Hok... who, it goes without saying was his usual amazing self.
Anya Garnis and Danny Tidwell
Originally from Russia, Anya had been a pro ballroom dancer for 17 years. She's also hot, as Nigel pointed out during auditions. Her partner, Danny, is the brother of last season's Travis Wall (who happens to be a dead-ringer for Blake Lewis, by the way). Anya and Danny learned the jive from Tony Meredith. Great, surprising pairing of style of dance to song: Avril Lavigne's "Girlfriend." A good performance, and a pair to be reckoned with.
Lacey Schwimmer and Kameron Bink
A swing and ballroom dancer and a professional krumper â€" seems a natural combination, no? Lacey Schwimmer (pictured) is little sis to last season Benji Schwimmer, who won the top prize. I'd like the producers to interview their parents â€" how did they raise such incredible dancers?
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