Finalists compete on first live performance show Wednesday, July 2, on FOX
Wednesday night, after thousands of auditions by the best dancers around the nation, and the grueling, week-long callbacks round, the top 20 finalists on season 11 of "So You Think You Can Dance" were revealed.
This season's Top 20 finalists are: Girls: Tanisha Belnap, Carly Blaney, Jourdan Epstein, Brooklyn Fullmer, Emily James, Jacque LeWarne, Malene Ostergaard, Jessica Richens, Valerie Rockey and Bridget Whitman; Boys: Rudy Abreu, Casey Askew, Rochester's Teddy Coffey, Emilio Dosal, Zack Everhart Jr., Nick Garcia, Stanley Glover, Marcquet Hill, Serge Onik and Ricky Ubeda.
The announcement was made by resident judges Nigel Lythgoe and Mary Murphy, and special guest judges Adam Shankman, Stephen "tWitch" Boss, Tara Lipinski and Irina Dvorovenko.
Also announced Wednesday were the four winning dance crews that will perform live on the "SYTYCD" stage on an upcoming show: Academy of Villains, Wanted Ashiqz, Control Freakz and Chloe Arnold's Syncopated Ladies.
Next week, the real competition begins live, Wednesday, July 2 (8 p.m.), when each of the top 20 finalists will dance with another of the finalists specializing in the same style. The pairs will work with world-renowned choreographers to create a dance routine showcasing their genre.
After the performances, viewers will have the opportunity to "SuperVote" for their favorite dancers via the official website,fox.com/dance, the FOXNow app and the official Facebook page, facebook.com/SoYouThinkYouCanDance.