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Abdul, 'Live to Dance' experts select dance acts that will compete in semis

by jmaloni
Thu, Jan 6th 2011 04:00 pm

Fans will vote for 18th and final act, which will be announced on Jan. 12

In last night's episode, the "Live to Dance" experts selected 17 of the 18 dance acts that will compete for the $500,000 prize on the new reality-competition series. The identity of the 18th cast member, who will be selected by fans through voting, will be announced during next week's episode airing on Wednesday, Jan. 12 (8 p.m. ET) on the CBS Television Network. Paula Abdul serves as executive producer, mentor and lead expert of the series.  

Starting Wednesday, Jan. 12, the first six dance acts will compete against each other live on CBS in the first semi-final episode with two acts advancing - one chosen by the experts and one chosen by fans. After a total of three semi-final episodes, the six dance acts that have advanced will compete against one another in one final round. Following the final performances, fans will vote for the winner of "Live to Dance," which will be announced live during the season finale, on Wednesday, Feb. 9 (8 p.m. ET/PT).

The 17 dance acts (listed in no particular order) include:


Jalen Testerman

Age: 9

Hometown: Seattle

Bev & Hap

Beverly Polcyn, Hap Palmer

Ages: 83, 68

Hometown: Woodland Hills, Calif. (both)

Jill & Jacob

Jill Wilson, Jacob Jonas

Ages: 16, 18

Hometowns: Beverly Hills and Santa Monica, Calif.


Du-Shaunt Stegall

Age: 16

Hometown: Las Vegas

Tap Sounds Underground

Gregg Russell, Ryan Lohoff

Ages: 38, 27

Hometown: Los Angeles (both)

Dance In Flight

Cate Caplin, Gary Franco

Ages: 50, 44

Hometown: Los Angeles (both)

The Vibe

Group Members (Age)      Utah Hometown   Group Members (Age)   Utah Hometown

Alexis Pearson (21)            Orem                        Kandice Smith (26)       Woods Cross

Arianna Brockbank (16)    Orem                       Katie Anderson (13)      Lehi

Austin Oliver (16)          West Jordan               Kelsey Skousen (18)      Provo

Blayke Piggott      (16)        Provo                      Leif Belnap (14)              Payson

Brandon Armstrong (16)   Lehi                      Lindsay Arnold (16)         Prov0

Brelynn Brockbank (14)    Orem                    Madison Loveless (14)    Pleasant Grove

Brittany Cherry (16)      Pleasant Grove        McKenna Fullmer (13)   Prov0

Brock Bodily (17)           Pleasant Grove         Melissa Hale (17)             Prow

Brooklyn Fullmer (15)      Provo                      Monique Leroy (13)         Draper

Chanel Ross (12)                Provo                       Natalie Jaco (14)             Lehi

Chaz Bodily (23)             P. Grove         Nicholas Bloxsom-Carter (19)  Orem

Chris Coca (16)                   Lehi                     Peiter Mortensen (17)        Riverton

Colton Lords (14)       Pleasant Grove         Sanalie Cindrich (14)          Highland

Cori McCarthy (14)      Riverton                   Savannah Cross (17)           Sandy

David Lopez (18)         Riverton                     Seth Belnap (21)                 Payson

Ellie Smith (15)             Provo                      Tanisha Belnap (16)             Payson

Erika Mouritsen (14)  P. Grove                    Tristen Sosa (13)                 Orem

Hally Smith (13)           Provo                    Tynah Hamilton (13)             Provo

Jenson Arnold (12)      Provo                     Witney Carson (16)               Lehi

Jitting Genius

Brandon Hobbs

Age: 26

Hometown: Detroit

Shore Thing

Group Members (Age)      Hometown          Group Members (Age)      Hometown

Abigail Nagel (8)         Cape May, N.J.      Michael Holmes (13)        Cape May, N.J.

Ashley Lamey (12)      Cape May, N.J.      Paige Adams (12)               Cape May, N.J.

Ava Landis (10)           Cape May, N.J.      Regan Frame (10)              Cape May, N.J.

Georgia Papamarkos (9)  Cape May         Sara Nichols (17)                Cape May, N.J.

Hannah Kellener (9)  Cape May                Shayla Marks (16)              Cape May, N.J.

Hannah Lamey (15)   Cape May, N.J.       Taylor Magill (7)                 Cape May, N.J.

Jamie Marshall (15)  Cape May, N.J.        Tiffany DePaul (15)            Cape May, N.J.

Katya Simonsen (10) Cape May, N.J.        Veronica Holmes (14)        Cape May, N.J.

Kaylee Clayburn (12) Cape May, N.J.        Victoria Jacboy (14)           Cape May, N.J.

Maxine Marshall (10) Cape May, N.J.

Roosevelt Anderson

Roosevelt Anderson

Age: 22

Hometown: Brooklyn, N.Y.

Chi-Town Finest Breakers

Group Members (Age)                 Hometown

Alazaie Mercedes Borjas (11)     Chicago

Enrique Borjas (9)                       Chicago

Lucio Mercedes Borjas (13)       Chicago

Mercedes Borjas (6)                    Chicago

Santos Enrique Borjas (10)       Chicago

Dax & Sarah

Dax Hock, Sarah Breck

Ages: 29, 23

Hometown: Los Angeles (both)


Group Members (Age)               Hometown      Group Members (Age)      Hometown

Alexandra Betancourt (17)      Miami            Ivenise Ruidiaz (17)         Miami

Angela Cosculluela (14)        Doral, Fla.       Jessica Demlit (16)            Coral Springs, Fla.

Anthony Gonzalez (18)     Cooper City, Fla.  Katie Difede (17)              Miami 

Brittany Borges (16)                Miami        Melanie Fernandez (17)        Miami

Deisha King (14)                 Tamarac, Fla.

D'Angelo & Amanda

D'Angelo Castro, Amanda Carbajales

Ages: 9, 10

Hometown: Miami (both)

Dance Town Chaos

Group Members (Age)       Hometown  Group Members (Age)    Hometown

Blake Piatczyc (17)                 Miami        Manuel Castro (24)            Miami

Daniel Garcia (17)                 Miami        Richard Villaverde (19)       Miami

Eddieomar Gonzalez (14)    Miami        Romulo Villaverde (22)       Miami

Geo Smith (23)                      Miami        Rudy Abreu (15)                    Miami

Jonathan Aguilar (18)          Miami        Sean Joaseus (16)                 Miami

Kevin Cabrera (22)               Miami        Sean Sellek (18)                     Miami

Austen Acevedo

Austen Acevedo

Age: 9

Hometown: Orlando, Fla.

Kendall Glover

Kendall Glover

Age: 11

Hometown: Phoenix.

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