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So You Think You Can Dance Preview Video: Two Soloists Fight for Survival

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So You Think You Can Dance finalizes its Season 11 Top 20 tonight (8/7c on Fox) — but not before sending its contestants to hell and back during the brutal callback rounds.

And now, we’ve got your first look at two of these hopefuls attempting to impress the judges with their solos.

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Press PLAY above to check out a marvelous machine named Steven Kador.

Below, you’ll find a preview of Jaja Vankova, simultaneously expressing the word “beast” as a verb, noun and adjective.

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Check out both callback solos, then hit the comments whether or not you think Steven or Jaja or both will wind up in the Top 20. And follow me on Twitter @MichaelSlezakTV for all my reality TV news, interviews, exclusives and recaps!

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13 Comments
  1. I love how much fun Twitch was having watching them.

  2. Carla Krae says:

    Well, tWitch is definitely going to say yes. :)

  3. The video and audio do not sync. Really terrible way to watch ‘dance’ when the movements do not coordinate with the music.

    In this day and age, why is audio syncing still a problem. Really.

    • M says:

      The first video syncs up perfectly, and the second one not at all. Why is this?

      • wordsmith says:

        Yeah, I’m seeing the same thing. First one is perfect, second one the sound is a fraction of a second ahead of the picture. Definitely distracting with a dance style that is so much about hitting hard right on the beat.

  4. Robert Richman says:

    In a perfect world neither of these two would even come close to being considered to be included among the final twenty! My God, think of the countless auditions which weren’t even aired by dancers who toiled for many years in studios learning their craft being overlooked in favor of these one trick ponies who although may make for “good tv” are not dancers! They are merely performance artists who incorporate movement into their acts.

    • Nichole says:

      While I agree to a certain extent with your comments, if they made it through choreography at the audition stage then they should be in the call backs, but it’s the hypocrisy of Nigel that annoys me in that he lets one hip hop/bboy/animator go straight to call backs, such as with the guy from the Dragon House crew (who I didn’t find very impressive) but in the same days auditions made another popper (who was much more impressive) go to do the choreography. I’m more then happy to see specialist dancers go on to make it to the show, but make them all go do the choreography at least before sending them to call backs, otherwise it’s not a very fair system and just makes the people watching lose interest in the show and more talented dancers probably skip auditions altogether. Last season Aaron (not sure if that’s the right name lol) only made it into the top 20 because someone else was injured when two bboy/hip hop/animators who struggled with the choreography made it onto the show. Aaron when on with Jasmine to dance some of the best dances of the season and only had one “off” performance right near the end of the season. That’s the problem with the last two seasons, Nigel has been steering things towards people he seems to think will make good characters rather then who would make the best dancers for the season. I tune in for the dancing, not for the characters, don’t live in America so can’t vote anyway!!

      • DJ says:

        If they have a hip hop dancer with a good 1st audition, they’re going to put them straight through. Just like a contemporary dancer has a great audition and they get sent through without choreo. does it mean they’re going to be good at everything else, no. Fikshun didn’t go through choreography and ended up winning the show, it’s different for, every hip hop dancer isn’t the same. You guys seem
        want the same type of dancers all the time complaining about the hip hop dancers getting through over the more trained dancers. Listen without them they’re wouldn’t be any variety on this show and it would be boring.

    • DJ says:

      With someone not being studio trained, that makes them makes them undeserving of making top 20 over ppl who’ve been training for years? You don’t seem to get it the ppl in the clip or street dancers spend years perfecting their craft in hip hop just as much as the studio dancers perfect their craft. They spend just as much time honing their skills as anyone else and who says they have opportunities to go to studios to train, or have money to go these studios. Your calling them one trick ponies, I’d like to see you do that trick.

    • wordsmith says:

      At the core of this show is the concept that they are looking for America’s FAVORITE Dancer, not necessarily the best dancer.
      Obviously it helps to have fantastic technique and years of learning under your belt, but at the end of the day, no amount of training can determine whether or not you have that “it” factor that makes people want to watch you on TV.

  5. thinker1958 says:

    Steven Kador was amazing. Was beyond amazing. Never seen anything even close to this level.

  6. Elizabeth Tabbanor says:

    The IS freakin’ beast!!! But, the sound is not in time with the picture on the video.

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