So You Think You Can Dance: The Next GenerationÂ has officially kicked off live shows this season!
On the special episode, the Top 10 contestants –Â Tate McRae, Ruby Castro, Emma Hellenkamp, Jordan Nata’e Wandick, J.T. Church, Jake Monreal, Sheaden Gabriel, Leon “Kida” Bruns, Tahani Anderson,Â andÂ Daniela AvanziniÂ — had the opportunity to perform for America’s votes for the first time with the series’ all-star dancers.
The eveningÂ began with contestantÂ Kida and his mentorÂ Fik-Shun. Their robotic dance was choreographed byÂ Christopher Scott.Â Jason DeruloÂ claimed the dance was ”fly,” while new judge Maddie Ziegler said she thought their “performance quality was so amazing together and couldÂ tell theyÂ were having so much fun.”
ContestantÂ Emma’s short performances tapped her way into your heart and then showed her skill in her second performance by sliding down a ramp all while keeping her balance in her tap shoes. Meanwhile,Â Tate’s emotional butterfly contemporary piece with mentor KathrynÂ pulls on your heart strings as well as her solo.
Tahani broke it down in her solo to aÂ Chris BrownÂ song after a hilarious 30 second interview with mentorÂ Comfort. She later tore up the dance floor with her mentor to the song “Cut It” byÂ O.T. Genasis, twirling a piece of Comfort’s cut off hair at the end.
JakeÂ spiced up the dance floor in his solo and with mentorÂ Jenna as the judges were amazed how much control he was able to maintain. Jason Derulo went as far as to say “America. Welcome to the next generation” after his performance.
J.T, showed his sassy side with his witty responses to mentorÂ Robert’s interview questions and then flipped his way across the dance floor toÂ Olly MursÂ song “Dance With Me Tonight.” He later held nothing back and let every emotion show during his dance with mentor Robert.
Sheaden lost his all star mentorÂ Joshua, who was replaced by all starÂ Marko, and the two took on characters during the performance, with Sheaden playing the boogey man who was there to scare Marko.Â Paula Abdul credited for Sheaden for coming out of his shell since he first auditioned and learning how to be a showman which he certainly showed during his solo to “Look At Me Now” by Chris Brown,Â Busta Rhymes andÂ Lil Wayne.
RubyÂ tricked mentorÂ PaulÂ into saying who his SYTYCD crush is and then stormed the dance floor with her performance. She later brought the fire in her performance with her mentor.Â JordanÂ tapped into her emotion and leaned on mentorÂ SashaÂ for support as she performed for the audience and the judges and then searched for “Freedom” in her solo performance.
Daniela had no shame making mentor JonathonÂ feel old after saying she’s never seenÂ Armageddon and then rolled through her performance dancing toÂ “Rollin’ On The River”. She later conquered her fears and trusted Jonathon as they performed an intense salsa number.
The top 10 all stars finished off the show with a group hip hop dance toÂ MimsÂ “Move (If You Wanna)”.Â With all of the amazing performances, it’s hard to tell who will be knocked off of the top 10 in the following week.
Keep up with your favorite dancer by watchingÂ So You Think You Can DanceÂ every Monday night @ 8PM ET/PT onÂ FOX.