So You Think You Can Dance: Top 10 Performance Night Recap – August 17, 2015 (@DanceOnFOX #SYTYCD)

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So You Think You Can Dancejust wrapped itssixth weekof live shows for its twelfth season this Monday (August 17) at CBS Studios in Los Angeles, Calif.

The Top 10 Edson Juarez, Gaby Diaz, Hailee Payne, Derek Piquette, Jim Nowakowski, Jessica “JJ” Rabone, Virgil Gadson, Jana JaJa Vankova, Megan Megz Alfonso, Eddie Neptune Eskridge, Lily Frias, andAsaf Goren took the stage with SYTYCD All-Stars for the first time to perform for Americas votes. Before each commercial break, the Top 10 contestants performed a solo which showcased their best moves for America to see. The solos wereEmpire-themed, which meant that each contestant danced to a song from the hit TV series’ soundtrack.

The show kicked off with a group performance from the Top 10 to Bjrks Earth Intruders. Following the group performance,Hailee Payneandall-star Brandon Bryantgave a stellar Broadway style performance to Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga’s “It Don’t Mean A Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swag) choreographed by Warren Carlyle. After Hailee and Brandonbrought the house down, Team Streets Eddie “Neptune” Eskridgeperformed a solo before commercial break.

Following Hailee and Brandons performance,Derek Piquetteand all-star Kayla Rodomskitook the stage for a jazz performance to Marian Hill’s “Got It” choreographed by Nick Florez and RJ Durell. It was then time forGaby Diazto show us what she’s made of with a “street” style tap solo.

After the commercial break, America learned that Jessica “JJ” Rabone got injured this week and would not be able to perform her solo for America. FOX ran a profile package on her instead. Following the announcement, Team Street dancerVirgil Gadsonand all-starComfort Fedoketurned heads with an incredible sequence to The Temptations’ “Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me)”choreographed by Christopher Scott. Jana “Jaja” Vankovathen took the stage for an epic crump solo.Still keeping the bar high,Megan “Megz” Alfonsoand all-starMarko Germargave it all during their jazzperformance to Jamiroquais Canned Heat, choreographed by Ray Leeper. Before the commercial break, Jim Nowakowski proved tous he’s one of the contestants to fear in this competition by showing off his amazing technique in his ballet solo.

With one more hour left of the episode,Edson Juarezand all-starJaimie Goodwinperformed a stunning contemporary number choreographed byTeam StagementorTravis Wall.Hailee then showed off her strong moves in a beautiful solo before breaking for another commercial.Eddie “Neptune” Eskridge returned to the stage with all-star Jasmine Harper to show us their hip-hop piece they have been working on all week. They performed to Yultron’s “Milk Was A Bad Choice” choreographed by Pharside & Phoenix.Derek Piquettereturned to the stage for a contemporary solo before breaking for ANOTHER commercial.

After the commercial break, three more contestants still had to perform for America’s votes.Jim Nowakowskiunited with season 11 all-starJessica Richensfor a beautiful contemporary piece to Tom Odell’s “Heal” choreographed by Dee Caspary. Following Jim and Jessica, Jana “Jaja” Vankovashowed a totally different side of herself with a mind-blowing Bollywood performance to “Naacho Re” from the Jai Ho soundtrack. Jaja performed with all-starAlex Wongand the number was choreographed by Nakui Dev Mahajan. Saving the best for last,Gaby Diazteamed up with all-starJoshua Allenfor a Japanese-themed hip-hop performance to Missy Elliott’s “I’m Really Hot” choreographed by Pharside & Phoenix. This by far had to be one of our favorite performances of the night — then again, we always love what Pharside and Phoenix have up their sleeves for us each week.Megz, Edson, and Virgil all returned to the stage for their solo performances, respectively, in between each number.

The moment we waited two hours for finally arrived — eliminations. SYTYCDhostCat Deeleyreturned to the stage to announce that in addition to receiving $250,000 and the cover of Dance Spirit magazine,this years winner will be given the chance to dance with Jennifer Lopez at her upcoming Las Vegas residency at The Axis at Planet Hollywood Resort, following the Season 12SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCELive Tour. The bottom four contestants returned to the stage — Derek, Edson, JJ, and Megz. This week, only America’s votes determine the fate of the contestants. There are no Twitter Saves or Judges Saves this point forward. After America voted, the two dancers that received the lowest combined votes were Edson and JJ, which resulted in elimination.

Make sure to tune in next Monday to watch your favorite dancers perform with all-starsComfort Fedoke (Season Four), Jaimie Goodwin (Season Three), Jasmine Harper (Season 10), Paul Karmiryan(Season 10), Kayla Radomski (Season Five), Robert Roldan(Season Seven), Du-Shaunt “FikShun” Stegall (Season 10) and Ricky Ubeda(Season 11).

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Written by Juliet Schroder

Juliet Schroder

Juliet is the founder and executive producer/host of Celeb Secrets and Celeb Secrets Country. When not reporting on the latest news in pop culture and country music, she enjoys traveling, spending time with friends and family, and exploring the latest fashion trends.

Juliet holds a B.S. in marketing from St. John's University.

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