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We have had full rankdowns to find the best individual contestant, and we have an awesome Mini-Rankdown going on to find the best routines. But there's still so much that we can argue about! What is the best season? Who is the best judge? What season has the best Top 5 girls? What is the best featured audition solo? You could go on forever.


This is a new series of mini-rankdowns that will have a different prompt for every round. And just like with the TV Characters rankdown or the Musician Discography rankdown, each ranker will get to choose any prompt that they want to see. You can be as general or as specific as you want (within reason lol), include whatever countries you want, or even choose to find the WORST of something instead of the best. We'll start by giving everyone one choice for the round prompt, and see how we feel after playing a bit. And you can switch your choice as often as you want until we begin it.  


Because this is a mini-rankdown, the time commitment is shorter and there are no big write-up requirements. You may choose to join as many or as few rounds as you want. Sign-ups will happen at the beginning of each round.

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Derek - Best Couple???

Diana - Best Contemporary Duet

Jimmy - Best Season

Elliott - Best All Stars Duet

Megan - Best Hip-Hop Duet

Amanda - More Couples???

Kriti - Best Bollywood Routine (Duet & Group)

Patryk - Best Audition (US featured)

Zoey - Best Latin Ballroom Duet

Gigi - Best Judge

JC - Hottest Male

Rei - Best Choreographer


Best Audition





















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US 1

________________ Ep. 1 _______________

Ashle Dawson (Contemporary)

________________ Ep. 2 _______________

Snejana “Snow” Urbin (Ballroom)


US 2

________________ Ep. 1 _______________

Jason Luks (Tap)

Natalie Fotopoulos (Contemporary)

________________ Ep. 2 _______________

Benji Schwimmer (Swing)

Ivan Koumaev (Hip-Hop)


US 3

________________ Ep. 1 _______________

Anya Garnis & Pasha Kovalev (Ballroom)

________________ Ep. 2 _______________

Lacey Schwimmer (Swing)


US 4

________________ Ep. 1 _______________

Stephen “Twitch” Boss (Hip-Hop)

Leonidas Proskurov & Aliona Vetrekno (Ballroom)

________________ Ep. 2 _______________

Chelsie Hightower (Ballroom)

________________ Ep. 4 _______________

Katee Shean (Contemporary)


US 5

________________ Ep. 1 _______________

Gabi Rojas (Contemporary)

Kayla Radomski (Contemporary)

Brandon Bryant (Contemporary)

________________ Ep. 2 _______________

Janette Manrara & Romulo Villaverde (Salsa)

Evan Kasprzak (Jazz)

Ryan Kasprzak (Tap)

________________ Ep. 3 _______________

Arielle Coker & Phillip Chbeeb (Contemporary)


US 6

________________ Ep. 1 _______________

Ryan Kasprzak (Tap)

________________ Ep. 4 _______________

Amber Jackson (Contemporary)

________________ Ep. 5 _______________

Jakob Karr (Contemporary)


US 7

________________ Ep. 1 _______________

Teddy Tedholm (Contemporary)

________________ Ep. 2 _______________

Lauren Froderman (Jazz)

________________ Ep. 3 _______________

Ida Saki (Contemporary)


US 8

________________ Ep. 1 _______________

Melanie Moore (Contemporary)

________________ Ep. 2 _______________

Tadd Gaduang (Breaking)

Jess LeProtto (Jazz)

________________ Ep. 3 _______________

Arielle Coker (Contemporary)

Alexis Mason (Contemporary)

Sasha Mallory & Natalia Mallory (Contemporary)


US 9

________________ Ep. 1 _______________

Chehon Wespi-Tschopp (Ballet)

________________ Ep. 3 _______________

Audrey Case (Contemporary)

________________ Ep. 4 _______________

Lindsay Arnold (Ballroom)


US 10

________________ Ep. 1 _______________

Du-Shaunt “Fik-Shun” Stegall (Hip-Hop)

Paul Karmiryan (Ballroom)

________________ Ep. 2 _______________

Jade Zuberi (Animation)

Amy Yakima (Contemporary)

________________ Ep. 3 _______________

Emilio “Millie” Dosal (Breaking)

Makenzie Dustman (Contemporary)

Hayley Erbert (Contemporary)

________________ Ep. 5 _______________

Nico Greetham (Contemporary)

Jenna Johnson (Ballroom)

Jasmine Harper (Contemporary)


US 11

________________ Ep. 1 _______________

Trevor Bryce (Contemporary)

Rudy Abreu (Contemporary)

________________ Ep. 2 _______________

Jessica Richens (Jazz)

Justine Lutz (Contemporary)

Marie “Poppins” Bonnevay (Hip-Hop)

________________ Ep. 3 _______________

Alla Kocherga & Serge Onik (Ballroom)

________________ Ep. 4 _______________

Ricky Ubeda (Contemporary)


US 12

________________ Ep. 2 _______________

Gaby Diaz (Tap)

________________ Ep. 3 _______________

Jana “Jaja” Vankova (Hip-Hop)

Jim Nowakowski (Contemporary)

Jessica “JJ” Rabone (Hip-Hop)


US 13

________________ Ep. 3 _______________

Tate McRae (Contemporary)


US 14

________________ Ep. 2 _______________

Inyoung “Dassy” Lee (Hip-Hop)

________________ Ep. 3 _______________

Koine Iwasaki (Contemporary)

________________ Ep. 4 _______________

Magda Fialek & Kiki Nyemchek (Ballroom)


US 15

________________ Ep. 1 _______________

Marina Mazepa (Contemporary)

Marcus Nyemchek & Magda Fialek & Allen Genkin (Ballroom)


US 16

________________ Ep. 1 _______________

Stephanie & Ezra Sosa (Ballroom)

Gino Cosculluela (Contemporary)


US 17

________________ Ep. 1 _______________

Konnor Kelly (Contemporary)

________________ Ep. 2 _______________

Keaton Kermode (Contemporary)

________________ Ep. 3 _______________

Thiago Pacheco (Contemporary)





(defined as 2 dancers that were paired on a season for at least 2 separate weeks before the performance finale)


US 1

Kamilah & Nick

Melissa & Ryan

Destini & Blake

Melody & Craig

Ashle & Artem

Ashle & Blake

Melissa & Artem

Destini & Jamile


US 2

Benji & Donyelle

Ivan & Allison

Jason & Aleksandra

Jaymz & Jessica

Dmitry & Joy

Ryan & Heidi

Ben & Ashlee

Travis & Martha

Musa & Natalie

Dmitry & Ashlee

Travis & Heidi


US 3

Jaimie & Hok

Anya & Danny

Lacey & Kameron

Sabra & Dominic

Sara & Jesus

Jessi & Pasha

Faina & Cedric

Lauren & Neil

Shauna & Jimmy

Cedric & Shauna

Sara & Pasha


US 4

Susie & Marquis

Kourni & Matt

Chelsea & Thayne

Chelsie & Mark

Kherington & Twitch

Comfort & Chris

Katee & Joshua

Jessica & Will

Courtney & Gev

Comfort & Thayne


US 5

Jeanine & Phillip

Asuka & Vitolio

Karla & Jonathan

Randi & Evan

Caitlin & Jason

Janette & Brandon

Ashley & Kupono

Melissa & Ade

Kayla & Max

Kayla & Kupono


US 6

Channing & Phillip

Jakob & Ashleigh

Noelle & Russell

Bianca & Victor

Karen & Kevin

Ellenore & Ryan

Pauline & Peter

Kathryn & Legacy

Mollee & Nathan

Channing & Victor


US 7

Courtney & Robert

Pasha & Melinda

Kathryn & Robert

Comfort & Kent

Courtney & AdéChiké

Misha & AdéChiké

Kathryn & AdéChiké

Anya & Robert

Anya & Kent

Courtney & Kent

Neil & Kent

Pasha & LoFro

Ade & LoFro


US 8

Jordan & Tadd

Sasha & Alexander

Clarice & Jess

Ryan & Ricky

Caitlynn & Mitchell

Miranda & Robert

Missy & Wadi

Melanie & Marko

Ashley & Chris

Iveta & Nick

Pasha & Caitlynn


US 9

Witney & Chehon

Tiffany & George

Janaya & Brandon

Alexa & Daniel

Amber & Nick

Amelia & Will

Janelle & Dareian

Eliana & Glitch

Audrey & Matthew

Lindsay & Cole


US 10

Mariah & Carlos

Jasmine & Alan

Malece & Jade

Jenna & Tucker

Brittany & BluPrint

Alexis & Nico

Makenzie & Paul

Jasmine & Aaron

Hayley & Curtis

Amy & Fik-Shun

Mariah & BluPrint

Malece & Alan


US 11

Tanisha & Rudy

Valerie & Ricky

Bridget & Emilio

Jessica & Casey

Carly & Serge

Emily & Teddy

Jourdan & Marquet

Brooklyn & Casey

Jacque & Zack


US 12

Jaja & Alex


US 13

Kida & Fik-Shu

Tate & Kathryn

Jake & Jenna

Sheaden & Marko

Ruby & Paul

Tahani & Comfort

JT & Robert

Jordan & Sasha

Emma & Gaby

JT & Emma

Kida & Tate


US 14

Dassy & Fik-Shun

Logan & Allison

Kiki & Jenna

Kaylee & Glitch

Lex & Gaby

Mark & Comfort

Koine & Marko

Sydney & Paul

Taylor & Robert

Robert & Jasmine


US 15

Jensen & Jay Jay

Hannahlei & Cole

Chelsea & Evan

Genessy & Slavik

Magda & Darius


US 16

Mariah & Bailey

Anna & Benjamin

Madison & Ezra

Sophie & Eddie

Stephanie & Gino

Sophie & Kiki


US 17

Alexis & Keaton

Anna & Beau

Ralyn & Carter

Essence & Thiago

Jordan & Waverly

Virginia & Lord Finn


Canada 1

Nico & Arassay

Francis & Natalli

Danny & Allie

Izaak & Kaitlyn

Vincent & Lisa

Miles & Lara

Dario & Romina

Joey & Tamina

Jesse & Caroline

Miles & Lisa


Canada 2

Tara-Jean & Everett

Amy & Vincent

Melanie & Cody

Kim & Emanuel

Corynne & Anthony

Natalie & Danny

Jayme Rae & Daniel

Jenna-Lynn & Nicolas

Corynne & Austin

Tara-Jean & Vincent


Canada 3

Amanda & Denys

Bree & Edgar

Charlene & Jeff

Claudia & Yonni

Claudia & Edgar

Danielle & Sebastian

Janick & Shavar

Julia & Jesse

Kirsten & Jera

Kloe & Jonathan

Nathalie & Mackenzie

Charlene & Mackenzie

Janick & Jeff

Nathalie & Sebastian


Canada 4

Carlena & Boneless

Lauren & Rodrigo

Lindsay & Christian

Jordan & Joey

Melissa & Shane

Shelaina & Matt

Teya & Kevin

Yuliya & Adam

Denitsa & JP

Jordan & Christian

Jordan & Francois

Denitsa & Matt

Lindsay & Shane

Geisha & Joey

Yuliya & Matt

Melissa & Adam


Australia 1

Rhiannon & Joel

Vanessa & Henry

Camilla & Sermsah

Jemma & Rhys

Laura & Anthony

Stephanie & Marko

Demi & Jack

Kassy & Graeme

Kate & Graeme

Kate & Rhys


Australia 2

Pania & Ben

Talia & Emmanuel

Lamb & Timomatic

Amy & Damien

Ash-Leigh & Stephen

Penny & Charlie

Kat & Danny

Gianne & BJ

Chanelle & Loredo

Talia & Loredo

Amy & Ben


Australia 3

Jessie & Matt

Jess & Doug

Renee & Phillipe

Grace & Nick

Mikhaela & Robbie

Ivy & Robbie

Ivy & Gaz

Jessica & Heath

Issi & Don

Carly & Kieran

Jess & Nick

Jess & Kieran


Australia 4

Ashleigh & Jay

Eden & Blond

Sally & Jordan

Lauren & Patric

Yukino & Stephen

Renelle & Joel

Nadiah & Michael

Zoey & Sam

Maddie & Chris

Renelle & Michael

Lauren & Sam


Benelux 1

Eline & Boris

Annemiek & Timor

Marielle & Giorgio

Giotta & Ceraldo

Julia & Bram

Anne-May & Giannini

Sigourney & Ivan

Anuschka & Uri

Marielle & Boris


Benelux 2

Els & Angelo

Noi & Bruno

Marleen & Virgil

Suzanne & Samuel

Evelien & Louis

Shiobian & Kris

Saartje & Virgil

Suzanne & Michael

Oona & Remy

Suzanne & Kris


Benelux 3

Raquel & Stefano

Stéphanie & Caggie

Hettie & Floris

Lise & Chico

Agar & Jesse

Natascha & Eldrick

Enora & Lorenzo


Benelux 4

Marissa & Michiel

Karen & Christiaan

Nina & Anthony

Céline & Gianni

Anna-Alicia & Juvat

Stéphanie & Meysam

Rebecca & Sedrig

Laura & William

Marissa & Sedrig

Celine & Juvat


Benelux 5

Eliane & Sinerjey

Sarah & Niels

Inge & Hessel

Iris & Arno

Davinia & Remy

Vita & Frederic

Kalila & Delano

Vivian & Denden


Benelux 6

Tamara & Redouan

Ina & Giovanni

Kris & Ricardo

Tugba & Miguel

Rowan & Johan

Anneke & Joey

Sophie & Liam

Ellen & Danny



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On 7/18/2022 at 11:03 PM, FrogLenzen said:

________________ Season 1 Episode 1 _______________




Ashlé Dawson 

Age: 21

From: Shipbottom, NJ

Style: Contemporary

Music: Shazam doesn’t know lol

Nigel: “It was superb. I’m very impressed by you.”

Result: Makes 4th Place

Notes: Ashle invented African Jazz in Season 1 Episode 1, when will your fave


________________ Season 1 Episode 2 _______________




Snejana “Snow” Urbin

Age: 25

From: New York, NY

Style: Latin Ballroom

Music: Ethnictricity by Paul Taylor

Nigel: “I understand that you were born on the stage.”

Result: Makes the Top 12
Notes: Originally from Siberia. Pro partners with Maks Chmerkovskiy for a bit


On 7/18/2022 at 11:05 PM, FrogLenzen said:

________________  Season 2 Episode 1 _______________




Jason Luks

Age: 18

From: Mendham, NJ

Style: Tap

Music: Just Kiss Me by Harry Connick Jr.

Dan: “That’s the best tapper we’ve seen, right? Last year, too?”

Result: Vegas
Notes: Currently faculty with NYCDA and the Joffrey Ballet School




Natalie Fotopoulos

Age: 22

From: Tampa, FL

Style: Contemporary

Music: Nothing by Nikka Costa

Nigel: “You’ve made it all worthwhile coming to Charleston.”

Result: Top 6
Notes: Choreographed and judged on SYTYCD Greece


________________  Season 2 Episode 2 _______________




Benji Schwimmer

Age: 22

From: Redlands, CA

Style: Swing

Music: Zoot Suit Riot by Cherry Poppin’ Daddies

Mary: “I know of your father. It’s not a surprise to me that you did a great job.”

Result: Winner
Notes: Has choreographed for the US and Canada shows




Ivan Koumaev

Age: 18

From: Aliso Viejo, CA

Style: Hip-Hop

Music: Touch It by Busta Rhymes

Brian: “I don’t even think you know how good you are.”

Result: Top 6
Notes: Dances/choreographs for Justin Timberlake


On 7/18/2022 at 11:12 PM, FrogLenzen said:

________________  Season 3 Episode 1 _______________




Anya Garnis

Age: 25

From: New York, NY

Pasha Kovalev 

Age: 27

From: Fort Lee, NJ

Style: Latin Ballroom

Music: Magic Carpet Ride by Mighty Dub Katz

Mary: “They’re the best ballroom dancers we have ever had on the show.”

Result: Anya makes Top 12 and Pasha makes Top 6
Notes: You know who they are, come on


________________  Season 3 Episode 2 _______________




Lacey Schwimmer 

Age: 18

From: Redlands, CA

Style: Swing

Music: Pump It by The Black Eyed Peas

Mary: “I think you’re a great individual dancer all on your own.”

Result: 4th Place
Notes: Winner of SYTYCD Rankdown 3.0. Auditioned with her brother Benji, winner of Season 2.


On 7/19/2022 at 12:02 AM, FrogLenzen said:

 ________________  Season 4 Episode 1 _______________




Stephen “Twitch” Boss 

Age: 25

From: Montgomery, AL

Style: Hip-Hop

Music: Haunting Me by Oona


Result: Runner-up
Notes: Auditioned in Season 3, but was cut at Green Mile vs. Hok.




Leonidas Proskurov

Age: 23

Aliona Vetrekno

Age: 24

From: Northridge, CA

Style: Ballroom

Music: Cantaloop Remix by US3

Mary: “There’s a class about the way the two of you dance”

Result: Aliona gets cut at the Green Mile, not sure when Leonidas gets cut in Vegas

________________  Season 4 Episode 2 _______________




Chelsie Hightower

Age: 18

From: Pleasant Grove, UT

Style: Ballroom

Music: Lose My Breath by Destiny’s Child

Mary: “She is one hot tamale, that’s for sure.”

Result: Top 6
Notes: DWTS pro, SYTYCD choreographer, etc. Her audition partner wasn’t named on the screen but he can be seen in Vegas


________________  Season 4 Episode 4 _______________




Katee Shean 

Age: 19

From: Orange, CA

Style: Contemporary

Music: 2 Steps Away by Patti LaBelle

Mia: “You’re a joy to watch. Thank you for that performance.”

Result: 3rd place, top female
Notes: Natalie Reid’s roommate. Also auditioned for Season 3 and was cut after final solos just before Green Mile


On 7/19/2022 at 4:35 PM, FrogLenzen said:

________________  Season 5 Episode 1 _______________




Gabi Rojas

Age: 24

From: Albuquerque, NM

Style: Contemporary

Music: Terraform by Projectify

Nigel: “If you are not in this year’s Top 20, I’ll be surprised.”

Result: Cut after broadway in Vegas (AARRARARGHGHHHH)
Notes: Queen




Brandon Bryant 

Age: 19

From: Miami, FL

Style: Contemporary

Music: Carmina Burana

Mary: “If you don’t make it to the Top 20 I think I’ll just die this year.”

Result: Runner-up
Notes: Frequent All Star, danced for Britney’s Vegas show


________________  Season 5 Episode 2 _______________




Janette Manrara

Age: 25

From: Miami, FL

Romulo Villaverde

Age: 20

From: Hialeah, FL

Style: Salsa

Music: Oye Como Va (Latin Trance Mix) by Celia Cruz

Mary: “You are one of the first couples that have hit us in the face with a performance.” [scream]

Result: Romulo is cut at group choreography in Vegas I think, Janette makes Top 8
Notes: I also see Romulo in the Jazz round in Vegas in Season 6. Janette toured with Jason Gilkinson’s show for a while and is now a pro on Strictly Come Dancing and married one of the other pros




Evan Kasprzak

Age: 21

From: West Bloomfield, MI

Style: Jazz

Music: The Best Is Yet to Come by Michael Buble

Nigel: “It had a beginning, a middle, and an end. And you got the biggest round of applause today because of that.”

Result: 3rd Place
Notes: Original cast of Newsies




Ryan Kasprzak

Age: 29

From: Astoria, NY

Style: Tap

Music: Whoopie cushion lol

Mary: “That was just pure, pure entertainment.”

Result: Cut at Green Mile vs. Evan
Notes: Ryan comes back and has a featured audition in Season 6 that was used for the promos


________________  Season 5 Episode 3 _______________




Arielle Coker

Age: 19

From: Corpus Christi, TX

Phillip Chbeeb

Info not shown even though he has a number

Style: Contemporary

Music: Moonburn by Craig Lyons

Nigel: “Beautifully choreographed, lovely.”

Result: Phillip makes Top 12, Arielle cut after ballroom in Vegas
Notes: Arielle and Phillip are two of the only dancers to have featured auditions on three different seasons and not be cut immediately. The others being Hok and Anthony Bryant.


On 7/19/2022 at 4:41 PM, FrogLenzen said:

________________  Season 6 Episode 1 _______________




Ryan Kasprzak

Age: 29

From: Astoria, NY

Style: Tap

Music: A cappella

Adam: “That was the best audition I’ve ever seen on this show.”

Result: Cut after ballroom in Vegas
Notes: Acclaimed Broadway choreographer, dance captain, and dance supervisor. Worked on Hamilton, Smash, etc.


________________  Season 6 Episode 4 _______________





Amber Jackson

Age: 18

From: Decatur, GA

Style: Contemporary

Music: Wasted Time by Meshell Ndegeocello

Nigel: “I would like to see you in this competition for a long time.”

Result: Cut at Green Mile
Notes: Auditions for Season 7 and cut after ballroom in Vegas. Then returns for Season 9 (after seeing Sasha get runner-up) and Amber makes Top 16


On 7/20/2022 at 12:31 PM, FrogLenzen said:

________________  Season 7 Episode 1 _______________




Teddy Tedholm

Age: 18

From: Rockaway, NJ

Style: Contemporary

Music: Prague by Damien Rice

Mia: “…as a young man at 18 years old, it’s pretty genius.”

Result: Cut after Hip-Hop in Vegas
Notes: Also had a featured audition in Season 6 that was shown as a promo during Season 5. Also was in Vegas in Season 9 and had a dramatic exit rant after being cut in broadway


________________  Season 7 Episode 2 _______________




Lauren Froderman

Age: 18

From: Phoenix, AZ

Style: Jazz

Music: Let’s Get It On by Marvin Gaye

Nigel: “You are tremendous, young lady. Very good.”

Result: Winner
Notes: Dated Dominic (AKA D-Trix) for a bit and now dating Cyrus (AKA Glitch AKA Jasmine’s ex-boyfriend)


________________  Season 7 Episode 3 _______________




Ida Saki

Age: 18

From: Plano, TX

Style: Contemporary

Music: Schindler’s List by John Williams

Nigel: “Absolutely fantastic.”

Result: Withdrew after ballroom in Vegas to pursue a scholarship
Notes: Cats movie, In the Heights movie, musicals, TV, music videos.  https://www.stepsnyc.com/faculty/bio/Ida-Saki/


On 7/20/2022 at 12:45 PM, FrogLenzen said:

________________  Season 8 Episode 1 _______________




Melanie Moore

Age: 19

From: Marietta, GA

Style: Contemporary

Music: New Moon by Alexandre Desplat

Nigel: “‘This person is going to walk away with the competition’”

Result: Winner
Notes: Successful Broadway performer.


________________  Season 8 Episode 2 _______________




Tadd Gaduang

Age: 25

From: West Valley City, UT

Style: Breaking

Music: Lehonema by Ornu

Nigel: “It was just completely, and utterly, entertaining.”

Result: 4th Place
Notes: Dated Pauline from Season 6 for a while and hates social media apparently




Jess LeProtto

Age: 18

From: Little Falls, NJ

Style: Jazz

Music: Mack the Knife from Beyond the Sea by Kevin Spacey

Jason: “I loved it; I thought it was great.”

Result: Top 8
Notes: Speaking/singing role in West Side Story


________________  Season 8 Episode 3 _______________




Arielle Coker

Age: 21

From: Los Angeles, CA

Style: Contemporary

Music: Too much screaming for Shazam to figure it out lol

Tyce: “I don’t think I have ever seen anybody come back with more of a fire in their eyes. You’re, like, a star up there. Incredible.”

Result: Cut after contemporary in Vegas (………………………boo)
Notes: Also had featured auditions in Seasons 4 and 5. This is her only solo featured audition




Alexis Mason

Age: 18

From: Miami, FL

Style: Contemporary

Music: Improvisation on a Theme (Pachelbel) by David Lanz

Mary: “Your sister is an amazing dancer, and you are an amazing dancer, too.”

Result: Cut after final solos before Green Mile in Vegas
Notes: Sister of Jeanine Mason, winner of Season 5




Sasha Mallory

Age: 23

Natalia Mallory

Age: 18

From: Bakersfield, CA

Style: Contemporary

Music: We Ride on the Wind by Darnel Alexander

Mary: “You guys are too cute together.”

Result: Natalia cut at Green Mile vs. Sasha, and Sasha makes Runner-up overall
Notes: Sasha had a featured audition in Season 6


On 7/20/2022 at 12:55 PM, FrogLenzen said:

________________  Season 9 Episode 1 _______________




Chehon Wespi-Tschopp 

Age: 22

From: Zurich, CH (Switzerland)

Style: Ballet

Music: Sail by AWOLNATION

Tyce: “This level of talent, in my opinion… he needs to go to Vegas.”

Result: Male winner
Notes: Creative director for American Idol Season 14


________________  Season 9 Episode 4 _______________




Lindsay Arnold

Age: 18

From: Provo, UT

Style: Latin Ballroom

Music: Ghosts ’N’ Stuff by Deadmau5

Mary: “You remind me a lot of Julianne Hough”

Result: Top 8
Notes: Auditioned with Brandon Armstrong, who was too young at the time. Brandon auditioned for Season 12 (cut after Jazz at Callbacks) and then later became a DWTS Pro


On 7/20/2022 at 1:09 PM, FrogLenzen said:

________________  Season 10 Episode 1 _______________




Du-Shaunt “Fik-Shun” Stegall 

Age: 18

From: Las Vegas, NV

Style: Hip-Hop

Music: If You Crump Stand Up by Edit

Judges: [standing ovation waving tickets lol]

Result: Male Winner
Notes: Also appeared on World of Dance as a soloist




Paul Karmiryan

Age: 21

From: Glendale, CA

Style: Ballroom

Music: No Can Do by Dennis

Nigel: “Reminded me in places of Benji, tbh”

Result: Top 6
Notes: Winner of SYTYCD Armenia Season 2


________________  Season 10 Episode 2 _______________




Jade “Soul” Zuberi 

Age: 21

From: Dearborn Heights, MI

Style: Animation

Music: Steam Forest by Andreas Vollenweider

Twitch: “That’s easily one of the best auditions I’ve ever seen. Ever”

Result: Top 18
Notes: Activist




Amy Yakima 

Age: 19

From: Northville, MI

Style: Contemporary

Music: Je Suis Malade by Lara Fabian

Mary: “The hair went up on my arms.”

Result: Female winner
Notes: Assistant choreographer and all star for Season 17


________________  Season 10 Episode 3 _______________




Emilio “Millie” Dosal 

Age: 22

From: Houston, TX

Style: Breaking

Music: Everlasting by District 78

Mary: “You were thoroughly entertaining, for sure.”

Result: Withdrew from Top 20 after injury in rehearsals for Sonya’s Top 20 routine
Notes: Auditioned again in Season 11 and made the Top 10. Was a member of Phillip Chbeeb’s I.aM.mE crew who won Season 6 of ABDC.




Makenzie Dustman

Age: 18

From: Temecula, CA

Style: Contemporary

Music: Piano Concerto No. 23 by Mozart

Nigel: “Absolutely beautiful. I can’t fault you.”

Result: Top 10
Notes: Engaged to Phillip Chbeeb




Hayley Erbert

Age: 18

From: Topeka, KS

Style: Contemporary

Music: Who You Are by Jessie J

Minnie: “You were really moving.”

Result: Top 6
Notes: Currently engaged to Derek Hough


________________  Season 10 Episode 5 _______________




Nico Greetham

Age: 18

From: Woodbridge, VA

Style: Contemporary

Music: Brotsjor by Olafur Arnalds

Mary: [screeching]

Result: Top 10
Notes: Successful actor




Jenna Johnson

Age: 18

From: Provo, UT

Style: Latin Ballroom

Music: Dedication to My Ex by Lloyd

Judges: [waving tickets]

Result: Makes Top 10
Notes: Winner of SYTYCD Worldwide Rankdown. Came back and auditioned with her partner, Landon Anderson, when he was old enough in Season 11 (cut at Green Mile).




Jasmine Harper

Age: 19

From: Lawrenceville, GA

Style: Contemporary

Music: Amazing Grace by Destiny’s Child

Wayne: “Watching you dance was like watching Beyonce and Destiny’s Child sing the song.”

Result: Top 4
Notes: Danced for Beyonce. Featured as young Beyonce on the cover of the Beyonce/Jay-Z album Everything Is Love.


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________________  Season 11 Episode 1 _______________




Trevor Bryce

Age: 18

From: Orlando, FL

Style: Contemporary

Music: Windowdipper by Jib Kidder

Nigel: “I wasn’t expecting probably one of the greatest solo performances I’ve seen on SYTYCD.”

Result: Cut after hip-hop at Callbacks
Notes: Danced for Janet Jackson. Passed away in early 2020.




Rudy Abreu

Age: 18

From: Miami, FL

Style: Contemporary

Music: Stabat Mater by Woodkid

Nigel: “Loved the breadth of your movement.”

Result: Top 8
Notes: Was on Season 2 of World of Dance with his company, Embodiment (dancer and choreographer)


________________  Season 11 Episode 2 _______________




Jessica Richens

Age: 18

From: Yorba Linda, CA

Style: Jazz

Music: It's a Man's Man's Man's World (some cover that Shazam can’t figure out)

Judges: [standing]

Result: 3rd Place
Notes: Principal dancer for Lindsay Sterling, danced for Taylor Swift, Masked Singer, Michael Buble, etc.




Justine Lutz

Age: 19

From: Minneapolis, MN

Style: Contemporary

Music: Smother by Daughter

Judges: [standing]

Result: Cut at Green Mile (BOOOOO)
Notes: Auditioned for Season 10 and was also cut at Green Mile. Was part of Travis Wall's company. http://www.justinelutz.com/about




Marie “Poppins” Bonnevay

Age: 27

From: North Hollywood, CA

Style: Hip-Hop

Music: Smooth Operator by Sade

Nigel: “I loved every second of it. I wasn’t expecting it.”

Result: Cut after Jazz at Callbacks
Notes: Also auditioned in Season 12 and cut at Green Mile


________________  Season 11 Episode 3 _______________




Alla Kocherga

Age: 24

From: Los Angeles, CA

Serge Onik 

Age: 25

From: Upper River, NJ

Style: Ballroom

Music: Unknown

Mary: “Serge, I’ve always been a fan. Still am.”

Result: Alla cut at Callbacks after getting injured in Jazz with Zack, Serge makes Top 14
Notes: Serge was in Vegas for Season 7 and Season 10 (cut at Green Mile), maybe more


________________  Season 11 Episode 4 _______________




Ricky Ubeda 

Age: 18

From: Miami, FL

Style: Contemporary

Music: Us Against The World by Coldplay

Nigel: “I can see you already going all the way in this competition.”

Result: Winner
Notes: Was on Broadway and in West Side Story


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________________  Season 12 Episode 2 _______________




Gaby Diaz

Age: 18

From: Miami, FL

Style: Tap

Music: Endangered Species by Dianne Reeves

Paula: “You’re a student who took the constructive criticism that we gave you, you applied it… it just worked.”

Result: Winner
Notes: Auditioned in a different city and was cut, then came back. Was part of Travis Wall’s company after the show


________________  Season 12 Episode 3 _______________




Jana “Jaja” Vankova 

Age: 22

From: Van Nuys, CA

Style: Hip-Hop

Music: Unknown

Nigel: “It really is an honor to watch you.”

Result: Runner-up, top dancer from Team Street
Notes: Discovered by Phillip Chbeeb and invited to be part of his ABDC crew that won Season 6. Also had a featured audition in Season 11, cut at Green Mile




Jim Nowakowski 

Age: 25

From: Rochester, NY

Style: Contemporary

Music: Taste of Things to Come by George Clinton

Nigel: “One of the best dancers I’ve ever seen on SYTYCD.”

Result: Top 6
Notes: Currently with BalletMet in Columbus, OH




Jessica “JJ” Rabone 

Age: 29

From: North Hollywood, CA

Style: Hip-Hop

Music: Brighter Days by Cajmere

Nigel: “Like a little Toni Basil.”

Result: Top 10
Notes: Toni Basil was her mentor. Now an accomplished ballroom dancer, partnered with Val on the Maks/Val tour (Alexis S17 partnered with Maks)


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________________  Season 13 Episode 3 _______________




Tate McRae 

Age: 12

From: Calgary, AB (Canada)

Style: Contemporary

Music: A Lovers Complaint by Max Richter

Nigel: “The All Stars… are going to be fighting over you.”

Result: 3rd Place
Notes: Platinum selling recording artist


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________________  Season 14 Episode 2 _______________




Inyoung “Dassy” Lee

Age: 26

From: Seoul, SK

Style: Hip-Hop

Music: Big Spender Remix by District 78

Nigel: “I used to be Shirley [Bassey]’s choreographer. I know that she would have loved seeing you dance to [that remix].”

Result: 8th Place
Notes: Part of a trio group with Lily S12 and Marie Poppins called Femme Fatale


________________  Season 14 Episode 3 _______________




Koine Iwasaki

Age: 19

From: Pembroke Pines, FL

Style: Contemporary

Music: Make Me by Noah Cyrus

Nigel: “very, very professional performance today.”

Result: Runner-up, top female
Notes: Dates Kiki, does a lot of ballroom gigs now


________________  Season 14 Episode 4 _______________




Magda Fialek 

Age: 26

From: Toronto, CA

Kiki Nyemchek

Age: 25

From: Teaneck, NJ

Style: Ballroom

Music: Move Your Body by Sia

Judges: [waving tickets]

Result: Kiki makes 4th Place. Magda was one of the four dancers on Gaby’s team at the Academy, then cut after group choreography
Notes: Kiki dates Koine. Magda had a featured audition in Season 15 with Kiki’s brother and Allen Genkin and she makes Top 8


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Marina Mazepa

Age: 20

From: Konotop, UA (Ukraine)

Style: Contemporary

Music: Opu Interstellar by Eric Prydz vs. Hans Zimmer

Vanessa: “That was so profound. It was like performance art.”

Result: Got a callback, but I don’t think she showed up to the Academy
Notes: Also appeared on Season 14 of AGT




Marcus Nyemchek

Age: 30

From: Teaneck, NJ

Magda Fialek

Age: 27

From: Nowy Sacz, PO

Allen Genkin

Age: 27

From: Philadelphia, PA

Style: Ballroom

Music: Be Mine by Ofenbach

Mary: “Magdalena, you are the It Girl.”

Result: Magda makes Top 8; Allen makes Top 20 but cut before Top 10 live shows after a duet with LoFro; Marcus cut after hip-hop at the Academy
Notes: Marcus is Kiki’s older brother. Magda had a featured audition with Kiki in Season 14. Allen had a featured audition in Season 12, also auditioned Season 14


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________________  Season 16 Episode 1 _______________




Stephanie Sosa

Age: 19

Ezra Sosa 

Age: 18

From: Provo, UT

Style: Ballroom

Music: Proud Mary by Tina Turner

D-Trix: “Thank you so much for coming back, I know that takes a lot.”

Result: Stephanie makes Top 10, Ezra makes Top 6
Notes: Stephanie auditioned in Season 15 with older brother Tristen. He was cut after initial solos but she made Top 20 and was cut before Top 10 live shows after a duet with Lex. Ezra with the DWTS Troupe/Tour




Gino Cosculluela 

Age: 18

From: Miami, FL

Style: Contemporary

Music: For All We Know by Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway

Nigel: “I will be shocked if you are not in our Top 10 this year.”

Result: 3rd Place
Notes: Was featured on Dance Moms with Maddie Ziegler


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Konnor Kelly

Age: 19

From: Cornwall, NY

Style: Contemporary

Music: What a Wonderful World by Reuben and the Dark & AG

Matthew: “I felt like I was watching poetry in motion.”

Result: Cut at Green Mile vs. Waverly


________________  Season 17 Episode 2 _______________




Keaton Kermode

Age: 20

From: Fairland, IN

Style: Contemporary

Music: If You Keep Leaving Me by Anderson East

JoJo: “It was geniusly done.”

Result: tbd

________________  Season 17 Episode 3 _______________




Thiago Pacheco 

Age: 18

From: Boston, MA

Style: Contemporary

Music: Winchester by Woodkid

Result: Top 10


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I’ll start by choosing the first round: the best couple! And my definition of “couple” is going to be any 2 contestants that have been duet partners for two separate competitive weeks in a season before the performance finale episode, from any country.


Right now I’m thinking that the first round round won’t officially start until we reach the finale for Season 17, so you have plenty of time to brainstorm what prompt you want to see. If there’s a prompt that seems like it could be done before Season 17 ends, we may just do that one first instead.

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3 minutes ago, *Diana said:

can I do best contemporary?


best contemporary routine?


Sounds good to me unless @.Rei has plans for something similar in the routines rankdown. I'll leave routine jurisdiction to him if he wants

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5 minutes ago, FrogLenzen said:

best contemporary routine?


Sounds good to me unless @.Rei has plans for something similar in the routines rankdown. I'll leave routine jurisdiction to him if he wants


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  • FrogLenzen changed the title to SYTYCD Superlatives (Best Audition - Round 6 cuts)

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