As mentioned in my “Meet The Girls” article, it’s So You Think You Can Dance overload right now at four nights a week (Monday to Thursday) now that both the Canadian and U.S. versions on at the same time. Last night, the Top 20 dancers were to be announced for the Canadian version, and in a twist, for the second year in a row it turned out to be a Top 22. The boys were the first to learn of the twist when the bottom three remaining boys thought one of them was going to be on the chopping block, when in fact they all made it through.
This year, for the first time someone from Manitoba was represented – Moses Layco! I know the guy and he actually lives here in Vancouver now – such a great guy and an amazing dancer! He even brought Tre to tears in last week’s episode. He’ll do Manitoba proud for sure. In fact, the whole ensemble this year is amazing (and good looking too!) Holy abs, Batman! (Sidenote: There are a record 13 contestants from Ontario that make up the Top 22 this year).
Watch the Top 22 as they compete for Canada’s votes beginning Monday, July 11 at 8 p.m. ET on CTV. In the meantime, get to know your Top 11 Boys below.
Note From Dan: I’ll admit, I’m a little worried about the time slot that this show will be in as I definitely don’t think the Canadians will be able to compete against the jaggernaut hit that is the American version of So You Think You Can Dance. But I am definitely up for being proven wrong. Who will make the cut?! After watching the final auditions including the incredible group rounds and the highly emotional Blake McGrath Contemporary routine that had pretty much every dancer in tears, I am ridiculously excited to see who makes it through to the live studio performances. SIDE NOTE: There were some incredibly gorgeous men left to perform their solos and I’m definitely hoping a few of their faces at least will make me smile throughout the season. And believe me, Jean-Marc screaming, ‘COME ON CANADA, COME ON!’ will not be one of them…
Hometown: Woodbridge, ON
Adam made it through for his great technique and great look. While not featured a ton during finals week, he seemed to fly under the radar until now. Hopefully, he’ll be able to use those looks to charm Canada for some votes.
Hometown: Montreal, QC
One of the two ballroom gents, Christian beat out other male ballroom hopeful, Sharone Levit for the coveted spot. For his final solo, Christian impressed the judges with his into Foxtrot before the music shifted and he tore up the dance floor. He reminds me a little of Pascha from the U.S. show, no?
DWAYNE BONELESS GULSTON
Hometown: Toronto, ON
Style: Hip-hop and popping
“Boneless” has some sick moves and the judges feel the he has the skills and know how to translate his moves other genres. He’s also got personality too! But will he be able to keep up at picking up choreography? The judges think so.
Hometown: Trois-Rivieres, QC
The second ballroom male as intricate footwork that made Mary Murphy’s knees weak. I don’t remember seeing a lot of him during finals week so I’m looking forward to see how well he picks up and performs the other genres.
Hometown: Newmarket, ON
The contemporary youngster has some of the greatest skills on the show. He’s flexible, bendy and seems to have a great personality that the judges and Canada are sure to love. Let’s hope his partner can keep up with his energy.
Hometown: Montreal, QC
This cutie from Montreal is hoping he can convince Canada that he’s got a whole lot more than the “Justin Bieber” cuteness going on, and is actually a great dancer. He likes to hit hard so it’ll be nice to him do softer pieces to show his versatility.
Hometown: Ottawa, ON
Trying out every year since season one and now finally making it on the show has been not only a mental, but a physical transformation for Kevin. This year seems to be his year and there is no doubt that he will be fighting all the way to the finish.
Hometown: Quispamsis, NB
After a Top 4 performance by Janick Arseneau last season, Matt now takes the New Brunswick torch hoping to represent his province as Arseneau did. He was one of the guys that got “Punk’d” into thinking one of them was going to be sent home, when actually they’d all be staying because it was a Top 22 again this year.
Hometown: Winnipeg, MB
As mentioned, Moses will be the first contestant in the Top 22 to be representing Manitoba. I believe this is Moses third time trying out and is clearly more ready than ever. He seems to blow the judges away every time they watch him. I say his going all the way to the end (but of course I’m biased!). Moses was also featured in Tyrell’s music video for “Letting Go“.
Hometown: Toronto, ON
This hip-hopper may have a familiar face to some of you if you’ve seen some of the music videos he’s been featured in. He’s got a hard hitting swagger and a dreamy accent but will that translate into votes from viewers?
Hometown: Thornhill, ON
Left with Rodrigo and Matt on stage for the what was assumed to be the final two spots in the Top 22, he was praised for having the best technique on the show. Wow. Hopefully he can live up to that and show the judges and Canada what he is truly made of this season.
Here is the group altogether for this Season’s Top 22!
Note From Dan: Some surprise eliminations from the episode were male dancers Andrew, Adam and Justin not making it into the top twenty. I really enjoyed all three of these boys and I hope all of them try out again next year, maybe with a few other styles under their belt. Same goes for sex-pot Eric and krumper Cleon. My early favorites for the boys…this was a bit of a tougher decision as I truly love a lot of them, but if I had to pick they would be JP, Kevin and Rodrigo. I’ll also admit I have a soft spot for Boneless and I’ll have my eye on him this year!