“So You Think You Can Dance” executive producer and judge Nigel Lythgoe made a stunning announcement on Monday (March 29), outlining the major changes coming to the dance series this season: Not only will there be just 10 finalists chosen in Vegas, but those finalists will be partnered with a new “SYTYCD” alum each week of the competition.
Lythgoe promised to reveal which of the show’s “all-stars” have signed on to return via Twitter
and he wasn’t lying.
“I am thrilled that representing the various dance genres of Popping, Locking, Krump etc in the All-Stars Dance-Pool from
Season 4 is
TWITCH,” Lythgoe tweeted Tuesday morning.
No surprise there, considering Stephen “tWitch” Boss — who is starring in the upcoming “Step Up 3D” and “Stomp the Yard 2” films — was easily one of the most likable and talented contestants ever to grace the “So You Think You Can Dance” stage and was clearly beloved by the judges as well.
But who else fits that bill?
Shall we do a little armchair casting on which other show alum should return?
Benji Schwimmer: Not only did he win the second season of the show, but his expertise in West Coast Swing has already brought him back to the series as a choreographer.
Travis Wall: The contemporary finalist from Season 2 could very well find himself nominated for an Emmy after the choreography work he did during seasons 5 and 6 of “SYTYCD.”
Dmitry Chaplin: The international Latin ballroom dancer went on to “Dancing with the Stars” fame, partnering with celebrities like singer Mya and “Girl Next Door” Holly Madison, but he’s returned to choreograph for “So You Think You Can Dance” as well and was nominated for an Emmy because of it.
Dominic Sandoval and Hok Konishi: The Season 3 B-Boys went on to win MTV’s “America’s Best Dance Crew” post-“SYTYCD” and are two of the show’s most memorable faces. Also, we just want to see Dom hit on host Cat Deeley some more.
Sara Von Gillern: One of the brightest smiles of Season 3, the B-Girl has great style both on and off the stage.
Lacey Schwimmer: The West Coast swinger was the first “So You Think You Can Dance” alum to join “Dancing with the Stars” as a series regular pro, but she’s not on the show this season, so perhaps she’s free to do her thing on “SYTYCD” once again.
Katee Shean: The Season 4 stand out won the “Top Girl” distinction while on “So You Think” and is arguably the best female dancer to ever do the series.
William Wingfield: Though he was eliminated prior to the finale of Season 4, his skills as a Debbie Allen-trained dancer yielded some of the most beautiful and technically-sound performances in “So You Think You Can Dance” history.
Janette Manrara: The salsa spice girl was a fan and judge favorite in Season 5. In fact, when she was eliminated, Nigel publicly stated that he had wanted her to win the competition.
Evan Kasprzak: The Broadway boy is not only lovable, but one of the only former contestants to be an expert in this particular style.
Jeanine Mason: The season 5 winner is a star through and through.
Brandon Bryant: The contemporary dancer from Season 5 can pretty much do anything.
Russell Ferguson: The Krumper who won Season 6 didn’t get to go on Tour, but returning to “So You Think You Could Dance” could be a consolation prize for that. Plus, we love him.
Who else should be on this list that we’re missing?