Recaps

– Emmy Award-winning choreographer Mia Michaels and National Ballet of Canada’s Artist-in-Residence Rex Harrington return as guest judges on Sept. 22 and 23 –

It was announced live on CTV tonight that NATALIE Lyons and DANNY Lawn would be leaving the SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA stage. Host Leah Miller announced the identities of the bottom three couples before the judges revealed that NATALIE and DANNY would be leaving after more than one million votes were cast across Canada last night. Twelve dancers are now in the running to be named Canada’s Favourite Dancer.

The bottom three couples who performed their solos for the country this week were AMY Gardner, 21, Calgary, AB, and VINCENT Desjardins, 20, Trois-Rivières, QC who danced a playful and loving Cha Cha routine; JAYME RAE Dailey, 21, Montreal, QC, and DANIEL Dory, 23, Montreal, QC, who set the stage a blaze with a fiery Disco routine; and NATALIE Lyons, 23, Halifax, NS, and DANNY Lawn, 21, Brockville, ON, who performed a heart-pounding West Coast Swing. Following the reveal, each dancer had the opportunity to dance for their lives before the judges deliberated and decided that NATALIE, 23, a Hip-Hop/Krump dancer from Halifax and DANNY, 21, a Contemporary dancer from Brockville would be the two dancers eliminated from the competition.

Kicking off the results show was a jazz funk group number choreographed by judge Blake McGrath. Featuring strobe lights, whips and sexy, futuristic costumes in black, white and red, the Top 14 started the performance in a group formation before disbanding into small, alienated groups as they danced to “Love Game” by Lady Gaga.

Performing next week on Tuesday, September 22 beginning at 8 p.m. ET on CTV (go to CTV.ca to confirm local listings) in front of judges Jean Marc Genereux and Tré Armstrong as well as guest judges Mia Michaels and Rex Harrington are:

AMY Gardner, 21, a Contemporary dancer from Calgary
AUSTIN  Di Iulio, 20, a Contemporary dancer from Mississauga
CODY Bonnell, 19, a Hip-Hop dancer from Unionville
CORYNNE Barron, 18, a Classical Contemporary dancer from Edmonton
DANIEL Dory, 23, a Hip-Hop/House dancer from Montreal
EMANUEL Sandhu, 28, a Contemporary/Ballet dancer from Richmond Hill           
EVERETT Smith, 25, a Tap dancer from Glen Morris
JAYME RAE Dailey, 21, a Contemporary dancer from Montreal
KIM Gingras, 23, a Hip-Hop dancer from Montreal
MELANIE Mah, 19, a Contemporary dancer from Richmond Hill
TARA-JEAN Popowich, 20, a Contemporary dancer from Lethbridge
VINCENT Desjardins, 20, a Ballroom dancer from Trois-Rivières

Next week the Top 12 will take to the stage after working with returning choreographers Tony Meredith and Melanie LaPatin, Melissa Williams and Sean Cheesman, as well as Luther Brown and Blake McGrath.

Highlights from each week’s SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA episodes are available on demand on the CTV Video Player at CTV.ca. For exclusive footage and clips, information on dancers, judges and choreographers along with image galleries, videos, forums, blogs from the judges and more, visit dance.CTV.ca. The weekly Performance and Results episodes also air back-to-back Sundays at 6 p.m. ET on MuchMusic (go to ctv.ca and muchmusic.com to confirm local broadcast times).

It was announced live on CTV tonight that JENNA LYNN Higgins and NICOLAS Bégin would be leaving the SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA stage. After one million votes were cast nation wide, the names of the two eliminated competitors were revealed after host Leah Miller announced the three couples who received the lowest number of votes and they danced for their lives. Fourteen dancers remain, with one ultimately earning the title of Canada’s Favourite Dancer.

The bottom three couples who performed their solos for the country this week were AMY Gardner, 21, Calgary, AB., and VINCENT Desjardins, 20, Trois-Rivières, QB. who danced a “Flii” Hip-Hop routine; MELANIE Mah, 19, Richmond Hill, ON., and CODY Bonnell, 19, Unionville, ON., who danced a cute and refreshing Mambo; and JENNA LYNN Higgins, 18, Toronto, ON., and NICOLAS Bégin, 24, Quebec City, QB., who performed an apocalyptic Hustle. Following the reveal, each dancer had the opportunity to dance for their lives before the judges deliberated and decided that JENNA LYNN Higgins a Jazz/Lyrical dancer from Toronto and NICOLAS Begin, 24, a B-boy/Hip-Hop dancer from Quebec City would be the two dancers eliminated from the competition.

Kicking off the results show was an Afro Brazil group number choreographed by judge Jean Marc Genereux and his dance partner and wife, France Mousseau. The performance featured intricate choreography full of lifts and flips as the guys pursued the girls in a playful back and forth between the sexes, ending with the girls conquering the guys.

Next week, the competitors will perform in front of a Canadian icon who will appear for the first time on the judging panel. Karen Kain, the Artistic Director of the National Ballet of Canada and former Principal Dancer, makes her debut appearance on the show as a guest judge. She will be joined on the panel by Dan Karaty, well-known to Canadian audiences from his appearances on the show last year and his role as choreographer and guest judge on SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE, as well as judges Jean Marc Genereux and Tré Armstrong.

Taking to the stage for next week’s Performance episode on Tuesday, September 15 beginning at 8 p.m. ET on CTV (go to CTV.ca to confirm local listings) are:

1.      AMY Gardner, 21, a Contemporary dancer from Calgary

2.      AUSTIN  Di Iulio, 20, a Contemporary dancer from Mississauga

3.      CODY Bonnell, 19, a Hip-Hop dancer from Unionville

4.      CORYNNE Barron, 18, a Classical Contemporary dancer from Edmonton

5.      DANIEL Dory, 23, a Hip-Hop/House dancer from Montreal

6.      DANNY Lawn, 21, a Contemporary dancer from Brockville

7.      EMANUEL Sandhu, 28, a Contemporary/Ballet dancer from Richmond Hill           

8.      EVERETT Smith, 25, a Tap dancer from Glen Morris

9.      JAYME RAE Dailey, 21, a Contemporary dancer from Montreal

10.     KIM Gingras, 23, a Hip-Hop dancer from Montreal

11.     MELANIE Mah, 19, a Contemporary dancer from Richmond Hill

12.     NATALIE Lyons, 23, a Hip-Hop/Krump dancer from Halifax

13.     TARA-JEAN Popowich, 20, a Contemporary dancer from Lethbridge

14.     VINCENT Desjardins, 20, a Ballroom dancer from Trois-Rivières

The Top 14 will work with returning choreographers Stacey Tookey, Melissa Williams, Sho Tyme, Gustavo Vargas and Benji Schwimmer as well as judge Luther Brown. New to the SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA stage is John Byrne, who has choreographed music videos for Lady Gaga, Christina Aguilera, Gwen Stefani, Blink 182, Mary J. Blige, Britney Spears and Bryan Adams. The 26-year-old has also worked extensively with Elton John, specifically on his “The Red Piano” show at Caesar’s Palace.

Highlights from each week’s SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA episodes are available on demand on the CTV Video Player at CTV.ca. For exclusive footage and clips, information on dancers, judges and choreographers along with image galleries, videos, forums, blogs from the judges and more, visit dance.CTV.ca. The weekly Performance and Results episodes also air back-to-back Sunday, September 13 at a special time of 4:30 p.m. ET before moving back to its regular timeslot of Sundays at 6 p.m. ET on September 20 on MuchMusic (go to ctv.ca and muchmusic.com to confirm local broadcast times).

SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA was created by Simon Fuller and Nigel Lythgoe, and is produced in association with CTV by Danse TV Productions. Sandra Faire and Trisa Dayot are Executive Producers. Susanne Boyce is President, Creative, Content and Channels, CTV Inc.

It was announced tonight that MELANIE B. and ANTHONY would be leaving the SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA stage, after more than one million votes were cast. The results were revealed live during tonight’s broadcast after host Leah Miller revealed the three couples with the lowest number of votes, and the competitors danced for their lives. Sixteen dancers are now in the running for the chance to be crowned Canada’s Favourite Dancer. Last night’s Top 18 Performance show averaged 1.43 million viewers, a season high for the program.

The bottom three couples who performed their solos for the country this week were CORYNNE Barron, 18, Edmonton, AB, and ANTHONY Grafton, 24, Calgary, AB who danced a passionate Paso Doblé routine; JENNA LYNN Higgins, 18, Toronto, ON, and NICOLAS Bégin, 24, Quebec City, QC who danced a bumpin’ hip-hop routine; and MELANIE Buttarazzi, 22, Woodbridge, ON, and AUSTIN Di Iulio, 20, Mississauga, ON, who performed a flowing Smooth Waltz. Following the reveal, each dancer had the opportunity to dance for their lives before the judges deliberated and decided that MELANIE B., a Latin Ballroom dancer and ANTHONY, a Ballroom dancer, would be the next dancers to be eliminated from the competition.

Before the results were revealed, the Top 18 opened the show with a Bollywood group number choreographed by Longinus Fernandes, the choreographer behind the Academy Award®-winning film Slumdog Millionaire. Tonight’s Canadian performance marks the first time that Fernandes has choreographed for any SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE show in the world. Dressed in white and silver with bright colour accents and silver rhinestone jewelry, the Top 18 opened the number with a carrousel of bright coloured scarves and continued with fast but flowing movements across the stage.

Performing in front of judges Jean Marc Genereux and Tré Armstrong as well as guest judges Sean Cheesman and Melissa Williams for the third Performance episode of the season on Tuesday, September 8 beginning at 8 p.m. ET on CTV (go to CTV.ca to confirm local listings) are:

AMY Gardner, 21, a Contemporary dancer from Calgary
AUSTIN  Di Iulio, 20, a Contemporary dancer from Mississauga
CODY Bonnell, 19, a Hip-Hop dancer from Unionville
CORRYNNE Barron, 18, a Classical Contemporary dancer from Edmonton
DANIEL Dory, 23, a Hip-Hop/House dancer from Montreal
DANNY Lawn, 21, a Contemporary dancer from Brockville
EMANUEL Sandhu, 28, a Contemporary/Ballet dancer from Richmond Hill           
EVERETT Smith, 25, a Tap dancer from Glen Morris
JAYME RAE Dailey, 21, a Contemporary dancer from Montreal
JENNA LYNN Higgins, 18, a Jazz/Lyrical dancer from Toronto
KIM Gingras, 23, a Hip-Hop dancer from Montreal
MELANIE Mah, 19, a Contemporary dancer from Richmond Hill
NATALIE Lyons, 23, a Hip-Hop/Krump dancer from Halifax
NICOLAS Begin, 24, a B-boy/Hip-Hop dancer from Quebec City
TARA-JEAN Popowich, 20, a Contemporary dancer from Lethbridge
VINCENT Desjardins, 20, a Ballroom dancer from Trois-Rivières

Next week, the Top 16 will work with returning choreographers Stacey Tookey and Pierre Allaire, as well as SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE Season 2 winner Benji Schwimmer. Choreographers Flii Stylz and Gustavo Vargas make their first appearance this season. The Performance show will also feature choreography by judges Luther Brown and Blake McGrath.

The weekly Performance and Results episodes will air back-to-back Sundays at 6 p.m. ET beginning September 6 on MuchMusic (go to ctv.ca and muchmusic.com to confirm local broadcast times).

Highlights from each week’s SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA episodes are available on demand on the CTV Video Player at CTV.ca. For exclusive footage and clips, information on dancers, judges and choreographers along with image galleries, videos, forums, blogs from the judges and more, visit dance.CTV.ca.

Last night’s episode of So You Think You Can Dance Canada was a pretty exciting one, but unfortunately, despite the amazing Bollywood Dance number more than one someone still had to go home!

From a media release – September 3, 2009:

MELANIE Buttarazzi and ANTHONY Grafton are Eliminated From So You Think You Can Dance Canada Leaving 16 in the Running for Canada’s Favourite Dancer

  • Sean Cheesman and Melissa Williams join the panel as Guest Judges, Sept. 8 and 9

It was announced tonight that MELANIE and ANTHONY would be leaving the SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA stage, after more than one million votes were cast. The results were revealed live during tonight’s broadcast after host Leah Miller revealed the three couples with the lowest number of votes, and the competitors danced for their lives. Sixteen dancers are now in the running for the chance to be crowned Canada’s Favourite Dancer. Last night’s Top 18 Performance show averaged 1.43 million viewers*, a season high for the program.

The bottom three couples who performed their solos for the country this week were CORYNNE Barron, 18, Edmonton, AB, and ANTHONY Grafton, 24, Calgary, AB who danced a passionate Paso Doblé routine; JENNA LYNN Higgins, 18, Toronto, ON, and NICOLAS Bégin, 24, Quebec City, QC who danced a bumpin’ hip-hop routine; and MELANIE Buttarazzi, 22, Woodbridge, ON, and AUSTIN Di Iulio, 20, Mississauga, ON, who performed a flowing Smooth Waltz. Following the reveal, each dancer had the opportunity to dance for their lives before the judges deliberated and decided that MELANIE, a Latin Ballroom dancer and ANTHONY, a Ballroom dancer, would be the next dancers to be eliminated from the competition.

Before the results were revealed, the Top 18 opened the show with a Bollywood group number choreographed by Longinus Fernandes, the choreographer behind the Academy Award®-winning film Slumdog Millionaire. Tonight’s Canadian performance marks the first time that Fernandes has choreographed for any SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE show in the world. Dressed in white and silver with bright colour accents and silver rhinestone jewelry, the Top 18 opened the number with a carrousel of bright coloured scarves and continued with fast but flowing movements across the stage.

Performing in front of judges Jean Marc Genereux and Tré Armstrong as well as guest judges Sean Cheesman and Melissa Williams for the third Performance episode of the season on Tuesday, September 8 beginning at 8 p.m. ET on CTV (go to CTV.ca to confirm local listings) are:

AMY Gardner, 21, a Contemporary dancer from Calgary
AUSTIN Di Iulio, 19, a Contemporary dancer from Mississauga
CODY Bonnell, 19, a Hip-Hop dancer from Unionville
CORRYNNE Barron, 18, a Classical Contemporary dancer from Edmonton
DANIEL Dory, 23, a Hip-Hop/House dancer from Montreal
DANNY Lawn, 21, a Contemporary dancer from Brockville
EMANUEL Sandhu, 28, a Contemporary/Ballet dancer from Richmond Hill
EVERETT Smith, 25, a Tap dancer from Glen Morris
JAYME RAE Dailey, 21, a Contemporary dancer from Montreal
JENNA LYNN Higgins, 18, a Jazz/Lyrical dancer from Toronto
KIM Gingras, 23, a Hip-Hop dancer from Montreal
MELANIE Mah, 19, a Contemporary dancer from Richmond Hill
NATALIE Lyons, 23, a Hip-Hop/Krump dancer from Halifax
NICOLAS Begin, 24, a B-boy/Hip-Hop dancer from Quebec City
TARA-JEAN Popowich, 20, a Contemporary dancer from Lethbridge
VINCENT Desjardins, 20, a Ballroom dancer from Trois-Rivières

Next week, the Top 16 will work with returning choreographers Stacey Tookey and Pierre Allaire, as well as SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE Season 2 winner Benji Schwimmer. Choreographers Flii Stylz and Gustavo Vargas make their first appearance this season. The Performance show will also feature choreography by judges Luther Brown and Blake McGrath.

The weekly Performance and Results episodes will air back-to-back Sundays at 6 p.m. ET beginning September 6 on MuchMusic (go to ctv.ca and muchmusic.com to confirm local broadcast times).

Highlights from each week’s SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA episodes are available on demand on the CTV Video Player at CTV.ca. For exclusive footage and clips, information on dancers, judges and choreographers along with image galleries, videos, forums, blogs from the judges and more, visit dance.CTV.ca.

From a media release – August 27, 2009:

Tatiana Parker And Taylor James Exit Stage Left As 20 Become 18 After The First Two Dancers Are Eliminated From So You Think You Can Dance Canada

Tatiana and Taylor have become the first two dancers of the season to be eliminated from SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA, leaving 18 competitors in the running next week for the chance to become Canada’s favourite dancer. The results were revealed live during tonight’s broadcast by host Leah Miller after the three couples with the lowest number of votes danced for their lives. Nearly one million votes were cast after the first performance episode of the season last night, nearly double the number of votes compared to last season.

The first three bottom couples of the second season of SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA’s were: AMY Gardner, 21, Calgary, Alta., and VINCENT Desjardins, 20, Trois-Rivières, Que., who danced a sexy Samba routine; TATIANA Parker, 21, Toronto, Ont., and AUSTIN Di Iulio, 19, Mississauga, Ont., who performed a playfully combative Capoeira routine; and MELANIE Buttarazzi, 22, Woodbridge, Ont., and TAYLOR James, 22, Vancouver, B.C., who performed a fiery Tango routine that brought new meaning to blood on the dance floor, as TAYLOR’s mouth bled after a minor mid performance collision with his partner. Following the reveal, each dancer had the opportunity to dance for their lives before the judges deliberated and decided that TATIANA, a hip-hop dancer and TAYLOR, a contemporary dancer, would be the first two dancers eliminated from the competition.

Before the results were revealed, the Top 20 performed a Michael Jackson tribute group number choreographed by Gil Duldulao to open the show. Duldulao, who has worked extensively with Janet Jackson as well as Tina Turner, Christina Aguilera, Britney Spears and Jennifer Lopez, brought some of Jackson’s unforgettable moves to life as the competitors performed a medley to “I Want You Back” and “ABC” by The Jackson 5. Duldulao is also choreographing and directing the highly-anticipated Michael Jackson dance tribute at this year’s MTV Video Awards in the U.S.

Stepping onto the SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA stage in front of judges Jean Marc Genereux, Tré Armstrong and Luther Brown and guest judge and SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE judge Mary Murphy for the second Performance episode on Tuesday, September 1 beginning at 8 p.m. ET on CTV (go to CTV.ca to confirm local listings) are:

AMY Gardner, 21, a Contemporary dancer from Calgary
ANTHONY Grafton, 24, a Ballroom dancer from Calgary
AUSTIN Di Iulio, 19, a Contemporary dancer from Mississauga
CODY Bonnell, 19, a Hip-Hop dancer from Unionville
CORRYNNE Barron, 18, a Classical Contemporary dancer from Edmonton
DANIEL Dory, 23, a Hip Hop/House dancer from Montreal
DANNY Lawn, 21, a Contemporary dancer from Brockville
EMANUEL Sandhu, 28, Contemporary/ Ballet dancer from Vancouver
EVERETT Smith, 25, a Tap dancer from Glen Morris
JAYME RAE Dailey, 21, a Contemporary dancer from Montreal
JENNA LYNN Higgins, 18, a Jazz/Lyrical dancer from Toronto
KIM Gingras, 23, a Hip-Hop dancer from Montreal
MELANIE Buttarazzi, 22, a Latin Ballroom dancer from Woodbridge
MELANIE Mah, 19, a Contemporary dancer from Richmond Hill
NATALIE Lyons, 23, a Hip-Hop/Krump dancer from Halifax
NICOLAS Begin, 24, a B-boy/Hip-Hop dancer from Quebec City
TARA-JEAN Popowich, 20, a Contemporary dancer from Lethbridge
VINCENT Desjardins, 20, a Ballroom dancer from Trois-Rivières

An encore of he Top 20 Reveal Special will air on MuchMusic Sunday, August 30 beginning at 5 p.m. ET, and will be followed by last night’s Performance episode and tonight’s results. The weekly Performance and Results episodes will air back-to-back Sundays at 6 p.m. ET beginning September 6 on MuchMusic (go to ctv.ca and muchmusic.com to confirm local broadcast times).

Viewers can also learn more about the competitors at dance.CTV.ca, the official online portal for the series and the source for everything SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA. Watch episode highlights on the CTV Video Player at dance.CTV.ca, which also includes behind-the-scenes video, exclusive footage and clips. Fans can get up close and personal with their favourite dancers, judges and choreographers by browsing the image galleries, videos, forums, blogs and more.

Tatiana and Taylor have become the first two dancers of the season to be eliminated from SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA, leaving 18 competitors in the running next week for the chance to become Canada’s favourite dancer. The results were revealed live during tonight’s broadcast by host Leah Miller after the three couples with the lowest number of votes danced for their lives. Nearly one million votes were cast after the first performance episode of the season last night, nearly double the number of votes compared to last season.

The first three bottom couples of the second season of SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA’s were: AMY Gardner, 21, Calgary, Alta., and VINCENT Desjardins, 20, Trois-Rivières, Que., who danced a sexy Samba routine; TATIANA Parker, 21, Toronto, Ont., and AUSTIN Di Iulio, 19, Mississauga, Ont., who performed a playfully combative Capoeira routine; and MELANIE Buttarazzi, 22, Woodbridge, Ont., and TAYLOR James, 22, Vancouver, B.C., who performed a fiery Tango routine that brought new meaning to blood on the dance floor, as TAYLORATIANA’s mouth bled after a minor mid performance collision with his partner. Following the reveal, each dancer had the opportunity to dance for their lives before the judges deliberated and decided that TATIANA, a hip-hop dancer and TAYLOR, a contemporary dancer, would be the first two dancers eliminated from the competition.

Before the results were revealed, the Top 20 performed a Michael Jackson tribute group number choreographed by Gil Duldulao to open the show. Duldulao, who has worked extensively with Janet Jackson as well as Tina Turner, Christina Aguilera, Britney Spears and Jennifer Lopez, brought some of Jackson’s unforgettable moves to life as the competitors performed a medley to “I Want You Back” and “ABC” by The Jackson 5. Duldulao is also choreographing and directing the highly-anticipated Michael Jackson dance tribute at this year’s MTV Video Awards in the U.S.

Stepping onto the SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA stage in front of judges Jean Marc Genereux, Tré Armstrong and Luther Brown and guest judge and SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE judge Mary Murphy for the second Performance episode on Tuesday, September 1 beginning at 8 p.m. ET on CTV (go to CTV.ca to confirm local listings) are:

AMY Gardner, 21, a Contemporary dancer from Calgary
ANTHONY Grafton, 24, a Ballroom dancer from Calgary
AUSTIN  Di Iulio, 19, a Contemporary dancer from Mississauga
CODY Bonnell, 19, a Hip-Hop dancer from Unionville
CORRYNNE Barron, 18, a Classical Contemporary dancer from Edmonton
DANIEL Dory, 23, a Hip Hop/House dancer from Montreal
DANNY Lawn, 21, a Contemporary dancer from Brockville
EMANUEL Sandhu, 28, Contemporary/ Ballet dancer from Vancouver
EVERETT Smith, 25, a Tap dancer from Glen Morris
JAYME RAE Dailey, 21, a Contemporary dancer from Montreal
JENNA LYNN Higgins, 18, a Jazz/Lyrical dancer from Toronto
KIM Gingras, 23, a Hip-Hop dancer from Montreal
MELANIE Buttarazzi, 22, a Latin Ballroom dancer from Woodbridge
MELANIE Mah, 19, a Contemporary dancer from Richmond Hill
NATALIE Lyons, 23, a Hip-Hop/Krump dancer from Halifax
NICOLAS Begin, 24, a B-boy/Hip-Hop dancer from Quebec City
TARA-JEAN Popowich, 20, a Contemporary dancer from Lethbridge
VINCENT Desjardins, 20, a Ballroom dancer from Trois-Rivières

An encore of he Top 20 Reveal Special will air on MuchMusic Sunday, August 30 beginning at 5 p.m. ET, and will be followed by last night’s Performance episode and tonight’s results. The weekly Performance and Results episodes will air back-to-back Sundays at 6 p.m. ET beginning September 6 on MuchMusic (go to ctv.ca and muchmusic.com to confirm local broadcast times).

Viewers can also learn more about the competitors at dance.CTV.ca, the official online portal for the series and the source for everything SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA. Watch episode highlights on the CTV Video Player at dance.CTV.ca, which also includes behind-the-scenes video, exclusive footage and clips. Fans can get up close and personal with their favourite dancers, judges and choreographers by browsing the image galleries, videos, forums, blogs and more.

Following a five-city audition tour that traveled to Vancouver, Edmonton, Saint John, Toronto and Montreal, and after a grueling finals week in Toronto, CTV tonight revealed the 10 guys and 10 girls from across the country who will dance for the nation’s votes on SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA. Specializing in everything from hip-hop, contemporary, ballroom and tap, the Top 20 were announced during tonight’s special one-hour reveal episode. The dancers represent the country from Vancouver to Halifax, with two competitors from British Columbia, four from Alberta, eight from Ontario, five from Quebec and one from Nova Scotia. The Top 20 take to the stage to be judged by Jean Marc Genereux, Tré Armstrong, Luther Brown and Blake McGrath on Tuesday, August 25 at 8 p.m. ET on CTV (visit ctv.ca to confirm local broadcast times). Making an appearance in the episode is last year’s winner, Nico Archambault.

Viewers can also learn more about the competitors before they take to the stage for the first Performance show with the Official Top 20 SO You Think You Can Dance Canada Viewing Guide. The four-page spread is available for free in Metro newspapers across the country on Tuesday, August 25, the date of the first performance episode (see “About the Top 20,” below).

The dancers will be paired into 10 couples who will work with some of the country’s top choreographers – including Stacey Tookey, Mia Michaels, Sean Cheesman and Melissa Williams – and will learn a new dance routine each week from a wide variety of genres. The fate of these 20 finalists – one of whom will be named Canada’s Favourite Dancer later this fall – will be left up to viewer votes, which can be cast for free via land line telephones.

Beginning this coming Tuesday (August 25) and for the next nine weeks, the country begins voting for their choice of Canada’s Favourite Dancer. Voting will occur following the conclusion of Tuesday’s “performance shows” and is restricted to one, two-hour voting window in each region of broadcast (detailed voting information can be found at dance.ctv.ca).

On the first live results show, airing Wednesday, August 26 at 7:30 p.m. ET on CTV (visit ctv.ca to confirm local broadcast times), the three couples with the fewest number of votes will be announced. Each dancer in those three couples will then have one last chance to impress the judges and “dance for their life” with a solo routine of his or her choosing. After all six dancers have performed, the judges will make the ultimate decision of who stays and who goes home.

For anyone who missed tonight’s Top 20 reveal episode, an encore will air on MuchMusic Sunday, August 30 beginning at 5 p.m. ET, and will be followed by the first Performance and Results episodes. Encores of the weekly Performance and Results move to their regular time slot of Sundays at 6 p.m. ET beginning September 6 on MuchMusic (visit muchmusic.com to confirm local broadcast times). 

About the Top 20

Ranging in age from 18 to 28, the Top 20 dancers vying for the coveted title of Canada’s Favourite Dancer are (in alphabetical order):

· AMY Gardner (21) is a Contemporary dancer from Calgary, AB. Amy, who is also formally trained in jazz, tap, hip-hop, ballet, street jazz and musical theatre, has traveled around the world performing, including Spain, Australia and parts of Africa. Amy has also  participated in a variety of competitions throughout North America.

· ANTHONY Grafton (24) is a Ballroom dancer from Calgary, AB. Anthony has participated in competitions around the world, including in England and throughout the United States. Formally trained only in ballroom, Anthony is looking forward to trying out new styles of dance on the show. 

· AUSTIN Di lulio (19) is a Contemporary dancer from Mississauga, ON. Dancing from a young age, Austin appeared in the feature film Hairspray and has also worked with choreographers Marty Kudelka, Adam Shankman and Tyce Diorio.

· CODY Bonnell (19) is a Hip-Hop dancer from Unionville, ON who is also trained in ballet, jazz and tap. Cody’s former dance teachers, friends and especially his family have been his biggest support and unlike any other experience in his life, SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA has been life changing.

· CORYNNE Barron (18) is a Classical Contemporary dancer from Edmonton, AB. At the age of 15, Corynne trained at both the prestigious Royal Winnipeg Ballet School and the Edmonton School of Ballet before leaving Canada for England to further continue her studies with Kate Simmons Dance Ltd. Corynne is trained in contemporary, ballet and jazz. 

· DANIEL Dory (23) is a Hip-Hop/House dancer from Montreal, QC. Born in Haiti, Daniel is also trained in contemporary, and has performed in cities across North America, including New York and Los Angeles. Daniel also had the opportunity to perform as part of the opening act for Celine Dion’s 2009 concert in Montreal.

· DANNY Lawn (21) is a Contemporary dancer from Brockville, ON who is also trained in hip-hop, jazz, ballet and acro. An adventure-seeker, Danny spends his time off the dance floor cliff jumping and has also performed with pop stars Katy Perry and Kreesha Turner.

· EMANUEL Sandhu (28) is a Contemporary and Ballet dancer from Vancouver, BC. Emanuel, who is also a Canadian national champion figure skater, trained at the National Ballet School of Canada, as well as with notable choreographers including Menaka Thakkar and Roberto Campanella.

· EVERETT Smith (25) is a Tap dancer from Glen Morris, ON. As the first-ever tap dancer to make it into the Top 20, Everett has taken his tap shoes around the globe and competed at the World Tap Championships in Berlin, Germany. Everett also performed in the feature film Hairspray and is trained in various styles of dance including jazz, ballet and hip-hop.

· JAYME RAE Dailey (21) is a Contemporary dancer from Montreal, QC. Also trained in hip-hop, house, classical ballet, jazz and jazz funk, Jayme Rae auditioned with her twin sister who’s a big source of support in her life.

· JENNA LYNN Higgins (18) is a Jazz and Lyrical dancer from Toronto, ON who cites her mom and dance teacher as her biggest supporter. Also trained in ballet, Jenna Lynn is looking forward to perfecting new dance styles.

· KIM Gingras (23) is a Hip-Hop dancer from Montreal, QC. A member of the Montreal-based Blueprint Dance Company, Kim believes her professionalism, passion and performance are the three key elements that helped her get into the Season 2 Top 20.

· MELANIE Buttarazzi (22) is a Latin Ballroom dancer from Woodbridge, ON who is currently enrolled in York University’s Dance program. A musician as well, Melanie learned to play guitar at the age of eight and is also trained in ballet, jazz, tap, lyrical, modern, hip-hop and flamenco.

· MELANIE Mah (19) is a Contemporary dancer from Richmond Hill, ON. Melanie performed across North America in a variety of dance competitions and is also trained in ballet, jazz/lyrical, hip-hop and tap. 

· NATALIE Lyons (23) is a Hip-Hop/Krump dancer from Halifax, NS. Natalie has had the opportunity to perform live with artists including Nelly Furtado, Keshia Chante, Timbaland and Flo Rida. When not on the dance floor, Natalie spends her time cooking, hiking and playing volleyball.

· NICOLAS Bégin (24) is a B-Boy/Hip-Hop dancer from Quebec City, QC who has specialized in hip-hop and break dancing for almost 16 years. Nicolas has performed with the Quebec-based B-Boy crew Q.C. Roc as well as at an array of events including the 400th Anniversary of Québec City in 2008 and the 2006 JUNO AWARDS.

· TARA-JEAN Popowich (20) is a Contemporary dancer from Lethbridge, AB. Given the opportunity, Tara-Jean would most like to work with choreographers Mia Michaels or choreographer and fellow Albertan, Stacey Tookey and cites her mom as her greatest source of inspiration. 

· TATIANA Parker (21) is a Hip-Hop dancer from Toronto, ON. Tatiana, who has performed as part of the Massari World Tour, is greatly supported by her family and friends – especially her brother Noah.

· TAYLOR James (22) is a Contemporary dancer from Vancouver, BC who is also trained in jazz and hip-hop. Taylor has traveled all over Canada and the U.S. as an instructor and performer and spends his spare time taking photographs.

· VINCENT Desjardins (20) is a Ballroom dancer from Trois-Rivieres, QC. Vincent originally began dancing because of his sister, and has been performing in Ballroom competitions in major cities around the world ever since. Vincent has performed in New York, Toronto and Blackpool, England.

Viewers can also learn more about the Top 20 at dance.CTV.ca, the official online portal for the series and the source for everything SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA. Watch highlights from The Finals episodes and the Top 20 reveal on demand on the CTV Video Player at dance.CTV.ca, which also includes behind-the-scenes video, exclusive footage and clips. Fans can get up close and personal with their favourite dancers, judges and choreographers by browsing the image galleries, videos, forums, blogs and more.

On last night’s episode of Jon & Kate Plus 8, previously filmed footage of the couple leading their separate lives, as Kate took all of the children to Bald Head Island in North Carolina and Jon stayed home to manage their kitchen renovation. This footage was filmed prior to the couple announcing their separation and filing for divorce, and during the on-the-moment stuff shown, it’s clear that the couple is still trying to make excuses for the way they’re managing their lives. However, as the couple is interviewed about those weeks prior to their official split, it’s clear that the filming has taken place following their big revelation – particularly since the iconic interview love seat has since been replaced by one single arm chair.

Despite the fact that Kate admitted while breaking down on the Today Show this week during an interview with Meredith Viera, that she’s holding onto the past for the sake of her kids, which includes still wearing her wedding ring, she seems to really be stepping up to the plate in her parenting. Despite the heat Kate has taken in the media for her Type A personality, in the face of adversity she really is stepping up to the plate, even putting aside some of her fears of mess. In last night’s episode, the kids were allowed to paint themselves in pudding, and the mom of 8 was hands on and never even melted down about the mess! She also held a snake despite her fears, following last week’s backyard camping fiasco which she attributes to her new “will do anything” attitude. But, despite her attempts to fill the void her estranged husband has left by gallivanting around the world and spending money without a care in the world, she admits that no matter what she does, she can’t make up for the fact that Jon is not there.

From a media release – July 15, 2009:

There wasn’t a dry eye in the house at final judging on CTV’s CANADA’S NEXT TOP MODEL. After weeks of challenges, trips, and photos shoots, Meaghan, 19 from Winnipeg, outlasted 11 eliminations to become the last model standing and win the title of CANADA’S NEXT TOP MODEL. Host Jay Manuel and the judges, FASHIONTELEVISION’s Jeanne Beker, supermodel Yasmin Warsame, Montreal native and A-List photographer Mike Ruiz, and photo shoot Creative Director Nolé Marin, all agreed she had what it takes to win the competition and become Canada’s next model sensation. “Every emotion is pouring through my veins right now,” Meaghan said immediately after being named Canada’s Next Top Model. “I want to travel. I want to do as many photo shoots around the world as possible. I want to make it all happen. It is official – Meaghan Waller is a model.”

Following her spectacular journey on the show, Meaghan is immediately being thrust into the forefront of the fashion world. Now represented by world-renowned modelling agency Elmer Olsen Models, this week is chock-full for Meaghan with a FASHION Magazine editorial spread, Elmer’s Boot Camp to Big Time, where she’ll meet with international agencies, and a promotional shoot for Capezio Shoes. And of course, Meaghan will be the face of Cover Girl campaigns across the country as she is the proud new owner of a $100,000 beauty contract from P&G Beauty.

Although immensely talented in her own right, Linsay from Edmonton was edged out of the #1 spot. While the judges said she’s stunning and takes great photos, they didn’t think that she had enough international appeal. The judges maintained that Meaghan’s look is current, she had fantastic photos throughout the competition, and had a spectacular presence at the final fashion show.

Here’s a quick recap of how three became one: The top three girls had a try at a FASHION Magazine cover try where they all produced gorgeous photos. But when it came time for three to become two, the judges grew tired of Nikita’s self-deprecating attitude and sent her back to Calgary. The final two, Meaghan and Linsay, stomped it out in a fierce fashion show for designers The Blonds in their final challenge. The judges agonized over their final choice, but in the end, meek Meaghan rose above and took the title of CTV’s Canada Next Top Model.

Encore presentations of tonight’s episode air on Star! and FashionTelevisionChannel, Wednesday at 9 p.m. ET; on MTV, Thursday at 10 p.m. ET; and a Sunday night catch-up broadcast airs on ‘A’ at 10 p.m. ET.

Find out more about all 11 finalists, with interviews, episode recaps, behind-the scenes photos and videos, and biographies, as well as up-to-the-minute series info, at the series web portal at model.ctv.ca.

There wasn’t a dry eye in the house at tonight’s final judging on CTV’s CANADA’S NEXT TOP MODEL. After weeks of challenges, trips, and photos shoots, Meaghan, 19 from Winnipeg, outlasted 11 eliminations to become the last model standing and win the title of CANADA’S NEXT TOP MODEL. Host Jay Manuel and the judges, FASHIONTELEVISION’s Jeanne Beker, supermodel Yasmin Warsame, Montreal native and A-List photographer Mike Ruiz, and photo shoot Creative Director Nolé Marin, all agreed she had what it takes to win the competition and become Canada’s next model sensation. “Every emotion is pouring through my veins right now,” Meaghan said immediately after being named Canada’s Next Top Model. “I want to travel. I want to do as many photo shoots around the world as possible. I want to make it all happen. It is official – Meaghan Waller is a model.”

Following her spectacular journey on the show, Meaghan is immediately being thrust into the forefront of the fashion world. Now represented by world-renowned modelling agency Elmer Olsen Models, this week is chock-full for Meaghan with a FASHION Magazine editorial spread, Elmer’s Boot Camp to Big Time, where she’ll meet with international agencies, and a promotional shoot for Capezio Shoes. And of course, Meaghan will be the face of Cover Girl campaigns across the country as she is the proud new owner of a $100,000 beauty contract from P&G Beauty: makers of Cover Girl, Olay, Crest Whitestrips and Perfect 10 by Nice ‘n Easy.

Although immensely talented in her own right, Linsay from Edmonton was edged out of the #1 spot. While the judges said she’s stunning and takes great photos, they didn’t think that she had enough international appeal. The judges maintained that Meaghan’s look is current, she had fantastic photos throughout the competition, and had a spectacular presence at the final fashion show.

Here’s a quick recap of how three became one: The top three girls had a try at a FASHION Magazine cover try where they all produced gorgeous photos. But when it came time for three to become two, the judges grew tired of Nikita’s self-deprecating attitude and sent her back to Calgary. The final two, Meaghan and Linsay, stomped it out in a fierce fashion show for designers The Blonds in their final challenge. The judges agonized over their final choice, but in the end, meek Meaghan rose above and took the title of CTV’s Canada Next Top Model.

Encore presentations of tonight’s episode air on Star! and FashionTelevisionChannel, Wednesday at 9 p.m. ET; on MTV, Thursday at 10 p.m. ET; and a Sunday night catch-up broadcast airs on ‘A’ at 10 p.m. ET. 

Find out more about all 11 finalists, with interviews, episode recaps, behind-the scenes photos and videos, and biographies, as well as up-to-the-minute series info, at the series web portal at model.ctv.ca.