After a live performance by guest judge Lady Gaga, two more So You Think You Can Dance contestants were eliminated (Jordan Casanova and Jess Leprotto) July 28th, leaving the top six dancers to face the next round of the Fox competition. Here are the Season Eight Final Six:
Caitlynn Lawson, the 18-year-old dancer from Moses Lake, WA made it into the top six after being one of the bottom four vote-getters.
Her first dance was a hip-hop routine with partner Ivan Kouamev (an all-star from SYTYD Second Two), choreographed by Marty Kudelka. Lawson then danced a foxtrot with fellow contestant Tadd Gadduangn that was choreographed by Jonathan Robert.
Judge Mary Murphy had mixed feelings about both routines, while guest judge popstar Lady Gaga called Lawson's performance, "just amazing." And director, Rob Marshall, said Lawson was "infectious," and added, "I was just in heaven watching it. I wanted to get up there and dance with you."
Marko Germar, the 22-year-old from Guam has been performing in Aladdin: The Musical Spectacular at Disneyland for the last two years. He moved into Season Eight's top six with a contemporary dance routine that brought tears to the judges' eyes.
Guest Judge Lady Gaga gushed, "You really love to dance. There was so many things I did wrong when I was younger and so many things I wish I could take back, and I felt every moment of that through your dance tonight. You are absolutely incredible and congratulations, whether you're Number 1, 2, 3 or 10 -- you got it."
Nineteen-year-old Melanie Moore got a standing ovation for her contemporary dance (with All-star Neil Haskell) that was choreographed by Mandy Moore. Guest judge Lady Gaga told Moore she'd “hire her tomorrow” for her world tour. Then Moore partnered with Sasha Mallory in a dazzling jazz routine choreographed by Sonya Tayeh.
Lady Gaga threw a shoe on stage after the performance, explaining, “That was the performance of the evening. That was the future and that’s all that matters. You were born this way. You were absolutely incredible.” Judge Mary Murphy called the duo's dance a "masterpiece."
Nineteen-year-old Ricky Jaime from Miami, Florida narrowly made it through to the top six even though judge Nigel Lythgoe thought his performances weren't good enough to make the cut. “Ricky, I’ve got reservations about whether you’re going to be in the bottom or not and I think you might be,” said Lythgoe.
Sasha Mallory, the 23-year-old from Bakersfield, California, walked away from the performance with two of Lady Gaga's shoes, which the popstar/guest judge threw on stage in appreciation for Mallory's closing dance with fellow contestant Melanie Moore. Mallory had also shined in a quickstep with All-star Pash Kovalev (choregraphed by Jonathon Roberts)
25-year-old Filipino-American Tadd Gadduang of Salt Lake City, Utah moved into the final six with a swag-infused jazz routine partnered with SYTYCD Season 7 winner Lauren Froderman and choreographed to Queen's Another One Bites the Dust by Mandy Moore.
Guest judge Lady Gaga called Gadduang's performance "amazing" and said she appreciated the "androgynous element." Judge Mary Murphy said Gadduang was like "a young Elvis Presley," and predicted he would make it to the Season Eight finale.