SYTYCD Michael Jackson tribute cancelled as the show finds its top 10

So You Think You Can Dance has its top 10 and now gives control entirely to viewers, revealing Nigel Lythgoe revealing that there would be no Michael Jackson tribute because the show isn’t allowed to use his music.

60-year-old birthday boy Lythgoe said that the show had its choreographers on board, but “yesterday, we got a note back — whether it’s Sony or the family estate, I don’t know, but they would not clear the music for us. And it’s very sad; for some reason, we can’t do the show.”

The top 10 finalist dancers, whose fates are now in viewers’ hands for the remaining four weeks of the competition, are Kupono Aweau, Brandon Bryant, Randi Evans, Jason Glover, Evan Kasprzak, Janette Manrara, Jeanine Mason, Ade Obayomi, Kayla Radomski, and Melissa Sandvig.

That means Caitlin Kinney and popper Phillip Chbeeb were the last two contestants to be eliminated by the judges, and that probably shouldn’t be a surprise with Phillip because he wasn’t great with much outside of popping, which he does amazingly well. However, both will appear on the tour, as Lythgoe revealed, “I have secured with the producers that you and Caitlin will be on the tour.” And since he’s an executive producer, that’s impressive dealmaking.

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