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Minnesotan Alan Bersten to compete in the Top 18 on 'So You Think You Can Dance'

July 9, 2013

YellowBrix

July 09--Fancy footwork from a Minnesotan is drawing praise from the judges on "So You Think You Can Dance."

Nineteen-year-old Alan Bersten from Minnetonka scored a spot in the TV dance competition's Top 20 last month, and since then, the trained ballroom dancer's two turns onstage have been impressive.

A couple of weeks ago, Bersten and his partner, Jasmine Mason, drew a contemporary number in which the couple danced while blindfolded. It was a captivating performance, even though the blindfolds were a distraction at times.

Unfortunately, last week, Bersten was one of the bottom six vote-getters in the show's first elimination round, but the judges quickly sent him to safety. After that scare, he and Mason gave viewers a seriously passionate tango that delighted the judges, especially the always dramatic Mary Murphy, who declared she caught a fever watching the duo dance their difficult routine.

"It was crazy," she said. "It's off the charts tonight."

We'll see what Bersten has to offer as part of the Top 18 when a new two-hour episode airs on Fox at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Also, after lots of controversy over the way two contestants were cut at the beginning of last week's show and then expected to perform with their partners later in the broadcast, things are going to change a bit. Head judge Nigel Lythgoe has decided the announcement of the two eliminated contestants will come at the end of the show.

Amy Carlson Gustafson can be reached at 651-228-5561. Follow

her at twitter.com/amygustafson.

What: "So You Think You Can Dance"

When: 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 9

Where: Fox

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