Top Six Finalists Announced on SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE

Last night, it was announced that Gaby Diaz, Jim Nowakowski and Hailee Payne are the Top Three Stage finalists and Megan "Megz" Alfonso, Virgil Gadson and Jana "Jaja" Vankova are the Top Three Street finalists to move one step closer to the final round.

Team Stage finalist Derek Piquette and Team Street finalist Eddie "Neptune" Eskridge were sent home on SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE.

Next week, on Monday, Aug. 31 (8:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed), the Top Six finalists - (Stage): Gaby Diaz, Jim Nowakowski and Hailee Payne (Street): Megan "Megz" Alfonso, Virgil Gadson and Jana "Jaja" Vankova - will be paired with All-Star partners. Next week's All-Stars include: Anya Garnis (Season Three), Robert Roldan (Season Seven), Melanie Moore (Season Eight), Joshua Allen (Season Four), Marko Germar (Season Eight) and Alex Wong (Season Seven).

The Top Six finalists had this to say about making it this far in the competition:


Gaby Diaz Age: 19

Hometown: Miami, FL

Dance Specialty: STAGE/Tap

"By making it this far in the competition, I've proven to myself that I'm capable of so much more than I thought I was. I want to thank the fans for their support and kind words throughout the process and encourage everyone to keep tuning in Monday nights and voting."


Jim Nowakowski Age: 26

Hometown: Rochester, NY

Dance Specialty: STAGE/Ballet

"All I want to do is to inspire people through my dancing and share with the world my love for this beautiful art form. I cannot thank America enough for taking this journey with me."


Hailee Payne Age: 20

Hometown: Roy, UT

Dance Specialty: STAGE/Jazz

"For me to still be in this competition is something of a dream, and no matter the result of the show, I have made a family that will last forever. I can't wait to see what happens next! See you on tour!"


Megan "Megz" Alfonso Age: 29

Hometown: Long Island, NY

Dance Specialty: STREET/Hip Hop

"Making it this far is a huge blessing and honor. I keep pushing myself to never stop learning, and I love being open to new styles. I just want to inspire people and show my love of dance."


Virgil Gadson Age: 28

Hometown: New York, NY

Dance Specialty: STREET/Hip Hop

"Making it this far is a huge accomplishment. I've been dancing for a very long time and I've finally had the chance to show the world my talent. Thanks to all my fans, family and friends, because without them I would not be where I am today! Love my fans!"


Jana "Jaja" Vankova Age: 23

Hometown: Los Angeles, CA

Dance Specialty: STREET/Krump

"It means the world to me to make it this far in the competition. If it doesn't challenge you, it won't change you."


SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE was created by Simon Fuller and Nigel Lythgoe and is from 19 Entertainment, a division of CORE Media Group, and dick clark productions. The series is executive-produced by Fuller; Lythgoe; Allen Shapiro, CEO of dick clark productions; Barry Adelman, Executive Vice President of dick clark productions; Beverly Frank of 19 Entertainment; James Breen; and Jeff Thacker.

Visit the official SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE site at fox.com/dance to view exclusive videos and photos. "Like" SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE on Facebook at facebook.com/SoYouThinkYouCanDance. Follow the series on Twitter @DANCEonFOX and join the discussion using #sytycd and #stagevsstreet. Follow host Cat Deeley at @catdeeley, and follow the judges Nigel Lythgoe @dizzyfeet, Paula Abdul @PaulaAbdul and Jason Derulo @JasonDerulo.

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