Tony Bellissimo can only think about his brother, who's in Afghanistan. Tony says if his brother knew he was here, he'd be fighting security to get in, because he's Tony's biggest supporter, apart from his mother. Time to face the judges. Nigel says right off that he doesn't think Tony's technique is as strong as it should be. He acknowledges that his colleagues all want to see him succeed. "It's just this lack of vocabulary in your dancing," he says. But he's delighted to say they've put him in the top 20. Tony's expression doesn't change. He just stares at Nigel, to the point Nigel has to tell him not to look so shocked. So he gets all excited, and mimes a defibrillator on his chest. Nigel warns him not to let them down, because Tony is the biggest limb they're going out on for in the Top 20.
More people make it: Maksim Kapitannikov. "Everything that we gave you, you did it. You succeeded," Mia tells him. Caitlin Kinney: "You have survived this cut," Nigel tells her, reducing her to happy tears on the walk backstage. Melissa Sandvig? She's in. "It's gonna be fun watching you grow in the top 20," says Adam. Jason Glover. "There are amazing dancers each season. You're gonna be one of them, because you have made the top 20," Lil' C tells him.
Ashley Valerio is on her fourth year of auditions. She tells us that she's cautiously optimistic that this is her year, but she's really nervous. She comes before the judges, and Mary talks about how she's a fighter, and she's really improved, but this is the final stop: because this time she's through to the Top 20.
Randi Evans -- did we actually meet her in Denver? I don't remember her. Mia says she has the body of a tigress, she's that powerful, but she's not quite there yet. And then she babbles about the way Randi has committed to her unitards -- unitard montage! "We love you, and we think America's gonna love you," says Mia, and they want her in the Top 20. Randi giggles and cries and can barely say she accepts for she runs squealing off the stage.
So far, seventeen dancers have made it through. Do the math. Alex Wong hopes he's getting one of the last three spots. He's a ballet dancer, but he said he was amazed when he saw all the talent dancing all the different styles in Vegas. "I just wanna show who I am, and I just love it," he tells us.