The Top 10 in Travis Wall's opening number (Adam Rose/FOX)

They say the first cut is the deepest, and surely "they" are people who have been watching "So You Think You Can Dance" for 16 seasons. Because while the cuts actually get a little more emotional as the season goes on—come on, we get attached!—the first round of cuts always feels particularly cruel. These dancers just worked so hard to make the Top 10 and bam. See ya.

Without spoiling too much too soon, here's what went down on the "SYT" stage last night.

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The Season 16 Top 10 in Mandy Moore's oh-so-joyful routine (Eddy Chen/FOX)

We did it! We made it to the live competition shows!

The "we" in question, of course, being the viewers and voters at home, the four hardworking judges, and—yay!—the Season 16 Top 10. Last night, the top five guys and the top five women took to the "So You Think You Can Dance" live stage for the first time, performing for viewer votes. Which is no small feat, as evidenced by the past 15 seasons.

And to kick off the live shows, we had a little something new! Gone are the days of the top dancers strutting onstage to perform a solo eight-count before coming together as a group for that sassy step-ball-change walk downstage and that final "here we are!" pose as Cat Deeley bellows, "Welcome! To So You Think You Can Dance!" Nope: Season 16 is all about that tech. The 10 finalists started onstage, performing those aforementioned eight-counts accompanied by crazy laser beams that were seemingly passed from one dancer to the next. Then the dancers united to perform a joyful routine to "This Is Me" from The Greatest Showman, choreographed by Mandy Moore. It was totally lovely and happy.

As for the rest of the episode: Each member of the Top 10 performed once with a partner and again as part of a mini group. Up for grabs this season are $250,000, the cover of Dance Spirit (!!!), and the title of America's Favorite Dancer. Here's who's most likely to take it all after last night's episode.

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Did long-time frontrunner Gino Cosculluela (here with All-Star Lauren Froderman) make the cut? (Greg Gayne/FOX)

We almost don't dare to say it, but after last night's final, final, final Season 16 audition round, it appears to be true: Next week, IT'S TIME FOR THE LIVE SHOWS!

We're getting ahead of ourselves, though. First, we (as in Nigel, Mary, Dominic, and Laurieann) had to whittle down the top guys. Remember last week, when the Top 10 women became the Top 5? Last night, the "So You Think You Can Dance" judges made the same round of cuts for the remaining 10 men. Each remaining dude was paired with an All-Star and a choreographer to perform a routine outside his comfort zone. Here's what went down, and who made the final cut.

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Is fan favorite Madison Jordan (here with All-Star Kiki) one of them? (Greg Gayne/FOX)

Well, unless Nigel Lythgoe (sir!) has something wild and crazy up his sleeves—which he very well may after 16 seasons—it is finally, at very long last, after half a summer and so much patience, almost time to meet the "So You Think You Can Dance" Season 16 Top 10.

Yeah, we're not there quite yet.

On last night's "Final Cut" episode, the Top 10 ladies were each paired with an All-Star and a "legendary choreographer" to learn some critical choreography. (Choreography from outside their comfort zone, that is.) Then, after one last performance for the judges, the 10 became five. Here's what went down, and which women are headed to the live shows next week.

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Which of these Academy hopefuls made this week's cut? (Adam Rose/FOX)

Last night, "So You Think You Can Dance" gave us The Academy, Part II—which concluded with the judges choosing their Top 10 guys and Top 10 girls. But before that reveal, we got a little more contemporary, a whole lotta Mandy Moore, some solos, and, as always plenty of drama.

"The Academy scares the h--- out of these dancers," Nigel admitted. "And it should." Never one to mince words, that Nigel. Here's how it all went.

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At The Academy, the choreo comes hard and fast, and the cuts are absolutely brutal—every. single. time. (Adam Rose/FOX)

"Welcome to the real world, kids." —Laurieann Gibson, Disher of Hard Truths

But seriously! Welcome to The Academy, that magical/terrible place where choreography comes hard and fast, meltdowns are par for the course, someone is bound to get injured, and the cuts are absolutely brutal—every. single. time.

After approximately 14 million weeks of individual auditions, 79 dancers were given "golden tickets" to The Academy, held at L.A.'s famous Dolby Theatre this year. There, they faced four rounds of choreography: hip hop with Luther Brown, ballroom with Emma Slater and Sasha Farber, contemporary with Talia Favia, and the group round with Mandy Moore.

This week's episode documented the first three choreo rounds. Here's what went down at the Dolby.

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B-boy Michael Salas nailing his audition (Adam Rose/FOX)

To quote old-lady Rose Dawson from Titanic:

OK, so maybe it hasn't really been a full 84 years since Season 16 of "So You Think You Can Dance" first graced our screens. But it kinda feels like it, right? The entire summer so far has been dedicated to auditions! Along the way—five episodes, not 84 years, for the record—we've seen some really stellar talent. And next week, we'll get to see how all that talent fares at The Academy.

But let's not get too ahead of ourselves. Let's talk about what went down during the last few auditions.

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Madison Jordan and Jarrod Tyler Paulson brought their real-life romance to the audition stage. (Adam Rose/FOX)

It's usually right around the third or fourth week of "So You Think You Can Dance" audition rounds that we start itching for the live shows. Sure, the auditions are fun, inspiring, and entertaining, but at a certain point, we reach audition saturation. (And the live shows are just so good and feature so much more Cat Deeley.)

All that said, Nigel and co. kept things spicy this week, so our attention remained firmly glued to the screen. (It's been 16 seasons—who are we to doubt Nigel Lythgoe, sir?) Here's how it all went down.

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Jordynn and Elan—standouts from last season's Academy round—brought the heat again this year. (Adam Rose/FOX)

In many teasers, FOX promised this would be a "powerful" episode of "So You Think You Can Dance." We have to admit that we didn't take that super seriously. We assumed it just meant we'd get one or two emotional contemporary routines sandwiched between the b-boys and the LOL-worthy auditions.

But oh, man: The teasers weren't exaggerating. This episode made us ugly cry—multiple times. Here are the tear-soaked highlights.

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Kaeli Ware and Brandon Talbott gave us LEGS for DAYS. (Adam Rose/FOX)

It's the second week of auditions in L.A., and everyone's feeling feisty! (Well, Laurieann's feeling feisty, that's for sure.) As the search for America's Favorite Dancer continues, here's what was awesome about Week 2.

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YAAAS, Sosa siblings! (Adam Rose/FOX)

A slow-motion, battement-filled opening montage set to music from The Greatest Showman can only mean one thing: To quote the hostess with the mostest, the ever-fabulous Cat Deeley, "Welcome! to So You Think You Can Dance!"

The OG dance competition show is back and, as always, promising to be better than ever. For the show's sweet 16, executive producer Nigel Lythgoe and longtime judge Mary Murphy have some new company at the judges' table: tough-as-nails choreographer-to-the-pop-stars Laurieann Gibson and former "SYT" contestant and "America's Best Dance Crew" winner and judge Dominic "D-Trix" Sandoval. We've also got a new set, 120 cameras capturing the action on the stage, and a live audience in L.A. from day one.

Here are the hopefuls who wowed us during the first episode.

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(From left) Mary Murphy, Dominic "D-Trix" Sandoval, Laurieann Gibson, and Nigel Lythgoe at the judges' table (Adam Rose/FOX)

"So You Think You Can Dance," the show that has inspired, moved, and motivated us for 15 (!) seasons, is officially back! And we're especially excited for Season 16, because two of our favorite artists are joining the judging panel: Dominic "D-Trix" Sandoval and Laurieann Gibson.

D-Trix has had a fantastic career in the industry since making it to the top 8 on "SYTYCD" Season 3; Gibson is best known for working with huge stars like Lady Gaga, Nicki Minaj, Britney Spears and Katy Perry. (The two of them will sit alongside longtime judges Nigel Lythgoe and Mary Murphy.)

We caught up with D-Trix and Gibson before the Season 16 premiere to talk all things "SYTYCD."

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Season 16 of "So You Think You Can Dance" premieres this Monday, June 3! Need help getting through the last few days (or hours, really, EEE) before Nigel's first "Cue music"? Take a look at our roundup of all the info that's trickled out so far about the new season.

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Season 16 of "So You Think You Can Dance" is almost here and we are SO. EXCITED. While we wait for the new season to roll around (it premieres Monday, June 12!), we figured we'd reminisce about some of the most iconic auditions from last year. And...cue music!

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Season 15's Top 10 in a Luther Brown number (Michael Becker/FOX)

"So You Think You Can Dance" is back for a 16th season, and we are SO HERE FOR IT! Especially because there are tons of gorgeous dancers we're obsessed with RN and would love to see up on that "SYTYCD" stage. Here are nine people we hope are planning to audition.

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