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Latter-day Saint Siblings Make History in the Top 10 of "So You Think You Can Dance"


In 16 seasons, Fox's So You Think You Can Dance has never had a pair of siblings crack the top 10 together. Until now.

Latter-day Saints Ezra and Stephanie Sosa have wowed judges since their audition and are both still in the running to win $250,000 and earn the title of America's favorite dancer.

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It's fitting that the siblings are heading into the final stages of the show together since that is how their journey began.

Last year, Stephanie came close to making it into the finals of So You Think You Can Dance only to be cut. When auditions rolled around this year, she knew her brother could bring her strength and asked if he would audition with her. His response? "I want to get you in that top 10." Ezra has accomplished that goal in addition to making it into the top 10 himself.

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About Ezra, Stephanie said, "He brings out the strength in me and I bring out the strength in him. So I love partnering and dancing with him. We get along so well and we work so easily together. . . . He actually cares about me instead of it being just a competition."

Throughout the season, the Sosas have continued to talk about family and their faith. Last year, the Sosas' mom was admitted to the hospital after having a stroke, and the siblings shared the emotional experience on So You Think You Can Dance

"I remember the day it happened because I got a call from her," said Enrique Sosa, Ezra and Stephanie's dad. "She told me, 'I don’t feel well. Come home.' I found her not moving and I knew something was really wrong."

Stephanie adds, "I remember driving, and like I called Ezra, and I was like, 'Mom is having a stroke,' and I just prayed so hard that nothing would happen to her."

Ezra remembers the words his mother told him when he learned about the stroke: "Keep on dancing. Keep on doing what you love. Don’t worry about me."

This season, both Ezra and Stephanie are listening to their mom's advice to keep dancing, and their parents are excitedly cheering them on.

Last week, Stephanie performed a stunning contemporary routine that landed her in the top 10. About the performance, judge Nigel Lythgoe said, “You have been stunning all the way through this competition and you continue to be so."

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This week Ezra joined his sister as a top 10 finalist after performing a hip-hop routine that caused judge Mary Murphy to say, "You may be the younger brother, but you are bringing it today!"

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Lead image by Adam Rose, Fox Media.

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