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Utahns cheering on two local contestants on ‘So You Think You Can Dance’

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Posted at 6:08 PM, Jul 19, 2015
and last updated 2015-07-19 20:08:00-04

OREM, Utah -- Two Utahns are featured on this year’s run of the hit FOX show, “So You Think You Can Dance.”

Alexia Meyer of Orem and Hailee Payne of Roy are both in the Top 20, and FOX 13 News’ Tamara Vaifanua has more on how some of their fans are showing them some love as they compete on the national stage.

Both ladies are an inspiration to young dancers in Utah, and some of Alexia Meyer's fans got together for a watch party. They said they know the competition is fierce, but they said their girl is proving she's the one to beat.

National audiences met Alexia Meyer when she nailed her audition for the "So You Think You Can Dance" judges.

Friends of the 19 year old say they aren't surprised she's made it to prime time.

“She’s loved it so far,” Kayman Cook, a friend of Meyer, said. “She’s really having a great time out there.”

Cook hung out with dancers at "The Dance Club" in Orem for a watch party Monday night.

Alexiatook the stage with two other top 20 contestants, including 20-year-old Hailee Payne from Roy.

The judges said the trio gave a clean technical performance, but didn't sell their more "seductive" role.

“You have to internalize some of your performance, so that you leave something else there for the imagination,” Judge Nigel Lythgoe said after the performance.

Teachers gave young fans a heads up that the performance was a, "bit edgier."

So what did they think?

“I think she did really well,” Cook said. “She definitely commits to whatever she's given.”

Hayden Hamel, another dancer at the watch party, said, “I thought it was like, really cool, because I really like Alexia.”

Dancer Zoe Watts adds, “You did great Lex! We love you!”

Alexia is following in the footsteps of her hometown idol--Allison Holker, and is inspiring others to chase their dreams too.

“I’ve actually been thinking a lot about trying out next year and hopefully getting up to the Top 20 as well,” Cook said.

You can watch “SYTYCD” Monday at 7 p.m. right here on FOX 13 to find out if Meyer and fellow Utah Hailee Payne advance to the next round.