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Garland hip hopper is only Texan among top 20 finalists on So You Think You Can Dance

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Chris Koehl, 21, of Garland is among the 20 finalists on So You Think You Can Dance. His speciality is hip hop. Fox photos

Born in Garland and still living in his homeland, 21-year-old Chris Koehl is the only Texan to make the top 20 finalists on Fox's So You Think You Can Dance.

Koehl, whose speciality is hip hop, has been self-taught since the age of 14 according to his Fox bio. He later took some formal classes. In a Q&A on, Koehl says he is dyslexic, one of seven children and home schooled. He currently is a dance instructor at Denton Dance Conservatory and Revelation Dance Studio, and was studying at Richland College before taking the past semester off to perfect his dance skills for Season 8 of the Fox summertime hit.

Koehl additionally reveals that he can "wiggle my ears and I'm really good at checkers."

Garland also is the world headquarters of, whose friendly content provider likewise can wiggle his ears. And Garland was the inspiration for Mike Judge's King of the Hill series.

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The show has had numerous bachelors and suitors with North Texas ties, including inaugural pretty boy Alex Michel and the latter day Jake Pavelka, whose nasty breakup with Vienna Girardi became a tabloid sensation. The show's host is Dallas native Chris Harrison.

For more information on audition requirements, go here.

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