So You Think You Can Dance: Vegas and the Top 20 revealed
Okay, I have a word problem for you. What do you get when you take hundreds of dancers then make them do four different styles, deprive them of sleep, critique them on national TV, and make them play some sick version of Mother May I to see if they get to the next round?
The Vegas episode of So You Think You Can Dance, of course!
Tonight we headed to Las Vegas for the final rounds of auditions. We were joined by Nigel, Mary, Mia, Tabitha, Napoleon and the incomparable Debbie Allen. The first round was a hip-hop routine by Tabitha and Napoleon. The second round was Broadway jazz with Tyce DiOrio. The third round was Jean-Marque's foxtrot. And the last round was Mia's contemporary. After that, the remaining dancers did solos and we found out the Top 20 for season four.
The Vegas Auditions: Some Entertaining Moments and Commentary:
- Why on earth do male contemporary dancers always wear basketball shorts? They do realize that doing Mia Michaels' choreography is much different than playing for the Lakers, right? Sorry, I'm not a fan of contemporary jazz. So, I'm hardly sympathetic to the basketball shorts + tube socks + V-neck shirt trend.
- Debbie Allen was back tonight. I think you can see that out of all the judges, she's the toughest. She's also the only one who has her own company and school. I think she offers us a realistic look into the audition process. I loved that she told Susie Garcia to put on some clothes. Sheesh.
- How much did you love Tyce DiOrio's number to "This Joint is Jumpin'", a Fats Waller number from Ain't Misbehavin'?
- The tapper Jason and I loved so much, Liz, really let me down. She did fine in Mia's routine but looked completely stressed the entire time. Then when the judges called her out on it, she talked back. And it was the sass that got her cut.
- Here's a few people I was glad to see get cut: Claire, Jeremiah, and the pageant queen. Claire was a "hot mess" according to the judges. By the way, if anyone wanted to do a SYTYCD drinking game, you could count the number of times, they say "hot mess." As for Jeremiah, I was glad to see his true colors. In the most unprofessional move I've seen this season, he walked off the stage during Mia's routine. The Texas pageant queen got two chances to perform the foxtrot and just didn't pull it off. The judges cut her to core by saying that her performance lack elegance and grace.
The Top 20 Revealed (and my humble opinions)...
Please forgive the spellings. They didn't flash the text on the screen for the Top 20 reveal.
Courtney Galliano: I like her. She's got a sweet personality and beautiful long legs.
Chelsea Hightower: Not so sure who she is. If they showed her, she couldn't have been memorable.
Susie Garcia: What? Seriously?
Chelsea Trayer: I know it's rude but she and Grace Jones share the same body. Whoa, muscles! It's better than skin and bones though.
Kourtnei Lind: I fell in love when she pointed and flexed those feet during her first audition. She articulates her entire body when she dances. And the best part? Kourtnei is passionate. So, I guess I'll forgive the ridiculous spelling on the name.
Kherington Payne: She's cute enough. Another weird name though.
Comfort: I like her. Great mover.
Jessica King: I'm so happy for her after she had to suffer through Derek's drama during the group choreography.
Raven Armino: It's nice to see a classical ballet dancer get in. I love watching people dance on pointe.
Katee: Can you believe how stupid these dancers are? Did she actually think telling the judges that she would quit at nineteen would go over well? Sorry I didn't catch her last name.
Joshua Allen: Remember the toe touch that was at least ten feet in the air? Yeah, me too. I'm excited to see that again.
Twitch: I loved him last year. But talk about the unfair advantage FOX has given him with all the coverage and the backstory in these past few episodes.
Mark Kanamura: I adored his piece to Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody."
Chris Jenrose: He was adorable when the judges told him he needed more personalitiy.
William Wingfield: Why isn't this guy dancing professionally for Debbie Allen? He's her protege. And why can't Debbie be a judge anymore? Her bias clearly didn't matter in this part of the competition. But, from the very small amount of footage we got to see, I can tell this guy is going to kick ass.
Gev Manoukian: A breaker from Salt Lake City.
Sorry, I don't have more to say about the top ten boys. They totally blew through it.
|contemporary jazz||48 (19.6%)|
|broadway jazz||25 (10.2%)|
|latin ballroom||34 (13.9%)|
|foxtrot / waltz||6 (2.4%)|
|pop jazz||5 (2.0%)|