Parting Words from SYTYCD 5 Jonathan Platero and Asukah Kondoh

After being sent home on “So You Think You Can Dance,” contestants Jonathan Platero and Asuka Kondoh talked with journalists about their experiences on the show and as dancers:

Jonathan Platero

On his dance inspirations:
Michael Jackson was an inspiration to me: I grew up watching his videos and trying to learn his movies. Janet Jackson too: I was a fan of ’80s dance. I’ve always loved music videos, and I’d love to be a dancer for her.

asuka_jonathan_catHow it felt for Nigel Lythgoe to bet he’d be in the bottom three after his Wednesday night hip-hop dance:
It hurt a little bit. I didn’t think he’d be as tough as he was, but each judge is entitled to his own opinion. It was a tough style for me, so I couldn’t blame him.

On any dance opportunities he wished he’d been able to experience on the show:
I was really looking forward to working with Sonya [Tayeh] for jazz — that would have been awesome.

Asuka Kondoh

On her choice of footwear during her solos:
I’m most comfortable dancing in heels because I’m a ballroom dancer, and that shows off best what I do. If my solo looked strange it’s because I didn’t have a partner — I was imagining I was holding my partner’s hand.

On whether she was worried her number would be up when fellow ballroom dancer Max Kapitannikov was eliminated last week:
I knew that I had to try even harder because I’m a ballroom dancer — I think it’s a little bit harder for us to show our ability because it is a partner dance, but I didn’t think just because he went home I would be.

On her “SYTYCD” partner, Vitolio Jeune:
We had our ups and downs but learned to have some chemistry and connect with each other. I hope that I can have the same kind of relationship I had with Vitiolio with every partner I get because it was wonderful.

The most difficult genre to learn:
Jazz, because it was so against what I normally want to do as a Latin dancer: level changes, trying to dance in jazz shoes, being on bent knees, being lifted.

On whether her audition partner, Ricky Sun, will be trying out for Season 6 of the show:
I have no idea — you’ll have to find out and watch!

By Claire Zulkey for the Los Angeles Times Blog

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