It does not take much to move from American Idol fever to So You think You can Dance mania after all. We thought we’ll have withdrawal symptoms from missing Adam Lambert belt out those outrageous high notes every Tuesday night. So You Think You Can Dance to the rescue! Our weeks will be filled with dancing and more dancing every Wednesday and Thursday nights and we are feeling it! We are so excited for these undiscovered dancers whose lives are about to change as they become TV stars and soon after ‘conquer’ America.
The Season Premiere continues as Cat Deely and the rest of the gang head to Miami, Florida and Memphis, Tennessee.
Dancers to watch out for in the Miami audition are Priscilla Marrero, 23 Miami, FL, Erik “Silky” Moore, 19 Oviedo, FL and Janette Manrara, 25 Miami, FL. We’re not sure about the last two making it very far though because Erik does tap and Janette ballroom. They might not be good in other dances. Janette was in Season 4 but was cut in Vegas week.
Last but not least, Talia Rickards, 24 Miami, FL who had a moving backstory reminiscent of Danny Gokey losing his wife prior to audition in American Idol. Talia lost her young husband to a motorcycle accident and SYTYCD had her narrated her love story found and lost. She dances with fire and intensity and thought she should go straight to Vegas but the judges wanted to make it more dramatic so they had her do choreography. She passed and is going to Vegas, but of course!
Beautiful and exciting dancers are aplenty in the Memphis auditions: Paris Torres, 19 from Seattle WA was Miss Washington prior to audition made it straight to Vegas after her “Toxic” audition performing in the acoustic version of the Britney Spears song. (Watch audition video here.)
Lots of siblings going to Vegas! Caitlyn Kinney, 21 Annapolis, MD, who was stunning in her audition dancing in “Winter Song” by Sara Bareilles & Ingrid Michaelson and younger sister Megan is also joining her, shown in a montage of contemporary dancers. Both beautiful dancers. Twins’ Lauren & Lydia Guerra, 19 from Dallas TX are a pleasant surprise! Brothers Evan Kasprzak, 21 West Bloomfield, MI (lyrical Jazz/Broadway) and Ryan Kasprzak, 29 Astoria NY (Tap dancer and choreographer) are such exciting dancers and want to see more!
Anna Dunn, 18 Jackson, MS shows a lot of promise dancing contemporary to “Winter Song” (again). She too has a sob story where she lost her father to suicide. Must we really know these things? This is too private to be on TV but Fox has to “tell” it all… She made it to Vegas after doing choreography. We’d like to see her grow in the show but less talk about back stories please…
Contemporary Dancers: Henry Rivero, 18 Miami, FL, Megan Kinney, 18 Annapolis, MD and Alex Wong, 22 Miami, FL are also all worth mentioning.
(Watch audition video here.)
Tyce Diorio is an unbelievable choreographer but wow we didn’t realize he has got some unbelievable mouth! We thought Nigel Lythgoe was bad. Tyce is something else. All throughout the audition he came off really cocky to the point of being demeaning and insulting to the dancers. At the end of the Miami leg, Nigel finally had to say: “… Tyce don’t be so mean with the Dancers.” Mary Murphy seconded with “I know…” That should teach them that perhaps Tyce is better off in the background, do what he does best- choreograph but not have to be in the judges panel.
In contrast, we are really beginning to like Lil C. We remember him as guest judge in the panel before and he always had something good and constructive to say. Some even deep and thoughtful which surprised us because he does not seem the type. “Krump” choreography defines rugged and tough but Lil C is soft and gentle in a good way. He is not patronizing and seem to be really sincere in his criticisms without offending the dancers or the viewers.
Still more coming in the Los Angeles and Seattle auditions, Thursday… Check back for videos later!