Debbie Allen calls it magical and mystical. Nigel says he doesn't know what Andre's partner work will be like and he's sorry he won't see it because ... dunh dunh dunh ... they're NOT sending him to choreography, they're sending him straight to Las Vegas.
I'm surprised by how long they let this audition go on. Nigel usually cuts off even the best dancers way before this point. He's unsurprisingly through to Las Vegas.
They've handily paired up the two contestants we've already seen (Janelle and Justin) during choreography and they don't leave much suspense, telling us almost immediately that they're going to Las Vegas.
On Day 2, they've found a blonde waiting in line who does a passable imitation of Cat. Love it.
Here's Grandma Everdine with a young contestant. Everdine used to be a dancer and dance instructor and she's there in her full-length fur coat and I kind of love her. Granddaughter Courtney Kirby tells Nigel Grandma is in the house and Nigel has her come up and sit with the judges. Nigel is utterly charming to Miss Everdine, until he tries to throw a leg up over her. Nigel! It's ok; she slaps him for being fresh.
Nothing so far about Everdine suggests I wouldn't love getting a drink with her. Courtney is impressive -- athletic, powerful, and strong in a way that I really like. Debbie calls her a "beast" but Everdine would rather she be called a "butterfly." Mary calls her gorgeous and dynamic. Nigel makes another dirty joke about Grandma and now I want to slap him. For reasons I don't understand, Nigel wants to send her choreography, after Debbie's already said Las Vegas. Tiebreaker Mary decides Las Vegas.
Grandma says to Nigel, "Are you sure you don't want to change your mind so you don't look ridiculous?" LOVE HER. LOVE HER SO MUCH.
Our next contestant lets us know there's about "zero hip-hop" in Franklin County, Virginia. Cat has a hard time hiding her shock at that (not really) -- hee. Asher Walker has not brought his grandmother. He says he wants to be a backup dancer for Justin Bieber. Bold choice, young man.
Asher Walker and his blue sneakers certainly have the personality he said he wanted to show, but he's not groundbreaking in this hip-hop. I mean, he's great for a redneck ... But the kid really does have personality plus and he's cute as a button. If he can survive choreography, he's exactly the kind of contestant this show eats up.
Debbie loves him, but Mary points out that he doesn't have all the skills they've seen from other hip hop auditioners. She points out that he'd be a fan favorite. Y'all, I'm nervous how I'm mind-melding with Mary tonight. Nigel likes Asher's musicality and gives him a ticket to Las Vegas.
Our next contestant participated in a lot of sports, including track, to please his father. He was really, really good at running and it "crushed" his dad when he quit sports to focus on dancing. I'm not saying anything for sure and this show sure won't, but I would be shocked if there are not also issues of sexuality at play here. SYTYCD has always had a very "don't ask, don't tell" policy, particularly for its male dancers.
George Lawrence II is a beautiful dancer, with gorgeous long lines and extensions. Debbie makes a face while he's dancing that is a VERY good sign. if I were George, I'd freeze frame the playback of that face, print it, and frame it.
Nigel plays tonight's round of "Let's see if we can make the contestant cry" by asking George about his dad. George hangs tough, though, and doesn't give up the tears. Debbie says he was "born to dance" and, of course, he's heading to Las Vegas.
Montage of good dancers, with names even(!), who are being sent through to Las Vegas. I was all excited that we hadn't had any joke auditions yet tonight, and then the pre-commercial teasers let me know that's coming up next. I will attempt to contain my ebullition.
Montage of bad dancers, followed by a couple of bad interviews, including a Brittany who's having a very hard time of it. Brittany is from a tiny town in Florida known for its chickens. You get the sense she'd like to kill all those chickens with her own bare hands. Poultricide.
Brittany Ortner does a goofy little chicken move on her way back to start her dance and during her actual routine she does maybe a few too many moves that are reminiscent of chickens. I think she's one of the contestants that's an OK dancer, but because she's pretty and young and fit, she's going to get a good chance at it. Nigel's code words for this are "photogenic" and "good physique." She's through to choreography.
Brittan is left out as bait on the luxuriously carpeted staircase of the Fox Theater for a couple of guys that auditioned last year. One of them tried to mack on Cat last year and is making his excuses for why he never called. And apparently they totally copied their choreography from a dance duo called "Les Twins" who put the routine on YouTube. Oh, wait, not copied -- "paid tribute to."
They've apparently taken a lot of grief in the last year for the Les Twins tribute/plagiarism. And they are clearing the air tonight. Damon Bellmon and Deon Lewis are auditioning with a two-man routine again this year, but they swear it's original choreography this time. Their synchronization is pretty slick and there's a nice playfulness to the routine.
Nigel gaypanics at Damon and Deon offering to show their partnering skills on one another. The judges are sending them through to choreography.
Choreography: They're sending Deon home. They praise Damon's effort and give him a ticket to Las Vegas. Deon is overjoyed for home. Brittany is heading to Las Vegas as well, not at all surprisingly.
You guys -- with the exception of a quick montage, we didn't have any joke auditions tonight. Wasn't that a much more pleasant way to spend two hours? Take note, show.
Next week's auditions are in Salt Lake City with guest judge Adam Shankman. See you then!