It was the best of times, and there was no worst of times. Nigel Lythgoe and company did not hold back on Thursday night’s final audition episode for So You Think You Can Dance. All the tricks were pulled out of the bag, none of them hiding under one’s sleeve. Tyce Dioro was more vocal than ever. Mary Murphy was as exquisite and elegant as she’s ever been. Nigel Lythgoe was … well, not the Idol producer I’ve grown to dislike. I was initially going to capture tonight’s audition episode with the Top 3-5 auditions, but that’s going to be very difficult. So, you know what? I just won’t do that tonight. Let’s just dive in and highlight some of the quality performers we met tonight and which might just make our Top 20.
Jordan Casanova ~ For some reason, her last name seems fitting. Granted, that is usually in reference to a male, but she brought some massive sex appeal and sensuality to the stage that any Casanova would. I felt like I magically entered some Adult Wonderland with that performance. More importantly, someone needs to tell Nigel that this girl is barely legal. This performance had Tyce spewing out “Oh my gosh’s” and “Oh man’s” than ever before. We’re lucky this wasn’t an American Idol audition or we would have never heard the voice. One thing we have to hand to Jordan? She brought out the masochist in Nigel.
Derion “D.C.” Chapman ~ Class, what did you learn from Mr. D.C. today? The Cat Daddy dance. Try it.
Arielle Coker ~ At first I wanted to dub this the best audition of the season. Then the show went on and I grew more confused as to who can earn such a title. Arielle’s 4th shot at cracking the Top 20 for SYTYCD started off to one helluva start. Her sultry, diva-like performance kept my eyes glued to the television for more than one reason. Arielle pissed Tyce off it was so good. I just wanted more.
Hero McRae ~ Well me so super duper like that super duper dance. Can we all be thankful to the “lover” that taught her those super duper moves? Anyone else not expect that robotic and mesmerizing dance routine from Hero? I was more than pleasantly surprised.
Alexis Mason ~ Aside from the blowfish face, Season 5 winner Jeanine Mason has a younger sister that could prove to be some solid competition. Alexis gracefully slid along that stage with poise, emotion, passion, and subdued energy fitting for the piece. It’ll be interesting to see how far along she makes it in Vegas and if she’ll have a chance to follow in her sister’s footsteps.
Patty Anne Miller ~ Simply, Patty Anne reminds me of a more real, raw, and emotionally open Comfort. Patty’s hip hop was more than enough to snag my attention, making me want more. But so was Comfort’s. What will keep me wanting Patty around (and maybe even voting) is her personality that just seems to be enough of a mystery but enough of an open heart to snag quite a few fans.
Natalia and Sasha Mallory ~ Our only audition of the night that we needed to follow through with choreography, the Mallory sisters were definitely not a pair to miss. Sure they’re not the most technically competent dancers this show has seen, but they were definitely entertaining enough to watch. One could easily tell that Natalia was a bit more technically challenged than her sister Sasha, but I am so relieved the pair didn’t have dancers at complete opposite ends of the spectrum. I see Sasha making it a little farther along than her sister, but I’m glad they can at least enjoy the flight to Vegas together.
Big C ~ The opposite of super duper? This buy right here. That was not buck. Do not pass Go. Do not collect $200. At least Big C here understood he wasn’t making it far and took his six pack happily off stage when he was denied by our knowledgeable trio of judges who sent him back into the world to spread Buckmas cheer.
And there you have it. Auditions are over, time for Vegas. Next week, we travel to Vegas together to meet our Top 20! You don’t wanna be anywhere else but here, at the Yak!