Um, did I mention I'm not particularly fond of these audition shows? My pain is somewhat assuaged by the fact that we'll meet our top 20 dancers next Thursday (or at least that's what my
TV Guide magazine promises).
In the meantime, the Charleston auditions brings us guest judge Tyce Diorio. I enjoy him. I don't always agree with his opinions but I'm not a choreographer so I definitely respect his critiques of the dancers. Let's get started.
Sheila Kaiser She's auditioning against her father's wishes. He thinks she should be in school but she has something to prove. And she sure does. Her contemporary routine puts her straight through to Vegas.
Jeremiah Hughes He scares me a little during his warm-ups, especially when he says his flaw is" being human." I find him a bit strange but his dancing is beautiful. Would you call his style contemporary with an interpretive dance flair? Whatever you call it, he's straight through to Vegas.
Anthony and Antwain Hart Antwain saved his brother's butt big time. I, too, wasn't impressed with Anthony at first but I did enjoy the brothers dancing together as well as Antwain's solo piece. After they impress the judges, they get their golden tickets to Vegas.
Our bad dancers included:
* Erin Mansour & John Jabakian I was expecting more than a strange hip-hop/ballroom routine. Maybe it's a good thing Erin will be too old to try out next year. I am impressed that she recognizes how awful her performance is.
* Syddah King This hip-hop dancer did not take criticism well. Doesn't she realize if she wants to be a professional dancer she'll be hearing criticism all the time? It's part of the business and clearly she has no clue. Good riddance.
* Shamika Robinson I think what she was doing can be termed stripper hip-hop. As with Syddah, if you can't take criticism what are you even doing on stage?
BJ Harris With no formal training but the support of his school behind him, including a ticket purchased by his principal, I was hoping for some great dancing. And he delivers. His piece is unique and something we haven't seen from a breaker before. Despite that he isn't so good with the choreography and is sent home.
Courtney Galiano How cute are her grandparents? Her grandmother's eyebrows scare me a little but she's the cutest thing. Courtney's contemporary routine impresses me and the judges and she's sent straight through to Vegas.
Claire Calloway You may remember her from Season One. She had to drop out in Vegas after she hurt her foot but Nigel promised he'd put her straight to Vegas the next year. A little bundle of joy prevented that from happening the following year. Now she's back but the judges aren't too impressed and neither was I. She proves herself in choreography and ends up getting her ticket back to Vegas.
* Abigail Thurman She has a great attitude for being so awful. I love that she stopped dancing after she saw Nigel with his head in his hands. Although Nigel says he hopes every dancer will take criticism as well as she does, we wouldn't have as interesting of a show would we? I mean, I'd be happy but I know a lot of people enjoy the bad dancers and I guess I wouldn't take that away from them. Boo.
* Jason Looney He lives up to his name. The judges are so angry with him and for good reason. He's a disgrace. And telling the judges his name is Betty Wallace? That's pretty desperate.
My favorites from Charleston were Sheila Kaiser and Courtney Galiano.
Next we head to Washington D.C. where Dan Karaty joins as our guest judge. I think he took a pretty serious beating in the blog last year but he's got some good instincts and I like his critiques of the dancers tonight.
Megan Campbell Her contemporary piece is a major hit with the judges. I, like Nigel, am distracted by all that throwing around of her hair but I guess if she's never auditioned for anything before I can forgive her. She's put straight through to Vegas and Nigel requests a kiss from Megan's very supportive Aunt. I almost fell off my chair. Now Nigel can't deny he has a warm and gooey center.
Markus Shields He lost his mother right before Christmas when he was 12, which completely explains his serious demeanor. Nigel likes his musicality and thinks he is quite good. All the judges didn't realize Markus had made a mistake during his solo and admonish him for pointing it out. We finally see a smile after he sails through choreography and gets his ticket to Vegas.
Markus Smith & Deonna Ball They are trying to bring D.C. swing into more prominence and I, like the judges, enjoy their routine. Unfortunately they aren't comfortable outside their dance genre and fail to impress the judges with choreography.
* Derrick "Dancing D" Bradley He's back for more. I guess he's better than last season. It is saying something that he didn't need to be put on oxygen this year but I didn't appreciate all that back talk with the judges and neither did they. He threatens to try out again next year.
Brandon Bryant I actually don't remember him from Season One. Did he make it on camera? Now that he's of age, he wows the judges with what I'll term a strength ballet/contemporary performance. Is it weird that I wanted his shorts to be just a bit longer? Regardless of that, he makes it straight through to Vegas.
Phucdat "Atomic Goofball" Ngyuen Poor guy. I can't even imagine having a first name like that. I'm sure he was tormented in school way more than he lets on. I thought this B Boy was really fun to watch and his moves got him through to choreography. Unfortunately he didn't impress the judges enough to continue on in the competition.
Anthony Bryant Our male ribbon dancer is back, this time in a camouflage outfit. He may have been trying to butch it up a little too much and the judges call him on it. Despite that, the judges are impressed with his technique which is flawless and ask him to do choreography. But they warn him that they need to see a spark or some personality shine through. He doesn't take it so well when he's not invited to Vegas. I think anyone who graduates from Julliard in three years is impressive but maybe this competition just isn't for him. And it's kind of proven by his little meltdown.
* Mariya Priymak A ribbon dancer with no spark. Like Nigel, I think her routine would have been interesting had she missed or dropped the ribbon.
My favorites from D.C. were Markus Shields and Brandon Bryant.
I don't think I've mentioned how much I enjoy
Cat Deeley. I know she has a lot of fans out there and I'm definitely one of them. Watching her try to dance is hilarious and I think she did a great job trying to calm Anthony down after he was rejected. Again.
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Um did I mention Im not particularly fond of these audition shows My pain is somewhat assuaged by the fact that well meet our top 20 dancers next Thursday or at least thats what my TV Guide magazine promisesIn the meantime the Charleston auditions brings us guest judge Tyce Diorio I enjoy him I dont always agree with his opinions but Im not a choreographer so I definitely respect his critiques of the dancers Lets get startedDay OneSheila Kaiser Shes auditioning against her fathers wishes He thinks she should be in school but she has something to prove And she sure does Her contemporary routine puts her straight through to VegasJeremiah Hughes He scares me a little during his warm-ups especially when he says his flaw is being human I find him a bit strange but his dancing is beautiful Would you call his style contemporary with an interpretive dance flair Whatever you call it hes straigh