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Yeah, the judges aren’t looking forward to this either. Nigel says he’s a bit scared, but he’s ready to see this.
WOW. That was SO not what I expected. He’s really good, and even though I’m not sure he’ll be able to do anything else, I’m sort of hoping they put him straight through rather than sending him to choreography. Mary is crying by the time he is done, so obviously he danced the devil out of her.
If you feel the urge to rewatch this one again (as I’ve done a few times), Flipit was awesome enough to post it here.
The judges give him a standing ovation. So does the crowd. I know I’d have been on my feet if I was there. Nigel tells him that he is an artist. He thinks that he could be a genius. Nigel’s not sure how he’ll get on in the rest of the competition, but he doesn’t really give a fuck; he says that Hampton has GOT to go to Vegas, he’ll pay for it himself if he has to.
Mary tells him in nine seasons she has not been effected in this way by that style. She breaks down again while she’s trying to talk to him about a part of the routine. She feels like she’s been exorcised. Lil C liked it so much that he wants to kick Hampton in the face right now.
Lil C tells him that shit was BUUUUUUCK. That right there, when it comes to freestyle, from the heart and the soul and creating something that no one has seen before, and really trying to move people? That’s what he’s about. Lil C, that is. So when he sees that, him coming to an arena and a realm like this, and he doesn’t have a problem putting himself on a platform to be judged……hats off to him. Hats off.
Hey, hat hair’s a bitch, ya know?
Yes, Hampton gets a ticket to Vegas, and Mary gets a touch up from the make up department.
Montage of other good dancers, and then we skip right over choreography with Cat telling us that five more people made it through.
Day two in Dallas starts with Daniel Baker, Aussie ballet dancer, currently living in San Francisco and dancing for the San Francisco Ballet. I have a feeling I’m going to like this guy.
The judges do the same thing they did with the other ballet dancer, pretending they’re not that into him before sending him straight through to Vegas. I still don’t find them to be amusing.
Daniel is followed by a montage of good female dancers, all getting tickets to Vegas.
Next up is Sam Shreffler who is obviously not going to be good at all. UGH. He gets up on stage and tells Nigel that he’s nervous. He also tells Nigel that he is involved in Autism research and is in fact on the autism spectrum himself. Nigel gives him props for having the guts to not only get up on stage, but also for the way he is handling it.
Let’s face it, we all knew the kid was not going to be good. And he wasn’t. But he’s sweet and likeable, so I’m not pissed off the way I usually am. Nigel is very sweet to him after the audition telling him he should never stop dancing.
We get another montage, this one of dancers talking about how they’ve grown up watching the show, or how they became a dancer because of the show. Suddenly I am feeling very old.