Between kicks in the head, wipeouts, crying and bitching, this episode of So You Think You Can Dance gave me a giant headACHE!!! I don’t think I’ve ever seen so much whining from a group of people over the age of four. But more on that later. It’s Vegas week, Gasmi! We’ve got a hundred and eighty something dancers to whittle away so let’s get this bitch started!
As always, the Vegas judges’ table is super sized. Joining Mary and Nigel are Lil C, Adam, Debbie FREAKING Allen, and Sir BitchyPants.
This episode tends to be one of the hardest to recap each season (well, this and the damn green mile) because while there’s a TON going on, the show jumps all over the place. They’re cramming four days worth of auditioning into just two hours and even with that they always seems to focus on one or people WAAAAAYYYY too much. Yes Gasmi, it is here that much hatred of future top twentyers has been born. Will this year be any different?
Not bloody likely
So. It’s day one and Nigel tells each of the dancers that they will now have to perform their solos once more. As they pan over the throng of dancers, a face stands out in the crowd to me.
OH NOOOOO. I can’t stand this guy. Those of you that have been here for a while know that I’ve not been able to stand his pasty ass since he first showed up calling himself “whimsical”. Thankfully they’ve stopped showing his auditions, but it seems like he’s always around in Vegas with them creaming all over themselves about him. Well, until he gets cut. I keep waiting for it to be the year they put him through. Thankfully it hasn’t happened yet!
Nigel assures the dancers that there will be some people cut here. Yep, this is where they fix the mistakes they made in the audition cities when they were beer goggling. Well, vodka goggling, but you get the picture.
First up with his solo is Hampton Williams, the “Exorcist”.
Hm. I didn’t find his solo to be as moving as I did the first time around. What about you, Gasmi? I think it may be partially due to the fact that the surprise factor is gone, but there was still something else that fell a little flat for me in this one.
Not so for the judges. Adam is crying, Debbie is all choked up, and Sir BitchyPants makes one of his dramatic faces that means “he’s just too good…..please…..stop…..okay….don’t!”
We see glimpses of other people’s solos and Cat tells us that after ten, Nigel stopped everything to have a mini conference with the rest of the judges where we hear Sir BitchyPants say “Slash, slash, slash.” HATE. They call the soloists to the stage. All but two make it through.
The next solo is Janelle Isis, belly dancer extraordinaire.
There’s just something about this girl that I really like. I’ve never been one for belly dancing, most of the belly dancing auditions we’ve seen on this show have been a joke, but this girl is really something. Damn, her isolations are CRAZY. And there’s just something about her that I like.
The judges love her. More solo snippets and then Cat tells us that the judges were brutal, cutting fifty one dancers. Among them, Tim Conkel of the Selena Gomez backpack fame. I can’t say I’m bummed to see him go. He has a great attitude though so I think I like him more now than I did when he auditioned.
It’s now 5pm and time for the hip hop round of choreography. Twitch and Comfort are running this round and they tell us it’s a very ATL routine that’s all about the groove and the funk.