Next we get our first montage of the evening, this one I’ve themed “rough childhood” and all the dancers we get glimpses of here get tickets to Vegas where we may or may not find out more about them.
Cat tells us about how long the process is before the dancers even get to the stage (line, interview, filming, etc) which serves as a segue into our next dancer, Tim Conkel. First he hams it up for the cameras, then Cat shows us that he’s a karate kid (didn’t we already have one of these??) Tim teaches karate, and is a ten time national champion, three time international champion and in some kinda black belt hall of fame.
Which would be really impressive if the show were called So You Think You Can Karate (karate…karate)
Tim tells us he started dancing his freshman year of college (so, just a couple of years ago) to get girls. He thinks he has not only what it takes to be America’s favorite dancer, but also America’s favorite person. HA!
He’s not off to a good start at being MY favorite person and running onto the stage with a Selena Gomez backpack isn’t helping him change that. I already feel like he’s gonna be one of those guys that tries too hard to be cute and fails miserably.
So. He’s not terrible, he’s actually pretty good. I think we’ve seen much better, but we’ve also seen a hell of a lot worse. I think I don’t like him as much as I would if he didn’t rub me the wrong way.
Nigel wants to know where the wax on wax off move was. Oh Nigel. Please leave the joke making to people that know what they’re doing. He thinks there were some incredible moves in Tim’s audition, but he’s not sure where the dance was.
Mary thinks he’s explosive and that he’s really likeable. I see she’s been drinking again. Debbie thinks he has a charming boy next door quality but she can tell he’s a naughty boy.
I’m fighting a sudden urge to spank you
Oh, Debbie. Don’t go down the Nigel road. Fight it! Fight it all you can!!
Nigel wants to know what other styles he’s trained in. He’s done hip hop choreography and seven days of ballet. After a brief giggle about that, Nigel asks to see what seven days of ballet looks like.
And that’s apparently enough to get him a ticket to Vegas. Non-pointed feet and all. PLEH. I predict he’ll be out in the first round.
We get a brief look at Jackson Alvarez and what Cat calls his power moves.
Nigel thinks he’s a joy to watch and then they talk about line dancing that he organizes at his club. So a bunch of people get on stage and do something called the wobble. Which leads to….
Poor Debbie. I think Mary slipped her a mickie or something. She’s gonna look back on this later and be so sad.
Jackson gets sent to choreography.
Next we meet Janelle Issis, belly dancer extraordinaire. She loves performing her belly dancing wherever she can, including at nursing homes. I wonder if the old guys with weak hearts are allowed to watch her performances.
Of course Nigel starts drooling the second he sees her. She has trained in other styles as well, which bodes well for her, but tells the judges that she chose to showcase her belly dancing because it is her passion.
The judges think her performance was tremendous and Mary thinks people would pick up the telephone for her. They send her through to choreography.