We have got lots and lots to cover tonight, Gasmi! First we’ll wrap up Vegas where we’ll see the Broadway round, group dances, contemporary, and final solos.
And confirm yet again that Nigel is a prick.
I know, I was just as shocked as you are. We also spend an incredibly looooooonnnnnnggg hour visiting the homes of the dancers to find out whether or not they’ve made the cut. But more on that later. Are you ready? Welcome! To So You Think You Can Dance (dance…………………..dance)!
We’re picking up where we left off; day two in Vegas. There are fifty eight dancers remaining at this point, and Cat tells us they’re getting ready for Broadway. Well, everyone except for one dancer.
Ida Saki has asked to speak to the producers. But before we get to that, Cat reminds us that the judges were all blown away by her audition piece, and we get a snippet of her talking about how she’ll put college on hold until she’s thirty in order to do the show.
From there we cut to clips of her getting bad critique from the judges in both the hip hop and ballroom rounds. You can see where this is going, can’t you? When Ida tells Cat that she’s withdrawing from the competition, Cat says she does not envy her having to tell Nigel.
You know he’s gonna rip you a new one, right?
Well, we’ll have to wait to see if Cat’s right because it’s time for Broadway with Sir BitchyPants. Sir BitchyPants tells the dancers that his routine is powerful, athletic and stylized. But is it any good?
In the first group to dance are Adrian Lee and Lauren Froderman.
They are so cute in this. They added their own little mannerisms and tweaks and really brought some personality into it. All the judges love it. They both get all yeses from the judges with Lauren also getting a “superbuc” from Lil C and a “top ten” from Adam.
We get some quick clips of other groups with Cat telling us that Melinda Sullivan (tapper), Jose Ruiz (b-boy) and Alexie Agdeppa all get through.
Now it’s time for Ida’s ass reaming withdrawal. She tells the judges that she’s been given the opportunity of a lifetime; a scholarship program. Nigel wants to know if she starts tomorrow. No, she’s leaving tomorrow.
Nigel thinks that she’s gotten them to fly her to Vegas for free, and then the minute she’s given any negative feedback she’s decided to leave. She denies it saying that she steps it up when she gets negative criticism. Not today says Nigel. Honestly the whole thing is pretty uncomfortable to watch.
Does she hate my choreography that much?
There’s back and forth about whether or not she can take critique and why it is that she’s quitting, and I’m sorry, but my bullshit meter is really going off here. Does anyone know the real deal with Ida? I don’t get a quitter vibe from her, but who knows? Maybe I’m wrong.
So Ida leaves, and Cat tells us ten other dancers get cut after Broadway. Including the mom (Ami) with an adorable son and a kick ass body, one of the ballroom guys, and a familiar face from last year.
No time for rest or relaxation, because we’re moving straight into the group routines. The forty seven remaining dancers are broken up into groups and randomly pick a CD with the music they will need to use. And so the all night dancefest begins.
In the first group to perform for the judges are Anthony Burrell, Giselle Peacock, Lauren Froderman, plus two unnamed dancers. Yeah, I’m pretty sure those two won’t be making it into the top ten.
There was a lot of grabbing of their shirts and that over emoting contemp stuff, and the judges absolutely loved it. They all make it through.
Cat tells us the next group is like a melting pot of dance styles. We’ve got tapper Melinda Sullivan, contemporary dancers Marco Jamar (who?), Arielle Coker (why do I know her name?), and Robert Roldan, hip hop dancer Chris Cole, and African dancer Kadije Nicholas.
They don’t all get along, and we see clips of Chris and Kadije knocking heads the night before. Can they pull it together for the judges?
Nope. The judges think it’s a big ole meh, but that doesn’t stop them from putting all six dancers through to the next round.
Now we just get clips of the group dances, and honestly, this is where I wish the show would give us more fucking dancing. I’d love to see ALL the group numbers. If they had five or six dancer per group there would have only been about nine (or less) group numbers. Why can’t we see what they put together? So annoying.
By noon eight more dancers have been cut, and there is only one group left to perform. This group includes Lexi someone or other, Billy Bell, Adechike Torbert, Ryan Ramierez, and Anthony Kid (Kit?).
By the time they are done, the judges look like they want to crawl under the table.
Or possibly puke.
Adam tells them that was a disaster of epic proportions, and he wants to cut all of them for making him to watch it. Nigel calls it out and out crap. He tells them to step back and the judges confer. Toni Redpath yells out “Why should we?” and Nigel yells “No!” at one point. So. Dramatic.
Ooooooo, Toni is pissed, y’all. She says none of them earned it right there. She’s been forced talked into keeping them. Nigel wants them to understand how disappointed they are, but they’re all safe. Of course they are. Billy Bell is in there. There’s no way in hell they’re sending him home.
Next up, contemporary with Travis.
Woo hoo! Shout out to LXD! Love those guys!
In this round they will be dancing in groups of three. In the first group is Christina (Billy Bell’s nose basher), and two other contemporary girls. She’s nervous.
She keeps up with the other girls which actually surprises me. I think she’s one of the weakest ballroom girls we’ve seen on the show, but hey, maybe not. The judges all love her and she gets yeses all around.
In the next round is our other ballroom girl, Giselle Peacock. Hey! Speaking of Giselle, whatever happened to her partner from auditions, Henry? You know, the Australian guy?
I think I saw him go that way!
Oh, thanks. So Giselle does not do well in contemporary, and Mary is crying as she tells her it’s a no. Giselle handles this really well, even apologizing to the judges for letting them down.
Also leaving after contemporary is Nicole Knudson, aka Marge. Dancers who fared better were Jose Ruiz, and Adechike Torbert. And before you know it, we’re down to the final group. This group includes Anthony Burrell, Alex Wong, and Kent Boyd.
Anthony is worried that the judges will be looking at Alex more than at him, but I don’t know that he should worry too much.
Wow. I could watch these three guys dance all fucking day. Seriously. I even got a little moist. What?!? Don’t look at me like that; I meant in the eyes! You guys are pervs.
Alex Wong is up first and Nigel tells him that without question his dancing is superb. What he didn’t get was his true passion in this performance. They all give him yeses with Sir BitchyPants also saying that there were some performance issues for him. I really hope that this isn’t going to become a trend with Alex because I will be royally pissed off if they fuck him around like they did with Danny.
Don’t let the bastards (or BitchyPants) get you down!
Next, they judges talk to Anthony. Nigel tells him that the difference between him and the other two guys is the difference between watching a man dance and watching boys dance. It was exquisite. Anthony starts to break down here, and I’d be lying if I said I didn’t get a little teary eyed myself.
Here, you can use my shirt to wipe those tears away. No, really. I insist.
Of course he gets through. Now it’s Kent’s turn. Nigel says he’s just heard them give high praise to the other two dancers in his group, but they have to talk about the dancers individually. He does one of those little fakeouts that I hate so much before telling Kent he thinks he’s great and that he can seeing him growing routine after routine on this show.
Adam says that he thinks Kent doesn’t take compliments very well, that they don’t sit comfortably with him. He tells Adam that when he feels like he puts everything into it, it usually doesn’t work out. He feels like he came here just expecting to learn and chill in the background and watch Billy Bell and all those people and just grow from them.
Wow. I sort of love this kid right now. Don’t get me wrong, I think that his wide eyed innocence and wonder thing could get on my nerves really quickly, but there is something about seeing a kid that doesn’t even realize he is THAT GOOD that’s sort of heart wrenching. Shit, I feel like the Grinch on Christmas morning.
This is probably the longest we’ve heard a contestant talk. I think he really did come there to learn as much and soak up as much as possible, and he’s having a hard time believing that he could possibly be a contender.
Adam tells him the others have something to be scared of in him, “You’re that good, buddy.” Holy shit, even Lil C is crying! And he tells Kent he hates him for making him cry, and now he feels like Adam.
Tears are so NOT buc. Fuuuuuck.
And on that cheerful note, the choreography is over. There are twenty four dancers left. Before they leave each dancer will perform a solo once more and tell the judges why they want to be on the show.
Before that, they’re getting a little treat; some time with Grover Dale. Nice. Cat helpfully tells those of us who don’t know that Grover has worked with Jerome Robbins, Gene Kelly and Bob Fosse. She neglects to mention that he has also won two Tony awards, was a Jet in the original production of West Side Story, and choreographed Jerome Robbins’ Broadway. This is so fucking cool for them.
It looks like he does sort of a mini workshop with them, and they get to dance with him, but also hear what he has to say about making it in the business. This is another thing I wish we could have spent more time on instead of the other crap thy waste our time with.
Here’s my words of wisdom for you. Ready? You want fame? Well, fame costs. And right here is where you start paying…..in sweat! No. Debbie Allen did not say that! I said it first; she stole it from me!
We then get a quick glimpse of the final solos, and do I really have to say AGAIN how I wish they’d show us all of these? The only one we really spend any time on is Lauren Froderman’s which is good even if she sticks her ass up in the air a little too much.
We get it, you have a cute butt, now stop sticking it in our faces.
And with that, Vegas week is over.
Before we move on to the home visits I have to say that I’m extremely annoyed that all of that was crammed into an hour so they could spend the next hour traveling around to people’s houses, doing lame fakeouts, and having Nigel pretend he’s lost. Ugh. I guess we better get to it. Just don’t be surprised if I try to get through this part as quickly as possible.
On the road first are Mary and Toni. Mary is on her way to meet with Adrian Lee, aka ginormo neck boy. I was actually surprised by how much I’ve liked Adrian, even though his huge neck is a little disturbing. Toni is en route to meet with Cristina Santana.
Toni reaches her destination first, and sits down to talk with Cristina. After one of those stupid fakeouts, Toni tells her she made it.
You know what I really hate the most about the fakeouts? It gives the dancers who aren’t going to make it a false hope. They can sit there listening to what the judges are saying and think, oh, okay, this could be a fakeout, right? Right? So fucking annoying.
Mary arrives at Adrian’s house, and she tells him how she felt all his passion and love of dance in his solo that last day. But this year is really tough because they only have five boys spots. Mary is crying now, and then she tells him he didn’t make it. Well, not that quickly. She goes on and on and on and on first, letting him really believe he’s possibly made it. Can you imagine being the family of one of these kids?
Can someone get this bitch out of our house?
Mary does tell him that they really want him to come back again next year, and he says he will be.
Not everyone even gets the courtesy of a visit. Some people just get a telephone call.
I mean, really. Get your ass out there and go to everyone’s house. How obvious is it that anyone not getting a home visit didn’t get in? Fucking wanker.
Unfortunately we can’t even get too upset about these cuts since we’ve spent next to mo time with any of these kids. We barely know them, so it’s hard to be upset when they get cut. This is another reason we should see more of everyone in Vegas.
After a short break, we travel to Lauren Froderman’s house. Before long she gets a fake phone call.
I mean, at least crop out the ringer off indicator you idiots!
Anyway, Nigel’s on the phone and I’m surprised because I thought for sure she was going to make it through. But it’s yet another fakeout. He’s really at her house, calling her from outside. Lauren has made top ten.
Next we travel to Harlem to visit Anthony with Mia. Mia asks how he is and he tells her he’s really nervous because he really wants this. Mia says she’s not going to deny he’s a brilliant talent, but she has to tell him that he’s not going to be with them this season.
Mia says right now he probably hates her and wants her out of his house, but she really wants him to come back because he brings something she hasn’t seen in a really long time. I have to say, even though Mia can be a first class bitch, she handled telling Anthony very well. For yet another time tonight I got really teary eyed. Okay, fine, I’ll admit it. I actually cried.
So here’s my thing with Anthony. I think the show may have actually done him a favor by not casting him this year. For one thing, he’ll get good momentum going into next year, both because he is a fucking fabulous dancer, and because of the way he has handled himself not only here, but throughout all of Vegas week.
Also, my guess is that there will be much talk of Alex vs. Billy this year, perhaps with Kent sneaking in there as most improved week over week. I think in that situation Anthony could go home way before he should. I really really hope he comes back next year because the guy is fucking great. If he does come back, I may have my favorite for next season picked out already!
Okay, so back to the home visits. Sir BitchyPants and Lil C are on the road. Lil C is up first meeting with Ashley Galvin. He tells Ashley she was one of his favorites in Vegas week, and when you start to care it becomes more difficult to deliver pressing news to someone. Again with the fakeout before telling her she’s made it to top ten.
I think Lil C may be enjoying this hug a little too much.
Nigel has landed in Columbus, Ohio. But before he gets his ass over to the Boyd house he stops at a diner to make some more calls to dancers who haven’t made it.
Two poached eggs on a dry English muffin, oh, wait. Hello? Who is this? Doesn’t matter, you didn’t make it onto the show. Bye.
Meanwhile, Sir BitchyPants is in Miami behaving like an idiot as usual. He heads on over to tell Jose Ruiz whether or not he has made it through. He stalls and hems and haws before finally telling Jose that he has made it through to the top ten.
Let’s shuffle off to Buffalo New York, where Mia is on her way to see Melinda Sullivan. She’s waiting with her mentor, Harold Cromer who Cat tells us is a tap legend. We see a clip of him dancing back in 1938, and he is hella good. He also seems like a pretty cool cat to have as a mentor.
Mia tells Melinda that she saw the tapes and her only concerns were ballroom and contemporary because they were a little crunchy. In the end that doesn’t matter because she makes it in. Harold says he’s glad that they’ve seen what he does in this young girl. Awwww, Harold, wanna be my mentor too?
And now a clip of Nigel getting lost. It’s just as stupid as you are thinking it is.
Back in Miami, Alex Wong is waiting for his news with a group of his fellow ballet dancers. Edward Villella sort of shatters my image of him by being a prick about Alex wanting to leave and pursue other things. I mean, yes, as a ballet dancer to get a principal position in a company like Miami City Ballet is huge, but give the guy some credit for wanting to expand his dance repertoire.
Mmmmm….not going to happen.
Sir BitchyPants takes him in the other room to hear his news, and they cut away before we hear it. Don’t worry though because Alex is back in no time and of course he made it through.
Guess what? Nigel is still lost. Also? He’s still a dickwad.
Back in New York, Mia is meeting with Adechike Torbert. He says if he makes it, it’s going to be a celebration. If he doesn’t, it will still be a beautiful experience. Well, get ready to celebrate because you are in the top ten!!!
Oh shit. We’re back to Nigel. Now he’s getting pulled over by a cop. Ugh.
We get a quick visit with Sir BitchyPants and Jocelyn Orley, and you knew she didn’t make because you’ve never even heard her name before. With that, we’re down to the last two girls, Alexie Agdeppa and Ryan Ramierez. I’m not going to beat around the bush here because this particular fakeout really pissed me off. Alexie makes it in, so therefore Ryan doesn’t.
No one could understand why all the dogs in that particular neighborhood had suddenly all gone deaf.
She’ll be back next year.
Have you sensed a trend here with the home visits? The only “no”s there actually visiting at home are the ones they’re telling to make sure to come back next year. Mark my words, at least half of those people will make it to the Hollywood show next season. I also predict that at least one of them will be ripped a new one after being told that the judges had such high hopes for them after this year.
FINALLY Nigel arrives at Kent’s house. But since he’s been pretending to be no the road for so long, he now has to go potty.
Maybe he’ll get rid of some of the bullshit he’s so full of.
We all know Kent has made it into the top ten; there’s no way in hell they would spend this much time on someone who wasn’t getting through. And so he does. His family goes adorably apeshit.
And now we’re down to one final spot for the boys. Conveniently, Billy Bell and Robert Roldan are in a recital together. What luck! Adam is there to deliver the news about which one of them has made top ten. Of course he blathers on for a while before finally getting to it. But we all know it’s going to be Billy, right? Nope. The tenth spot goes to Robert who seems genuinely shocked to have edged out Billy.
Is this one of those shitty ass fakeouts, Adam? Because I will fuck you up.
To his credit, Billy seems really happy for Robert, which has to be hard considered most people thought he was a shoe in for this year’s top ten. But Adam has something to say to Billy. He thinks he is supernaturally talented, it was an incredibly difficult decision because he is so darn good, and they really struggled with this. So what ended up happening was “we added a sixth guy.”
Yeah, I knew that there was no way they’d like Billy go. I mean, they’re all set up for an epic battle between him and Alex, right?
And there you have it, Gasmi, our top eleven dancers. What do think about this group? Were you as annoyed as I was by an entire hour of fakeouts and Nigel being, well, him? Did you think for a minute that Billy wasn’t going to make it onto the show?
Tomorrow night we have the “Meet The Top Eleven” show. I know I’m excited to see these guys strut their stuff! See you there!