The search for the So You Think You Can Dance Top 20 is back on again! Tonight’s show featured Atlanta and San Francisco auditions, and like always, there were quite a few standout performers. But, unlike previous years’ audition episodes, this one seemed to devote much less screen time to the, um, weirdos. (Or was it just me?) I guess that’s kind of refreshing, as maybe we’ll get to learn more about the real talent as opposed to the two-minute fame-seekers.
As to the real talent, I had a few of my own favorites, including b-boy Jeffery McCann. One word for his performance: strength. I also liked b-boy Timothy Joseph and was disappointed to see him leave during the choreography rounds. (Maybe contestants like these are what sparked Nigel’s comments about hip-hop dominating this season??) And I was pleased to see Ryan Ramirez back again this year. (She made it into the top 24 in last season’s show.)
On another note, there were a few critiques from the judges that baffled me. Why did the judges put Deon Lewsa Jr. and Damon Bellmon, the two male dancers who performed a hip-hop duo, straight through to Vegas? I thought they were entertaining and personable, but not very technically strong. On the other hand, Marko Germar, the kid with a bullet in his arm, was pretty amazing but the judges made him do a round of choreography before passing him along to Vegas. Someone’s gotta clue me in on what these judges are seeing that I’m not.
Overall, tonight’s show was a great start. I’m hopeful that SYTYCD lives up to its expectations of yet again bringing another year of even bigger and better talent.Subscribe for Free to SYTYCD updates on Facebook, by Email, RSS, & on Twitter
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