So You Think You Can Dance Season 9 Episode 2 Recap: Los Angeles Auditions
May 30 2012 10:08 pm ET
We're in the beautifully pronounced "Los Anglees" and Cat like always warmed up the crowd before their entrances. Mary and Nigel were joined by Jesse Tyler Ferguson, though his "fanboy" status seemed like the only reason why he made it through. General rules apply, rejection, choreography, or Vegas. For Jesse, he's looking for whatever he wants. Onward to the potential contestants.
Alexa Anderson - The final Green Mile female to get cut had to try a second time. She claimed to be more relaxed this time around and I will say that she had some strong control and the choice of the longer back skirt helped with her movements. Seeing this one routine made me confused as to why they let Ryan have a chance last season. The routine seemed more like formalities.
Johnny Waacks Gibson - After last year's Waacking Princess Lockaroo, Johnny had a hysterical interview filled with double entendre, but his waacking was just not as sharp as the aforementioned princess. Nigel mentioned the musicality was his strength. Johnny claimed to be good at contemporary and hip-hop, but when on a stage, I know people will say anything to get to the next step. Clearly his talk wasn't strong enough as he failed the choreography.
Eliana Girard - The Viva Elvis aerialist/pole dancer had legs for miles and some decent ballet for claiming to be a contemporary dancer. The variety in her moves will help a lot in the future to adapt to genres. I really hope she does a pole routine if she makes it to a solo performance.
Nick & James (The Ninja Twins) Aragon - After a partners montage we meet the flaming, camera-whoring Twins spent a very long time with the pre dance interviews. The dancing wasn't awful, a little basic at the beginning and not as synchronized, but by the chorus, you saw the two really got into the routine. At least they could back up all their talk, even though the two couldn't compete because they were 32.
Sam Lenarz - The teary, recently kicked-out, contemporary dancer clearly put some of her pain into her movement to give it an extra oomph. I love how Sam's Friend's Mom was cheering her on like a real mother. She was given criticism to be more fluid instead of having step-by-step motions. She managed to survive choreography and was the only contestant that was focused on that made it through choreography.
Caley Carr - The porn-stache surfer surprised me a bit. I was expecting a decent hip-hop/breaker from the movements he made in his intro video and I got a very good tapper who naturally channeled all his energy into a strong routine. While I was shocked he didn't go straight through to Vegas, I guess it helped because he was cut during choreography.
Megan Branch - Megan and her supportive mother gained a lot of credit for performing Bjork and trying to emphasize some primal movements between light sections. She set off the girls go to Vegas montage, but I still thought that Megan was the strongest of the three.
Cole Horibe - The Bruce Lee look-alike brought a routine that I thought had the right combination of karate with dance that it looked great. He had some sharp movements that were great to watch. He claimed to know Smooth Ballroom which could be his ace in the future.
David Matz - The circus performer/ring dancer comes from a group of circus friends. After seeing Billy George on Britain's Got Talent, I was intrigued by the wheel performance but expected a few moves. I will say that David had more grace with the wheel and showed greater control than Billy. I loved the movements he did around the wheel as well. He was sent to choreography but couldn't keep up and quit.
Stephen Jacobsen - There was something off about Stephen with his "last minute" ballet routine. It may have been his expressive face, or the weird way he pranced around the stage. The choreography was awful, but he had some power movements that showed potential. He luckily had the opportunity to do a second routine that actually showed his potential. So why didn't he do this routine first?
Jonathan Anzalone - After a montage of former auditioneers, including ABDC's Hiro, we returned to the "succ-sex-ful" Jonathan. His breaking style was decent, but it was his flexibility that was his differentiating factor. I found it ironic that with a shaved head, he didn't shave his legs. He was given a zaftig dance partner and the routine was hysterical. Jesse adding a dollar to his pants was the cherry on top; luckily it didn't cloud his judgment and forced Jonathan to choreography. His sex appeal wasn't enough to keep him afloat.
Jasmine Mason - Jasmine had the tragic story of her brother, former auditioneer Marshea, getting in a car accident with Jasmine. He was in a coma, but managed to recover. Her jazz routine had sass and she knew how to use her hair as a prop. Watching her brother perform for several auditions must have helped her do her best on her first try. Even without seeing her with other styles, Jasmine looks like a lock for surviving Vegas.
Marshea Kidd - The car accident claimed to be about six weeks ago (from the audition) and it didn't show at all. I thought his routine was great and he really didn't need to finish to let Mary give him his ticket.
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