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So You Think You Can Dance 6/3/10: Dallas & Nashville Auditions And Vegas Callbacks

June 03, 2010 07:40 PM by Nancy Floyd

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The auditions for season 7 of So You Think You Can Dance conclude tonight in Dallas and Nashville. The competition heats up at the Vegas callbacks when over 100 dancers vie for a spot in the top 10. Keep reading for more details on the Dallas and Nashville auditions and what happens during the first part of the Vegas semi-final round…

Tonight’s episode of So You Think You Can Dance starts in the Lone Star State with auditions in Dallas. The aspiring dancers will audition for judges Nigel Lythgoe, ballroom expert Toni Redpath, and Broadway/jazz choreographer Tyce Diorio in hopes of earning a spot at the Vegas callbacks.

Eighteen-year old, Ida Saki, is the first dancer to take the stage. Nigel Lythgoe thinks her contemporary audition is stunning and Tyce Diorio can’t do much beyond squirm in his seat and scream “wow.” The judges are completely blown away with the adorable Iranian teen and immediately send her through to Vegas. The auditions to Dallas are off to a good start as several more amazing contemporary dancers follow Ida, each earning tickets to Vegas.

Haylee Durbin is hoping to honor the memory of her late father by fulfilling one of his dreams for her to try out for So You Think You Can Dance. Although she’s been dancing since the age of two, 18-year old Haylee doesn’t impress the judges enough to earn a ticket to Vegas, but they do give her a chance to try her hand at choreography. Unfortunately when the choreography round comes, Haylee can’t quite hack it and is sent home.

Hoping to get himself noticed next is Conor, aka “Scooter Rocket,” a singer/guitar player/dancer who rides around on rollerblades wearing a helmet, laser tag vest, and blue-tinted glasses. I bet you’re going to be shocked to hear that he’s no good. Scooter boy should at least get points for not falling off the stage on his rollerblades, especially since he appears to be high. He uses the term “angular vision” (whatever that means) and throws out something about the economy, but this foolproof logic fails to convince the judges to keep him around. Let’s watch some footage of people falling down and showing their underwear, shall we? Hahahaha, that makes everything better.

Nicole Knudson, age 18, is the next contemporary dancer to take the stage. She wears her thick curly hair in a beehive on top of her head and desperately needs to eat a cookie, but her performance blows the judges away. Tyce says she’s the kind of talent that comes along once every 100 years and tops it all off by saying she’s “everything and a bag of chips.” Hey Tyce, 1998 called…they’d like their moronic cliche back. Not surprisingly, the judges give her a direct ticket to Vegas.

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Day two of the Dallas auditions kick off with the “masculine-sexy” routine from Daroccius Harris. Here is something I hoped to never see in my lifetime: a man wearing spandex and a half shirt doing effeminate stripper moves to Britney Spears’ Toxic. So much for that. Daroccius’ audition wasn’t well received by the judges and he’s sent home.

The next dancer to audition is 24-year old Marcella Raneri, who comes from what might possibly be the most dysfunctional family ever. Her dad was in the mob (literally) and was arrested for tax evasion and money laundering; her mom then started a lingerie company for which Marcella modeled. Ewww. Nigel Lythgoe wasn’t too impressed with Marcella’s audition, but upon learning that her dad’s a mobster, he’s ready to send her through. The rest of the judges agree and send the Mafia princess through to the choreography round. Marcella surprises the judges with her choreographed routine and they send her through to Vegas. It might just be an attempt to avoid ending up in the bottom of a river wearing cement shoes.

Jordan Johnson is the next dancer to take the stage doing a combo of gymnastics, breakdancing, and popping & locking. After an emotional video intro detailing Jordan’s rough childhood and former addiction problem, he wows the judges with his energetic and eccentric performance. All three judges are unanimous in their decision to send Jordan through to Vegas.

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It’s time for So You Think You Can Dance to head down to Music City USA for the Nashville auditions. The dancers will be auditioning for Nigel Lythgoe, Adam Shankman, and Broadway choreographer Joey Dowling. First up is Faith Looney, taking the stage to perform a Flamenco with her best friend, Kelsey. The geeky teenage BFFs perform the typically male-female dance together and bore the judges. Nigel Lythgoe sums it up best when he tells Faith, “You make dead people seem like party animals.” No Vegas for Faith.

It turns out that Faith isn’t the only terrible dancer in Nashville. The entire first day of Nashville auditions goes by without seeing a single good performer. Day two gets off to a rough start as well with a slew of poor performances. The judges are perked up by the reappearance of amazing pop-and-locker, Brian Gaynor, who first appeared on So You Think You Can Dance in season 3. Despite suffering from scoliosis, Brian is one of the most unbelievable talents to ever grace this show. I’m actually not entirely convinced that he’s not part robot. The judges are moved to tears by his amazing audition, but recognize that with his height and condition would prevent him from doing the partnering that the show would require. Although he doesn’t make it through to Vegas, Nigel Lythgoe promises Brian that he and his dance crew can appear on this season of the show. Nashville’s dancers must really suck because after two days of auditions, only seven people made it through to Vegas. Stick with singing, Nashvillians.

Now it’s time to check out the talent of the 100+ dancers who were sent through to the Vegas callbacks. The new format of So You Think You Can Dance only allows ten competitors this season so five lucky guys and five lucky girls will make it through to the show. The dancers will be required to endure a grueling week of dancing and choreography, in addition to trying to decipher Lil C’s wordy and pretentious critiques. Should be exciting!

The judges for the Vegas callbacks are Lil C, Mary Murphy, Tyce Diorio, Adam Shankman, Toni Redpath, and Nigel Lythgoe. To start the callbacks off, each dancer will perform a solo for the judges. Two dancers, Alex Wong and Billy Bell, were given a free pass to Vegas after making the top 20 in previous seasons, only to have to drop out of the competition for various reasons (a conflicting contract for Alex in season 5, and a serious sickness for Billy in season 6). Alex Wong is the first dancer to take the stage in Vegas to see if he still has what it takes to impress the judges. Um, yes he does. Did you hear that? It was the sound of my mind being blown by Alex’s freaky footwork and double-jointedness.

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Billy Bell follows Alex Wong and sets the bar pretty dang high. A energetic video montage shows an impressive collection of solo performances, including one guy who does his routine while wearing handcuffs. Anthony Burrell, an aspiring dancer from the NYC auditions, is worried that he won’t be able to participate after pulling his hamstring. A quick trip to the doctor clears him to continue and he wows the judges with his solo. After every dancer has performed, a group of individuals who I don’t recognize at all are called to the stage and sent home. Shocking. Twenty-six dancers are eliminated from the get-go as the Vegas callbacks continue.

Fourteen dancers, including Alex Wong, Billy Bell, Anthony Burrell, and Iranian Ida Saki, are called to the stage and seem fearful that they might be cut. Instead, the judges recognize them for their amazing talent. Now it’s time for the dancers to learn hip-hop choreography from Tabitha Dumo. Rhythmic gymnast, Rachel, from the NYC audition has an emotional breakdown during the rehearsal as she struggles to learn the steps. Her performance is painful to watch and she’s cut by the judges.

After the hip-hop routine, 26 more dancers are cut from the competition, including quirky contemporary dancer Teddy from the NYC audition. Next, the dancers have to tackle ballroom with choreographer, Toni Redpath who pulls a total Jekyll & Hyde by turning into a psycho dance Nazi. Although Nicole Knudson earned rave reviews from the judges during her Dallas audition, the big-haired beauty fails to deliver during her ballroom routine. Before the judges can decide Nicole’s fate, she pulls down her beehive and the judges are left feeling confused. Seeing her with her hair down, they give her the chance to perform the routine once more. She manages to convince a professional ballroom dancer to partner her for the last-chance performance. Apparently, the hair gives her extra strength because she manages to skate through and continue on in the competition, along with 58 other dancers who will move forward in the Vegas callbacks.

Tune into So You Think You Can Dance next Wednesday at 8pm EST on FOX for the remainder of the Vegas callbacks.

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