June 02, 2011 06:01 PM by Lisa Princ
The new season of So You Think You Can Dance continues with auditions in Los Angeles and joining Mary Murphy and Nigel Lythgoe tonight on the judging panel was fan favorite Tice Diorio. Los Angeles was off to a spicy start with Jordan Casanova and 18 year old who performed a hot contemporary number that had Nigel and Tice’s jaws on the floor. Mary loved her and her confidence and Tice was speechless. Nigel praised her although he said he would be careful with his words as he did not want to sound like a dirty old man. Without any real debate, the judges sent her straight through to Vegas!
Next up in Los Angeles we met Derion “DC” Chapman who shared his story of how his girlfriend is 5 months pregnant and that they lived with his family so he was hoping this audition would change his life. His performance was a bit comical and extremely entertaining. The judges and the audience loved him with Mary calling him one the most entertaining she had seen and Nigel saying how much he stood out. Tice thought it was unforgettable and the crowd shouted for Vegas – and the judges obliged!
Next up we saw a repeat hopeful who has auditioned in season four, six, and seven – Arielle Coker. As soon as she started to perform the judges noticed how much better she was. Tice could not believe the intensity in her eyes during her awesome performance and the crowd loved her. Nigel thought all her work paid off and Mary loved the entire number and called it a “knockout”. So after numerous attempts at auditions Arielle finally got a ticket to Vegas. So far it looked like Los Angeles was proving to be the best city yet for auditions – but would it continue?
Then we saw Hero McRae up next for auditions and she traveled all the way from Japan just to audition. Her routine was very unique but good and while the judges weren’t sure how she would do in other styles, but they didn’t care as they sent her to Vegas. After the first choreography round, 8 more dancers were sent to Vegas as well and Los Angeles was proving once again to be a great spot for auditions – until the next hopeful that was. Next we saw “Big C” who referred to himself as Santa Claus, and even stripped down sharing his beer gut with us – I mean did he seriously think he would get somewhere on this show? And the horrible auditions continued from there leaving the judges to call it a day.
Day two kicked off the auditions with season five winner Janine’s sister, Alexis. Alexis performed a very graceful dance and she was almost as good as her sister. The judges loved her and so did the crowd and she got her ticket to Vegas as well as ticket on Mary’s “hot tamale” train. Then we met Patti Anne Miller, a gal whose been dancing since she was five and she put on a spectacular freestyle performance and the judges loved her performance and how cute she was….needless say another ticket to Vegas was given.
The final auditions of Los Angeles on So You Think You Can Dance were a pair ready to show off their contemporary African routine. Natalie and Sasha Mallory ended the show on a high note with their extraordinary performance. Nigel told Natalie that he was extremely impressed with her – not in so many words but because she was “bigger” than the typical size dancer. Sasha was perfect as well and the pair got the go ahead to choreography instructed by season four’s Katie and season six’s Jacob. After the choreography round, both sisters were sent through to Vegas.
That wraps up the auditions, be sure to tune in next week at 8 pm as it’s Vegas time! What did you think of the auditions of season eight of So You Think You Can Dance? Comment and share your thoughts with us, we’d love to hear from you!
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