May 30, 2012 07:03 PM by Candace Young
Tonight on FOX‘s So You Think You Can Dance, Modern Family’s Jesse Tyler Ferguson joins Mary Murphy and Nigel Lythgoe on the judges panel for the second round of auditions, which are being held in Los Angeles. Keep reading for highlights…
The first noteworthy contestant of the night on So You Think You Can Dance has Mary Murphy and Nigel Lythgoe both in tears of laughter as he explains with a straight face that he’s a waacker. Jontel Gibson ups the comedy by saying he first saw waacking on YouTube and then started training by himself at home. They recover from the hilarity long enough to tell him to show them how he waacks. Jontel’s talent soon sobers them – despite his disco vibe, he’s mesmerizing to watch. Jesse Tyler Ferguson tells him he’s like a Lenny Kravitz nesting doll, and they put him through to choreography after he says he can also do contemporary and hip hop.
The next female audition – a ballerina- is astounding and earns a standing ovation from the judges and spectators – Eliana is going to Vegas! Several other very impressive auditions follow suit.
Featured next are couples and friends who try out together – the flashiest pair being Nick and James, the ‘Ninja Twins’, who do everything together. They liken themselves to Paris Hilton and Nicole Ritchie – except they’re broke. The twins lay their schtick on the judges – each claiming to be the better dancer – and Jesse says they should have their own reality show. They perform a sassy duet full of acrobatics that Nigel calls ‘tremendous’.
A pretty blonde girl, Sam Lenarz, tells the story of how her mother kicked her out six months ago, and how much it hurt, before her audition. Taken in by her best friend’s family, Sam has come to try out, and proves to be a dancer with beautiful, stunning moves. The judges warn her that although she’s very controlled, she needs to pull it all together artistically – she’s gifted! They’re shocked to hear that her family doesn’t support her. She goes through to choreography.
Huntington Beach surfer, Caley Carr, is a tap dancer with ADHD and a pornstache. Jesse is really entertained and calls him a ‘mash up’ of a person. Mary likes his confidence, and Nigel sends him to choreography.
Megan Branch is a bendy girl who dances to strange militaristic music – the judges love her flexibility, lines, and potential – she goes to Vegas. Two more girls follow and also get their tickets.
Bruce Lee wannabe, Cole Horibe, tells the story of a ruthless warrior with his dance – he’s excellent, really dramatic and sharp. The words ‘lightening’ and ‘lethal’ are bandied about by the judges before they send him to Vegas.
A series of good-looking male contestants have Mary Murphy drooling and making inappropriate comments.
David Matz, a circus performer who usually hangs out in a flaming hoop, takes his shot on So You Think You Can Dance. He brings the sear wheel (hoop) with him, and uses it in his performance (not flaming). It’s graceful and riveting, but he doesn’t really dance. Jesse enthuses, “It’s amazing what you can do with one of Cat Deeley’s old earrings.” The judges love it, but Nigel needs to see him in choreography since he doesn’t know what he can do dance-wise.
Steven Jacobson is planning to do some unorthodox ballet for his audition. His choreography is bizarre and awful. Nigel tells him he should be shot – he’s obviously a brilliant dancer, but the choreography was terrible! They give him a chance to do something more classical and he’s amazing! Nigel shouts, “Shut up! Shut up! Shut up! Get your ass down here!” He gets his ticket to Vegas!
Jonathan Anzalone, who tried out four years ago and was arrogant, is back with a more humble attitude. He does some incredible acrobatics and ends by showing his nipple out, which sets Mary off. Nigel says it’s more of a contortionist act than dance and asks what other styles he can do. They bring up a heavyset girl from the audience, cue the music, and have Jonathan prove he knows how to dance with a woman. Mary thinks he should go to Vegas, but Nigel wants him to go to choreography. Jesse agrees.
The next girl, Jasmine Mason, tells her story – she and her brother, Marshea, teach at a dance studio and six weeks ago had a car pull out in front of them on their way home one night. Her brother was pronounced DOA, but then was actually in a coma before pulling through. They’re both ready to audition for So You Think You Can Dance. Jasmine goes first and does a strong contemporary dance and gets the ticket to Vegas! Marshea performs next – he’s incredible and gets his ticket to Vegas, along with the respect of the judges.
In the choreography round, David, Jonathan, Jontel, and Carey are all out.
Next week, So You Think You Can Dance goes country in the south.
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