'So You Think You Can Dance' Recap: Memphis Auditions Deliver Smoldering Talent
'So You Think You Can Dance' Recap: Memphis Auditions Deliver Smoldering Talent
Kim Stempel
Kim Stempel
Contributing Writer, BuddyTV
The So You Think You Can Dance train arrives at the final audition destination -- Memphis, Tennessee. Our judges, Mary Murphy and Nigel Lythgoe are joined by comedian Wayne Brady at the judges' table. Will Memphis live up to their expectations?

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Which Women Are Going to Vegas?

Courtney Thurston:
She performs an athletic contemporary dance. Her dad, who is a "dance dad," is pulled up on stage to dance with her. They both have good luck pig figurines that they place on the stage. Courtney wins a ticket to Vegas, and I am pretty sure that the pig had nothing to do with it.

Shanshan Qiao-Rothlisberger:
This dancer performs a traditional Mongolian bowl dance, in which she dances while balancing the bowls on her head. After receiving a standing ovation, the judges send her to the choreography round, where she punches her ticket to Las Vegas.

Elyse Frelinger:
She performs a powerful yet graceful contemporary dance. She is also a trapeze performer who enjoys hanging upside down. (Yes, really.)  She clinches her ticket to the next round.

Jenna Johnson:
This Utah native performs a sizzling cha-cha, which propels her to the Vegas round of So You Think You Can Dance. Jenna is my favorite female dancer of the night.

Jasmine Harper:
This 19-year-old has an interesting backstory. She is Cyrus' (from season 9) ex-girlfriend. Of course, Nigel Lythgoe, who is never one to pry, is fascinated by this fact. Her contemporary dance reserves her a spot in Las Vegas.
 
Which Men Are Going to Vegas?

Dorian "BluPrint" Hector:
This animation dancer is a member of the Dragon House Crew and a friend of Cyrus. His rendition of a robotic melt-down wins a standing ovation from the judges. His performance causes Mary Murphy to utter a naughty word as she waves him on to the SYTYCD hot tamale train. He also wins a ticket to Las Vegas.

Curtis Holland:
His fast and furious tapping wins him a spot in Wayne Brady's heart as his adopted little brother. After completing the choreography round, he is sent to the next round.

Tucker Knox:
His story of surviving a car accident with a broken spine and cracked sternum is easily the most emotional story of the night. Tucker's determination to not only walk, but to dance again, is inspiring, and his contemporary dance clinches his ticket to the next round. He is my favorite male dancer of the evening.

Nico Greetham:
This contemporary dancer secures a spot in Las Vegas after enduring Nigel Lythgoe shamelessly flirting with his mom.

Novien Yarber:
His masculine and powerful contemporary dance earns him a ticket to the next round.

Caleb Brauner:
This Missouri resident has quirky charm, and dance talent, to spare. His contemporary dance has humorous touches, and inspires his dad to shout from the audience, "That's my nerd!" When his dad joins him onstage for an epic hip-hop battle, they earn a standing ovation from the judges, and a ticket to Vegas for Caleb.

Who's NOT Going to Vegas?

Larry Booze:
His hip-hop routine is great, but he drops out of choreography to give his partner a better chance to get to the next round.

Isobel Freiberger:
This 26-year-old's salsa routine is packed with lifts and tricks, but her Vegas hopes end after the choreography round.

Paige Pellicano: This contemporary dancer from Michigan has her Elvis-impersonator dad in the audience, but after the choreography round, her SYTYCD quest ends.

So You Think You Can Dance airs Tuesdays at 8pm on FOX.

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