With 152 talented dancers starting out at Las Vegas, the episode was a
whirlwind of talent and disappointments. But above the chaos of the
choreography rounds and eliminations, one thing about season 6 of So
You Think You Can Dance became clear, in the words of Mia Michaels:
"season 6 is going to blow season 5 out of the water." There has never
been a more talented group of dancers auditioning for the Top 20...the
dancer's you were introduced to tonight will have you saying
"Chbeeb-who?" Heck, even the dancer's who were eliminated tonight might have you saying that.
Tonight Las Vegas lived up to being a city that makes stars as fast
as it breaks them. It is a city of hard knocks and hard lessons. Don't
bet against the house. Don't marry a person you met three hours ago.
Don't trust all-you-can eat lobster for under 10 dollars. And when So
You Think You Can Dance comes to town, there's a whole new set of hard
lessons to be learned.
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Lesson 1: Errant Elbows Are Not To Be Trifled With
Within the first few moments of being paired with his cha cha partner,
contemporary dancer Billy Bell took an errant elbow straight to the
nose. Cue the gushing blood, the medics, and the excessive replays of
the elbow to nose contact. His partner's errant elbow almost broke
Billy's nose and kept him out of the entire hour of choreography
practice for the cha cha. Luckily, rule number two was specifically written
for Billy Bell.Lesson 2: Billy Bell Don't Need No Stinking Choreography
That's right. With an almost broken nose, what looked to be
considerable blood loss, basically zero practice and having never
danced the routine with music, Billy Bell still made it through the cha
cha with flying colors. (Or should I say shaking hips?) This kid is a
natural and definitely proved he has the chops to make it on So You
Think You Can Dance
Lesson 3: When In Doubt, Do Not Climb The Equipment
Thomas Hamilton, he of sob story and beautiful contemporary dancing,
learned this lesson the hard way. Thomas was so excited for his Las
Vegas solo that he completely forgot it. In a fit of improvisation he
decided he'd climb the lighting equipment, making Nigel promptly end
his audition, and his hopes of making the Top 20.
Lesson 4: Ellenore Scott Will Be In The Top 20
While we hadn't seen her before Las Vegas, I can say with 100%
certainty Ellenore Scott will be in the top 20 for season 6 of So You
Think You Can Dance
. Ellenore's Las Vegas solo showed off her sense of
humor and star power, as much as it did her flawless technique. Her
audition is in my top ten So You Think You Can Dance
auditions of all
times and had the judges oohing and ahhing over her. After just a few
moments on stage, Debbie Allen sat back with a huge contended smile on
her face and said, "I can see this girl in the top 20." Me too Debbie,
Lesson 5: Kasprzak's Should Avoid Latin Dances All Together
Don't take my word for it, just listen to what Nigel Lythgoe had to say
about Ryan Kasprzak's cha cha. "It was frightening how stiff you were.
It looked like you were going to mug her half way through." Mug her!
Sadly, Nigel wasn't just being nasty. Ryan's cha cha was one of the
most awkward auditions, EVER. It's a bloody shame because Ryan is incredibly talented at what he does and much like his brother (who should also avoid Latin dances all together)
personality oozes out of Ryan's pores. But the Kasprzak charm wasn't
enough to make up for the would-be mugging, Ryan was sent home. And
the tears of a thousand Kasprzaktivists began.
Lesson 6: Nathan Trasoras Should Have Just Gotten a Ticket To The Top 20 Last Season
Last season Nathan Trasoras wowed the judges with his unique audition
which combined hip hop and contemporary styles. Unfortunately, he was
only 17 at the time and thus unable to participate in season 5 of So
You Think You Can Dance
. However, the judges were so impressed with
Nathan, they told him he needn't bother try out for season 6, but just
come to Las Vegas week. In reality, they should've just given him a
spot in the top 20. Nathan is perfect for So You Think You Can Dance
young, talented, versatile, and gorgeous. He'll be this season's heart
Lesson 7: World Champions Are Welcome To Audition
Turns out the fishy thing about Iveta Lukosiute may not be her age (which I'm still doubting) but the fact she's a fricking world champion
There's a reason this woman's ballroom abilities were so flawless they made
Mary Murphy cry--because there's apparently no one in the entire
who can do it better. It hardly seems fair, but man, is it amazing to see.
Lesson 8: There Is Nothing Harder To Be Than A Contemporary Boy
You better be absolutely flawless if you're a male contemporary dancer
auditioning for season 6 of So You Think You Can Dance
Litlzer, who was as adorable as he was talented, did this crazy flip
move during his Las Vegas audition and he was still
according to Debbie Allen, "there are so many young men left who are stronger
than you." Yikes. Good luck contemporary dancers!
Lesson 9: Fan Favorites Fail
If you were my favorite in a particular audition city, I am so
sorry, because it basically spelled your doom tonight. Multiple fan favorites
were given their walking papers during today's Vegas auditions
including: Teddy Tedholm, Ryan Kasprzak, Gene Laurette, Thomas
Hamilton, Justin Kenney, Jacob Jason (one half of the ballroom boys), Skipper the New Orleans bouncer, (possibly) Megan Kinney, and Allison
Becker. I was especially heart broken to see Allison Becker and Teddy Tedholm go. (Come back for season 7, please.)
Lesson 10: Never Doubt a Krumper (or) Odd Couples Triumph
The most pleasant surprise of the night, without question, was Krumper
Russel Ferguson and his pairing with champion ballroom dancer Iveta.
Sure it was an odd couple, but it was a quirky match made in heaven. With
natural talent in spades and the help of a very good teacher, Russel
killed the cha cha choreography; looking like he was well on his way to
the top 10 on So You Think You Can Dance
. With just an hour of
choreography, Russel looked better than many previous season's
contestants do after a week of practice outside of their genre. Get
ready season 6, because we've found one of your stars and the reason
you never, ever
, doubt a krumper: Russel Ferguson.
--Abbey Simmons, BuddyTV Staff Writer (Image Courtesy of FOX)