So You Think You Can Dance: Season 5 Premiere Recap (Page 1/4)
So You Think You Can Dance: Season 5 Premiere Recap (Page 1/4)
Abbey Simmons
Abbey Simmons
Contributing Writer, BuddyTV
Are you already feeling withdrawal from the fact that American Idol is gone?  In the aftermath of the shocking victory by Kris Allen over Adam Lambert, FOX is getting the Summer off to a big start with the two-hour premiere of So You Think You Can Dance.  So put on your dancing shoes, grab your ear plugs and get ready to hop aboard Mary Murphy's Hot Tamale Train.

Cat Deeley is back looking better than ever (but still not quite as pretty as Ryan Seacrest).  In the overly dramatic introductory package alone, we get two Mary Screams, so if you're playing the Mary Murphy Drinking Game at home, you'd better have a strong liver.
New York City Auditions, Day 1

The auditions this season start in Brooklyn where host Cat Deeley gets down and dirty with some of the dudes standing in line.  I've said it before, I'll say it again: Cat Deeley is the most underrated reality TV host around.

Joining Mary and Nigel Lythgoe in Brooklyn are choreographers Tabitha and Napoleon.  As always, here are the rules: each dancer will either be rejected, given an instant pass to Las Vegas, or be asked to return later in the day to do some choreography so the judges can take a second look at them.

Gabi Rojas
The first dancer of season 5 grew up with circus parents and has arthritis.  I don't know whether to laugh or cry.  Gabi does some wild interpretive dance with crazy moves.  Is this an audition for So You Think You Can Dance or Cirque du Soleil?  Nigel would be shocked if Gabi isn't in the Top 20 and calls it one of the best performances ever.  Gabi also elicits a Mary Scream, so that's three.

Storyboard P and Hobgoblin
This is what I want.  These two are bringing Mutation, a new dance genre they've created.  They call themselves the Obama of dance, because they want to bring about change.  They also smear green makeup on their faces they call Schmean which helps them mutate and use contortion and strange movements.  The judges are terrified when the mutants come up to them.  Nigel wants them to star in a zombie musical (that's a great idea) and they all agree that their style is too unique, but they get to come back for choreography.

Crazy Kate and Ron
These two swing around the stage and seem to have a lot of fun, but they're not very good.  On the bright side, Crazy Kate now gets to go back and run a Lego competition in New Hampshire.

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