'So You Think You Can Dance' Recap: NY and Miami Auditions
'So You Think You Can Dance' Recap: NY and Miami Auditions
John Kubicek
John Kubicek
Senior Writer, BuddyTV
So You Think You Can Dance is back!  Now that's it's been gone long enough for us to miss it, we're excited to have this wonderful little reality show back.  People who watch know that SYTYCD is one of the most underrated shows on TV thanks to genuinely talented dancers and a charming and fantastic host in Cat Deeley.

Season 7 brings a lot of changes to So You Think You Can Dance, including only 10 dancers making it to the performance shows, where they will be paired with all-stars from past seasons.  But the best part is that, unlike American Idol, the auditions won't drag on forever.  In fact, two weeks from tonight we'll meet our Top 10.



But to get there, we go through six audition cities and the Las Vegas callbacks, so let's start off with New York and Miami, where we find returning favorites, great dancers who get dropped and the biggest ringer in the history of this show.

26.jpgWho's Going to Vegas from the New York Auditions?

Sarah Brinson: This "big" girl (who's actually skinner than the average woman) won over the judges, but she seemed rather ordinary to me.

Giselle Peacock and Henry Byalikov: These hot Latin ballroom dancers from Burn the Floor breezed through.  Not only are they from a Broadway production, but Henry finished in fourth place on the first season of the Australian version of So You Think You Can Dance in 2008, which Nigel also produces and where his ex-wife, Bonnie, is a judge.

Teddy Tedholm: The quirky dude from season 6 returned and moved the judges to tears with this amazing and beautiful performance that made everyone cry.

Briana De Falco: A quick montage showed this beautiful dancer who gave Shankman nothing to critique.

Daniel Baker: A powerful dancer who auditioned without a shirt.

Anthony Burrell: A contemporary dancer with great extension.

Megan Davis: Another stunning contemporary dancer the judges loved.

Edward Spots: A ballet dancer with Alvin Ailey, Edward returned and showed off his grace and skill to make it to Vegas.

sytycd7-miami.jpgWho's Going to Vegas from the Miami Auditions?

Michael Petr: A 30-year-old Czech ballroom dancer who was inspired by Dirty Dancing.  As good as he is, I don't see a 30-year-old Czech ballroom dancer going far on this show.

Tyrell Rolle: From Liberty City (which sounds like a fake place in Grand Theft Auto, based on the name and the fact that it's apparently full of drugs and prostitutes) comes this beautiful contemporary dancer who is my early pick to make it very far in this competition.

Henry Rivera: Deemed the best Miami audition, Henry was a ball of nervous energy before the performance, than calmed down in an instant to deliver a beautiful contemporary number.

Amy Aguiar-Riley: She's not the best or prettiest contemporary dancer, but she's intense and a pretty cool mom, which gets the judges, especially Sonya Tayeh, on her side.  

Jose Ruiz: This b-boy claims he's better than Legacy, and at the very least, he's on the right track with a ticket to Vegas.

sytycd7-more.jpgThe Best of the Rest

Mike Perlman, Founder of 1 2 3 Party!: Other than Teddy Tedholm, the best part of the premiere was this outrageously absurd '80s dancer who rocked and was generally awesome and hilarious.  I hope and pray I see 1 2 3 Party! on the next season of America's Best Dance Crew.

Jamie Greco: This Troma Films employee came dressed in drag with fruit and vegetables covering his body. The result was one of the craziest costumes and most hilarious moments on TV this year.

Megan Carter: This big girl wowed the judges initially by shattering all of their stereotypes about what larger dancers can and can't do, but after choreography, Nigel Lythgoe brought her down to reality by cutting the beautiful dancer, reinforcing everything bad and mean about dance.  Yes, big girls don't get dance jobs, but if you would put one in the Top 10 on your national TV show, maybe that would start to change.  Megan Carter was the best hope to change the system, and that hope is now gone.


(Image courtesy of FOX)



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