Date of Episode: Tuesday / 05/28/2013
Joining Nigel and Mary at the judges' table for this session is So You Think You Can Dance favorite Adam Shankman. If any of Boston's representatives are outstanding, the judges will invite them to compete in Las Vegas; if the judges feel like they need to see a little more, they'll invite dancers back for the choreography round. Otherwise, it's back home for the dancers who aren't chosen, as their journeys will end right now.
The first contestants are 19-year-olds Ashley Goldman and Phillip Kudryavtstev. Ashley says she can be fun and flirty, while Phil can be masculine on the dance floor. The former boyfriend and girlfriend have been dancing together for a year and three weeks, and tonight they perform to Christina Aguilera's “Ain't No Other Man.” The crowd gives them a standing ovation. Nigel can't believe how Phillip can resist Ashley, since she is a tremendous looker and a tremendous dancer. Mary praises their chemistry, and Nigel gives the pair two tickets to Vegas.
Next up, dancer Natalie Vilos hopes to shine as brightly as Ashley and Phillip and brings a lampshade prop onstage with her. Nigel and Adam ponder how she will dance with a lampshade, but Natalie actually dances dressed in the lampshade to the old jazz standard “Fever,” as sung by Beyoncé. Adam says he has fantastic dreams that look just like that and he wishes he had Natalie's courage. Mary and Nigel both say that she isn't right for the competition but love that she loves what she does. Adam actually makes his dream a reality and doesn't let Natalie leave without borrowing Natalie's lampshade for his own “Fever” dance.
It's a chilly morning in Beantown, but things are heating up inside the Boston Opera House. Adam shows his “going to Vegas” celebration face while contestant John Tesoriero prepares his audition. John has brought a beatboxer with him for background music. The Beantown native claims to be animalistic, and he has a lion's tail attached to him to prove it. Nigel says to cue the beatbox, and John breaks across the floor while Mary is in stitches laughing at the dance's comedic style. Nigel commends the beatboxer and the fact that John is so entertaining; for her part, Mary says she loved every second of it. Adam isn't so sure that John would be right for this show, but Nigel invites John back for the choreography round.
Katlyn Rodriguez's partner couldn't make it to the audition, but her little brother Jeremy stepped in and learned the routine in three hours. After seeing the pair dance a salsa to “Descarga 73” by Tipica '73. Nigel says Jeremy's going to be a beast in a few years. Mary calls Katlyn a hot tamale who just smoked everyone on the floor too, and Adam sums this up by giving his best impression of the Mary Murphy scream. Nigel wants to see more and invites Katlyn to choreography, telling Jeremy if the show is still on in three years, he would love to see him audition.
Next up, Jennifer Jones says she started training in ballet at age 11 and wanted to be a ballet princess, but unfortunately developed an eating disorder to attain the ideal ballerina form. Luckily, four years ago she decided to turn her attentions to jazz and becoming a healthier performer. Billie Holiday's “Fine and Mellow” provides the soundtrack as Jennifer's fusion of ballet and jazz captivates the audience. Nigel says he loves her face and her dance ability, and he believes the television is going to love her and her technique. After having a bit of fun remarking that she looks like Jennifer Beals from “Flashdance,” Mary says that she is so So You Think You Can Dance, and Adam awards her a ticket to Vegas.
Once again, Tommy Tibball returns to the show, and he says he is feeling the pressure of having auditioned in the past, not to mention the expectations of coming from a dancing family. Nigel remarks how Tommy reminds him of previous contestants like Billy Bell and Jakob Karr, while Mary marvels at his being so good, and Adam says he can't wait to have the choreographers bring out the dancer he thinks Tommy could be. Nigel gives the contestant from Ozone Park, New York, a ticket to Las Vegas.
Jennie Begley from Aurora, Colorado, says that she couldn't afford a ticket to Boston, but her brother chipped in and made sure that she could be here today to audition. Barely two steps into her routine, Mary and Adam are discussing that she's the real deal. Her brother stands up in adulation first but is quickly joined by Adam, who says this was his favorite audition in Boston so far; he is enthralled. Mary agrees that this was one of the best auditions in Boston. Adam and Mary say no to choreography, but before Jennie can break down in tears, Nigel says it's because she's going to Vegas!
Then it's time for Boston's first choreography round. After Season 8's Ryan and Marko walk the hopefuls through the steps, they all perform for the judges again. John is first to hear the bad news: despite his hard work, the judges feel he is still not ready for the show. On the other hand, Katlyn and seven more dancers will be representing Boston in the Las Vegas competitions.
Day two of the Boston auditions begins with Animator dancer Jason Kidd (not to be confused with the basketball player). He tells Cat that he's always wanted to be on the show and realized that he would be able to compete after coming in fifth at the Dance Olympics in Germany. Jason bops to the beat of Messinian's “Holy Ghost.” Since the dance ends with Jason's hand outstretched, Nigel asks him to stay like that so he can put a ticket to Vegas in his hand.
Sonya Tayeh look-alike Shannon “Shizzy Shake” Tarantino is up next, dancing to “Turning Page” by Sleeping At Last. Adam feels that Shannon has a sense of effortlessness when she dances, a trait that all the best dancers have. Mary says her lines were extraordinary, and Nigel calls her “a sheep in wolf's clothing,” meaning that she has the outrageous hairdo but she's not a quirky dancer. Adam believes the choreographers would eat her up — and Nigel says he can't wait to see them do that in Las Vegas.
Season 6 hopeful Gene Bersten is now joined on the show by his wife, Elena, dancing to “Live It Up” by Jennifer Lopez. Gene says he is auditioning again for his wife and their baby girl. Adam says their partnership is the definition of chemistry. Mary says the dance was fantastic, and Gene's technique is still good and so is his wife's. Nigel sends Gene to Vegas, and since it would be awful not to bring his wife, Elena is given a ticket too.
Another dancer, Ernest “E-Knock” Phillips, originally seen in Season 3, lost his cousin Gary in 2011 and only learned he'd died after seeing his picture on the news. Despite feeling as if he didn't want to be around anymore, E-Knock took a job at a summer camp and met a little girl named Kate, whose mother coincidentally needed a hip-hop instructor at her dance school in Vermont. The Party Jumpers' “Without You,” interlaced with the newscast telling of Gary's death, provides the backdrop for one of the more heartbreaking and hard-hitting hip-hop routines in the show's history. Nigel says the performance was powerful and thanks E-Knock for keeping it real, honest, and sharing the routine. Mary loves how he now dances and celebrates Gary's life, while Adam says he loved the Russian jump E-Knock did. The judges invite Ernest back for choreography.
After a montage of three exceptional dancers earning their tickets to Las Vegas, tap dancer Alexis Juliano shows up to prove that tappers can emotionally engage an audience as well as mesmerize them with their feet. Any tapper worth their weight should perform to Sammy Davis Jr.'s “Mr. Bojangles,” which is what Alexis does. Nigel, who has a special place in his heart for tappers, loves the end of the dance, which he thinks was truly lovely. Mary says that Alexis has a style and class about her, and Adam thinks she was magnificent. It seems that Nigel is ready to send Alexis to choreography, but a quick sashay earns the tapper a ticket to Vegas instead.
Season 1 ribbon dancer Anthony Bryant is the third repeat dancer to audition this time around, after also having returned in the fourth season wearing army fatigues. Never taking rejection lightly, Anthony claims that he is no longer the rabble-rouser he once was. But when he refuses an invitation to choreography from the judges after his performance (set to Nicki Minaj's “Automatic”), Bryant continues to prove the judges' opinions of him to be correct — he is a brilliant dancer who has only gotten stronger; however, his attitude doesn't do him any favors. Bryant says it's his choice to not want to go to choreography, because he believes he should be paid to dance someone else's choreography.
Another Anthony, Anthony Savoy, says he already gets paid to dance but wants to continue to pursue his dreams, which is why he is here. His performance to Sara Bareilles' “Gravity” has Nigel asking Adam if he's heard him land yet. Mary also says she couldn't hear a single foot drop while he was dancing. The judges put him through to choreography, which he graciously accepts. However, this was just a ruse by Nigel to show the audience how humble a dancer should be — the judges are actually bestowing the golden ticket to Vegas on the brilliant dancer.
Kate Kapshandy is up next, with Season 5's Maxim appearing as her partner. The pair dance to Pitbull's “Don't Stop the Party.” Mary is in love and says she waited all season for her: she is the first hot tamale train passenger of the season. Adam flat-out calls her “sex on a stick,” leaving Nigel to question why on a stick. Nigel says he felt he was watching a professional from “Dancing With the Stars.” Adam gives his best imitation of Tom Bergeron before sending Kate to Las Vegas.
The last performer for the day is Toshihiko Nakazawa, who describes his dancing as if he were a real-life video game. He's not lying, either, as video game sounds are peppered throughout his music. The judges once again toy with a contestant's emotions as they deny Toshi the choreography round — only to put him through to Vegas.
The second day of choreography sees more dancers, including E-Knock, performing for the judges one more time before learning their fate. The judges didn't think E-Knock's performance was strong enough for Vegas, although they thank him for his audition, but in the end 11 more dancers are going to Vegas.
Next week So You Think You Can Dance will be joined by performing dynamo Wayne Brady as the audition tour heads to Memphis, Tennessee.
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