Date of Episode: Tuesday / 06/11/2013
Before anyone takes the stage, hostess Cat Deeley reveals some bad news. Dancer Hampton “Xcercist” Williams suffered a car accident and will not be able to compete, leaving his girlfriend, Darlesha, to go it alone in the competition. Darlesha feels burdened but is still grateful to be here. We also find out that Taylor Ward dislocated her knee at the L.A. auditions.
Joining Mary Murphy and Nigel Lythgoe as judges in Las Vegas are series stalwarts Adam Shankman, tWitch and singer/songwriter Jason Derulo. Nigel wants to see some solos.
The first dancer to try to earn another day in Vegas — not to mention a key to her hotel room — is Contemporary dancer Malece Miller, performing to Elizaveta's “Meant.” In this round there is little feedback from the judges, although some of Malece's moves have the judges' eyes popping. Several more dancers also perform solos. Nigel then has them all come back out while he and his fellow judges deliberate on the dancers' fates. Jason asks Malece to step forward and tells her it was a unanimous decision that she should stay, so she heads to the pool to relax. A few more dancers are briefly shown raising the bar for Season 10 with their auditions. Every dancer who is selected to stay in the competition joins Malece at the pool.
We are reminded of Donovan Gibbs' story: Faced with financial difficulties, his family chose to keep their dance studio while sacrificing their home. DJ Class' “I'm the Ish” provides the soundtrack for his audition, but sadly, Donovan is not asked to continue in the competition, and he leaves in tears. He's not the only one to be disappointed, as dancers including Caleb Bronner, Caitlyn Rodriguez, and 73 more are sent home.
The last dancer for day one doesn't have far to go if the judges turn him away. Vegas street performer Du-Shaunt “Fik-Shun” Stegall has tWitch cheering from the start of his performance, which features some tributes to Michael Jackson and is set to an instrumental version of Tinie Tempah's “Written in the Stars.” From the judges' table, tWitch tells “Fik-Shun” he's laying down some facts today and invites him to stay in the competition
Day two sees the dancers preparing for the Hip-Hop choreography round, led by Napoleon and Tabitha (NappyTabs). Tabitha tells the dancers that if they don't feel like puking when they're finished with their routine, they haven't done it right. For untrained Hip-Hop dancers, like Animator Jade, it will be their first opportunity to show they can pick up other dancers' steps. Each couple performs to “Ball” by T.I. and Lil Wayne. The honor falls to Mary to profess the judges' love for all of the couples as they are all asked to stick around.
In the next wave, Pop-Locker Toshihiko Nakazawa can't hang and is sent home. Mongolian Bowl Dancer Shanshan Qiao-Rothlisberger is able to hide her weaknesses and even show some swagger, and she is asked to stay. At the end of NappyTabs' choreography round, 77 more dancers make it through to the next round.
Next up for day two, the dancers attempt to tackle the choreography of the Motor City Madwoman, Sonya Tayeh. Sonya informs the dancers that even if they've just met, they should have 100% trust in one another, and she urges them to remember that their body can handle more than they think it can. Sonya makes the decision to have the dancers practice all night and come back in the morning. “I expect to see blood, sweat, tears, dying for your spot here,” she says. Most of the dancers agree that this routine is hard and Sonya's an entirely different animal. Joining the judges for the next round of choreography is “New Girl's” Hannah Simone.
Nigel says that since they had all night to practice, he expects to see perfection from everyone, as the dancers will perform to “Latch” by Disclosure, featuring Sam Smith. After Sonya's brutal choreography, “Fik-shun” moves on and is informed that he'd just performed one of the most difficult Jazz routines ever on the show. Contemporary dancer Amy Yakima also makes it through, and Adam wants to put her into the Top 20. One dancer puts on such a great show that Nigel jokes, “If everyone performs as well as you, we'll still have 77 dancers at the end of the day.”
Animator Jade Zuberi returns and is paired with Contemporary dancer Sydney Miller. Because she's not comfortable with Jade, Sydney looks for a different partner. Sonya reminds her that they all have to fall in love with their partner and says she's holding herself back. Luckily, the pair is able to reconnect and continue to learn the steps. Nigel says Jade's attempt was pretty good but it didn't look quite right, and he urges him to dance for his life. He also lets Sydney know that she should never call her partner out like she did, but she'll still go through to the next round.
Despite being dropped on her head by partner Armen Way, Malece Miller is seemingly okay, having taken the doctor's advice to ice her neck. The pair is part of the last group of the night, and Malece will be going on to the next round. Mary admonishes Armen that despite being good-looking and a good dancer, he cannot put anyone's health in jeopardy, and Nigel lets him know that he has Mary to thank for putting him through to the next round. But eight more dancers, including Shanshan, are going home.
There are 68 dancers left, but it could be 69 when Jade Zuberi “dances for his life.” With fellow Detroit resident Sonya cheering him on, Jade Animates to Eric Serra's “The Diva Dance” from “The Fifth Element.” Jade earns his spot in the next round, in which the dancers have just an hour to learn the choreography of all-stars Dmitry and Chelsea. Jade and Sydney are paired with new dancers, and both seem to be connecting with their new partners better. The dancers are all here craving spots and “R-E-S-P-E-C-T,” so it's only fitting they dance to Aretha Franklin. Ballroom dancer Jenna is informed that while she is expected to shine in her genre, she also shines in everything else. “Fik-Shun” and Jade also pleasantly surprise the judges. Unfortunately, Sydney isn't asked to stay.
Nigel lets the remaining dancers know that tonight is going to be another all-nighter, because it's group night. Contestants are put into groups of several dancers and they have to perform a number that they themselves put together. Nigel gives the hopefuls some advice: Don't let your tiredness show.
The first group features ballroom brothers Alan and Gene; contemporary dancers Kayla and Jasmine; and ballroom dancer Jenna. Their number is about the heroism and kindness shown in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings, set to Mark Masri's “I Can't Make You Love Me.” Hannah and Adam are moved to tears, and Hannah also says she's touched by how the group put the routine together so effortlessly and thanks them for their effort. Adam admits he was wrong about the ballroom brothers and says they are phenomenal. The entire group is sent on to the next round.
The next group has named themselves “Fact with a little Fik-Shun,” featuring contemporary dancers Jasmine, Derek, Chrystiane and Jarvis, along with ballroom dancer Victoria and, of course, Fik-Shun. Chrystiane tries to lead the group, but the other members doubt her leadership. The group tries to put their best foot forward to “Set It Off” by Timomatic. Mary says the routine was a hot mess and she didn't think the number was good at all. Nigel questions the group on whether they thought it was worth it to stay up all night and learn the steps when it could change their lives. Chrystiane and Derek are asked to go home, but Mary tells the rest of the group the judges see something in all of them and will put them through to the next round.
Emotions keep boiling up in the group round as dancers are run ragged trying to present the best routines they can on the stage. Next up on zero sleep we see Jazz dancer Jennifer; Contemporary dancers Tucker and Amy; Ballroom dancer Maria; and Hip-Hop dancer Marcus. The group decides to use chairs in their routine. Sadly for this group, they have to revamp the routine a number of times since Maria is constantly uncomfortable with the steps or not receptive to the routine. Despite not including her Ballroom style, Maria is able to blend in with the rest of the group and is commended by the judges, as is the group as a whole, and all progress to the next round.
Contemporary dancers Makenzie, Carlos and Carley; Jazz dancer Sara; and Russian Ballroom dancer Vitaly make up the last performance group for the day. Nigel is not impressed with the number and calls it juvenile. Mary lets Vitaly know his journey is over, along with Sara. The other three members of the group make it through to the next round.
The final round of Vegas week is Contemporary. This time, Stacey Tookey is putting the dancers through their paces to the tune of Ed Sheeran's “Give Me Love.” Dancers like Jazz dancer Jennifer Jones, who coasted the entire way through Vegas, do not make the cut this time and will be asked to go home. As always, the Contemporary round separates the real dancers from the pretenders, and even pleading them to dance for their lives won't cut it.
Animator Jade is showcased again and is told again that he has to dance for his life, and Stacey will judge him. Tap-dancer Curtis has soared all week long, and the Contemporary round is no different, despite his being moved to tears. Nigel tells him to get some sleep, since they don't want to see him crying anymore, and he is put through to the next round. “Fik-Shun” and Malece continue to amaze as well.
Animators Jade and Blu-Print weren't asked to dance for their lives — they were asked to battle for it. “Do or Die,” by Thirty Seconds To Mars provides the soundtrack for this dance to the finish. Nigel leaves it up to Stacey to decide who should stay, and she puts them both through to the next round.
The judges then ask all the dancers what sets them apart from their fellow competitors and why they should be kept on the show. Some dancers wanted to be all-stars; some felt they belonged; some just danced to get out of their shell. Armen — who, during the group routines, won back the good graces of the judges — thanks them for making him a better person. Nigel tells the remaining five ballroom boys that only four of them are going to the next round, and he lets Armen know that he's going home. He is going to be joined by eight more dancers who are also out of the competition.
Next week, we'll see 33 dancers strut their stuff across the Green Mile to find out who will be part of the Top 20!
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