We break out of the Montage of Failure with Virgil "Lil O" Gadson, from Philadelphia, PA. He's got some acrobatics and some cheerful, friendly krump-inspired posing. A few breakdancing moves later, and everyone's having a good time. He mixes in a lot of hip hop styles, including some old-school locking. Good for him! Nigel says that O is not just a dancer; he's a "performer." That means he smiles a lot. Mary thinks America would fall in love with him. Nigel does a head-fake toward choreography but then sends him straight to Vegas.
Choreo round. Will and Katee again. Brian the Krumper says it's crazy difficult. To my eyes, he's kind of sloppy. Mary Kate the Irish Dancer is perfect. She seems very good at this. Nigel tells her the judges weren't unanimous, but she's going to Vegas. And so is Brian! Good for him! He's in tears about this and tells his mother he loves her. He seems nice!
By the way, I would like to register my usual complaint about the way everyone says "Vegas" instead of "Las Vegas." I blame Swingers.
For Day Two, Cat says that if you're a dancer, you want to be "right here on Broadway." Although the actual auditions are in Brooklyn. Let's not get silly; those Broadway theaters are expensive.
Jess LeProtto is an eighteen-year-old "actor, dancer, and singer." He's terrifyingly confident. And he's going to be dancing in black suspenders and white fingerless gloves, so the best-case scenario is channeling Old Broadway of the sort that Tyce D'Orio is always trying to get at. He describes his style as "musical theater," but Nigel makes him narrow it down to "Jazz" He likes kicks and splits and pirouettes. And he's good at them. Although did he have to pick "Mack the Knife"? I guess he probably did. Nigel's objection was that although Jess is clearly technically accomplished, he didn't look like he was enjoying it. Mary agrees. "If I would have felt something more from you, then I would have been standing up and screaming for you," she says, which makes me kind of glad that she didn't like it that much. Jason loved it, although he admits that there was a lack of connection. He's through to choreography, and he vows to take their notes.