Brothers (twins?) Anthony and Antwain are back after auditioning in season 4. They're captioned together as age 22, so they must be twins, but as Anthony (Antwain?) points out, Antwain (Anthony?) is "fatter." They audition to "Boom Boom Pow" and are impressively in sync, pulling off a whole series of hip-hop moves you've seen a billion times on this show. Not that that's a negative, exactly; it's an audition, it's good to see they can do what the show asks of people. Nigel's happy to see they've improved from the last audition, and Mary says they're getting closer. C calls them refreshing. Nigel says they're probably easy calls for Vegas, but he thinks more choreography training will be good for them, so it's on to Pasha and Anya's "Calle Ocho" Sweat Shop!
Seriously, the saving grace of these audition episodes -- my least favorite part of a show I love -- is getting to see Pasha again. In choreography, Anthony is paired with Amber, and they both get through. Not sure if Antwain's partner was crappy or if it was more his fault, but he did not look good. He doesn't get a ticket. It is sad.
Day 2 in Atlanta! Backstage, Matthew "BoogieLinks" Pollard, 24, flirts with any woman with a pulse backstage. The less discerning appear to be into him, but my girl Cat gives him some serious cold shoulder. On stage, BoogieLinks shows some wild pop-n-lock stuff, which seems all the more impressive given that he looks about 6'7". He freaks Nigel and Mary out by dislocating all the joints in his arms. C makes sure to note that it's not just schoolyard double-jointedness, he's doing it on beat. Now Nigel wants to find out if he can actually dance, so it's on to choreography.
After the break, Cat's talking with Jessica Jensen, 25, who tells her about the rare form of cancer that led to the amputation of her hand at what looks like just below the wrist. Everybody stares, she says, but she's "perfectly happy being alive and being the one-handed lady." She jokes with Cat about some other auditioner saying he was so nervous he's gnawing his fingers off, so she said "Me too!" Heh. Jessica auditions to Imogen Heap's "Hide and Seek" (Mia bait!). She's quite skilled, but seeing as dance (particularly contemporary) trains you to look for the full extension of limbs, I can't say the arm isn't a bit distracting. After she's done, she talks to the judges, saying she was back in the studio two weeks after the amputation. Damn. Nigel commends her dancing and specifically notes how she kept her arm close to her body in a lot of the movements so as to preserve her lines, which was smart. Mary gives her usual talk about inspiration and strength, but the fact that she never once blubbers over is I think a credit to Jessica's refusal to beg for sympathy. C breaks out the C-thaurus and commends her "passion, strength, and acceptance." They all pass her on to choreography, with Nigel more than a bit concerned that her partner won't get the short end of the stick. As it were. (I am sorry!)