Nicole Knutsen is another weird one -- crazy unkempt hair, ghostly pallor and class-president over-eagerness combining into some Amy Winehouse/P.J. Harvey/Anna Kendrick hybrid that I'm finding oddly appealing. She's got the hair knotted up into a crude beehive, which she says is her trademark. Her dancing should be her trademark. Her limbs are The Craziest! All spider-like and such. Tyce flips for her and says hers is a talent we only get every 100 years. The question, says Nigel after they all send her through to Vegas, is if she can deal with genres other than Weirdo Nicole Knutsen-tary.
Marcella Raneri reminds me a bit of Caitlin from Season 5, only without the constant crying. Marcella's major malfunction is that her dad was secretly a mobster and ended up going to jail. For shit like racketeering and tax evasion, it sounds like, though it should have been for crappy permullets, because: that too. Now Mom owns a lingerie shop, and Marcella had to put herself through dance school. It's a credit to Marcella that none of this seems creepy or tragic. She's as well-adjusted as you could expect out of a girl in her situation. Anyway, she's only a so-so dancer, and after some pantsing around with Nigel hearing her dad's a Mafioso and immediately pretending to send her to Vegas, she gets sent to choreo for real. She doesn't impress very much in choreo, but they pass her through anyway. Technically not because they're afraid of Paulie Walnuts, but who knows? Either way, it gives Cat the opportunity to embarrass herself with an awful "fuggedaboutit."
Jordan Johnson is 26, from Hollywood, and says he's five years sober. His face says he's a damned liar. But maybe just because recapping Breaking Bad has made me cynical about that kind of thing. Seriously, though, he's perma-clammy, his eyes are sunken, and he's got stripes shaved into his hair. His audition, however, is an appealing blend of hard-edged jazz/comtempo and some dance-class hip-hop. Which is not an insult, in this case, because Jordan fuses them all into something rather unique. He's like a non-B-Boy version of Legacy, and you know how much I loved that guy. Anyway, Nigel and Tyce like him, while Toni literally says she wants to crawl across the table there and mount him. This Toni is allll right. Jordan gets through to Vegas. There seems to be more investment in unusual/unique dancers this season. Which can be a risky, feast-or-famine gambit, but one which you could get away with this season, what with the all-stars and all.