Mitch, unfortunately, does not make it through. Neither does Misha. And then we listen to "It's a Man's World," because it features the lyric "It would be nothing without a woman." In all, 11 people get sent through to Vegas.
After a commercial break, it's Day 2, and one auditioner apparently thinks she's here for Last Comic Standing, only she'd bomb there too, judging from her painful delivery of a corny joke about a termite walking into a bar ("Is the bar tender here?"). But at least we get a cricket sound effect.
Then there's the dancer who's painted on a cat face for some reason and is using lightsaber props for a shitty interpretive dance to the Star Wars score. Nigel is instantly disgusted, but Mary and Sonya laugh their asses off. Or maybe that was just Nigel misquoting it: "Feel the force, Luke! Feel the force!" It's one of those routines where the auditioner clearly isn't being serious, and then stands there looking confused when the judges pick apart their routine. You know? It's not even worth the time it took to watch it. At least Sonya expresses some doubt that the woman is serious. A colossal waste of time, kinda like the second Star Wars trilogy. "She comes from a different planet," says Nigel.
So it's another montage o'crap, which are the dancers Cat politely calls "interesting," including someone who dances a ballroom routine with a life-size puppet attached, a man whose style could best be described as "seizure" and a woman who is better suited for pole dancing, and another dancer that prompts Nigel to yell at the crowd about how shocked he is at a particular auditioner's stupidity.
Which means it's up to Elias Holloway, 18, of Santa Fe, N.M., who's dancing with his little brother, Enoch, 16 and too young to audition. They're the youngest of 14 (!) children, all of whom were dancers, as well as swimmers. Synchronized popping. Not bad! Nicely performed. Stomach rippling! The judges enjoy it. Nigel found it extremely entertaining, and Mary calls it the cutest thing she's seen in five years, and Sonya says Elias is very marketable, and he gets sent through to choreography.
Into the home stretch now, with a couple of dancers who auditioned last year, including Natalie Reid, 23, from Seattle, who y'all will definitely remember as the roommate of Katee, whose big mouth almost cost her a spot when she said she wasn't sure if she'd come back if she didn't make it that time. Natalie's taking another crack at it. I don't remember her specific audition from last year, but she's really good. Sonya can barely contain herself as Natalie ranges all over the stage in a contemporary routine. "So lovely to see you again this season," says Nigel, adding that he was put off by Sonya's melodramatic reactions during the routine. Sonya annoyingly is moved to the point of incoherence by Natalie's routine. Let's just say she liked it. "I'm dying. I'm your biggest fan," says Sonya, adding that she gets chills watching her dance. Mary says she's very proud of Natalie, and praises the "organic and the realness of it." She thinks Natalie will go the distance this time. Nigel calls it superb, and wants to make sure she doesn't have any flatmates this time around. Natalie says last year really pushed her to work hard. The judges send her right through, and Natalie happily calls Katee, who's excited for her too.