And it's on to the choreography round. Igor makes it through, but his partner Nina doesn't make it. Chimezie? Nigel mispronounces his name again, but I think the ticket to Vegas more than makes up for it, judging by Chimezie's ecstatic reaction.
On to Denver, home of the Avalanche and ... um ... an omelet, right? Sure, why not. Eggs are gross, though.
ANYWAY, the judges are going to be joined by Sonya, who you may remember from last season, and also from Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome. Nigel threatens the assembled auditioners to represent Denver or else. Kayla Radomski, 18, is from Aurora, Colo., and the first thing we learn about her is that her dad left when she was little, and so she and her mom live with her grandparents. Everyone's real supportive (except for dad the douchebag). Grandpa worked night shift while his granddaughter took classes during the day, which meant he slept in a lot of chairs. Aww. Who doesn't love grandparents? The slow-motion clips we see of her jumping and flipping before the actual audition sure augur well.
She's fantastic, even if she's dancing to that annoying cover of "Blackbird." "You brought it. You brought everything that could ever be asked of you," says Nigel, who can't think of anything else he would have wanted to see. Mary agrees. Sonya, because she is so hard-core, says it was "slippery." Thankfully she provides some actual technical critiques. Nigel gives her a ticket right through to Vegas, and then Nigel playfully tells Kayla's screeching grandmother to shut up. Outside the theatre, Grandpa breaks down sobbing, he's so proud of his granddaughter. See? Grandparents, man. No one loves you like your grandparents.
Then for some reason we get a little collage of Sonya enjoying the auditions. She says she wants to throw daisies and sunflowers at one particular dancer. She hugs herself. She talks about wanting to have children like this. She says "Oh my god," a lot. Nigel annoyingly tells her at one point, "It's only dancing, woman."
The auditions are going well, and then there's ballroom dancer Misha Belfer, 26, from Denver, waiting for his partner ... wait for it ... Mitch, 26, also of Denver, who's wearing an identical costume. Just to make sure we understand, the camera zooms in on the Men sign on the bathroom that Mitch just exited. Mitch and Misha tell us that they participate in same-sex ballroom dancing, while the show gays it up as much as it is possible by playing "It's Raining Men" underneath it all. Mitch is straight, while Misha is gay. Mitch admits that kind of was awkward at first, but it's really all about "bring[ing] the dancing through." The two of them are of the opinion that this will be the most masculine dance ever because it's two men dancing. Well, it beats slamming your body into other dudes at a Henry Rollins show, I suppose.