Nigel calls it a "great performance," although he didn't seem comfortable at the beginning (but got better as he went along). Mary didn't want it to end, and Tyce called it inspiring. He got his nickname from his silky-smooth moves, and admits that he started tapping because his older brother did, and got a lot of girls for it. Nigel gives him a ticket right through to Vegas. Nice!
The next one we get to see was Miss Washington, otherwise known as Paris Torres, 19, from Seattle. She's in a tutu, which means ... hip-hop! No, it's ballet, but kind of contemporary too. Charming performance, good lines. Nigel and Mary both really like her. Tyce advises her not to focus so much on her hands and her feet. She needs to think about who she is and "attack it." He likes her but wants her to do choreography, but Nigel and Mary send her right on through to Vegas.
Henry Rivero, 18 from Miami is a quick clip of excellent classical technique and he goes through to Vegas. Megan Kinney, 18, from Annapolis, Md., flips and spins her way there too. Alex Wong, 22, from Miami? Stop your pirouette long enough to collect your ticket.
Then there's Geo Smith, 21, of Miami, "hoping an African dancer could join the party," Cat tells us. He's got a feathered headdress on. He leaps about eight miles off the stage, freaking Mary out. "She thought you were going to tickle her fancy with your feathers," says Nigel, and then Mary hoots. She thought it was great. Tyce called it good too. The judges all want him to go to choreography.
We spend a good deal of time with Talia Rickards, 24, telling us a heartbreaking story of marrying her high school sweetheart when she was 18, only to have him die in a motorcycle accident four years later (three years ago). She tells us she's doing fine with the support of family and friends, although she's in tears by the time she finishes telling the story, and she refers to her dead husband as "sleeping," so it looks like there's a little bit more healing yet to come. [I started calling her Gokey girl last night. Apparently widowers are the new reality show must-have. -- Angel]
So here's hoping SYTYCD can help. You gonna break a widow's heart again, Nigel? She runs and flings herself all over the stage. A little hip hop, a little ballet, a little lyrical. Parts of it are good, parts of it are great, parts of it are blah. Nigel says she's very pretty but when she scrunches up her face she looks like a Cabbage Patch doll. He says there wasn't enough there for him. Mary agrees, and Tyce does too. He doesn't think there's enough there for choreography. Mary does, however, so it's up to Nigel. "I'm sorry," he says, before finishing that with "... to disagree with Tyce." She's through to choreography.