Then we watch a montage of people breaking into tears because they find out that somehow never training at all and just goofing with your friends and doing your best Britney Spears imitation is going to be good enough, especially if you say that dancing is your life. One woman apparently has been following the auditions from city to city, and Nigel urges her to train hard for a year and come back and see them next year.
We all know what you get after a montage o' suck, though, which is someone who rips it up but good. Looks like that's going to be tapper Erik "Silky" Moore, 19, from Oviedo, Fla., who is going to be the guy who brings tap back. Well, yeah, it's been what, sixty years since anyone said anything about tap-dancing other than, "Wow, yeah, that guy sure can tap. What else is on?" Bonus points for Erik dancing to "Thriller." No bonus points for not doing the zombie dance tap-style. Apparently not even the guy who wants to bring tap back can stand to watch an entire tap routine, because he throws in some breakdancing, a moonwalk and a backflip.
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.