Rebecca Hart tries not to sparkle as much as she did when she was on the show before, since it made her look like too much of a competition dancer. So she does her contemporary routine to a sad song (albeit with a huge grin on her face), and she's really good. Nigel says she's the best he's seen today, and Tabitha says she understands the earlier comments about being too competition-y. Mary remembers her from two weeks ago, and praises her for how much work she's done. They send her straight through to Vegas.
Brice Casimir is originally from Cameroon who dances at a retirement home for seniors, so I'm automatically going to like him. We get to see some footage of him hugging the old folks. He dances a hip-hop routine with a lot of robot stuff, but this is one of those odd auditions where Nigel goes off on someone for an odd reason -- in this case, Brice isn't looking at him enough. "Why am I wasting my time if you're not going to dance for me?" asks Nigel, who adds that Brice must learn to perform, because some of the stuff he did was fantastic, but he's got to be less insular. And as usual, Nigel sets the theme, with Mary agreeing with him. Napoleon thankfully speaks up in favour of sending him to choreography, and Mary and Nigel agree.
But, not surprisingly, he makes it no further. Ashley Henry is already laughing her ass off as she walks to the microphone. Anybody think she's going to Vegas? Nope. "I called in Muncie, Indiana, and I already got me two ballet classes, and I will see you next year," she says, and heads off the stage. Nigel says, "I enjoyed watching your booty-shaking." He actually says those words! Susie gets faked out by Napoleon, who says it's sometimes possible to make a bad impression on the second time out. But not her! She's going to Vegas!
Day 2 in Milwaukee. Cooper Zamorano takes the stage with a contemporary/ballet routine that's really good. Nigel compares him to Travis Wall, and the other judges love him too, and he gets the ticket to Vegas. Yesenia Gomez auditioned last year. I remember her! She made it to Vegas but eventually got sent home. She's worked hard, though, lost fifty pounds, and she launches into an energetic hip-hop routine -- energetic until her knee gives out and she can't continue. She explains that she suffered a dance-related injury, and Nigel tells her she needs to get the injury sorted out. Nigel offers to critique her anyway, and she starts to cry, knowing she's not going to be sent through, and I have to admit I got kind of misty-eyed too. She launches into a story about how getting a chance last year turned her life around, and she's been working hard, getting on the treadmill, etc. My tears dry up and my eyes start rolling as she feeds off the applause and begins to ham it up, but she seems genuinely grateful to the judges, and promises that she will be up again on some stage, living her dream.