Next up is Joshua Alexander, who is a musician as well as a dancer, so Nigel expects that to show in his performance. He's contemporary, and though he's dancing in tall black socks, I can't hold that against him because his routine is gorgeous. In response, the judges simply all hold up tickets to Vegas. He goes up to the table where Debbie Allen practically pets him.
We have a "beating the odds" montage next: one kid who grew up poor in Chicago but joined a dance troupe, one girl who grew up with Tourette's but who has worked to where her tics are not as severe as they once were, and one guy who lost his mother at a young age but found his life's rhythm again in dance. All three are great, and all three go to Vegas.
Cat tells us that the audition process is long -- the dancers have to be registered, interviewed, filmed and seated. One guy, Tim Conkel, is featured laughing and mugging his way through the process but Cat tells us he is also a karate instructor with a lot of championships and induction into a hall of fame the name of which I could never quite catch. He admits he got into dance to meet girls and thinks he could be not only America's favorite dancer, but also person. Here's a tip, Tim: never again call yourself a badass and that will be a good first step because when you do that it gives the opposite impression. He runs up with a Selena Gomez backpack and says he will be performing hip hop and breaking with martial arts thrown in while the backpack watches over him. He's trying too hard to be quirky and he's already grating on me but he seems sweet enough that I feel guilty about it, at least. He's one of those dancers who performs a string of moves without much in between but his martial arts moves are incredible; that cannot be denied. He tells the judges that in addition to hip hop he's done seven whole days of ballet, and so Nigel wants to see his ballet skillz before making a decision. Tim just does karate jumps with a sort of ballet feel to them, and apparently I am cold and dead inside for being lukewarm on this kid because the audience, Mary and Debbie all adore him, and he gets a ticket straight to Vegas.