Hey! Las Vegas! Or, as it is apparently officially known by everyone in the world, "Vegas, Baby". As you know, there have been a lot of auditions, which have disgorged many ambitious young people onto this city. Will people bring It, or will It remain Unbroughten? Let's find out!
You know, it took me an entire season before I realized that the theme song to So You Think You Can Dance had lyrics in it. I thought it was just low mumbles interspersed with the occasional squeal, but then I noticed that the squeal sort of sounded like "Dance!" and then the low mumbles resolved into the first part of the title. Just thought I'd share that with you. I'm still pretty sure the "na na na na" part doesn't mean anything.
There are 152 dancers here, and I can't be bothered to go back and see if that matches up with the numbers we were given at the end of each episode. Let's assume it does. Oh, there's the guy with the bowtie and the silly trousers! I remember him! Sort of! Cat joins all the dancers on stage and then brings on the judges. It was more fun when she said "jidges" and we all smiled and thought how cute that was. I preferred that to the current system, where she never says "judges" at all, preferring to make everyone else shout it for her. Anyway, the judges are Tyce Diorio, Mia Michaels, Debbie Allen, Adam Shankman, Mary Murphy, and Nigel Lythgoe. That's pretty much everyone but Li'l C, isn't it?
Phase One is a round of solos. That's not really going to distinguish this from the regular audition shows. First up is Nathan Trasoras, who showed up last season (like four months ago) but was too young. He likes to do pirouettes and kind of mixes hip hop and contemporary. No feedback is given, so you'll have to take my word for it.
Next up, Ellenore Scott has a very engaging smile (and knows it!) and does a dance in which she falls down a lot and waggles her butt. She throws in enough actual ballet to show that she's not just screwing around. She's just adorable. More dancers leap about in an impressive fashion. Nigel looks bug-eyed at some of the ladies, as he is wont to do.
After the first ten solos, we learn that the dancers need three "yes" votes to stay in. People named Chance and Paige are sent home, but the other people we saw get to stay. I think this ballroom dancer is the Russian one from yesterday.
More dancing happens. It's not all "solo", exactly, because we see some ballroom being done in pairs. One guy does that ridiculous backwards push-up thing that looks like it should pop his shoulders out of joint. People do flips into fancy poses and other people fall down. There's a Kasprzak sighting. Skip, the New Orleans Bounce guy, gets an awful lot of footage while the judges groove along.