Next up: Contemporary Dancer Channing Cooke, who danced on the beach in the Boston episode. Nigel tells her she's very strong but needs to work on her partnering. And she's unanimously in. She seems pleased.
Also in: Ariana and Ellenore. Yay! I think Ellenore's adorable.
Noelle Marsh and Mollee Gray are inseparable, apparently. They declare themselves to be best friends who met in Vegas. There's an assortment of shots of them enjoying each other's company. Cat asks why they're worried that the judges might only take one of them. Mollee (the blonde one who looks really, really young) explains patiently that she's seen the show before, and they always take two friends and save them until the end and tell them that one of them will make it and the other won't. Psst! Show! Your formula is showing!
But they'll have to wait, because it's time for Billy Bell. You might remember Adam Shankman really really enjoying his last solo. Debbie asks if he'd have to drop out of Juilliard if he makes it into the show, and he cheerfully answers that he already asked and that Juilliard said they'll hold his scholarship if he gets on the show. And he does! When he comes through the curtain, he does a full Superstar! gesture.,
The next two guys don't make it. Adam and Tyce break the news sadly. And briefly. Next up, Amber Jackson, who annoyed Nigel with her lack of facial expression. She warns us that she'll freak out if she makes it. Mary tells her she has exquisite technique, but that exquisite technique is never enough. She has to find personality. And she will not be going on this season, but the judges believe in her anyway. When Amber walks sadly into the backstage area, the other dancers seem not only disbelieving but actually a little angry that she didn't make it. One guy with cornrows is furious. And Noelle and Mollee are worried, because they felt Amber was a really strong dancer.
Next up, Russell the Krumper. Everyone thinks he's awesome, right? Mia praises both his authenticity and his versatility. He's in the top 20, obviously. Debbie tells him to go and call his mama. Front row cornrow guy gives him a hug!
Also in: hip hopper Kevin Hunt.
There are still three tap dancers in the mix. Bianca (the one who "dueled" with Ryan Kasprzak) goes up. She wants to make it. Gosh! Nigel tells her that if they were just basing their decision on her tapping ability, she'd be in. But they have to grade people on how much they're going to grow in other areas. And he claims it's a controversial decision, but ... she's in! Is that controversial? Bianca seems perfectly nice, doesn't she? She's sobbing with happiness now. When she comes back through the curtain, everyone comes to congratulate her, including the Front Row Cornrow Guy, who has a very serious look on his face. I'm getting to really enjoy him. I hope he's one of the last to go through the curtain.