So You Think You Can Dance S3E01

So You Think You Can Dance is back for another exhilurating season. Nigel Lythgoe, one of the power names behind American Idol and Mary Murphy, ex Ballroom champion are on the hunt for America’s next favourite dancer. This year the audition trail takes us to Chicago, Los Angeles, Atlanta and New York.

The Big Apple is the dance capital of the world and has the most dancers, choreographers and dance schools in the world so what better place to start the search. It wasn’t surprizing that there were such big numbers of people who turned out to audition.

All everyone wants is a ticket to Las Vegas for the next round of the competition. Dan Caraty joins Mary and Nigel in New York. Dan is a choreography who has worked with icons like Britney Spears.

First up is Dancin’ Derrick Bradley, #1645, 22 from Holley, NY who dances to
Bang Gang - I Like to Move It - EP - I Like to Move It I Like to Move It
. After his energetic performance, Derrick is somewhat exhausted. Nigel jokes that on his application form he’d said how he can dance for long periods of time without feeling tired.

They think he’d be the life of the party but they think it was more jumping around than anything. Outside the doctors on site give him some oxgyen to help get his heart rate and breathing back to normal.

It always amazes me when overweight people try out for a competition which is obviously going to be physically challenging. That hasn’t seemed to bother #2042 Tiffany Green, 20 from Wolcott, NY who certainly fits the profile and rolls around the floor to
Evanescence - Fallen - Bring Me to Life Bring Me To Life
. The judges giggle to themselves but struggle to find anything good to say. Congratulations. You’ve just humiliated yourself.

#1488, Jessica Diaz, 30 from New York, NY is a tad bizarre with her strange portrayal of something to do with Jesus Christ.

The incredibly sexy #2003 Anya Garnis, 25 from New York, NY dances with #2004 Pasha Kovalev, 27 from Fort Lee, NJ and it’s wildly sensational. It was hot and fabulous to watch and they’re through after Mary tells them they’re the best ballroom dancers we’ve ever had on the show.

#1601, Heather Zampier, 25 from Windsor Mill, MA is having her first dance audition since having surgery. She’s a tattoo freak and has a dozen of ’em. She’s dancing to Robert Randolph’s
Robert Randolph & The Family Band - Colorblind - Ain't Nothing Wrong With That Ain’t Nothing Wrong With That
. The judges like her. She’s through along with 32 others from day one.

First up on day two was #1240, Jenna Dejosia, 21 from Blue Point, NY but she’s another one of those larger people who are just too heavy to throw themselves into the air. Mary says she doesn’t have the physical stamina. She’s a dance teacher and Nigel tells her she doesn’t have the technique to teach.

#1078, Chasmar Wells, 18 from Rochester, NY looks weird. He can kind of dance but something just isn’t right. Ahh, that’s it. He’s not dancing to the music.

#1744, Melissa Browne, 21 from Schenectady, NY is called the dancing version of Ugly Betty by Nigel.

#1339, Hanna-Lee Sakakibara, 22 from New York, NY was one of the lucky survivors of the fatal floor collapse during a Jewish wedding in 2001. Her routine is a little wooden and the judges want to see her in the choreography round before deciding if she will get a ticket to Vegas.

Earnest “E-Knock” Phillips, 20 from Dochester, MA has a fantastic routine and is dangerous in his approach.

Jamal Weaver, 19 from Brockton, MA also puts a lot of energy into his routine but Nigel wants to see him do some swing.

Carmen E. Lugo, 21 from Willingboro, NJ and Joel Bernable from Ney York, NY dance together but they’re certainly only amateurs.

18 year old Ashley Keegan, 18 from Gibsonia, NY is here with her dance teacher, Katie Watts, 25 from Mars, PA, who actually thinks Ashley is better than her. Ashley’s routine is nice but it’s not really anything I’d write home about. Nigel thinks she has all the right qualities to be a great dancer. She’s going to Vegas but will Katie be joining her. Yes she will be.

Faina Savich, 21 from Brooklyn, NY dances with her brother to
Antonela - Tango: a Night of Passion - Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps
. The judges love her so she’s getting a ticket to Vegas.

Jamal is back to do his swing. Nigel stops the music and says it wasn’t enough. Jamal tells him that he didn’t get to see anything cause the music hadn’t gotten to the good bit yet. Nigel lets him start again and boy are we thankful that he does. It’s superb. Nigel tells him that every now and then a star gets on that stage and he is one of them.

David Kenneth “Sex” Soller, 33 from Smithtown, NY is back again this year with more training and more enthusiasm. He’s also looking more like a high school nerd from the late 80’s who hasn’t moved on. Mary thinks he has improved. It’s not really saying much because he’s still awful. “Look mom! I can still humiliate myself on television.” Nigel asks Mary “if Sex has improved for her this year”. Nigel tells “Sex” to leave but not before getting into a shouting match with his mother.

A total of 59 made it through to Vegas from New York. Next stop, LA.

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