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SYTYCD Recap: SYTYCD Returns with Hot Tamales and Lap Dances and Bieber, Oh My!

No one denies that shows like THE VOICE, THE AMAZING RACE, and American Idol have a larger cultural cache, but for fans who enjoy honest, artistic creativity, there is nothing on television like SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE. Each year, SYTYCD routinely turns out some of the most impressive and moving performances you will see anywhere. With changes to the format this year, including returning to a single winner, the introduction of dance crews, and a young up-start named Justin Bieber, Season 11 could just be the most exciting yet.

When I spoke to Executive Producer and judge, Nigel Lythgoe, last week, he spoke about how important this season's ratings will be to the show's future, so if you love the fact that quality dance, theatre, and art has a home on network television, watch the show, and tell all of your friends to watch as well. Oh, and tell them to read my recaps after every episode too!

The show opens with a nice package previewing the new season to come. The craziest part of the open was when host Cat Deeley reminded us that the show has been on the air for a decade; as if I needed another reason to feel old.

The first section of auditions came from New Orleans and featured special guest judge Wayne Brady, and the second stop saw Jenna Elfman judge from Chicago. Since we see so little from each performer, I am simply going to give a Three-Word Review for the contestants that we see a full solo from.

The only disappointing thing about the first week was that they apparently moved the callback round from Las Vegas to LA. Every show does their next round in Hollywood; I liked that SYTYCD had a little niche with Vegas. Oh well, if this budget cut means they have a better shot at Season 12, I can deal.

Now onto the performances:


Shelby RaseSYTYCD Recap: SYTYCD Returns with Hot Tamales and Lap Dances and Bieber, Oh My!
Covington, LA
Style:
Contemporary
Three-Word Review: Powerful, captivating, intense
Result: Ticket to Callback

Unnecessary Parental Dancing Alert: Shelby's dad did his "patented bottle dance", sans the six-pack that normally precedes it. Fortunately, Shelby did not inherit her father's skills. Why does SYTYCD think awkward parental dancing is good television? Please make it stop, Nigel.

Tanisha Belnap
Payson, UT
Style:
Ballroom
Three-Word Review: Sexy, Nigel blushed
Result: Ticket to Callback

Shelby (Skip) and Shane Skipper
New Orleans, LA
Style:
Wallace Bounce
Three-Word Review: Fun, not incredible
Result: Skip to Choreography (He dropped out mid-choreography round), "No" to Shane

Megan Marcano
Houston, TX
Style:
Contemporary
Three-Word Review: Elegant, Quirky Fun
Result: Ticket to Callback

Unnecessary Parental Dancing Alert: After a second dad came up on stage to dance, Mike Rase decided to issue a challenge, and we were subjected to watching the battle on the nation's premiere dance competition. I guess nothing on FOX could be completely pure and idiocy-free. This is the network that is currently airing I WANT TO MARRY, HARRY after all.

Trevor Bryce
Orlando, FL
Style:
Contempo-Hop?? (I just made that up)
Three-Word Review: One-ofa-Kind
Result: Ticket to Callback

Courtney BarnesSYTYCD Recap: SYTYCD Returns with Hot Tamales and Lap Dances and Bieber, Oh My!
Jackson, MS
Style:
I have absolutely no idea what that was
Three-Word Review: Double Jointed Weirdness
Result: Choreography (Eventual "No")



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