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SYTYCD Recap: Was This the Best Audition Show Ever?

June 4
10:03 2014
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SYTYCD Recap: Was This the Best Audition Show Ever?

I have to admit, the So You Think You Can Dance auditions are not my favorite part of the show. While I still love seeing all of the talented performers, I far prefer the long-form, fully-realized numbers that we get on the live shows compared to the 30 seconds of solos we get during auditions. That being said, when Nigel Lythgoe took to Twitter this week and said that this week's audition episode might be the best in the show's history, I was intrigued.

Generally the clips we see display an auditioners talent, but not much artistry or emotion, let alone a story-arc. So, I always enjoy seeing the talent, but I wouldn't mind it if SYTYCD adopted THE VOICE's approach and skipped the initial auditions and went straight to the callback round.

Before finishing up their stay in Chicago, judge Mary Murphy apparently joined Jimmy Fallon in the city's Polar Plunge before welcoming first time judge Fabrice Calmels; a 6'4" principle dancer with the Joffrey Ballet.

Then Cat, Nigel, and Mary headed west and met up with returning guest judge Christina Applegate for the first day of Los Angeles auditions.

Paul "The Puppet" Brushaber
Illinois
Style:
Puppeting
Three-Word Review: Fascinating, Bizarre, Dorky
Result: Ticket to Callbacks

Emily James
North Kingstown, RI
Style:
Contemporary
Three-Word Review: Strong, Not Moving
Result: Ticket to Callbacks

Franchesca Bass
Crown Point, IN
Style:
Contemporary
Three-Word Review: Engaging, Uncomfortable, Alienistic
Result: Ticket to Callbacks

Franchesca took full advantage of her Alopecia Universalis and used her lack of hair to enhance her "quirky" "alien" style.

Jenna ScacciaSYTYCD Recap: Was This the Best Audition Show Ever?
Chicago, IL
Style:
Ballet
Three-Word Review: Don't Get Ballet
Result: Ticket to Callbacks

James Thomas
Chicago, IL
Style: Hip Contortionism and "Bopping"
Three-Word Review:
Gross, Not Enjoyable
Result: Choreography (Eventually dropped out in choreography)

Jessica Richens
Yorba Linda, CA
Style:
Jazz
Three-Word Review: Not TV Appropriate
Result: Ticket to Callbacks

Valerie Rockey
Indianapolis, IN
Style:
Tap
Three-Word Review: Cute and Talented
Result: Choreography (Eventual Yes)

Jaja Vankov
Chatsworth, CA
Style:
Animation/Crump
Three-Word Review: Hard and Dirty
Result: Ticket to Callbacks



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