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SYTYCD Recaps: Billy Porter Guest Judges; Early Frontrunners Emerge

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SYTYCD Recaps: Billy Porter Guest Judges; Early Frontrunners Emerge

Despite my eternal love for SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE, last week I expressed a bit of audition fatigue. Though I appreciate seeing the beginning of each competitors' journeys, the vast majority of 30-second solos seem like unsatisfying appetizers, when all I want is a fully-formed emotional and artistic meal. This week's episode didn't do much to change my audition opinion, as many of the routines were just technical exhibitions, but for the first time this season, I started to see some potential winners. It also doesn't hurt when Executive Producer and Judge Nigel Lythgoe welcomes a Tony-winner to the judging panel, even if it is only for two contestants.

We opened the episode back in Los Angeles with guest judge Christina Applegate and a whole host of former finalists in the audience. After Day Two auditions finished up in the City of Angels, we traversed back across the country to Philadelphia, where Mary and Nigel were joined by Misty Copeland, female soloist for the American Ballet Theatre and the star of KINKY BOOTS Billy Porter.


LOS ANGELES DAY TWO

Alla Kocherga and Serge Onik
Los Angeles
Style:
Ballroom
Three-Word Review: Ticket to Dating
Result: Tickets to Callbacks

Timothy Joseph
Style:
B-Boy
Three-Word Review: Trick-alicious, No continuity
Result: Choreography (Eventually dropped out due to injury)

Casey Askew
Seattle, WA
Style:
Contemporary
Three-Word Review: Could be Contender
Result: Auto-Ticket to Callbacks

J-4
San Jose, CA
Style:
Hip-Hop
Three-Word Review: Young ≠ Good
Result: Not eligible for nine years

Jourdan EpsteinSYTYCD Recaps: Billy Porter Guest Judges; Early Frontrunners Emerge
Plymouth, MN
Style:
Contemporary en pointe
Three-Word Review: Fave So Far!
Result: Ticket to Callbacks

"Johnny Waacks" Gibson
New York, NY
Style:
Whacking
Three-Word Review: What in the.....?
Result: Choreography (Eventual Yes)

Malene Ostergaard and Armen Way
California
Style:
Ballroom
Three-Word Review: Sex on Stage
Result: Tickets to Callbacks

PHILADELPHIA DAY ONE

Bridget Whitman
Tempe, AZ
Style:
Contemporary
Three-Word Review: My New Fave
Result: Ticket to Callbacks

Amir Sanders
Baltimore, MD
Style:
Ballet
Three-Word Review: Funky Game Changer
Result: Choreography (Eventual Yes)

SYTYCD Recaps: Billy Porter Guest Judges; Early Frontrunners EmergeLandon Anderson and Jenna Johnson (last season's finalist, therefore not competing)
Springville, UT
Style:
Ballroom
Three-Word Review: Manly, Man Partner
Result: Ticket to Callbacks



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