So You Think You Can Dance: Premiere Recap

Ah, another show where America can vote has returned to the airwaves with an all too familiar formula: an attractive, yet annoying host + 3 judges (a pro, a brunette and loud choreographer, and a Brit) + bad auditions + good auditions. Sound familiar? American Idol So You Think You Can Dance, America’s ORIGINAL dance competition is back for its fourth season! Yay!!!

While the opening first minute showed the winners from the past three seasons, host Cat Deeley proclaimed that this season will have the best dancers thus far, and even went as far as proclaiming that SYTYCD, which is how I’ll most often refer to the show from now on to save myself from carpal tunnel, is the show with “the most talent on television.” (I’m sorry, but does anyone else find Cat to be just a little bit obnoxious? And arrogant? AND a terrible dresser?)

Season Four auditions kicked off at the Orpheum Theater in Los Angeles and the night began with a confusing situation:
First contestant, Devin Oshiro, stood with her back toward the audience while the music played, but didn’t dance at all, leaving judge Nigel Lythgoe to say, “You know, I would like to see a little more dancing.” Haha. Good one. It turned out to be nothing more than a mistake on the show’s part when Devin revealed that the wrong music had been played. She did go on to impress the judges and received the first ticket of the night to the next round.

But more importantly, the show is bringing sexy back. That’s right folks, David “Sex” Soller is back, auditioning for the third time!!! And I couldn’t be more excited, because, let’s face it, his God awful/hysterical/awkward auditions are way better and more entertaining than the actual show itself. At least in my opinion. Prancing (notice how I didn’t say “dancing”) around the stage to “Livin la Vida Loca” by Ricky Martin, Sex tucked his signature long, dark locks into the back of his white shirt and flailed around the stage, his dancing far from resembling any sort of real dance move.

The second half of the night featured a male dancer performing in nothing but his tighty whities, but also, the choreography rounds. This, for all you newcomers out there, is when contestants who haven’t been cut, but haven’t been given the green light to Vegas, perform a choreographed dance routine in hopes to receive that golden ticket to Vegas (a pop-and-locker and interpretive male dancer made the cut.) But no, the ticket isn’t really golden.

Day Two Auditions: Los Angeles

Like day one auditions, the first dancer of the day received a ticket to Vegas. And we FINALLY saw our first couple of the entire night: ballroom dancers Leonidas Proskurov and Aliona Vetrenko. The couple made it through to Vegas, but if Lenoidas put any more oil in his hair, slippage would have surely ensued.

An interesting performer who goes only by the name Golden Inferno was back for his second try for that coveted spot in Vegas. Oh, and did I mention that he wears a gold Power Rangers mask? (At least I think it’s Power Rangers.) His “jump style” of dancing is exactly as it sounds—kicking his legs out in front of him and behind him as if he was running. GO GO (home!!) POWER RANGERS! And home he went.

The second ballroom couple, Ricky Sun and Asuka Kondoh, who have only performed together for three months, danced to Jennifer Lopez’s “Let’s Get Loud.” The pair weren’t fortunate enough to receive an immediate ticket, but were asked to stick around for the choreography round only to be split up and partnered up with other dancers. Both ultimately were on their way to Sin City.

Hands down, the most insane and incredible performer of the night was Robert Muraine, a 20-year-old street performer whom Nigel dubbed his favorite performer of 2008. Robert smoothly pop-and-locked from move to move and twisted his body like a contortionist into positions I never knew existed. Robert, who performed in front of other So You Think You Can Dance hopefuls, was a crowd favorite, receiving immense applause and gasps of amazement.

In all, 30 dancers from L.A. made it to Vegas. And as auditions continue next Wednesday, May 28 with another two hour slot, this season’s dancers are looking like the most talented bunch of youths this show has seen.

Have your phones nearby and rest your fingers, people. It’s going to be one impressive season. And I already have a favorite!


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