Andrew Phillips, 18, Indianapolis, has broght along his fraternal twin, Tyler, who was born with spina bifida. His case is severe physically, and he has rods surgically implanted in his back. Andrew was about 12 when he started helping with Tyler’s care. He finds being twins something special, and makes sure he smiles every day. It inspires him, as he wants to make it for both of them and dance for both of them. Tyler loves watching him. For a moment it’s intersting, as it seems Andrew even pantomimes standing with someone else and having his arm around him. He has to be imagining dancing with Tyler.
Adam asks Andrew about his training, and he explains he’s been training since 1996, but took two years off because of financial problems. Adam asks if the dancing caused his financial problems, and while it did, it was also contributed to his brother’s condition. He explains the situation and says the dancing is for the both of them. He breaks down and aplogizes, and Adam tells him that’s what dancing is about. Nigel advises him to dance every day of his life for it. Yet he also wants to be professional and dismiss the story. Adam says he can tell by his stature and posture he’s still growing, but what he does is so beautiful and valuable, and he has completely inspired him. He wants to know the courage he has all the time. Stacey agrees there’s a lot to work on in the technical things, but she sees a fire in him like the Little Engine That Could, feeling he has just touched his potential. She, too, commends his strength. Nigel calls the technique strange, as he has a wonderful center, but another time he fell off his pirouette. He wants to see him in choreography, but isn’t sure if he’ll make it to Vegas this time.
Malinda Jacobson, 28, Tinley Park, IL is here to show the world what Hick-Hop is. She’s the originator of this style that’s a cross between hip hop, breakdancing, line dancing, and square dancing. Yeah, this won’t go well. She knows her thick hair makes her stand out in a crowd, but it’s her normal hair. The knee walking is just plain weird, but sadly you can tell she has practiced this … a lot. And mostly just for this one moment.
Nigel calls Malinda unique and reminds himself as judges they always tell the dancers not to be like anyone else, and there she is. Stacey agrees she’s definitely unique. It was a little out of control, so she left with an impression, which is good. She had energy and just came out and did her thing. Adam tells Malinda her heart is in completely the right place. The music was so off-putting and he’d change the channel. She hears no and after leaving mentions she needs to work on her nerves, as she has the moves, but just can’t do it when it counts.
Adrian Lee, 20, San Diego, is really excited and nervous, but hopes he’s more excited than nervous, or hopes to be, as if you’re more nervous, you’re just going to flop. He loves to dance, and this isn’t coming from anywhere forced. It’s genuine. This is definitely genuine. He’s a very sincere dancer and very good.
Stacey tells Adrian he’s the best contemporary dancer they’ve seen the whole day, by a longshot. His lines and strength were so controlled, but in a good way. They subtle was beautiful, and all she kept thinking was, “Oh, what can I create with this one?” When he jumped in the air, Adam couldn’t hear him hit the ground when he came back down. He didn’t fall out of his piruoette and has the potential to be a great artist. He’s supposed to dance and be here this day. Nigel wants him to watch his hands, as he needs to figure out the shape he needs to keep them in, as sometimes they’re a bit flappy. The judges decide he’ll be moving on to Las Vegas.
It’s the choreography round, and Kent is up first. Adam tells him he has a lot to learn and a lot of time to do it as well, as he’s so young. He’ll have the opportunity to do that in Vegas. Andrew is told he was put in choreography just for the experience. They knew he wouldn’t be right for the show this year, but were wrong. He gets a ticket to Vegas.
On Day 2, Nigel reads “thou have been created unique, unto thyself. Thou shall dance that way.” First up is Kellen Borchers, 25, Edwardsville, IL, who says you haven’t seen anything yet until you’ve seen him. He’s the first person in clubs to be dancing, showing how much fun it is, as he likes to dance. He thinks people love to watch him dance. This doesn’t sound promising. He hopes he earns the judges’ respect. There’s no training involved here, and it’s one of those things someone just does on their own, yet he completely entertains the judges.
Nigel confirms Kellen has seen the show and asks who Kellen thinks he dances like. He suggests Brian, and the judges don’t know who that is. He admits it’s more about him trying to earn their repsect. Nigel feels it takes a lot of guts to audition, and Kellen isn’t a stupid man, as he’s an auditor and accountant, so Nigel is a little shocked that he thinks he measures up that way. Stacey agrees the gap is way too large, but it matters he won their respect, and she says he could earn that from his friends in bars as well. Adam appreciates him coming to try out, but also feels he’s not right for the show. Kellen dances all the way out.
Christopher Gilbert, 21, Milwaukee, uses a cane to get to the stage, but the overall thought is that it has to be a prop. He moves like he’s made of spaghetti once he starts. He’s just fascinating to watch, yet hard to explain at the same time. Nigel refers to this new style as “Spider Legs.” Adam refers to it as a dancing Urkel vibe. The way Christopher’s body adapts to that, it’s interesting to see him fuse his sense of humor and storytelling, but most compelling is how he hears music and phyisicalizes it.
Stacey calls Christopher unique, from the character he had while he was walkng up the stairs. The way his upper body bends is thoroughly entertaining. Nigel asks if the glasses are him or a prop, and he replies he’s normally a dork, so he just embraces it to the fullest. NIgel hopes to goodness he’ll be able to pick up the choreography, as if he’s as good at the other genres of dance, he’ll do very well this season.