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So You Think You Can Dance, June 8 – Rapid Fire Vegas Round


With the little that we saw of So You Think You Can Dance auditions, did you find a favorite? Or are you still finding it hard to believe American Idol ended just two weeks ago? It’s definitely been a whirlwind so far, so it will be interesting to see if now they start slowing the pace or if the entire season is going to be rapid fire like this.

It’s the first day in Las Vegas, ane 150 dancers are hoping to be one of the twenty to make it to Hollywood. The judges on the panel include Robin Antin, Adam Shankman, who is recovering from knee sugery, Debbie Allen, Tyce Diorio, Mary Murphy, and Nigel Lythgoe.

Before the choreography rounds, each of these dancers will get a chance to remind the judges who they are with a solo dance. The dancers lining up for this include ballroom dacer Iveta Lukosiute, 30, of New York City, who has made it to Fegas twice before. This time she’s looking for Nigel’s attention, going out onstage carrying a night stick and an open shirt exposing her bra. I don’t think she’ll have any problem being remembered after this.

Marlon Pelayo, 25, of L.A., is wearing a costume made by his mom, with the letoard painted by a friend. He wants to be creative and expressive. He’s definitley bright, yet his technique reminds me somewhat of Mark Kanemura.

Marlon and six others are called back up to the stage and told they need to make more of an impression. Debbie tells Marlon his outfit is so distracting, and his dancing would have been perceived differently if he was wearing pants and a shirt. He explains he wanted to be more expressive, and she continues that people have been voted off for the wrong outfit.

Marlon would have done it differently had he known, but Nigel still sends this whole group home. He wanted to show bravery and courage and doesn’t think any of the others would have worn this outfit. I’m not clear on why that is an advantage. He doesn’t think their minds are open enough.

Wadi Jones, 24, of Ossining, NY, plans to keep his solo straight B-boy. He’s been working on a new flip that he hopes the judges really like. The judges seem to approve of his flip as well as the rest of his routine. Sisters Sasha and Natalia Mallory, 23 and 18, of Bakersfield, CA, discuss their “rivalry” and are the last two to perform. Natalia seems hobbled a little bit with a brace on her ankle. Debbie remarks she likes both of them.

After more cuts, there are still 114 dancers left. The first choreography round will be hip hop, choreographed by Tabitha and Napoleon Dumo. Chyna Smith, 19, of Pocatello, ID, is ready for it, referring to herself as a “krumping tornado.” While working out the routine, Chyna says her brain is going crazy. When he should be among the best, Wadi gets a crippling pain in his legs.

Chyna performs the hip hop and completely struggles through it as Nigel remark “what the hell is she doing?” She’s called up to the mic after, and Adam asks her if she’d call that success. She replies, “Hell no,” and promises to do better. He asks how many extra chance cards they hand out. Based on her beauty and potential, they decide to give her another chance.

Hero McRae and Patty Anne Miller are both sent home from this round, and it should have been hip hop they were excelling in. Other early favorites being sent home are Irish step-dancer Mary Kate Sheehan, Kristen Dobson, and Samar “Princess Lockeroo” Cohen.

Wadi is asked to perform as he tries to work out his cramp. He’s called up to the mic after, and Mary notices his limp. Nigel offers him Adam’s crutches. Wadi makes it through, and Mary tells him to drink plenty of water, as it’s Vegas.


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