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In Take 2: Film/TV Reviews on 9 June 2011 at 2:42 am

Episode 1: Auditions (UT & NY)

Episode 2: Auditions 2nd Day (Los Angeles, CA )

Episode 3: HELL WEEK

In short I am running on 8 hours of sleep in the past 72 hours, don’t ask, but nothing… and I mean NOTHING will keep me away from watching the top 20 dancers make the cut. I already call dibs on China Lee Smith.

Now, I am probably going to get home around midnight and then I have to watch 2 hours and blog about it so this probably wont go up until sometime around 2:30am. Seeeeeeeeee what I do for you all. I suffer so that you can catch up on stuff that is important in the world. lol. So, as I nod off here in my office at work……know that I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Take 2 in 5, 4, 3, 2, 2, 2, 2, #SYTYCD ?

It is now 12:30am and I have avoided Twitter and FB for the past 4 hours. I have not been tainted by the news feeds and timelines. I can watch my DVR without anyone else’s opinion. So…what happens in Vegas may stay in Vegas, but some who Dance in Vegas wont necessarily stay in Vegas.

SO apparently the auditions are happening at

Judges: Robin Antin, Adam Shankman, Debbie Allen, Tyce Diorio, Mary Murphy and Nigel Lythgoe

Hip Hop, Broadway, Ballroom, Group round and Contemporary are the 5 choreography rounds that these contestants must endure…. but not before their solo routines. The chopping board is out and the knife is sharp. Lets see who makes this round.

Iveta Lukisute (30, New York City, NY) – Ummm okay so she did ballroom at her NY audition but then she shoes up in Vegas wearing a stripper’s ill-fitting police costume? Ummmmm…yeh… ummmm.  Her legs are GORGEOUS!!! Isnt she dancing to Queen Latifah’s song from Chicago? You know the “mama’s good to you” song.  Did she just toss her ass up in the air? The crowd goes wild, Debbie Allen goes “WHOA” and Nigel’s eyes almost pop out his face. FUnny… Mary covers Nigel’s face. Now, and this is just my opinion, I think she was more worried about impressing Nigel than she was with actually dancing. I didn’t see much choreography than I did burlesque. There is nothing wrong with Burlesque, as RObin Antin would tell you, but this isn’t called So You Think You Can Burlesque. I’m just saying…. And the other guy in the audience who said he wished he was in handcuffs right now…..lol… hilarious. Yet, she survived the solo round

Marlon Petayo (25; Los Angeles, CA)– What is this?Night of the interesting costume? I thought this was about who can dance and not who can shop the best! Focus people… focus. And you don’t have to focus on this space ship looking deal he has on.. because it is giving me a headache. And is he dancing to Nicki Hoenaj? Bwahahahahaah Debbie Allen shook her head “no” in the middle of his piece.  Wow… people were making horrible faces while he danced. Yeh, I don’t think that he will make it to far. And he got cut. Thank you JESUS!

Wadi Jones (24; Ossining, NY)- I wonder what the origin of his name is…. *Googles* Okay, so it means calm and peaceful in an African language… and valley in Arabic…niiiice *Fabolous voice* His intro was flawless, even Debbie had to say “Oh, he’s a REAL B-boy.”  He just did what I like to call the “Russian Run” that Josh and tWitch did in Season 4, the low squat/knee drag kind of run. Awesome! Just fabulous! He survived the solo round.

Sasha & Natalia Mallory (23 & 18; Bakersfield, CA)-  If you recall Sasha is the more petite sister and Natalia is the younger sister. I am still confused as to why they would choose to perform together in Vegas. It seems, to me, that they rely so heavily on one another that I have no clue how they perform as solo artists. Hmmmm…. Okay, I’m watching. I mean… they were fierce. It did look like Natalia may have hesitated in a few parts but I am unsure if it was apart of the routine or not,but overall I loved the performance. I wish I knew what song they were dancing to.  But they made it past the solo round.

As it stands, 114 dancers made it safely past the solo round… the rest, well…they went home early.  Now, on to the choreography rounds.

Hip Hop:

choreographed by Tabitha & Napoleon Dumo to Chris Brown’s “Look at Me Now”

China is cracking under pressure and Wadi Jones has developed pain in his legs as the first injury of the audition rounds. I find it somewhat funny how they yelled “first injury”….emphasis on FIRST.

China Lee Smith ( ; Pocatello, ID)– Ummm… did she just say she was a “krumping tornado”? bwahahahahah And Cat said she was Buck. I am gonna need them to stop using hip hop terms on a whim. But she goes up with the first group and whoa….she is NOT looking good. Okay, so we found a weak spot…. I think they can look past this because she rocks in everything else…. I think . My vote is still with her. Wait… did Nigel just say, “What the fuck is she doing?” wowzers! *wipes forehead* she gets another chance to relearn the routine. Hope that she can get it.

WOW!!! They are not picking up the choreography at all. I mea, I think a lot of these people are just natural dancers and seldom have many of them been taught how to pick up choreography. Many have just made it up and learned it over time, but it is a skill set to watch someone else , pick it up,and memorize it and be able to perform it perfectly.

SNAP! They just let Hero McRae and Patty Ann Miller go! Remember them? Check out my LA Auditions blog above. WOW!!! They both were good. The Irish dancer Mary Kate, Kristin Dobson, and Princess Lockerooo all got sent home. But Wadi, leg cramps and all… HE ROCKED THIS ROUTINE!!!! Okay, so he is my vote for the Hip Hop dancers. The Mallory sisters made it through the Hip Hop round.  Now, Iveta and China have a second chance…. fingers crossed. From the looks of it… Iveta isn’t, now if China can stick with it…she looks so much better this second round. They both got to move on to the next round. Day 1 completed.


Choreographed by Tyce Diorio

Jason Gilkinson is filling in for Adam Shankman to judge this round.

Jessica , Virgil ( the great b-boy), Jordan ( danced to Beyoncé’s Nasty Girl  in her hometown audition), Wadi, the Mallory sisters, China, Jetson, DC Chapman, and Robert Taylor Jr ALL got moved on to the next round. I told you… I am calling it!!!

Rebecca & Jeremiah– Rebecca has been to Vegas 4 times and Jeremiah has been to Vegas and blanked during Mia Michael’s routine and was cut shortly after throwing a temper tantrum that time. This time, Jeremiah made it through, but Rebecca didn’t. Wow!!!! I didn’t think that she was that bad… but then again, my name isn’t Debbie Allen.

Ballroom (Jive)

Choreographed by Jason Gilkinson

Natalia Mallory– I must say, I get the concern … but Tyce….he almost made me want to punch him in his friggin throat for the WAY he asked how was her partner going to pick her up. Picking her up is possible… but he made it seem like the girl weighed 800 pounds and her partner was the size of Ashley Olsen. THIS is why Natalia must keep dancing, for everyone who asks these questions before allowing their doubts to be put to rest. Now, if you will, Tyce… go sit on a ballet shoe, pointe side up! Okay, so they got another chance if she can get a stronger partner to lift her up.  Oh wait.. I saw how it was suppose to look at the end. Okay, I now understand it. She was now paired up with Professor Bryce. I LOVE ITY!!!! I am still vying for her.  And she made it! Love love the Professor for helping her! She deserved every bit of her applause.

Sasha Mallory made it through with everyone else. And now Alexis Mason is up…. pressure,, pressure, pressure. Ummm… Tyce said that she was missing the “flare” and she almost fell at the end and her partner almost tumbled on top of her. Now Alexis must dance for her life with a solo piece.

It is now 2am and I am JUST now getting to the group rounds. I may have to turn down my date and take a rain check just so I can come home and sleep. I hope you know that this blog will NOT be proof read. Too tired to do much else. But I had to report back.

Alexis Mason (18; Miami, FL)- She started off one beat behind… not sure if that once intentional for this contemporary piece. She does this thing with her face that is almost like she is sad or crying…. I think they warned her about her face before. And I HATE repetitive gestures… she does this thing where she keeps reaching out to the air and fan-grabbing her fingers with a slow pull back into herself… HATE IT! Pick another gesture,will ya? But her technique is crisp and you can see it…. I agree with Tyce, there needs to be a little more maturity there. Yep… Nigel called out her “angst” face and he gave her a no.  Mary agreed with Nigel but gave her a yes. Tyce said yes. Debbie said yes…. she received the 3 yeses from the judges she needed to move on to the next round. But I do wonder if they are comparing her to her sister.

Group Round

WOW! Just to see how well everyone started off in harmony to choreograph these group pieces was amazing. But to watch them snap by morning… blame in on the absence of sleep being cradled by th fear of being sent home due to weak group choreo. No one should take this personally…well, in general. Natalia is breaking under pressure and her group is left to wait.

Group 1 (Bridget C, Caitlyn L, Ricky J, Clarice O & Wadi)-  I LOVED IT! It came straight from a broadway musical. FOSSE!!!What I loved most about it is that everyone’s strengths were given an opportunity to shine. You could see the contemporary flare of the four dancers, and the delicate and sensual side of the ladies as well as the masculine side of the guy, but Wadi was given a spotlight that allowed him to be who he was within the piece and the harmony was amazing!

After all of the work, only 7 people were cut and now Natalia must go on with her group.

Natalia’s Group( Natalia, DC Chapman, Arielle C, Dashi Mitchell, Jordan Cassanova) – I hear DC’s point when it comes to him fighting for his voice within the routine. I think that you should fight for your place… but there was a better and more mature way to do so and it shouldnt have taken half an hour. Now, as they dance to Bruno Mars’ Grenade I must say, I am not all that impressed with the choreography.It is choppy, basic and elementary….and it is all over the place.  Now, it does have its good parts.. but I wish that they were more in sync. Okay, the judges think differently than I do. Of course….they moved on to the next round.


Choreographed by Travis Wall (?) and assisted by  Season 3 Jamie & Season 7 Robert

One dancer, Ryan, gets injured and has to go to the hospital to get an x-ray on her tailbone….and Natalia is, not too long thereafter, headed to the hospital behind her.  Sasha has been paired with Professor Bryce and I know that she is going to rock it.  First off.. this choreography is GORGEOUS!!! Yay Travis! Genius! And Sasha & Bryce made it to the next round. Robert Taylor Jr, Wadi Jones, and Milo made it to the next round. Ryan gets cleared from the doctors and she wants to risk dancing in this round….and she makes it for the next round.

YIKES! DC Chapman doesn’t have much.. if any contemporary training. it is sooooooo hard to watch.  And it hurt my heart to watch him fight and say that ” I can’t go home”.  I applaud Debbie for going in on him and making him man up.  And the way that the rest of the dancers chanted his name as he left was amazing.  NOOOOOOOO! China was sent home. Arielle was declined for a 5th year and was sent home. Jeremiah was moved on to the next round.

Natalia got a free pass through contemporary because she just found out at the hospital that she has diabetes, so it wasnt anything that she could control.  She has been cleared to dance in this solo round. Clarice Ordaz (19; Whittier, CA) got a chance to show the judges what she could do as the solo round continued…..and boy… did she have something to show!

How many of the SAME top in different colors does Alexi Mason have? Just had to ask. but she did not making through.

Sooooo with 31 dancers making it through Hell Week…..who will make the top 20 tomorrow? Stay Tuned! It’s now 2:41am…. I’m headed to bed, and will be back tomorrow at a normal hour.


~*My Mother’s Daughter*~

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