SYTYCD? continues to entertain me.
Audition episodes aired on Wednesday and Thursday.
Standouts from Wednesday include Priscilla Merraro and a salsa couple whose names escape me. I am quite endeared to Joseph Smith. He's the one who kept saying "Shiwam!" and "Shiwizam!" I hope to see more from him in the future. The was some really raunchy girl with first name of Wislande. Other names I remember positively were Erik "Silky" Moore who danced a damn silky routine to Michael Jackson's "Thriller". Paris Torres, (sp?) a guy named Henry whose last name I forget, Alex Wong and Geo Smith who was wearing a spectacular feather headdress. I also liked Talia Rickards, a police officer named Marico, Caitlin Kinney, and Anna Dunn. I didn't like (but was entertained by) the insane red dreadlocked Chris Carozza.Travis Prokop
and Evan Kazprak
were the standout performers on Wednesday though. Travis has the tall strong build of someone's whose father coaches football and the spirit of someone whose father supports his dancing regardless. He is someone who strikes me as having an infinite capability for improvement. I was so touched by the interview portions dealing with him and his father and cannot wait to see him make top 20. Evan Kazprak was someone I remember from last season. His dancing is evocative of Gene Kelley which can only be taken as a compliment in my book. (Sidenote: I LOOOOVE GENE KELLEY) I actually remember mentioning him last year. (Check the "SYTYCD?" tag on this entry if you are at all interested in my past ramblings on So You Think You Can Dance? and clips I found notable enough to post) His brother auditioned this year as well and though he was entertaining and talented he paled in comparison to Evan. I want him in the Top 20.
Thursday brought the return of PHILLIP CHBEEB! but I will get on that later. I liked Bianca Revels a good deal. She was called a "consummate tapdancer" by Nigel and deservedly so. There was a freakishly and akwardly insestuous couple. I forget their names but the brother was named Xavier. I loved Asuka Kondoh
and Ricky Sun
! I want to see more from them for sure. Another person I NEED to see more from is Nathan Trasoras
. After a breathtaking audition we find out he is only 17 (eep! deleting inappriopriate thoughts now...) and therefore unable to compete in the series until next year. Nigel actually took a Vegas ticket and wrote it out for him next season. Before his age was revealed I
was thinking overtly sexual thoughts about him
had him pegged to win this season. I now am calling him out as top ten next year at the least. I love him.
After my mind was blown by Nathan I was impressed with Sammy Ramirez and Amanda Kerby. Next was the fantabulous Phillip ChBeeb
! You most likely don't remember but he (along with my alien love Robert Muraine) had me raving last year. What an amazing popper. It looks like this year of training is going to pay off for him. He was given a ticket to Vegas without even auditioning since the only reason he left last year was his taking ill. He assisted a contemporary dancing friend later on and I was blown away by the strides in partnering he's made. I cannot wait to see how far he goes this year. Other names that are bound to move along in the series are Aldo Ageppe, Kelsea Taylor and a phenomenal hawaiian dancer with a very difficult first name and the last name of Awea. I will be rooting for him throught the entire season. As soon as I find out more about him you are bound to be bogged down by entries about him. I can't express what a breath of fresh air he was to this competition. The only negative comment I heard was something about how he would be doing something so very powerful and strong and then would go a little "too feminine". As you might guess those are the bits I liked best.
P.S. On the subject of "feminine" dancing; I never did a full entry on it but I was really taken aback last week by the comments to the same sex ballroom dancing. I was amazed at the general xenophobia coming from the panel. Even Sonja! It wasn't exactly homophobia but a stringent concept of gender roles. This clip might have the bit I'm talking about: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qC5as4BjrQ4
but I'm not sure because I have dial up and didn't watch through the clip myself.