VEGAS! VEGAS! VEGAS! VEGAS!
Vegas Week, for So You Think You Can Dance isn’t quiiite what Hollywood Week is for American Idol. For Idol,
Hollywood is the best it’s going to get all season, all chaotic and
dramatic and everyone full of possibility that will almost never get
realized. More often than not, on Dance, that potential DOES get
realized, so Vegas isn’t quite the high-water mark of the whole year.
But it DOES mark the point where the auditions give way and we’re one
giant leap closer to choosing our Top 20, and that’s when the fun really
begins. Plus it is always breathtaking watching 50 dancers at a time
run through a Travis Wall contemporary routine all at once. Let’s get to
The super-sized judging panel this season sees the judges walk past
the crowd of hopefuls, one at a time: Lil’ C, Debbie Allen (aswirling
past the dancers with a flair that says “child, shut up, Fame, child”),
Adam Shankman, Tyce Diorio (complete with dorky side-part), Mary
Murphy, and Nigel Lythgoe. We are promised “massive cuts” on the road to
the Top 20, as we move across the various stages of Vegas.
Stage One: SOLOS:
First up is Hampton “The Exorcist,” who I think delivers the exact same
routine as he did in auditions. It’s still very powerful — I remain
impressed by how he imbues the robotic movements with a kind of
contemporary soulfulness — but the repetition takes something away.
Still, Tyce wants his chance to react emotionally to this, and of course
Adam starts crying. Even Debbie Allen is like, “Why am I crying?” which
made me laugh. And hey, Debbie sold me — if she’s crying, then it must
have been very affecting. Hampton advances.