Yes Trashmi, it’s that time again! The school year is over (or ending if you go to one of those schools that go to mid-June), recitals are happening, temperatures are rising,
So dust off those jazz shoes, fluff that tutu, and get some pep in your step because So You Think You Dance season 11 is about to begin!
Oh, Cat. I thought we were friends.
Yes, Trashmi, before we go any further it seems that I owe you an apology for missing last week’s debut. I forgot it was on then remembered then forgot again then got bad family news about my grandfather and went into a bit of a funk. By the time I pulled out of the funk it was pretty much time for the new episode, so I decided to combine both into one recap. Thankfully it’s the auditions so we all know it’ll be full of a bunch of crap we could care less about.
UGH. Be prepared for my yearly ranting about bullshit we don’t need to see! I know how you look forward to it.
Alright. This recap ain’t gonna write itself so let’s dive into the Easy part of auditions. That is The Big Easy, New Orleans……
Joining Mary and Nigel in NOLA is Wayne Brady. He’s been an enthusiastic judge in the past and I happen to like the guy so I won’t complain about him being here. Unless he does something to piss me off. But for now I’m happy to see him.
Awwwwww…..Wayne…….you’re so sweet.
You all remember how the auditions work, right? Bad dancers get the boot, good dancers get choreography, and great dancers get a ticket to Vegas. Well, not Vegas anymore. Apparently they’re going to California for the “Vegas” round now.
Another change for this season is a dance crew competition that will be brought to us by Justin Bieber.
Hey, I’m all for some dance crew action because the cancellation of ABDC made me very sad, but why Bieber? WHY???????????????????? Does Nigel hate us that much?
First up to audition is Shelby Rase.
She’s got fantastic control and musicality. She also has a TON of developpes, leaps and turns crammed into this audition piece. But no back hand springs, so she wins points from me. She’s good, and I’ll be surprised if they don’t put her through.
But before we can find out Shelby’s fate we have to veer off into the land of stupid time wasting dancing when she mentions that her dad specializes in a thing called the bottle dance. Naturally Nigel cannot pass up the opportunity to call the dad onstage so that we can all be subjected to this nonsense.
Dad informs everyone that he’s usually had a few drinks before performing this dance and then he busts his moves.
Shelby gets a ticket to
Next up is ballroom dancer Tanisha Belnap who tells us she has eleven brothers and sisters. Yes, you guessed it Trashmi, she is from Utah. Tanisha tells us dance is super important to her and coming from such a large family she didn’t get no dance classes for free; she had to work for them by sewing costumes, babysitting her teachers brats, and scrubbing toilets.
So she does her ballroom solo which we all know is always difficult to pull off, but she makes sure to bring as much of the sexy as she can because she knows if Nigel pops a boner she’s sure to get a ticket.
Damn girl, don’t you know you have to cover those teeth? Nigel doesn’t like to get scraped. Much.
Next up are brothers Skip Skipper and Shane Skipper. Skip auditioned for season six and decided to give it a go again this time bringing his little brother along for the ride.
EH. They’re okay, but I’m sure we’ll see much better than this over the full course of the auditions. The judges agree with me and send Shane home and Skip to choreography.
Oh fuck me gently with a chainsaw. It’s time for the first sob story of the evening.
So this is Megan Marcano who Cat tells us has beaten the odds just to be there. She’s been on her own since she was twelve years old with a drug addict mom who had a string of abusive boyfriends. She ended up bouncing around to a bunch of different homes and always wondering why she wasn’t love enough for someone to keep her. Okay, I’ll admit it; my allergies might have acted up a teeny tiny bit during her story. What? I’m not COMPLETELY heartless!
While she’s dancing Wayne whispers to Mary that she’s awesome. I love that she’s quirky and not the typical run of the mill contemporary dancer. She’s got something more there and I find myself liking her. The judges and I are once again on the same page; Nigel tells her she’s fabulous, Mary thinks she’s a star, and Wayne says she has everything. Nigel interrupts to say she doesn’t have everything. And then gives her a ticket.