So You Think You Can Dance Review: Summer Fun is Here
Five years in, there isn't much interesting to say about the audition episodes of So You Think You Can Dance, but it's great to have the show back - and where it belongs.
More accurately, when it belongs.
Following the terrible experiment of running SYTYCD in the fall as well as the summer, Fox pulled the plug and announced its summer hit will remain just that ... for good.
It is what it is, as the saying goes. A summer fill-in for American Idol, So You Think You Can Dance is perfect in this capacity. Same format, same producers, lighter fare.
The show is also switching things up a bit this season. Instead of pairing 20 finalists with the same partner, there will be only 10, each paired with SYTYCD "All-Stars."
So You Think You Can Dance auditions certainly spark enthusiasm.
Those would be standouts from previous seasons, including the likes of Stephen “tWitch” Boss, Mark Kanemura, Pasha Kovalev, Kathryn McCormick, and Ade Obayomi.
It's a cool idea, as is the Mary Murphy no longer being at the judges' table with Nigel Lythgoe and Adam Shankman (the famous recipient of the Miley Cyrus lap dance).
Murphy is no longer a regular judge, which is awesome, as she is painfully annoying. She will be choreographing some numbers instead, with Mia Michaels on the panel.
One last, solid change: Unlike American Idol, auditions won't drag on forever. Two weeks from tonight, we will know our Top 10. So much better than previous seasons.
This already made the NYC and Miami auditions a bit more entertaining, as there are fewer (at least from what we're shown), and less filler. We recap 'em after the jump:
Who doesn't? Here's a list of advancing stars from the NYC auditions:
Sarah Brinson: A "big" girl who's not really that big, except compared to other professional dancers, wowed the judges. It will be interesting to see if she makes it far.
Giselle Peacock and Henry Byalikov: The hot Latin ballroom dancers breeze through. They are from a Broadway production, and he was on the Australian SYTYCD.
Teddy Tedholm: Season Six notable flamed out in Vegas. Will he again?
Briana De Falco: He gave Adam Shankman nothing to critique.
Daniel Baker: A powerful dancer who auditioned without a shirt.
Anthony Burrell: A contemporary dancer with great extension.
Megan Davis: Stunning contemporary dancer the judges loved.
Edward Spots: A ballet dancer with grace and plenty of skill.
Welcome to Miami
Henry Rivera: Proclaimed the best of the Miami auditions. So much energy.
Tyrell Rolle: Just a hunch ... an early pick to make it very far this season.
Michael Petr: A 30-year-old Czech ballroom dancer inspired by Dirty Dancing.
Amy Aguiar-Riley: Intense dancer and a very cool chick. A mom, as well.
Jose Ruiz: One of the evening's most notable B-boy entrants.
Who was your favorite So You Think You Can Dance performer last night? Do you like the changes instituted this season? Share your opinions with us via comments below.