Nigel plays tonight's round of "Let's see if we can make the contestant cry" by asking George about his dad. George hangs tough, though, and doesn't give up the tears. Debbie says he was "born to dance" and, of course, he's heading to Las Vegas.
Montage of good dancers, with names even(!), who are being sent through to Las Vegas. I was all excited that we hadn't had any joke auditions yet tonight, and then the pre-commercial teasers let me know that's coming up next. I will attempt to contain my ebullition.
Montage of bad dancers, followed by a couple of bad interviews, including a Brittany who's having a very hard time of it. Brittany is from a tiny town in Florida known for its chickens. You get the sense she'd like to kill all those chickens with her own bare hands. Poultricide.
Brittany Ortner does a goofy little chicken move on her way back to start her dance and during her actual routine she does maybe a few too many moves that are reminiscent of chickens. I think she's one of the contestants that's an OK dancer, but because she's pretty and young and fit, she's going to get a good chance at it. Nigel's code words for this are "photogenic" and "good physique." She's through to choreography.
Brittan is left out as bait on the luxuriously carpeted staircase of the Fox Theater for a couple of guys that auditioned last year. One of them tried to mack on Cat last year and is making his excuses for why he never called. And apparently they totally copied their choreography from a dance duo called "Les Twins" who put the routine on YouTube. Oh, wait, not copied -- "paid tribute to."
They've apparently taken a lot of grief in the last year for the Les Twins tribute/plagiarism. And they are clearing the air tonight. Damon Bellmon and Deon Lewis are auditioning with a two-man routine again this year, but they swear it's original choreography this time. Their synchronization is pretty slick and there's a nice playfulness to the routine.
Nigel gaypanics at Damon and Deon offering to show their partnering skills on one another. The judges are sending them through to choreography.
Choreography: They're sending Deon home. They praise Damon's effort and give him a ticket to Las Vegas. Deon is overjoyed for home. Brittany is heading to Las Vegas as well, not at all surprisingly.
You guys -- with the exception of a quick montage, we didn't have any joke auditions tonight. Wasn't that a much more pleasant way to spend two hours? Take note, show.
Next week's auditions are in Salt Lake City with guest judge Adam Shankman. See you then!