SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE (2011) “New York and Salt Lake City Auditions” Review


The auditions continued in New York and Salt Late City in this eighth season of SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE.

I usually can only handle so much audition episodes before I get tired of them (well really I can only handle a couple) and while there were some great talent tonight, I usually try to reserve my judgement once the show hits Vegas and even more once the top 20 contestants have been picked.

However, I did want to share a few thoughts about tonight’s auditions and see if you already have some favorites.

Salt Lake Cit’s guest judge was Pussycat Dolls founder, Robin Antin, who seemed to want to recruit some of the dancers as Pussycat Dolls… I guess is SYTYCD doesn’t work out they can always reach out to her.

The episode opened with an audition from the step guys, Devon and Micah, who were freaking awesome and a great way to start the show.

There were also some great dancers put straight to Vegas as always. I don’t think there was anyone in the contemporary/jazz/ballet field that really jumped out at me.

There was the Krumper who sort of dissed Lil’ C, and even though he was definitely great, I didn’t think that he was that much better than Lil’ C or Russell. As good? sure. But not better, at least not from that audition.

That said if he does get far I wonder if we’ll get to see him meeting Lil’ C, that might be awkward.

Mostly, I really loved the last audition of the night by Robert Taylor Jr., who’s 30 (“It’s now or never!”), and was pretty damn awesome. In addition, the song he picked totally won me over so that’s double win (for those wondering it’s “Pro Nails (Rusko Remix)” by Kid Sister). Hopefully, he’ll do well in Vegas.

These were the highlights for me (I told you, I don’t love the audition rounds).

However, I have to end on the most notable audition (and not in a good way), yes you know who I’m talking about: the delusional “I’m Ringo Starr’s daughter” woman.

Part of me understands that this is sort of what makes TV entertaining, then the other part of me just thought that was too much. Why would they let her through? She wasn’t even close to being a good dancer, it just seemed a bit out of place and took so much time out of the regular auditions, I call that unnecessary filling!

Overall, I’m happy the show is back, but at this point I’m ready to be in Vegas already (yes, I’m an impatient person). Unfortunately I’m going to have to wait until next week for Vegas, which I guess is not so bad. Tomorrow So You Think You Can Dance will have its final audition round in Los Angeles. Make sure you tune in at 8pm on FOX.