So You Think You Can Dance 9: Los Angeles Auditions Recap & Videos

Okay, I couldn’t resist. JESSE TYLER FERGUSON is on the judging panel as the second round of auditions for So You Think You Can Dance, Season 9 head to Los Angeles. Seriously, Jesse is so unbelievably funny as Mitchell in Modern Family, and he was equally fantastic as a judge during last season’s performance show. It was amazing to see Cat back on my TV as well. I’m going to speak of skeletor and screamin’ Mary as little as possible.

The show opened strong with a returning contest from last season that was so close to making it through to the performance episodes. The only thing I really cared about is finding out what song she was dancing to – ADAM – I need your help on this one! We were then forced to watch the two idiot judges (Jesse not included) giggle over the word whacking like they were ten-years-old. Thankfully it was in reference to Jontel ‘Johnny Waacks’ Gibson from Portland, Oregon who TURNED THE STYLE OUT! This routine was freaking amazing and one of the truly worthy numbers worth talking about! I loved the retro feeling he gave the style with the disco music and styling. Well played!

Cue stupid music and a girl twirling in hoops. SKELETOR – ENOUGH of this nonsense! This is a family show and we honestly watched a girl on a stripper pole in a bikini for a minute and a half. I am willing to bet that Skeletor has spent a lot of time ‘reviewing’ this segment of the episode. Barf. X1100. Thank goodness she ended up being really effing good which saved the entire segment.

I’d like to point out that 30 minutes into the show we’ve seen five Contemporary dancers and one Tap dancer make it through to Vegas. Good range Skeletor, glad you’re pushing for diversity.

Speaking of diversity, the Ninja Twins – Nick and Jay. These two were ridiculously amazing. Their snapping was SPOT on. I don’t even know where to begin. Weirdly, these two adult brothers still share a bedroom…ugh, why?! Regardless, these two put Simon in his bigot-y place and I love any moment on this show when that happens.

Okay, two minutes into this segment and I was over it. It took over five minutes to see these two dance. Way to streeeeeeetttttttccccchhhhh this one out for all its worth. The clincher was the story of their father making them choose between baseball and dance, and their spot-on arm-raise was DYNAMITE. These two killed the audition.

Up next was Sam Lenarz and her super sad story, complete with friends crying in the audience. This piece could have been wonderful if the producers hadn’t dubbed Simon’s VOICE into the footage of this girl dancing. I just can’t stand Skeletor anymore. Following Sam was uber hipster slash tapper slash surfer, Caley Carr. Weird. Both of them were put into the choreography round.

Cue three more Contemporary female dancers making it straight through to Vegas followed by another absolutely ridiculous Karate montage. Thankfully the montage turned into a great performance combining Contemporary styling and martial arts by a young man named Cole, who made it through to Vegas.

David Matz, a circus performer than took to the stage to dance with a huge hoop. Okay, while this was pretty to watch, this was a Cirque du Soliel style audition, and had nothing to do with actual dance. Over it. Of course they had to put this guy into choreography as he actually didn’t display any technical dance capabilities.

Stephen Jacobson then took to the stage with his ridiculous smile to perform a ballet with his shirt wide open. Nigel made a disgusting comment and encouraged the girls to get up on the stage and perform with their shirts open as well. Nigel Lythgo, you are awful.

This performance was equally as terrible as Nigel’s comments. Thankfully the judges forced him to re-dance and stick specifically to ballet versus the nonsense that he had put together the night before (or was asked to fake by the producers), he showed true skill and naturally sailed through to Vegas. Who is this show made for now? People who can’t see through this crap?!

I am flying through this episode, as there really isn’t a lot of actual dancing to watch! I did like the segment with the three dancers who have tried out before and we back for another go at the competition. All three made it through to Vegas, which was actually brilliant.

HOLY SNAP! Did anyone else catch the disaster of a hair cut that Nigel was rocking in the clip showing footage from season four?!?! AMAZING!

I’ll end on a happy note with the sister and brother combo, with the incredibly sad car accident story (of course), Jasmine and Marshea Mason, respectively. Both of them had amazing auditions after one a few weeks post-car accident, with both of them going through to Vegas. Did the story warrant 20 minutes of coverage to end the night? Probably not.

Let’s just put this night into perspective. Almost every single dancer through on the night was a Contemporary dancer. There wasn’t a single ballroom performer, or duo in the Los Angeles auditions worth airing. Surprisingly, no Hip Hop dancers too. Has this show become a joke in certain dance style circles? I’m thinking so.

From the choreography round, it looked like it was almost all Contemporary dancers from that group as well. Nigel really is practicing what he preaches, with a lot of different styles. As if.

Overall, I’m really worried that this season is going to be the last, if this is how things continue…

Thoughts peeps?

  • Mason

    The “waacking” nonsense was because Nigel started to say “wanking” and almost didn’t catch himself in time. I get that thest things happen, but it was very unfair to the contestant. He was trying so hard to be a good sport but, not being British, probably didn’t get what set everyone off. The Stephen Jacobsen business was totally staged. No professional would choreograph something so lacking in movement (et alone bad.)

  • Dan

    Mason – agreed. I don’t understand how the producers could think the audience would buy such a ridiculous idea. By simply changing the music the dancer all of a sudden had different choreography? I’m calling BS.

  • The Ninja twins KILLED me. I watched their interview secton 3 times. I died laughing.

  • Mason

    Forgot to mention that I too was repulsed by the pole segment. Not becuase I thought it was tasteless in and of itself, but because there far too many gratitous crotch shots. Other angles could have been used without losing the effect. (Would feel the same way if Mr Wiggle had bounced his junk… )

  • Dbrewer75

    There was some good dancing but still way too much filler. The pole dancing crotch shots were tacky as hell since this is a show families tend to watch together. I’m no prudeby any means but they could have gotten the point across without so much open thigh action. The Ninja Twins were funny but that segment was way too long. The Stephen audition was so producer made up I could small the BS all the way down here in the South.

    I was happy to see Cat look amazing as always so that made the show for me!

  • Dan I LITERALLY shazaamed her song 6 times before i gave up and typed it in… it’s The Naked And Famous – Young Blood.. i’m just not sure if it’s a remix (i think it is… still looking for this exact one as it’s sooo haunting).. WILL keep you posted!!

    The jewish cutie and the hoop was REALLY cool but even he knew he wasn’t up for this and took himself out actually quite respectfully. i say get your few minutes of fame and be discovered for your talents !! smart move and done well.

    the two gay guys went on a bit long but were quite damn funny for sure and then the looooooooooong drama at the end just had me skipping through to see if they could actually dance since that’s all my vote would be for if it actually counted.

    love that that DOUCHE from last year got rejected again. self proclaimed italian stallion was SO much better with hair and i’m not falling for the “bashful” new approach on life. i did love hearing how he got TORN apart when he returned home… GOOD. he freakin’ deserved it he’s a total jerk.

    nigel is AWFUL and you covered every single retched moment. honestly, there’s more of him acting like a lech than there is ACTUAL dancing on this show. i think he actually likes it that way. the shirts open girls thing was the limit for me and i nearly turned it off. i’m not QUITE as big a jesse the judge fan as you are but i do appreciate a gay voice no matter how knowledgeable to counter balance the EXTREME disgusting porn-addled brain of skeletor. seriously, jesse likes guys but you don’t have him talking about their penises and what they’d look like naked: the advertisers would go nuts and freak at the show … so why is okay for nigel to do it with EVERY half-pretty girl in a short anything.

    just sick.

  • UPDATE: it’s
    young Blood (Renholder Remix).

    the part she uses is at the VERY end and there’s actually a pretty cool guy speaking part leading into it… it’s a BIT slower version but I literally am having visions of having “relations” to this song as i hear it now hahaha.

  • Dan

    ADAM – YESSSSSS. I’ve listened to the song twice already and I LOVE it. Our iPods match.

    Good call out on the fact that Jesse didn’t ooze all over the men. To be fair, Nigel would probably leave those comments on the editing room floor anyway.

    Did you download the episode and watch it? If you didn’t catch the preview clip for THE CHOICE. You need to search it out, stat. What utter nonsense.

    DBrew – I seem to be agreeing with your comments a lot! As for the crotch shots with the pole dancer, you’re right. It could have been done a lot more tastefully and appeared as a more athletic sport versus a stripper looking for a chance to prove she can dance…

  • The version actually used in the episode was the White Sea Remix. 🙂