Judges gush as the competitors knock it out of the park
Tonight was the two-hour debut of this season’s “SYTYCD” top 20, but amazingly it didn’t feel like a two-hour episode. The reason? With a few exceptions (and trust me, they know who they are), this season’s batch of dancers was shockingly, astonishingly, “did you see that, oh my God!” kick-ass gooooood. C’mon, when Mary Murphy screams herself raspy and Adam Shankman gets weepy and sees God, you know it’s a good show. Or a nervous breakdown at the judges’ table, but I digress.
Jeanine and Phillip
Verdict: Unfreaking real
Sure, when it comes to a hip hop routine, pop-and-locker Phillip had this one in the bag. What was shocking is how well Jeanine, who admittedly knew nothing about hip hop, delivered. Of course, seeing her get weepy about her passion for dance in the intro, it shouldn’t have come as a big surprise that she rose to the challenge like an old pro. After all, she doesn’t have the long legs=2 0or lean build we associate with natural dancers, and yet the girl can move like crazy. When Nigel gushes that their dance is a great way to start the show, he’s exactly right. Expect these two to be back next week.
Asuka and Vitolio
Verdict: Better than their material
Boy, talk about crappy luck. First off, Asuka and Vitolio are stuck following one of the better performances of the evening. But more significantly, they get stuck with one of the hokiest, lamest dance routines imaginable. Even the costumes suck. Given the unenviable mission of aping silent movie characters (white Mickey Mouse/Al Jolson gloves included) to a lousy song, they did their best only to be reprimanded by Nigel and Mary for bringing a lack of energy and personality to a dance that was the physical equivalent of having to wear a sweater your grandmother knitted you to a school dance. That they got through this mess without grimacing, well, that was really the accomplishment. I hope they don’t get the boot for this routine, but I wouldn’t be surprised if they did.