September 17th, 2009
08:11 AM ET

'Dance' brings the heat in Phoenix

In the second week of auditions for "So You Think you Can Dance," there were definitely some major talents worth following through to Las Vegas. But Phoenix, Arizona, also provided more than its share of unique (read: strange) characters.

Arizona auditions

First were Demetrio "Biggie" Brogas and Brandon "Shorty" Smallwood. This duo's enthusiasm (and 19-hour drive to get to Phoenix) was definitely worth some points, but let's just say that technique was not their strong point. "Biggie" didn't last long in choreography, sadly, and soon afterward the judges thanked "Shorty" for coming out as well.

Jonathan Noronha didn't make it quite that far, but his routine involving a spelling of the word "disco" (with judge Mary Murphy's head as the "o") came right out of season five alum Tony Bellissimo's book... and I wasn't a fan of it then either.

By the time the judges got to the second day of auditions, the judges had seen one too many bizarre auditions. When Kelsey White answered executive producer Nigel Lythgoe's question, "Have you ever been abducted by aliens?" with "Once," he had had enough and walked backstage, leaving Mary and judge/choreographer Mia Michaels alone.

If not for a certain "B-boy" to be named later, the entire episode would have belonged to Jarvis Johnson, whom host Cat Deeley described as a "ball of energy." Unfortunately, Jarvis suffered an asthma attack during choreography, and Cat, ever the concerned host, tried tending to him when the paramedics arrived. Thankfully Jarvis went home none the worse for wear, and something tells me we haven't seen the last of him.

Yet Phoenix saved the best for last. "B-boy" Jonathan "Legacy" Perez was absolutely phenomenal. The way he walked on the floor wit his hands alone... for what had to be 10 or 15 seconds... wow. From what we've seen so far, he's at least got the potential of season three's trio of Dominic, Hok and Sara.

Now it's your turn. Did "Legacy" impress you as well? Who else would you like to see in the top 20? And would you like to see Jarvis audition again next year, or is once more than enough?

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  1. Henry Hanks

    Allison is definitely one to watch in Vegas. Lots of potential.

    September 17, 2009 at 6:42 pm | Report abuse |
  2. jen

    you didnt even mention allison becker! WTH. an amazing dancer with an amazing story. i would love to see her through to the top 20! and legacy...he's amazing.
    as for jarvis, if he comes back next season, can someone find a way to tell him to quit screaming and to calm the heck down. seriously.

    September 17, 2009 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Nick

    That disco spelling dancer is actually extremely talented. He doesn't dance like that and he's not delusional. I've seen him before he's way better hip hop dancer than what they displayed on TV, I guess they are setting him up for next season.

    September 17, 2009 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Lynn

    Love this show man, but Legacy was ago not the greatest B-Boy to audition for SYTYCD. This is my favorite it has replaced AMI for me.

    September 17, 2009 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
  5. Jen

    I love this show! I like Mary, but I can do without her scream! drives me nuts, and a few times I have changed the channel because of it.

    September 17, 2009 at 9:17 am | Report abuse |

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