L.A. dancers make their mark on 'SYTYCD'
May 31st, 2012
04:30 PM ET

L.A. dancers make their mark on 'SYTYCD'

On Wednesday night's "Modern Family," Mitchell judged a dance competition... oh, wait, I'm getting my recaps mixed up here!


Wednesday night's second week of auditions on "So You Think You Can Dance" took place close to home in La-La-land with a guest judge: "Modern Family's" Jesse Tyler Ferguson. All that really needs to be said about his third stint on the judge's panel is that he slipped a dollar bill in one of the auditioner's pants. We should see more of Jesse, yes?

L.A. had more than its share of memorable moments (including the return of season 4's Jonathan Anzalone; the dollar bill recipient, "Jonny Waaks"; ballet dancer Stephen Jacobson's do-over; David Matz's circus hoop routine; and that reality-show-in-the-making, the Ninja Twins), but
here are my top five auditions:

1. Eliana Girard

This pole dancer (wait for it!) from Cirque du Soleil came to win, no doubt about it. Those extensions were phe. Nom. En. Al. If she's not in the top 20, something weird must have happened in Las Vegas.

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2. Cole Horibe

His martial arts-influenced routine is another example of the infinite possible styles out there, that have yet to be seen on this show. I'm not sure what his top 20 chances are, but he will definitely be one of the top people I plan to follow.

3. Jasmine Mason and Marshea Kidd

These siblings were in a near fatal car accident just weeks before auditioning, and Marshea (whom we saw last season) was pronounced dead at the scene. One of the most extraordinary stories ever on this series, and I really hope at least one of them goes to the top 20 (so much for that pledge I made.)

4. Megan Branch

I can just see her doing a Sonya Tayeh routine right now. Always a good sign.

5. Alexa Anderson

She lost out to Ryan Ramirez last year for top 20 (and I must say, it's hard to tell the difference between the two of them), so I look forward to seeing what she can do this time in Vegas.

On the other hand, I was not as taken with tap dancer Caley Carr as the judges were, and that's speaking as a big fan of tap on this show. He'll really have to show more versatility in Vegas.

The competition is already heating up, and we're only halfway through the auditions. Of course, I can't wait to see how things turned out in Atlanta since I got the chance to see a few of the auditions.

Do you have any early favorites? Share your view on video or comment below.

soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. Bruin

    I didn't think tapper Caley Carr made it past choreography, did he?

    June 1, 2012 at 9:39 am | Report abuse |
  2. Henry Hanks

    Apparently there is a site called yourhoop.com but I certainly can't vouch for it.

    May 31, 2012 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Amy

    Hello can you tell me what his "hoop" was called exactly and where I can get one. I have look and looked forever now and I'm beginning to think that I'm calling it the wrong thing.

    Thanks, Amy

    May 31, 2012 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |

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