I love summer. I mean, how can you not? The beautiful weather, the breezy clothes and the return of So You Think You Can Dance! Although the Canadian version was cancelled (I’ll try not to hold it against you, Nigel), the original is back on prime time for its ninth season!
Here are the most memorable moments from the season premiere of “So You Think You Can Dance”:
1) The show started appropriately with its New York City auditions. The first featured dancer was Amelia Lowe, a young spritely thing who is a dead ringer for Louise Brooks and has a love for all things 1920s. She danced a routine to Non, Je ne Regrette Rien by Edith Piaf (yes, that song from Inception) that sent her straight through to Vegas.
2) Leo Reyes, a young Brooklyn-based dancer that performed a dance dedicated to his once suicidal mother. His one wish was for his mom to see him perform on a big stage, and with his ticket to Vegas, he should be able to make that happen. Also, his emotional call to his mom after his audition had me tearing up along with him.
3) “Mr. Wiggles” a.k.a. Austin Freeman, will now go down in history as a man who created a dance craze. His audition to “Sexy and I Know It” was annoyingly fitting to his signature spastic seizure-like dance. And considering he performs his “dance” on the side of New York streets just to get attention, I think his life’s work is now complete. Basically, you can retire Austin, and never perform this dance again.
4) Now in Texas, stay-at-home mom Bree Hafen was the one auditioning, but without a doubt, it was her two young kids that stole the show. Her daughter, in a pink tutu no less, was brought up on stage and the way she was pointing her toes and lifting her leg like she was about to turn a pirouette, you know she’ll be auditioning in Season 25.
5) And the award for biggest tool goes to Von “Legend” Kipper”. This breakdancer, who showed up in a gerbil costume no less, had nothing but negative comments to say about the show. He even went as far as criticizing an autistic man who auditioned earlier in the day for not being a true dancer. Needless to say, he did not make it to Vegas.