'So You Think You Can Dance' auditions kick up in L.A.

June 3, 2011 at 11:12 AM ET

“SYTYCD” comes to L.A., whoot! It’s the last city before Vegas, which means the judges are either loopy and looking at the dancing glass as half-full, or exhausted and cranky, which means lots of grumbling and teary-eyed hoofers being sent off to that purgatory known as choreography. In any case, this should be interesting, so let’s get to it!

Nigel Lythgoe, Mary Murphy and Toasty Oreo (Tyce Diorio, see previous blogs) will be our judges for the Los Angeles leg. 

First up, we have Jordan Casanova of Chino Hills. She giddily informs us that her alter ego is fierce. But she’s innocent. Ah, Jordan, you’re cute as a bug but let’s just get to the dancing. Which is, surprisingly, very good. She has excellent extension, nice timing, lots of personality, makes good use of the floor. Starting off on the right foot in Hollywood, it seems. And the judges appear to agree. Toasty and Mary are about to wet themselves they’re so in love with Jordan. Mary thinks it’s one of the hottest performances she’s ever seen. She loves the self-confidence. Toasty doesn’t have words at first, but then he calls her a naughty, naughty, naughty girl. Nigel doesn’t want to sound like a dirty old man, but he feels she controlled him. I will be very glad when they wrap up this critique, because it’s making me feel like I just watched a strip show. Anyway, Vegas! 

Derrion D.C. Chapman from Reseda is really excited that his girlfriend is knocked up. Because having a tiny mouth to feed is a very good way to start an itinerant career in dance. Sigh. Derrion then tells us that his parents and her parents don’t know it (well, until now), but they planned the pregnancy. If you feel that it’s better your parents think you accidentally got knocked up, I’m wondering if you’re as ready for the whole fatherhood thing as you think. Anyway, onto his dancing. He’s fun but he’s staying in one spot and as far as I can see it’s just tricks with very little in the way of choreography. It’s good, but rough. Still, Nigel hasn’t enjoyed a performance as much since Twitch. Mary thought it was fantastic. Toasty won’t forget it. He’s going to Vegas. 

Next up we have Arielle Coker of Los Angeles. She’s been trying to get on this show for three seasons. Let her in, already! She makes Jordan’s claim of fierceness seem like a Disney princess playing tough. This girl is truly fierce. Excellent control, beautiful choreography, huge star quality. Toasty loves her. Nigel thinks her hard work has paid off. Mary loved every single second of her routine. Toasty thinks she’s a star. Vegas!

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