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'So You Think You Can Dance' discovers big talent and one Starr

Did you know Salt Lake City is THE place to find dancers? Or that at least it is if you’re “SYTYCD”? Me neither. But six top 20 performers have come from Salt Lake, and for this show we’ll be seeing the Salt Lake auditions and the New York auditions. Take notes, because I’m pretty sure we’ll be seeing a chunk of our future top 20, at least if the producers pick their footage wisely.At

Did you know Salt Lake City is THE place to find dancers? Or that at least it is if you’re “SYTYCD”? Me neither. But six top 20 performers have come from Salt Lake, and for this show we’ll be seeing the Salt Lake auditions and the New York auditions. Take notes, because I’m pretty sure we’ll be seeing a chunk of our future top 20, at least if the producers pick their footage wisely.

At the audition, everyone parties like a big reality TV flash mob. They’re so excited! And they can’t have a drink to take the edge off before the audition unless they join a private club! Not that I’m advocating that or anything! Dry state! Whoo!

Judges! Robin Antin, creator of the Pussycat Dolls, makes her judging debut. It’s kind of the season of the Doll judges, as Nicole Scherzinger is doing “The X Factor.” Remember when there was that reality TV show competition to become the next Pussycat Doll? Really? Yeah, didn’t think so, so I’m glad they have other things to do that don’t include a remix of “When I Grow Up.” Mary Murphy comes out, looking blonde. And there’s Nigel, looking like Nigel.

First up, Devon McCullough of SLC and Micah Clark, also of SLC. They step. Their routine is fun to watch but it isn’t really dancing to me. Mary thinks they’re a lot of fun. She loves that the show celebrates so many different kinds of dance! Robin loved that they had their routine down. Nigel loves stepping. They’re moving on to choreography.

Chyna Smith is a super fan. And she’s danced with a number of previous finalists. She sucks up to Cat. She’s a shoe-in, I’m guessing. She’s from Pocatello, Idaho where the potatoes grow and she brought her mom and grandma. And her mom danced for the Osmonds. Okay, alright, dance already. She is friggin’ adorable. And hey, she’s really good. Top 20 is written all over this girl. I would have liked to see more dancing and less posing. Nigel thinks she’s sexy and he was captured by her right from the get-go. Mary thinks she has technique and she thinks she’s very exciting. Robin would want her as a Pussycat Doll. Chyna is about to cry. She’s going to Vegas. Nigel yells at her to go hug her family. Way to go, Chyna!

Read the full recap at HitFix.com.  

And enjoy the unexpected highlight of the night — an appearance by the “real” Ringo Starr — right here:

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