Apparently the secret word for “So You Think You Can Dance” season eight is “fierce.” At least five contestants described their style as “fierce” over the course of this seasons auditions, which wrapped up Thursday (June 2) in Los Angeles.
Add 18-year-old Jordan Casanova (we’ll have to find out about that name) to the “fierce” list. She not only talked the talk, but walked the walk — her routine was so provocative you could practically see a stripper pole on the stage. Her booty-shaking super-suggestive routine had all three judges drooling.
“I’m going to have to be careful what I say so I don’t sound like a dirty old man here,” said Nigel Lythgoe. “I always ask dancers to grab the audience. You just controlled me from the moment you started dancing until I stopped you. I had to stop you — I was going to have another heart attack.”
And in the first of many totally random comments of the night, rotating judge Tyce DiOrio reacted thusly: “I don’t even have words. It’s like naughty, naughty, naughty girl. Loved it top to bottom.” (Did we mention she danced to Beyonce’s “Naughty Girl”?)
Moving right along, 23-year-old father-to-be Derion “D.C.” Chapman chose an unconventional song to showcase his considerable popping and locking skill: Frank Sinatra’s “That’s Life.” And the combo paid off for him, Derion snagged a ticket to Vegas without even having to go through the choreography round.
Again Tyce had a totally unhelpful, yet whimsical, comment: “What you did is so unbelievably loud. I won’t forget this.”
Next up, a montage of dancers who made it through on a day that Nigel dubbed “the best ever we’ve had on the series in any year.” And sticking with the Tyce theme, we were treated to this awesome reaction line.
“Get the heck out of here, that pissed me off it was so good.”
Sadly, we didn’t get to see the performance that moved him to incontinence.
The requisite joker arrived in the form of Joe “Big C” Doyle, who called himself “The Closet Crunk” and was kitted up kind of like an off-duty mall Santa until he decided to go all Chris Farley Chippendale and rip off his shirt.
Eighteen-year-old Alexis Mason is headed to Vegas. Small wonder since she’s season five winner Jeannine Mason’s little sister. Nigel warned her about her mouth “goldfishing.” We’re sure she’ll work on it before she gets to the next round.
Up next: the mystery wrapped in an enigma that was Patty Anne Miller. By day (or night) she’s a Berkeley School of Music-trained drummer. By night (or day), she’s a kick-butt hip-hop robot. The good kind — a friendly dancing robot that makes you want to get out on the floor do some popping, locking and crunking.
Tyce naturally had an appropriately whimsical, yet off-point, comment: “Come on now Patty Ann, you are friggin’ cute. Look how friggin’ cute you are.”
(Note: We also thought she was friggin’ cute, but figured a judge could come up with something dance-y to say.)
Moving right along, next one of the hopefuls served up the perfect set-up for Nigel.
Unidentified contestant: “”No ballroom, I’m afraid.”
Nigel: “Like Tyce’s trousers.”
And cue the laugh track.
The two-day L.A. auditions ended with sisters Natalia and Sasha Mallory who combined modern and African dance to create something utterly athletic, balletic and their own. Both were first consigned to the choreography purgatory before getting the go ahead, but all’s well — both are headed to Vegas, our next stop.