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    Awwww. I normally hate this kind of crap, but I think that was genuinely sweet.

    I can't believe she's 29 and can still do a quality ariel. I also like that she's only milking it a little. I'd totally vote for her daughter. The poses with the looking back was

    Already tired of "new" dances.
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    I usually hate cute kids, too, but that was kind of funny. When you can audition for this show? 16? So we'll see her in 14 years and they'll replay that footage?

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    Awww, it's a zombie for PL. And his hair is almost long enough to be cut into a mullet
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    I missed it. Dammit. In the hall playing fetch with Peanut. Again.

    ETA: We're going to hear this song eleventy billion times, aren't we?

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    I hate Evanessence. Season 9 is going to be a rough one for me. OTOH, we've only had two contemporary, rollling on the floor auditions, and only one was :eyerolling: I'd say that's a fair exchange.

    While not necessarily in the actual competition, I tend to enjoy the hip-hop/breaker auditions more than the other types of dancing. Lots of creativity, new ways of moving that I could not imagine was physically possible.
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    i must have missed something other than his awful dancing, how did blue sweatshirt get a standing ovation?
    I feel like I'm in a dream. But it can't be a dream because there are no boy dancers!

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    I was all set to be annoyed for them exploiting that last dancer, but there was something really sweet and nice about that. They were actually very respectful of him as a person and managed to make a positive experience out of the audition.
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    Quote Originally Posted by my little pony View Post
    i must have missed something other than his awful dancing, how did blue sweatshirt get a standing ovation?
    He started out talking about how he was at a school for people with the autistic spectrum and that he had to fight against being a social wallflower. He came across as a very sweet guy who enjoyed dancing.
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    I kind of agree with Hamster Dude on the autistic guy. I would rather see great auditions than exploiting those suffering from autism in order to give the impression of a kinder, gentler Nigel and Co.

    Good job to Lil C for *trying* to make it professional, and Mary as well. Then of course Nigel drags it back down.

    Neither of them should have been shown.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Matryeshka View Post
    Neither of them should have been shown.
    This, I was sort of liking the Ocean Guy, but then with this guy following on and building on him, it all seemed too calculated and exploitive.
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    If there's no results show this year, will we still get the Group Numbers? I loved the Group Numbers!

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    A couple of the "alternative" dances were interesting; although it remains to be seen how they will handle other styles/more traditional approaches.
    I'm looking forward to seeing more of the Swiss ballet dancer.

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    I think you have to be 18 to audition-or at least I know you did in the past. Maybe they changed it this year? I haven't seen the show yet-tivo'd it. I'll probably watch it to night.

    I am happy about the male/female winners because it was always abundantly clear which sex Lithgow wanted to win in any particular year, and he made no bones about it.

    I will look forward to the show somewhat, but not with the enthusiasm of the past. It's become a competition contemporary-heavy show, and I'm just not a fan of "coupe, jete, kick yourself in the back of the head" dance. Sorry. I'm probably the only person in the world who didn't care for last year's winner. I was sad after week one when the tap and ballroom people got cut. I thought they were the two best dancers on the show.

    I will not look forward to the gushing, gag-worthy guest judges.

    But I will watch if just for the car wrecks. Maybe I'll be pleasantly surprised. I hope so- maybe we'll actually see some good ballroom and REAL contemporary!

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    OK, I confess to zoning out in the some moments of the show and missed the announcement of no results show. If there are no results, then how do we find out who "got the boot"? I am soooooooooooo confused ... yet again. May I just say that I really liked the way the Canadian version did their results show -- the US version could take a few pages from it.
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    I'm also one who usually hates all the "back stories" in the audition show, but that little girl was adorable and hilarious.

    Both the zombie and Exorcist popping/breaker guys were entertaining. Particularly the latter. I wonder if he can do other styles, because he clearly had musicality and ability to make an emotional connection.
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    I think an awful lot of dancers are cross-trained these days. We've found out that even those hip hop dancers from previous seasons who were "discovered on the streets" had previous ballet/modern/jazz training.

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    I want me some Aussie!
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    Twenties girl has performance personality, but her technique was none too sparkling. Just average.

    First ballet boy might be interesting. Second one looked technically sound if a little Zzzz.

    Not too many interesting contemporary dancers so far. Nothing really memorable.

    LOVED Zombie and Exorcist, but I wonder what else they can do. Liked the other guy who kind of pop locked with some contemporary influence.

    Boy whose mom tried to kill herself deserves a learning trip, but his technique isn't much to look at.

    I also agree with the Hamster that they should feature more good dancers and fewer inspirational stories. The people with the inspirational stories should also be good dancers (like the little pop lock guy from years ago and the girl with the long legs whose body never grew - they were good). The mom was good enough to have this kind of feature. The kid was hilarious -- no problem with shyness, and she totally had a plan in her head for her dance.

    Where are the ballroom dancers?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob View Post
    Twenties girl has performance personality, but her technique was none too sparkling. Just average.
    I was about the huge response she got, but then I realized that the audience was extremely supportive and enthusiastic in general across all the dancers they showed.
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    By far, the standout person for me was the exorcist guy. The way they were promoting him along with zombie guy made me think he was going to be really scary...but I was really shocked by what he did with that performance. I found myself crying by the end of it. I can't even explain why but that was incredible...It was just raw emotion in a way that I've never seen before, especially from someone in that style. He took Mary down; she was close to bawling! Amazing audition from him. I agree with Nigel about not caring if he can dance any other style; just to witness that was amazing.

    I thought the mom's story was nice and it's good to see that she is a really good dancer...the kids were adorable!

    The first breaker (the one with the 9/11 street dancer story) was really good. I agree with Tice about how fluid his movements were. It's rare to see a breaker who is so smooth with all of the movements.

    The Aussie was really hot and a beautiful dancer to boot...I enjoyed his audition.

    I enjoyed the Autistic guy just because of the message it sends. The show is all about technical dancers and all of that, but it's also about a love of dancing. Though his dancing was a bit ridiculous looking, it's something that helps him express himself and he enjoys it. There are a ton of people who love to do things like that (dance, sing, skate, etc.) even though they aren't that great...they just enjoy it and there's nothing wrong with that. And they're right; it takes a lot of courage to get up on that stage in front of those people...so that's a good story that reaches out to people who may be in a similar situation when it comes to a disability. I can appreciate that.

    I thought gerbil/hamster dude had a point but he was a total @$$ about it so I was happy to see him booed off...but it was the show who gave him the airtime so...

    Overall, I was a little underwhelmed with the dancers. Hopefully there will be more standout dancers in the next auditions...

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