The So You Think You Can Dance auditions hit Salt Lake City this week, and guest judge Adam Shankman could not stop swearing. “Shut the f— up, you are amazing,” he screamed at the very first contestant after she had not said anything. Mary Murphy brought back the Hot Tamale Train for the first time in season 9, and Nigel Lythgoe informed a young man he “could have someone’s eye out with those nipples.” Just another day in the ballroom!
Who was your favorite dancer tonight? Mine was Amanda Bynes (pictured). Just kidding, that’s Deanna “Dee” Tomasetta, the lovechild of Amanda Bynes and Sarah Chalke. And she wasn’t quite my number one….
MY TOP 5 FAVORITE SALT LAKE CITY AUDITIONS
5. Rachel Applehans, the 20-year-old burlesque dancer who I’m pretty sure I only like because she’s a dead ringer for a (way over-tanned, way existential) Alicia Silverstone in Clueless.
4. Adrian Lee, returning in triumph from his brutal last-second cut on season 7. I suspect he may become annoying — and his audition choreography was definitely annoying — but I like watching his body move which is pretty much the bottom line. (Love Mary’s rules: NO BOOTY SHAKING, NO SELF-WORSHIP, NO REACH. What else is there?!)
3. Dee Tomasetta
2. Gene Lonardo a.k.a. The Praying Mantis. I originally thought he was a joke! I love how he backed away muttering “Oh my god stop it AGGGGGGHH” with genuine surprise after Adam Shankman called him “sort of brilliant.”
1. Dareian Kujawa, the one with “lousy feet” and no shirt and the aforementioned deadly nipples. “Check out those abs!” contributed Mary.
Susan Boyle Medal of Honor: Leroy Martinez, “a diamond and a king”
It annoyed me that we didn’t see everyone’s names on-screen, particularly a brunette who had “easily one of the best auditions I’ve seen here” according to Shankman, and a sandy-haired by with a comic book kid’s face whom Shankman called “as good as any of the boys who have been on the show.” Why the mystery then? Just show us their names! Lazy.
Who were your favorite auditioners tonight?
Stay tuned for EW’s full So You Think You Can Dance recap later on.