Welcome to Detroit, dance fans! For the first time, So You Think You Can Dance is taking the auditions to the Motor City, where another first will take place: Season 4 favorite (and veteran all-star) tWitch brings his charm, killer abs and adorable glasses to the judges panel. The result is an episode full of impromptu yells, spontaneous dances, and one very memorable lap dance for Ms. Mary Murphy.
The warm-up is over. Cue music!
JADE ZUBERI, 21
First up is the animator who wishes to bend reality and take the audience into his illusion. And after a long audition — strictly because Nigel doesn’t want to stop the music — Jade has won over everyone in the room, particularly tWitch, who “oohs” and “aahs” through the performance and later calls that easily one of the best auditions we’ve ever seen. Nigel adds a compliment about Jade’s waving ability, and Mary thinks Jade is a star at what he does.
Next stop: Vegas!
After Jade’s killer introduction to Detroit, Nigel gives the other dancers a word of advice: “That’s all we need. Something unique. Good luck whoever’s following him.” And the lucky second dancer is …
AMY YAKIMA, 19
Before Amy can take the stage, she lets the words “dad jazz” slip out of her mouth, which means that she has to make a little room on the stage for her old man. So with Amy in Nigel’s seat, dad does a couple step-touches and one rather epic star jump before he turns things back over to his daughter, whom Nigel really hopes is good. Spoiler alert: She is. With her contemporary routine, Amy makes her dad cry and gets all three judges on their feet. Nigel loves her extensions and can’t find anything bad about her audition. The hair on Mary’s arms went up, which is rare, and tWitch loves both Amy’s passion and her textures.
Next stop: Vegas!
NEXT: All about the Detroit Jit