If you all were judging me tonight, I wouldn’t even make it through to choreography, and no, it’s not because of my limited flexibility. My favorite dance partner, my DVR, failed me tonight. Confession: I missed the first seven minutes of the show, which I’m sure included a long montage of people standing in line and dancing on sidewalks, and for that, I’m very sorry. If someone could catch me up on anything good that I missed, I would be eternally grateful. In the meantime, I will try to find a new dance partner.
The good news is that we have made it to the final weeks of solo auditions, which means that next week takes us to Vegas, and from there, this show just gets better and better! Tonight, the birthplace of rock ‘n roll is joined by guest judge Wayne Brady. Why? I’m not really sure. Do I care? Nope. I love the Bradester. He’s the bomb.
Now that we’re all limbered up (and a little behind), let’s twirl our way into the action!
CURTIS HOLLAND, 18
You can imagine my surprise when I turn on my television and am introduced to this adorable young tapper with a frighteningly deep voice. But once the (very loud) music starts, Curtis explodes like a ball of energy in his sweatpants and adorable plaid shirt. His feet splay out as he begins what I like to call “controlled spastic tapping.” The smile on his face is contagious, and Wayne agrees, calling him his little brother and running up onstage to give him a hug. And Wayne isn’t the only one “jazzed” about Curtis. Mary thinks he’s adorable but also warns that he needs to learn how to give the audience a moment as opposed to a full minute of crazy all-or-nothing joyful dancing. Nigel thinks his personality is stronger than the routine, but he’d like to see more. Did Curtis remind anyone else of Shirley Temple? I loved her tap routines when I was a kid. That’s a compliment, I swear. Just ask my grandma.
Next stop: Choreography, unless you’re Wayne, in which case it’s “I’ll see you at home.”
TUCKER KNOX, 22
Sob/inspirational story time! Tucker was accepted into Juilliard before experiencing a horrific car accident that broke his spine. Stop right there. I’ve heard enough. We can skip right to the part where Tucker has made a full recovery (a.k.a. now). Sadly, in all of his preparation for the show, it appears Tucker hasn’t had time to make it to the barber shop just yet, but I’ll let that slide, because this boy is miraculous. He is strong in his movement and has some (I never thought I’d say this about a man) beautiful feet. I love them. Mary thinks that he is breathtaking, and Wayne is very jealous of the way that he can move and calls him a perfect dancer in his eyes. Nigel makes sure that he’s not scared of flying because…
Next stop: Vegas!
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