Dawn breaks in Utah as we start tonight's audition episode in Salt Lake City.
Our judges tonight are Nigel Lythgoe, Mary Murphy, and guest judge Adam Shankman. We start with Mary reminding everyone with what she's not looking for, while Adam Shankman demonstrates the moves: 1. No booty shaking, 2. No self worship ("the rubbing and the touching") and 3. No "reaching" (HA! What will all the contemporary dancers do?)
Witney [sic] Carson has been ballroom dancing since she was 8 years old and she's doing a chacha/tango that she describes as "sensual, sexy" even though she still looks about 14. It's disconcerting, even if she is actually 18. Her 16-year-old partner isn't old enough to try out for the show.
She's got the speed and precision you look for in this kind of Latin ballroom dancing. Nigel compares her favorably to past contestant Anya Garnis and then says she has a "smoking hot face" -- NIGEL, she's still wearing braces.
Mary calls her a "hot tamale" but thankfully does not screech. Adam likes her so much he swears. Of course she gets a ticket to Las Vegas.
We get a montage of "underground" dance styles showcased on the show, like the "bounce," "the wobble," etc. And now we have a contestant who claims to dance an alien dance inspired by the Pleiades.
A few years ago, "a force" entered her body and made her start dancing. She's got three "spirit guides" -- "Devil Da Flame" as illustrated by footage of Nigel, "Divine Da Flame" (Mary), and "Rainbow Lite Bright," (Adam). Cat asks what we're all thinking, "Were there any hallucinogenic drugs involved?" The answer is only laughter.
She's a very well-educated woman, with a masters degree, who worked in aerospace engineering for five years. She's unemployed now while she finds herself. My heart hurts thinking about the likely student loan debt going unpaid.
When they show her name and age, she's 33, which means we know already she's too old to make the show. Now I'm mad we spent all this time on her. She's whirling around to some dubstep and good for her if this is her bliss.
Back from commercial, we see a montage of good female dancers, and one of them coaxes her dad up onto stage and he's endearingly goofy in that dad way.
Now we meet a woman from a large Italian family. In case you weren't certain, we see them eating lot of food with red gravy (not sauce). Deanna Tomasetta, aka "Dee," is just to Nigel's taste as a cute, young blonde. He gives her permission to call him "N."
She's dancing to "I Can't Make You Love Me If You Don't" so the song's halfway to ripping my heart out and her dancing is quite lovely on top of it, although she needs to smile less. A big cheesy grin right as you're hitting a pose on "Don't patronize" is not so good.
Mary loved "every single second" of the routine. She talks about her lines and breath. Adam says she's "extremely special" with unbelievable technique and transitions. Nigel doesn't say much beyond "Come get your ticket for Vegas."
I have to think with a family clip package and high praise from the judges that included replays from her audition, that it will be shocking if Dee doesn't end up in our Top 20 this season. I'm calling it now.
We see a little bit of an auditioner dancing Russian folk dancing (because that's always gone over well on this show) and a Brazilian samba dancer with a feather headdress and furry boots. And then it's on to a guy in green body paint. Hoo boy -- we better start a new paragraph for this one.
His piece today is the life cycle of the male praying mantis -- birth, sex, decapitation, you know. He's from Las Vegas, which somehow doesn't surprise me. Gene Lonardo starts on the stage in a crouch and for as weird as he is, there's actually some technique and skill in his dancing. Strange, but not awful.
Nigel calls it intriguing, and entertaining. Mary says it certainly was unique and she loved it. Adam tells him, "You're sort of brilliant." They echo my thoughts that Sonya would love to work with this guy. They're sending him home -- because remember he's from Las Vegas, so he gets a "ticket" he'll never have to use.
[Ha -- I follow Cat Deeley on Twitter and she confirms that our alien dancer earlier did indeed take drugs.]
Lindsay Arnold is the oldest of four sisters, all of whom are dancers. She's trained in jazz, contemporary, hip hop, and ballet, but is a ballroom dancer. Mary's making weird reaction faces, but this girl has legs that go on forever, so I think that'll help her with Nigel.
'So You Think You Can Dance' recap: Salt Lake City auditions
The host of "So You Think You Can Dance." (FOX)