Episode 4 Recap: ‘SYTYCD’ Goes To SLC
"So You Think You Can Dance" Season 9 made its final audition stop this week in Salt Lake City, and while the Utah town is typically known for conservatism, it's apparently also home to quite a few hot tamales, as Mary Murphy would say--at least judging by Wednesday's episode. It seemed like the Hot Tamale Train pulled into SLC Station and unloaded a bevy of ballroom and burlesque beauties, which had guest judge Adam Shankman amusingly declaring, "If my life circumstances had turned out differently, I would have wanted to live in Salt Lake City!" (I'm already assuming that pervy Nigel Lythgoe has hired a Utah realtor and is looking into purchasing a Salt Lake City summer home...)
Below are the top hot-tamale highlights from "SYTYCD's" sometimes salty Salt Lake City auditions. Cue music!
Witney Carson - This ballroom dancer proclaimed, "I like being a woman," even though she initially seemed about as womanly as one of the kids on "Dance Moms." But somehow how this fresh-faced girly-girl, whom Nigel had called a "little cutie," transformed into an Anya-esque tigress when she hit the stage. "Holy moly!" Nigel cried out, while probably coming close to suffering another heart attack. "You are for sure what I call hot tamale," Mary said, screeching out her first official "WOOOOOOOOOOO!" of the season. Witney exhibited the perfect crowd-pleasing, potentially vote-garnering mix of innocence and sex appeal, and I think viewers of all persuasions will simply adore her.
Deanna "Dee" Tomasetta - A daddy's girl from a large, loud, proud Italian family, Dee probably causes her older brothers and father much grief, with looks and legs like hers. And now that she's been on national TV with her golden gorgeousness on full display, I suspect the male Tomasettas will experience many sleepless nights. Dee was just lovely, performing a contemporary routine featuring a crazy sustained backbend that had Adam blurting out, "Oh my gawd!" Said Adam: "You are completely living in your world. For someone so young, you have a real wisdom about how you dance." Nigel was actually rendered speechless--he just cut to the chase and handed Dee a ticket to Vegas. I wonder if any of her concerned male relatives will fly out to chaperone her in Sin City?
Gene Lonardo - I am sure that Gene Gene The Praying Mantis Dancing Machine will be a polarizing contestant, but I am totally Team Gene. When he showed up in green warpaint looking like a cast member of some experimental stage version of The Jungle Book and announcing his intentions to audition with conceptual piece about "the life cycle of male praying mantis," I was worried that he'd be as crazy as this week's alien-space-dance reject Lynn Gravatt, but instead he was a Kanemura-esque, Sonya-Tayeh-baiting revelation. He made it look easy being green. "It was not only intriguing, it was entertaining," said Nigel. "You're sort of brilliant!" cried out Adam. Gene actually hails from Las Vegas (no surprise; I am sure he fits right in there), so he was going to end up in Vegas anyway...but it turns out that "SYTYCD" will be paying for his return ticket home. I am now praying that the Praying Mantis Man makes the top 20!