From one coast to another, we moved to Philly, where Mary and Nigel were joined on the judges' panel by ballerina Misty Copeland, who asked the contestants to show themselves to her. Geez, these people and their demands, am I right?
Bridget Whitman, 19: I'm always torn about sob stories, because I don't ever want them to influence how the judges look at an audition, but I think it's safe to say that Whitman deserved to make it through. Yes, losing her dad made Mary cry even before the dance began, but the dance itself was also pretty great. I just wish the music had been different. Hearing someone say "Que sera, sera" over and over again made me think of that Will & Grace live episode with Alec Baldwin, but that's neither there nor there. She was a beautiful dancer, and that's the point of all of this. Next stop: Hollywood
Amir Sanders, 21: #funkyballerina is all I need to say to describe this audition. I was loving everything that was happening on stage, from the hair to the attitude to the music selection. I didn't know it before tonight, but I am a fan of funky pointe.
However, the judges didn't totally agree with me. They liked her, but they thought her "feet articulation" could use work. (How could I forget feet articulation?!) Next stop: Choreography
Landon Anderson, 18: Everyone, say hello to Jenna Johnson's non-boyfriend! Jenna was back to help her partner, who was too young to join her last season, audition. And after making confusing jokes about how they
make out pray before they go on stage, it was Landon's turn to shine. Despite his awful haircut, he did just that. I thought he danced hard and really hit his marks, which I appreciated. The judges thought he was in control and a great partner, so they decided to keep him around. Oh, and the same went for Jenna. Next stop for him: Hollywood. Next stop for her: Coming back this season as an all-star.
Food for thought: Did they just steal Landon's moment a little bit?
Shafeek Westbrook, 24: After storming out of Vegas week in season 9, Shafeek was back to show the world his positive side, courtesy of peace and meditation. However, positive Shafeek wasn't quite the dancer that negative Shafeek was. For me, the audition needed to be simplified. I loved his popping and footwork, but the majority of the routine was about tricks, and that stuff didn't resonate as much with me. It felt a little sloppy.
Thankfully, the judges remembered how amazing he could be. Next stop: Choreography
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