Jenna Scaccia, 18: Talk about pressure. Not only is Jenna, a Chicago resident, a big fan of guest judge Fabrice, but she just happens to also be a trainee at the Joffrey Academy and occasionally
stalks watches rehearsals. So she has a little school girl crush, she'll be fine. JK -- LOTS OF PRESSURE! Well, not that much since Fabrice hadn't seen her before but said he would look for her next time. I don't think he will have to look far -- maybe just to his TV over the next couple of weeks -- because Jenna definitely earned her Joffrey acceptance. Incredibly light on her feet, Jenna showed incredible technique and flow in her movements. Mary said it was like she was floating on a cloud. Luckily, Fabrice said the performance made him very proud and especially liked how clean she was in between moves and didn't completely fall out of anything. Next stop: Hollywood
James Thomas, 18: The final dancer out of Chicago was definitely the most cringe-worthy, and in a dance competition, I don't think cringing while watching someone dance is a good thing. James is a hip-popper contortionist, taking elements of both hip-hop and popping dance while doing some crazy things with his shoulders and upper body. When Cat said his moves "makes me ill," James responded "that's what I'm looking for." There is no doubt that what James does is unique and is definitely a talent, but the judges could barely watch the audition they were so grossed out by some of the places James was able to put his arm. Nigel joked that he preferred the puppetry and wondered what a doctor would say about what he was doing to his body. Fabrice seemed to genuinely ask if James had any tendons and ligaments in his body, and all three were curious enough at least to see what more he could do. Next stop: Choreography
James was one of 22 dancers to make it to the choreography round at the end of day 2, but after 40 minutes, he dropped out of the competition because he felt like he was holding his partner back. Gotta respect someone who knows when to throw in the towel. Though James didn't make it, 10 more dancers eventually got their tickets to the next round in California, which just so happens to be where the auditions were going next.
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