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So You Think You Can Dance Australia – Season 3 – The Gold Coast Auditions

It is Season Three of So You Think You Can Dance Australia, and the first audition were at the Gold Coast, but first a few comments on the episode?

  • Is Jason Coleman thinking of pitching for  Dr Phil type show as he was giving all sorts of advice and affirmations that were completely unrelated to dancing;
  • If there is an Australian version ever made of A Picture of Dorian Gray I think Matt Lee should have the lead, as each year he continues to never age and I don’t think he is having any cosmetic intervention;
  • The same cannot be said abou the other three, Natalie Bassingthwaites boobs and lips appear to have expanded since last year. Jason appears to have started botox but stopped dying his hair, it is looking very grey, but it suits him. Bonnie who is in great shape looks like she has had eye surgery in the last 12 months. 
  • Speaking of Bonnie I am still trying to work out the relevance of her, and for the first half of the episode she barely got any of her judging comments on air. I still wish they would put Kelly Abbey on the panel.
  • And lastly the $50 million can the show be as good as last year? I hope so.

The first audition was at the Gold Coast, and now people from Sydney and other metropolitan areas have realised it is better to audition outside of Sydney and Melbourne where there are stronger performers. You have a better chance of getting a ticket to the top 100.

The first person to audition was James aka “The hitman”. He was a popper, and I really liked him particularly his unusual music choice of “Thousand Miles” by Vanessa Carlton. After Matt Lee pontificated whether James needed 12 months of technical training, Jason decided to stamp his authority on the judging panel and hand him a ticket to Sydney.

The Talia Fowler influence is coming through, with a lot of ballet dancers auditioning this year. By the way Talia must not have taken the job with the San Francisco dance company, as she will now be playing the lead role in Fame the stage version not that Fox 8 school musical version.

Robbie an 18 year old who has only been training in ballet for 2 years was good, and has talent, but I thought he had some technical weaknesses.

Bonnie Lythgoe still gets the stating the bleeding obvious award when she talked about the Nina Simone song he chose to audition to. “It’s called ‘Feeling Good'” she said. I think he knows that Bonnie. He did get a ticket straight to Sydney.

Tamsin a 31 year old musical theatre performer. I had always thought 30 was the cut off, but she did have a really cool light sabre. For someone who has worked in musical theatre her dancing was pretty ordinary, so maybe she is just in her local amateur musical society. Obviously she was the joke audition.

Next was Doug  from Perth who is married to Stacey an American girl is waiting for his green card. There was a montage of her crying over Skype to him, and to be honest once he had his top off I knew why she was missing him. He was super buffed. He was a good dancer too.

Matt Lee who had looked pretty happy watching his audition said “We love men being  masculine [on the show] as you are gonna have to throw girls around,”. Rhys Borbridge will be surprised to hear that.

Jason Coleman then put his Dr Phil hat on and gave Doug some relationship advice about not spending too much time away from his wife as it can kill the relationship. Isn’t Jason currently single? But maybe he has had a long distance relationship that went belly up.

Doug was given a ticket straight to Sydney with instructions to only dance with his shirt off (ok that is what I was hoping they would say).

Renee a 20 year old who the judges liked but were querying why she was not getting any professional work.

“I think you are a ridiculously talented dancer,” said Matt Lee.

I hate that question that Jason asks “Whose Renee?” How do you answer a question like that?

“I have always been the dancer but not the one that looks good enough to be one,” she says. Personally I did not see anything wrong with her looks, but maybe Natalie can help her out with some plastic surgery advice if that is what she wants.

Jason slipping on his Dr Phil hat said “You have to find the pride and confidence and come to Sydney”.

Liam a B-boy who has auditioned previously in a salsa shirt, I thought had a lot of charisma.  He has trained for the show, and was given the opportunity to go through to choreography. After a bit of mind fucking by Jason Coleman, Liam was given a ticket through to Sydney.

Gaz who was in the same crew as Liam was extremely athletic, but I am not sure he can go beyond hip hop. He was quite cute, and was sent to choreography. He got through to the top 100. I will be surprised to see him go too far.

Zoe an 18 year old from Adelaide got told off about face pulling, but was allowed to start her audition again. She was sent to choreography, and delivered and got to Sydney.

Jesse a 20 year old indigenous guy whose mother had never seen him dance was a stunning performer. He has only been dancing for two years. Also he was a complete sweetie. He had me tearing up  with the story of his life.

Matt Lee summed it up when he said “That was beautiful”. he was given a ticket straight to Sydney.

Phillippe is a hip hop dancer who made it to the top 40 last year. He got a ticket straight to Sydney. He may be one of the ones that gets through to the top 20.

Carly from Sydney who stuffed up her audition last year did a sexy cutsie routine. She went straight to sydney. I actually did not think it was a fabulous as the judges did.

Jamie from Canberra a B girl was not great, but I wonder what they would do with a larger girl who was really good, as one of the big things in the routines in the top 20 shows are the lifts. Matt Lee thought she was fantastic, and they put her through to the choreography. and blow me down she got to Sydney.

Heath was a 22 year old who broke his foot last year when he was in the top 40, and he thought he had unfinished business to complete. He is a beautiful dancer, and I hope he gets into the top 20 this year.

Talia from Sydney auditioned with her friend Maddie, and really if they had auditioned in Sydney they would not have even got through to the choreography round.

Maddie was criticised for overdancing but was given a second chance in the choreography round. Talia also danced frantically, and was also sent to choreography.

Matt Lee said “We are going to give you a chance, and see what you are like doing decent choreography.” Um who is doing the choreography at the Gold Coast? You guessed it Matt.

Neither Talia and Maddie got through.

Next episode on Tuesday at 8pm is Sydney, so there will be some seriously good dancers, and also the good new is Forever is back.


1 Culinary Boner { 02.01.10 at 9:28 am }

“If there is an Australian version ever made of A Picture of Dorian Gray I think Matt Lee should have the lead, as each year he continues to never age and I don’t think he is having any cosmetic intervention”….

Kermie’s love juice perhaps

2 Wurstsemmel { 02.01.10 at 9:53 am }

I thought the grey hair was a styling choice. Looks too uniform in colour to be natural. I had to laugh about your comment about Dr. Phil though….Lots of trite, psychobabbley comments throughout from Jason…I’m still trying to work out the point of them because to me, in most cases, they opened up what seemed like something that could be quite painful…and a quick one liner, verbal pat on the back isn’t going to fix it.

A good point is in the case of the great dancer, poor looks. HE bought that up. Where the hell did that come from? The girl looked fine to me. Anyone would think he was addressing Godzilla. She may have been lacking confidence before, she certainly will be now he’s raised her looks up in front of Australia.

For me, the highpoint was Jesse. Would love to see him go far.

3 Reality Raver { 02.01.10 at 10:11 am }

Wurstsemmel – I am loving Jesse, I hope he gets through, but it could be difficult in top 100 when he get the other genres. But they will be pushing him to go through.

I must admit I was getting a bit over being told his mother had never seen him dance, and how did he feel about it? I don’t think he needs to be tagged the poor indigenous kid from the dysfunctional background. Let’s tag him as the talented dancer with the beautiful personality.

Culinary Boner – Well maybe he needs to bottle it.

4 luke { 02.01.10 at 8:29 pm }

What is liams audition music??

5 Sue Yeap { 02.01.10 at 8:52 pm }

Great post- I thought the same thing about the age cut off for Star Wars girl but maybe I am confused with Idol. Wonder how it will rate when it goes to Tuesdays…

6 toni fields { 02.01.10 at 9:27 pm }

I would like to know the name of the song they danced to in the choreography part of the auditions?

7 Reader { 02.02.10 at 3:38 am }

Those who auditioned outside their state, probably did not get through to choreography in their own state. Since the Brisbane audition was the last to take place.

8 bella vita { 02.03.10 at 1:09 am }

Was waiting for tonights update, so thought id post here. Hope everyone is well

Enjoying the season so far, so fantastic to see so many talented dancers this year. I really had to do a double take on some of the routines…cant remember names yet!

Didnt find the school teacher aka Toby on Idol that great for a breakdancer. Quite messy and not at a professional standard.

Was thought they were spot on the mark about Forever tonight. She obviously enjoyed the fame last year brought her, and thought she would be a shoo in for Top 100 this year. How wrong she was, the routine was ridiculous…probably give her another 5 mins of fame with this tonight.

Im enjoying all the judges comments…this show gets it right all the time…even Bonny is doing a good job I think….more technical comments as oppossed to “you are a beautiful dancer”

Nat Bass, you know Ive never liked you from previous seasons…fake, thankfully less camera coverage, she needs to remember what she was like at the same age of the auditionees.
A bit of humality wouldnt go astray.

RR if you want any help with reviewing shows this year, let me know.

9 ALii { 02.04.10 at 8:37 pm }

I love JAMES a.k.a Hit-man from the brisbane auditons!