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So You Think You Can Dance Australia Kicks Off Bypassing Auditions And Straight To The Top 100

There were positive and negatives in relation to So You Think You Can Dance fast tracking straight to the top 100. The positives there were no drawn out episodes and joke auditions, but the negatives were we had no idea who these dancers and when they were being culled it was hard to care.

The show started with the 100 dancers being split into their genres and sent to a choreographer to learn a routine.

This meant the contestants would have a chance to shine in their own style before having to move out of their comfort zone.

Kelly Abbey was choreographing the jazz class. In there were sisters Lauren and Hannah which meant all through the episode there were questions of “how will you feel if she gets through and you don’t?”. They even tried to spin out some fake tension with one being put through before the other, but at this stage of the competition who cares who goes. With the amount of screen time Lauren is getting it makes me think she has made top 20.

Kiara and Kelly are girlfriend and girlfriend however they failed to impress the judges. Aaron Cash who is going to be the tough judge told them to move to the front and Paula Abdul told them to dress differently from each other as they are indistinguishable.

One of the highlight’s of the episode was delusional Mia who thinks she has her own Mia style. She thinks she is wonderful and so does her dad. Basically she was a precocious nightmare. She stuffed up the routine and she was eliminated. She did not seem too upset by this.

Next it was Paul Green was putting the ball room dancers through their paces. Hayley a bogan Tina Sparkle from Wagga Wagga was having a crack as was her 34 year old friend Lizzie. They both got through but Lizzie was more excited about inviting Shannon back to her room. Not sure how long either of these girls will stick around as there seems like there are some good dancers in this genre.

Thabang  who is from Africa has got to be a shoe-in for the top 20 he was one of the most memorable dancers all evening. His partner Daria burst into tears when she was told he outshone her saying she felt insulted. The judges did not take this well, and could hinder her getting through to the top 20. Julian and Holly were a real life couple were ticking all the ballroom boxes, but as with everything what will happen once they are having to bust a hip hop move.

Contemporary as usual had some stand out talent. Jordan who is living in a one bedroom flat with his mum got through.  He cried and said he would just like to make his mum proud which got him a hug from Paula Abdul and then she started crying. The judges told him that he will be a front runner in the competition.

Rikki another contemporary dancer had a stomach bug and Jason was worried he was going yak up on the floor. He didn’t and he got through.

Adrian is a teacher and he said if he does not make it thought he will be hanging up his shoes however he moves forward in the competition.

Sam an 18 year old farm boy from Mt Gambier was worried how he would compare with the city folk. In the end he was told it was probably the strongest audition of the day. Not sure if this was hyperbole he was good but if they had not said that I am not sure I would have noticed.

Hip hop was choreographed by Parris Goebel but not sure how good she or the group was as with only 15 minutes to go they had only learnt half the routine.

Nadiah was great and also had a compelling backstory of a disabled mum at home. She is paralysed from the waist down.

Shannon Holtzapffel confessed that Jordan had been a protege and had seen him dance when he was ten, expect him to get to top 20.

The guys in one routine totally stuffed up the choreography in one of the performances. One of them was not very happy and tried to give excuses but was culled. When the producer tried to talk him and said “I don’t have to do anything” as he stormed off.

Tonight expect the dancers to be out of their comfort zone.

So You Think You Can Dance Australia on TEN Monday at 7.30pm.

5 comments

1 Brie { 02.10.14 at 12:09 pm }

Watched it but couldn’t enjoy it as much as I wanted to due to format changes. I don’t understand why they cut the initial auditions and jumped straight into the Top 100 and left us not know much about these contestants. This is what happened with Everybody Dance Now and we all know how that show ended up. They should’ve left the format as is, especially considering this show has been revived and it would’ve been too risky to fix what aint broke in the first place, in my opinion.

I’ll continue watching it as I have been waiting for this shows comeback but I’m just disappointed that they have chosen to present it this way.

On a positive note, I thoroughly enjoyed Carrie as host. She is going to do well in this role.

2 ziii { 02.10.14 at 12:38 pm }

I quite liked the new format. Sometimes I felt with the auditions that they dragged and went on for too long. I liked that they broke up into their own styles as you could really see who was the better dancer.

I thought Carrie was good so far as host.

3 Scott { 02.10.14 at 4:30 pm }

466,000 viewers…no one cares. Another TEN flop (why is there such a fixation on a dance show that peaked around 5 years ago). Dance is out.

4 Ari { 02.10.14 at 4:58 pm }

I actually enjoyed the episode! Lots of good choreography. Quite inspiring to see some really fit and healthy people. Shame about the ratings though. :(

5 Cindy { 03.30.14 at 1:26 am }

What song was the first group dancing to in the first audition show – the jazz group I think it was.