Writing about the audition episodes has never been my thing, as the show never comes together, for me, until the partnering starts. But there were enough notable developments last night to warrant a series of observations:
-- Oh my GOD, I could not take screaming manchild Jarvis for one more second. I was already feeling bad about how much I hated him because it seems like he's maybe got mental/emotional...issues. And THEN I had to feel double bad after he collapsed and needed oxygen and all that. But whatever, I was happy to see him go. How awesome was Cat, though? Right up in there with the EMTs?
-- Once again, I have a hard time evaluating contemporary dancers in auditions. Once the paired dancing starts, they are almost always my favorites, but it's so hard to evaluate them just from the solos. That being said, that Sasha girl with the huge family was pretty great.
-- As for the same-sex ballroom dancers, I thought they were beautiful, and they rightly got through, and I have no idea how they did all that wearing JEANS. I'm going to try to evaluate this seperate from my annoyance at the high-handedness of places like GLAAD and AfterElton being all "Well THAT'S more like it" -- there was an ugliness to the reaction to the same-sex audition last season, no doubt, but those bitches were AWFUL and these guys were great, and I honestly think that's why they got through.
-- P.S. Love to see Pasha back, doing the choreography.
-- And finally, there was Legacy, who seemed really retro in his breakdancing. Like, he's amazing, but the breakers on this show usually incorporate more modern styles, be it popping or whatever. You can look at it two ways, of course: He's a refreshing throwback, or he's stuck in the '80s. He's sure cute, though. But he seems like he might be a dick, right? Fingers crossed I'm wrong on that.