'So You Think You Can Dance' recap: Boogie Shoes
We start with 160 enthusiastic young people flailing around on stage. And six judges, judging their every move. They are: Robin Antin (Pussycat Dolls lady) Adam Shankman (On crutches), Debbie Allen (Apparently with no protégés in the crowd this year), Tyce DiOrio (I have taken no vow of neutrality regarding him), Mary Murphy (With a terrifying smile), and Nigel Lythgoe (Who does seem to enjoy being here, which is nice). There will be five rounds: Hip Hop, Broadway, Ballroom, Group Round, and Contemporary. That seems reasonable. But we start with solos and random spotlights.
Iveta Lukosiute is a ballroom dancer who's been to Vegas twice before. She's got a Stripper Cop outfit and claims that she's here to arrest Nigel. Her number is to "When You're Good to Mama" from Chicago, and I find it embarrassingly bad. It's all grinds and kicks and the show likes it much more than I do. Then we see Marlon Pelayo in a hand-painted unitard, and I'm starting to get worried that we waited until Vegas for the not-very-good dances in weird outfits.