'So You Think You Can Dance' recap: Hot(lanta) Moves
We get our first produced package of the week introducing us to Boris, Andre and Cyrus who make up a hip hop dance group called Dragon House. They live with a ton of other dancers in a 3-bedroom apartment and I can't help but pity their downstairs neighbors. At least they do seem like really nice guys. The first up is Boris Penton whose electric blue hair is shaved into two mohawks that from the front look like horns. He pops and locks with a super fluid grace to classical music which makes for a really unique and beautiful combo. He also gets a long standing O from the audience and judges. Nigel calls him mesmerizing, Mary finds him extraordinary, and Debbie calls his dancing, "pure artistry." Of course he gets a ticket right to Vegas, and his 5,000 roommates cheer heartily.
Next up is Joshua Alexander, who is a musician as well as a dancer, so Nigel expects that to show in his performance. He's contemporary, and though he's dancing in tall black socks, I can't hold that against him because his routine is gorgeous. In response, the judges simply all hold up tickets to Vegas. He goes up to the table where Debbie Allen practically pets him.
We have a "beating the odds" montage next: one kid who grew up poor in Chicago but joined a dance troupe, one girl who grew up with Tourette's but who has worked to where her tics are not as severe as they once were, and one guy who lost his mother at a young age but found his life's rhythm again in dance. All three are great, and all three go to Vegas.