Notice how I am skipping over the Charleston auditions? I didn’t love any of the contestants from that hour on Thursday night. And there were only a few who wowed me in D.C. Here are my thoughts:
- Megan Campbell – This girl had an energy and enthusiasm in her dancing that was contagious. Like Dan said, she “left everything out on the floor.” I hope she continues to do well, because she is fun to watch. And it’s always nice to see family supporting these dancers, so I appreciated them showing her aunt cheering her on.
- Markus Shields – Sometimes it feels like people are looking for sympathy votes when they bring up the death of a loved one, but in this case Markus seemed sincere in his desire to dedicate his audition to his mom. Plus, his dancing spoke for itself, whether or not he had mentioned losing his mom. I loved his choreography, as well as his smooth presentation of it.
- Brandon Bryant – Wow! How about the leg muscles on this guy? I really liked him. He had an intensity about him that I haven’t seen in many of the dancers this season, equally matched by his physical strength. He did some amazing acrobatic moves, but also showed off his experience in ballet and modern dance. Obviously the judges loved him, too, so I wouldn’t be surprised if he makes it to the Top 20. As great as he was, did anyone else feel like they were watching a Mr. Universe competition for the first half of his performance?
So, that’s it. I’m glad there is only one week of the audition rounds, since I am tired of sitting through performances by so many attention seekers and wannabes. (I had to fast forward through Dancing Derek.) Also hard to watch was prima donna Anthony. Yes, he may be a fantastic dancer, but he needs a serious attitude adjustment. He would be impossible to partner with, which is probably why the judges said “no” to him after the choreography auditions.