It’s ON, people!
We’ve now got our Top 20 dancers – whoo hoo! – so we can start rooting for our favorites.
Unfortunately, I don’t know who my favorites are yet, do you?
Kayla? Ashley? Jonathan? Totally clueless.
Melissa only stands out for me because she seems oddly obsessed with wearing a tutu.
Vitolio? I don’t remember him at all from the auditions. (Although NOW I know who he is, thanks to last night’s disgusting “diarrhea moment” comment.)
There are one or two who rub me the wrong way at the moment – and I’ll admit that it’s for completely random and unfair reasons. For example, I’ve despised Asuka from the moment she stepped onstage, even going back to her auditions in past seasons, simply because she has a tendency to wink a lot. I don’t like winkers.
So who are the standouts for me at the moment? My love is growing for fellow New Yorker Tony Bellissimo, who knows he’s not the most talented contestant – but he’s a fighter. It seems like he’s gonna bust his butt trying to win this competition.
I like Kupono for having the guts to shave his head, after the judges commented about his quirky, feminine look. Plus, I kept comparing him to last season’s Mark – so this helps distinguish him.
As for the girls, Paris catches my eye for a reason I can’t quite put my finger on.
Otherwise, the field is wide open for me! Want to know a bit more about the Top 20 to make your own preliminary selections?
Click through to read a short bio on each of them, which includes their hometowns and dance experience.
But before I do that, I’ve got to comment on the Alex Wong situation. That guy was a complete lock – for both the fans and the judges – for the Top 20. And he TOTALLY deserved it, too.
So why, why, WHY did the producers let him get so far when they knew FULL WELL that he was under contract with the Miami Ballet Co.?
Because it’s good TV, that’s why. (Of course.) Still, keeping him on was incredibly unfair to Alex, who seemed to sincerely think he had a shot.
Even more, it was unfair to the viewing audience, who had no clue about Alex’s potential conflict and some of whom had already started rooting for him. A cheap move to bump up the episode’s drama, when it wasn’t really needed. For shame, Nigel. For shame.
Anyway, let’s find out some more about our current Top 20, shall we? Let’s start with the girls…