As we've learned in pop culture, sometimes things need to get wonky in order to help you really appreciate the good. We need an Ocean's Twelve in order to enjoy an Ocean's Thirteen. We need a Bai Ling Lost episode to make even the worst Kate-centric episodes seem mind-blowing. We need a Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones to make Revenge of the Sith feel refreshingly Lake Naboo-talk free.
So after swallowing the saltine that was Tuesday night's ho-hum audition episode, it felt oh-so-tasty to be able to devour the jelly doughnut that was last night's show. Vegas, of course, was the surprisingly sweet strawberry jam in the center of it all. There was 23-year-old returning contestant Alex Wong, a dancer so powerful, strong, and flawless, I'm going to pull a Mia and say he makes me want to grab a knife, cut off my hand, and slap myself upside the head with it for not being able to roll out those skills. (The fact that this man is not already a principal dancer in a troupe is a sin worse than the seven deadly ones.) There was the episode's other returning auditioner, the charming 19-year-old Billy Bell, whose incredible legs still extend high enough to touch that thing scaring William Shatner at 20,000 feet. And then there were promising newbies like 18-year-olds Ida Saki and Nicole Knudson, and 22-year-old Adechike Torbert, who all danced well enough to challenge the best of our all-stars this season.
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