One of our favorite competitive reality shows is back and finally into the action! Here's who were excited about, who we're bummed about, and who we don't particularly care about (yet).
Who We're Excited About:
Witney Carson - This 18 year old Latin ballroom dancer is amazing. When we first saw her audition in Salt Lake City, we thought "sweetie, you have braces. How are we going to be able to take you seriously as the sexpot you need to be in Latin ballroom?" Pretty easily, as it turns out. While she is adorable when she's talking, she's fierce and sexy when she's dancing. It's a great combination, and we're rooting for her to go far.
Glitch - Just to get this out of the way, we love popping. So very much. He is so creative that we can't help but love and root for him.
Alexa Anderson - We liked her last season, and were bummed she was cut so boring Ryan could be on the show. We like her even more this year after a really good Vegas week.
Audrey Case - Bless her heart, her audition was hilarious (farting with her neck) and then really good (the actual dance). We're mainly rooting for her so she can get out of Oklahoma.
Eliana Girard - She's probably one of our two favorites at this point. Eliana is a stunning dancer and gorgeous person. One of us has taken a pole dancing class and has nothing but respect for people who make it look as easy as Eliana does. She has the pedigree (Joffrey, Alvin Ailey and Cirque) and she was really great in Vegas week. We love her.
Daniel Baker - Historically, we have not loved ballet dancers on this show (Melissa). However, we love ballet dancers in general, and we're so glad they're represented in such a great way this season. Daniel is extremely hot and talented, so we're obviously rooting for him.
Who We're Bummed About:
Janelle Issis - It's entirely possible that we just don't understand bellydancing, but we just don't think she's that great. She's decent in the other genres, but there's something about her on-stage personality that's just grating to one of us. In all fairness, Lauren Froderman came across the same way to Leeard in her season, but she ended up being awesome and winning.
Lindsay Arnold - She's really more in the cusp between we like her and we don't. She's a good Latin ballroom dancer, but we prefer her friend/competition Witney. It's probably because we've seen more of Witney through the audition process, but we don't think America is going to keep two similar ballroom dancers for very long. If we have to choose, we're sticking with Witney. We wish they hadn't picked Lindsay this year so she could come back for season 10 and probably gone farther.
Tiffany Maher - Like Lindsay, we wish they had passed on this one so she could be in season 10. We don't remember her at all from the auditions or Vegas, but she was a standout in the fabulous Sonya Tayeh jazz routine. We would've preferred to get to know her in auditions before she made the Top 20.
Cole Horibe - His dancing is definitely unique and interesting, we just don't like him that much. We don't think he'll go very far, and there were better people we saw throughout Vegas week.
Chehon Wespi-Tschopp - Again, a fantastic ballet dancer and someone we really like. We just wish he wasn't on a season already packed with Eliana and Daniel. It's understandable that after he sacrificed his career, they would reward him with a spot in the Top 20, and we're not really complaining. We're mainly bummed because we're afraid he'll get lost in the mix. We're rooting for him, though.
Matthew Kazmierczak - He's really cute, but from what we can tell, he's not really Top 20 worthy. Hopefully he'll prove us wrong, but for right now, we just don't get why he was chosen.
Dareian Kujawa - As Nigel said, he has crappy feet. While he seems like a great guy, we don't really think he'll be able to keep up with everyone else.
Who We Don't Care About:
Amber Jackson - We vaguely remember her from previous seasons, but we don't remember her at ALL from this year. Part of the reason we don't care is that we haven't noticed her this season and part is that she said two years ago that she'd never come back. We really dislike when the contestants on this show say that; we understand that Vegas week is rough, but these are literally the most encouraging judges on any competitive reality show. If you make it to Vegas week, the only reason you shouldn't come back after not making it to Top 20 is you're now too old. Take a few classes in different genres and come back the next year. Geez.
Amelia Lowe - She's such a beautiful dancer that we hate having her on this part of the list, but it has to be done. The dancers from previous seasons that we still love to this day (Jeanine, Mark, Kathryn, Melanie, Lauren Gottlieb, many other people) were versatile, able to play a different role for each dance. Amelia has the same character, whether she's doing hip hop or contemporary. She needs to embrace versatility. And grow out her hair.
George Lawrence - We loved his audition, but don't really remember him in Vegas. He's a great dancer and we're sure we'll start loving him soon.
Will Thomas - We're pretty sure the first time his name was said on the show was when they told him he made it. We know so little about him that we don't care yet, but hopefully they show some of his personality next week.
Janaya French - We really can't even picture her right now. She was good in the group number (with Amelia, Dareian, and Matt) but we just don't know her.
Nick Bloxsom-Carter - Yet ANOTHER person we don't remember seeing until the green mile. We like good male Latin ballroom dancers (Pasha is easily the sexiest man ever on SYTYCD), so we think we'll like him in a week or so. If he lasts that long. He got a little lost in the (awesome, amazing, wonderful, showstopping) Jason Gilkison routine with Witney and Lindsay.
Brandon Mitchell - For a stepper, we haven't really seen any personality from him. As usual, that's probably the editor's fault and not his own. Anyway, we don't know much about him, so for right now, it's hard to care.
All in all, we're really excited about this season. Who do you guys like/hate so far?