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Middle-judge Mary Murphy (former choreographer) is actually very honest and sincere, and eminently qualified to be a judge. She's a bit loud (wait till you hear her scream "hot tamale train!" when she REALLY loves a performance) but it's very very entertaining (at least to me). Unlike Paula, she will actually say something truthful about the dancer, and it can be good or bad. It's really good to have a sophisticated judge for an art form I, as a viewer, know nothing technically about other than my subjective impressions.
Mia Michaels (on the left) is another winner of a judge and a person, and is a wonderful choreographer.
Nigel Lythgoe is a former dancer himself.
They will have several additional (and repeat) guest judges and choreographers once the audition phase ends and the final 20 begin to actually compete. Some of them are also brilliant, as clearly evidenced by the results of getting things out of these kids that you'd never imagine possible based on the specific skills shown in their auditions.
Great show! Very enjoyable opening episode, and it will really grow on you once we get the final 20.
I REALLY REALLY liked the two Russians who did that amazingly hot ballroom(?) number. They were two fantastic dancers, equally strong, equally skilled. Her body moves and slinks were remarkable. Amazingly rhythmic, like she was acting out the music with her body. And he too, perfect partner, no arrogance. Very very nice couple. Clearly final 20.
And the 18-year old soccer player, another final 20 member.
As were the oriental couple. Wow, what dancer's legs on her! The two of them were fabulous together, very polished. And only dancing together for 3 months? Amazing.
It's always interesting (from seasons past) to see what happens when couples go to Vegas (and possibly beyond, to the performance shows) but end up competing individually since that's what the show is... only one winner, as an individual. And they break the couples up, assigning them random partners, to determine their true dancing skills.
THIS SHOW WILL GET YOU HOOKED! Stay tuned. If you watch until Vegas "boot camp" week and final cut down to the final 20, you're in for the rest of the season.
These kids are AMAZING! That last guy was unbelievable. Now let's see if he can actually DANCE (from choreography)! I suspect he can, and he will be a big surprise.