Originally Posted by JeffAHayes
...The second dancer they really spent a lot of time with (at least that I noticed) was Hampton Williams, 21, Richardson, Texas -- When he first came out and rattled off what sounded like ridiculous BS about how his "invented Exorcist" style of dance would cleanse peoples' souls of fear and pain, etc., I thought he was as full of it as Nigel and Mary obviously did by their almost sarcastic reactions.
Then he danced.
I agreed with everything all three said afterwards, and maybe more. I have no idea if he can, or ever will be able to do any other styles. But what he did in his own style was in the realm of a Nijinsky or a Barishnykov, I think. You had to watch his feet very closely when he was moving sideways across the Some other floor to determine he wasn't actually HOVERING and FLOATING across the floor. And I'm usually not very big on hand movements as part of dance, but this guy is "the whole package." I certainly agree with Nigel that he very well may be a genius. I hope he can do other styles, because I'd really like to see more of this dude on the show!
I just watched it again (had to run it back to make sure I had his name and other info), and when it finished this time I got goosebumps... I still have them as Nigel is saying he doesn't give a BLEEP how he's going to get on in the show, that he'll pay for his ticket to Vegas, himself!...
Every year, I get excited about the show, but then I think to myself, "Am I really THAT
excited about this again?" The first girl of the season gets up, does incredibly little, and yet, gets a standing ovation for a marginal perofrmance?
Meh. Maybe not.
Some other forgettable stuff happens, and then "The Exorcist" absolutely blew me away. THIS is what keeps me coming back, year after year. I'm a generally callous guy...shots of little kiddies doing supposedly "cute things" find me turning the channel, girlie flims about life, love, and death leave me laughing; the sickeningly-sweet crap forced down your throat makes my stomach churn. It's too transparent, too pathetic, just plain too much.
But...Hampton has this grown, hardened man in tears just a few seconds in. This sort of performance transcends the show entirely and etches its way into my brain forever. When we see a dancer up there like that; fully exposed, fully dedicated, and fully entwined within the piece, there is no better TV programming available today
. Whether this guy does anything else in this competition or not, he WILL be remembered.
Also, I should note that the little girl dancing was, in fact, sweet...yet not overly so. For a 2 year-old, she's got skills!