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Even at two hours and more of Nigel's gaybashing and predatory leering/patronizing behavior (I wonder if the Golden Inferno's reaction to being cut in the choreography was because he was cut, or he realized he was being used as a laughingstock), the second installment of the auditions was leagues better than the trainwreck of the premier episode. Who would've thought that LA would so outperform New York?
Cat Deeley was in rare form, particularly her impromptu pas de deux with Phillip Chbeeb.
She's not merely willing to look absolutely dorky for the sake of viewer entertainment, but she's also great at establishing rapport with contestants of all stripes, from the talented to the deluded. I especially liked her exchange with Morgan, the easily excitable Avril lookalike. The handshake and then the jazz fingers are what seal this clip for me.
What isn't cute is... well, words don't quite capture the effect.
I like Hok and all and certainly hope that he makes it to the top 20, but was this ab action (abreaction more like haw haw) really necessary? What disturbs me most about is is that if you look closely enough, squint, and hold your breath long enough till you start seeing stars and you'll also see the predator's face in Hok's abs.
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This, ladies and gents, is unheimlich. Shane knew what he saw; he was moved to tears.
The reaction (and the ticket to Vegas) that Chbeeb got makes me wonder what would happen if David Elsewhere (another liquid dancer) tried out for the show.
D'Trix's moves were aight and all (doing a windmill off the ground = pffft), but his exchange with Mr. Partypooper is kind of priceless.
Lauren "Misha" Gottlieb"
Indie rating: Feist - "My Moon My Man"