"So You Think You Can Dance" went to L.A. this week, bringing another round of incredible auditions (and thankfully, zero bad ones). There was also a return of "Modern Family" guest judge, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, that proved to be as enjoyable now as he was last season. So who were the standouts in Los Angeles? Well, read on to find out.
Most Delightful Return: Jesse Tyler Ferguson
As guest judges go, Ferguson is hands down the most entertaining, but he matches it with a passion and love of dance that makes his critiques truly genuine.
Best Return: Alexa Anderson
Last year the talented Anderson was so close to making the top 20, she got to walk the green mile with Ryan. Unfortunately, the judges went with Ryan, and Alexa had to go home. This year she returned with a strong audition that impressed the judges, who skipped the critique and sent her straight to Vegas.
Best dressed: Johnny "Waacks" Gibson
His style of waacking matched the '70s flair that his outfit provided, and also led to a few good lines. My favorite: "How long have you been waacking?" Of course we know that clothes and entertainment are not always enough to pass the choreography round, which Gibson learned firsthand.
Best Personalities: Nick and James Aragon, The Ninja Twins
With tons of personality to spare, the twin brothers lit the stage on fire with such exuberance that they brought the crowd to their feet. At 32, they are over the age limit, but younger performers should take note; this is what the judges mean when they say they want someone to perform. Hopefully they bring them back in some capacity.
Most Emotional Story, pt. 1: Sam Lenarz
Her mom kicked her out because they didn't get along, and now the young Lenarz lives with her friend's family who treat her as one of their own. It's hard to imagine why anyone would want to turn her away. However, if it had anything to do with her dancing, it might be for the best, because a talent like hers needs to be supported.
Best Use of a Prop: David Matz
The talented Matz, a circus performer, brought a giant ring to dance with that helped him mesmerize all that watched. However, like Johnny "Waacks" Gibson, the choreography round got the best of him, but at least Matz can rest assured his audition will go down in the record books.
Luckiest Guy in the World Award: Stephen Jacobson
After doing an awful routine that did nothing to show off his 17 years of experience, the judges threw Jacobson a bone by giving him a second chance, where he wowed with his moves instead of just his chest.
Most Emotional Story, pt. 2: Marshea Kidd
Just six weeks after surviving a horrible car accident, Marshea Kidd returned to audition again and blew the judges away enough to cause Mary Murphy to stop his music in order to give him a ticket to Vegas.
What was your favorite "So You Think You Can Dance" Los Angeles audition?