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So You Think You Can Dance S11: E3 - Philadelphia and Los Angeles auditions

SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE: Season 11 auditions in Philadelphia on FOX
SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE: Season 11 auditions in Philadelphia on FOX
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Episode three of So You Think You Can Dance on FOX begins with day two of auditions in Los Angeles with guest judge Christina Applegate joining Mary Murphy and executive producer Nigel Lythgoe on the panel.

SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE: A contestant stretches at the Philadelphia auditions for SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE on FOX
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Alla Kocherga / Serge Onik - 24 / 25 - Ballroom: Serge returned for the third time after not breaking into the top 20 last season. He showed up this time with his new girlfriend ready to commit to her and the show if they both made it to the next round, which they did.

Timothy Joseph - 24- Hip-Hop: Although he did show some generic talent, his routine showed a serious lack in choreography or direction, so much so that he injured himself at the end trying to add one last flip. He was invited to return for choreography, but his injury wouldn't allow him to.

Casey Askew - 19 - Contemporary: If you're able to take your eyes off of the Johnny Bravo hair and JFK smile long enough, you'll notice that this kid is really talented. The judges noticed and put him through to the next round.

J-4 - 19 - Hip-Hop: At first it was unclear the purpose of Nigel calling Cyrus Spencer (S9) and Fik-Shun Stegall (S10 winner) back on stage after the debacle yesterday, but this time it worked. J-4 seemed nervous at first, but then jumped in with both feet and really showed that he fit in with these guys and deserved to move on to the next round in order to meet his idol Stephen "tWitch" Boss.

Jourdan Epstein - 24 - Ballet: Likely the best dancer of the day, Jourdan performed with tremendous poise and strength.

Johnny "Waacks" Gibson - 22 - Waacking: Returning for another shot at his original dance, despite the guttural digs Nigel continued to give him regarding the name, Johnny really proved himself a serious contender. He was sent to choreography, where he made it through this time.

Malene Ostergaard / Armen Way - 25 / 28 - Ballroom: Armen was immediately recognized as the guy who dropped Malece Miller on her head during Vegas week last season, which deservedly kept him out of the top 20. This time he showed up with an equally attractive and strong partner that together blew the judges away.

Next stop is Philadelphia, the city of brotherly love, where ballerina Misty Copeland joined the judges panel.

Bridget Whitman - 19 - Contemporary: With her father's tragic death a few years before and the memory of watching SYTYCD next to him with his encouragement for her to practice hard so she could be on this show herself as inspiration, the stage was set for an unforgettable performance that her father would have been proud of.

Amir Sanders - 21 - Ballet: At first the audition was mesmerizing, but after you got past the outfit and hair the technique was lacking in some of the basics. Her original character was enough to see if she could make it through choreography though, which he proved worthy enough to advance to the next round.

Landon Anderson - 18 - Contemporary: London was Jenna Johnson's audition partner last season, but was too young to advance so Nigel asked him to return this year. He did and Jenna returned to repay the favor. He likely performed very well, because the judges put him through, but Jenna was on stage!

Nigel couldn't let Jenna leave without inviting her to be an all-star this season! She cried and agreed and I cried and she cried. ::sigh::

Shafeek Westbrook - 24 Hip-Hop: Claiming to have recovered from his anger issues he displayed in season 9 auditions via meditation, Shafeek returned to give it another shot. Though not performing at the same level as before or even showing anything new, the judges still decided to give him another shot at the choreography round and he made it this time.

Day two in Philadelphia:

Stanley Glover - 19 - Contemporary: Animal-like movement has always proven effective in getting the attention of the judges, even when technique isn't fully there. It worked again.

James Davis - 24 - Krump: James displayed an unusually slow version of krump that may take a while to catch on, if at all. The judges weren't crazy about it, but gave him a chance at choreography, which he didn't make the cut.

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