What a difference a day makes. Our early “So You Think You Can Dance” predictions ranked Alain “Hurrikane” Lauture as the frontrunner to win season 12, but at the start of this year’s first live performance show, host Cat Deeley announced the street dancer’s withdrawal from the competition due to injury.
Lauture took to Tumblr to explain, “This year it is not meant to be, I had a pretty serious injury. During practice I had a meniscus tear … I did all I can to heal up on time, but unfortunately meniscus is serious and it’s better to heal 100% then to keep having a recurring injury. Us dancers feel like super heroes but we are using are bodies and we must protect it, respect it, and take care of it.”
Taking Lauture’s place on Team Street is 23-year-old Israeli dancer Asaf Goren, who had fallen short of the top 20 after struggling with choreography and clashing with judges during his Las Vegas callback. On the first night of live competition, he still struggled to learn new choreography, but he excelled when he finally made it to the dance floor, earning raves for his first routine with fellow street dancers Lily Frias, Burim Jusufi and Jaja Vankova.
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Goren wasn’t the only performer who earned raves from judges. Stage dancers Gaby Diaz, Derek Piquette and Moises Parra impressed with their contemporary routine, as did the impressive ballet duo of Jim Nowakowski and Darion Flores. But it was Team Street that ended the night with a show-stopping group performance.
Team Stage members Kate Harpootlian and Edson Juarez received the most criticism from judges, especially Nigel Lythgoe, who didn’t believe the emotions of their contemporary routine. If viewers agree, one of them may be at risk in next week’s first elimination, when one stage dancer and one street dancer will be sent home.
Which STAGE dancer will be eliminated?
Which STREET dancer will be eliminated?
Which STAGE dancer will be in the bottom but safe?
Which STREET dancer will be in the bottom but safe?
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