By Tiege Dooley-Panko
Excitement was in the air on the red carpet after the first live show of SYTYCD Season 14. AfterBuzz TV spoke with Allstars, contestants, and judges about how the season is going so far.
Vanessa Hudgens told ABTV host Carla Renata, “I told myself I wasn’t going to cry tonight and I totally cried.” while Nigel Lythgoe said he thought all of the performers gave their best during the first live show, “they are far better than I anticipated.”
After taking two seasons off, Mary Murphy, the driver of the hot tamale train, is back! Murphy said she is very happy about who the Allstars chose to bring to the live show. She told ABTV, “ I feel like everybody did a good job in the chemistry department because that’s not always the case.”
The contestants were bright eyed and laughing together after the performances. Allstars Robert and Taylor performed a stunning piece choreographed by Travis Wall that had everyone talking after the show. Mary Murphy said it was instantly one of her top ten favorite performances ever. Robert told ABTV, “it felt like I blacked out for a second,” he continued, “it was that perfect thing that happens when you look at each other and you know each other and know the story line between each other’s heart and soul.” Taylor said if people consider their performance history, she’s honored.
Mark and Comfort performed an energetic hip-hop piece choreographed by the highly accredited choreographer, Luther Brown. Mark talked to ABTV about how grateful he was to be there and that he knows that’s where he’s supposed to be. “Every day I’m just taking things in like seeing my name tag on my shirt,” Mark said, “that hypes me up, yo.”
Robert Green and Allstar Jasmine performed an upbeat hip-hop by Chris Scott with fake hairspray that left everyone in the crowd grooving! Green said he’s been loving the whole experience and has a few tricks up his sleeve for the coming weeks. “Just be on the look out because I might have some looks in the closet that I might be pulling out of the trunk,” Green said about incorporating his style into the show.
Allstar Marko and Koine looked like they’d been dancing together for years in a piece choreographed by Stacey Tookey. Marko and Koine both told ABTV that they have a really good connection. Marko said, “ I always follow my gut and since academy week, the opening routine, saw her, felt it, followed my gut.” Allstar Allison hurt her shoulder during rehearsal with Logan so former SYTYCD contestant, Audrey Case, stepped up and performed Tyce Diorio’s contemporary piece with Logan.
Audrey only had a few hours to learn the routine but no one in the crowd could tell, the judges reacted positively to it and Logan said he is just so happy to be in the competition. Logan told ABTV, “ I couldn’t have asked for a better partner and even through this whole accident with the shoulder injury and when Audrey had to come in and learn the dance, she (Allison) was super supportive.” Audrey said that being able to watch from the other side, made her appreciate SYTYCD even more and her partner, Logan.
Allstar Cyrus and Kaylee performed a contemporary piece by Tessandra Chavez and the judges suggested they might have some work to do going forward if they want to win. Cyrus and Kaylee told ABTV that motivated them. Kaylee said she came to SYTYCD to challenge herself and that’s why she chose Cyrus.
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