Atlanta dancer George Lawrence II sensed he was in trouble last Wednesday when judge Nigel Lythgoe gave him a negative critique.
It was the first time a judge had anything negative to say about him since he got there. And since he had been in the bottom before, he figured he was in trouble.
But at least he made the top 10 and will be on tour, coming to Atlanta at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre Dec. 1. And he’s happy with his performances. “I went above and beyond what I ever thought I could do,” he said.
He plans to perform the contemporary dance he did week one on tour while he was most proud of his fox trot. “I had no training in ballroom whatsoever,” he said. “After Tiffany and I performed it, we didn’t get any bad critiques at all.”
Lawrence, who is back in Atlanta and teaching dance classes, was also happy how he adjusted to the cameras. “Early on, I felt very camera shy,” he said. “As I got the hang of things, I started playing to the cameras more. Still, it was very stressful. Any mistakes are all there on film.”
And fellow Atlantan Cyrus “Glitch” Spencer , the man who could “pop,” still has a shot for one of two winning crowns. (They are giving wins to a male and a female dancer for the first time this year.)
“His personality is amazing,” Lawrence said. “He brings something so different to the show. Honestly, I didn’t even know he’d make it this far. I hope he makes it to the end.”
Lawrence plans to pursue a career in dance in Los Angeles after the tour is over. (Most pro dancers go to New York or Los Angeles, where most of the work is.) While there, he has fallen in love with the city – especially the weather.
In the meantime, the future of “So You Think You Can Dance” is in doubt. It’s hitting series lows in ratings and was already cut down to one night a week by Fox this season, the show’s ninth. It didn’t help that the show skipped a couple of weeks for the Olympics.
Good news tonight: Melanie Moore, the winner from Marietta last year, is scheduled to be on to dance with one of the remaining five male dancers.
“So You Think You Can Dance”
8 p.m., Wednesday, Fox
By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk