Overall, it was a really strong first episode. All received good reviews, but some better than others. Now, the dancers are going to have to spend the week practicing for next week and then get eliminated? That can't be right.
Because I've watched every season of the show and my dream job is to guest-judge the series, I feel like I have the inside scoop on what the judges and voters are looking for. So here are my Top 3 guys and girls -- in honor of Season 9 crowning both a top male and female dancer.
Whether you're struggling to get your foot in the door, your feet on the floor, or to keep your spot on top, Bunheads and Breaking Pointe will give you a look at what lies beyond the ballet slippers and leotards.
The drama-level was pretty high (though not nearly as nuclear as the promos promised) and the dancers were dropping like flies almost instantly. They really got down to business, eliminating contestants from the get-go.
Leroy Martinez is exactly the reason I love this show. This big teddy bear of a guy with a big heart and big dreams showed some seriously impressive dance moves, fully stocked with back flips and head spins
Sam Lenarz's audition gave me my first set of head-to-toe goosebumps this season. Her heartbreaking backstory and her song choice were just the perfect combination to elicit a hair-raising reaction to her performance.
Bree Hafen's audition produced the cutest television clip since Sophia Grace and Rosie hit Ellen's stage. The mother of two put on a beautiful performance for the judges, but her adorable kids absolutely stole the show. S