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Posted: 6:51 a.m. Wednesday, June 19, 2013

TV briefs: 'So You Think You Can Dance' Atlanta top 20 finalists, Buck Lanford video, 'New Day' ratings  

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Jasmine Harper
Jasmine Harper of Lawrenceville is in the top 20 of "So You Think You Can Dance" season 10.


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Dorian "Bluprint" Hector of Atlanta is hoping to follow in fellow Dragon House dancer's path of Cyrus "Glitch" Spencer last year.

By Rodney Ho

After seven dry seasons with not a single Atlantan on Fox's "So You Think You Can Dance," we are now witnessing our third year in a row with locals in the top 20.

Two years ago, Marietta's Melanie Moore exuberantly won the competition season 8. Last year, Atlanta's Cyrus "Glitch" Spencer finished second among the guys. And three others made it to the top 20 seasons 8 and 9.

On Tuesday night, we got two more: animator Dorian ‘BluPrint’ Hector from Atlanta and contemporary dancer Jasmine Harper of Lawrenceville.

Both have a connection to Cyrus: BluPrint is part of the same dance crew called Dragon House. And Harper? She dated Cyrus last year while he was competing on the show and has since broken up with him.

Harper had to deal with judge Nigel Lythgoe grilling her on stage about her relationship with Cyrus, which fell apart partly due to the show itself. But despite the distraction (or perhaps because of it), she pulled off an emotional contemporary dance audition that enchanted the judges.

"I'm open about talking about" her relationship with Cyrus, Harper told me. Nigel's questions "didn't affect me."

Harper, who moved a year ago to Atlanta from Rochester, N.Y., said Cyrus encouraged her to audition. "I always wanted to try out for the show," she said. "It's every dancer's dream to be on the show. He showed me that anything is possible. I think from there, I was thinking that maybe I can do this."

She began dancing at age two and learned all types of dance except ballroom. She joined Xcel Talent Agency and spent the past year learning more hip hop, with Atlanta helping her infuse new skills into her repertoire. 

"It's crazy," she said. "I feel like I'm kind of living it all over again because [Cyrus] told me about it when he was on the show. It's just as intense as he described it. I'm just trying to mentally and physically prepare myself. I know I'm going to grow so much out of it to become a better dancer and person."

BluPrint only started dancing at age 17 after seeing animation at a pep rally. A friend taught him so he went from thinking about becoming a professional gamer to becoming a professional dancer. He joined the Dragon House crew and quickly learned his craft.

He said in his audition, he took a twist on animation by pretending to be a robot who is malfunctioning. "I sat here in awe," Lythgoe told him during his audition.

Judge Mary Murphy brought back her patented "hot tamale train" line just for BluPrint, which thrilled him.

BluPrint's animation skills alone got him to Vegas. His ability to pick up on choreography served him well to get to the top 20. (An aunt, he said, gave him the nickname BluPrint years ago because he was able to learn visually.) So far, among the dances, he especially loves ballroom. "It's so smooth and entertaining to watch," he said.

A 2011 graduate of Cedar Grove High School in Ellenwood, he said he feels like he's been able to infuse more personality and character into his dance as he's spent more time on the show. He hopes he can get votes the way Cyrus did last year.

Watch his audition here:

It was a soft opening for CNN"s "New Day" featuring Chris Cuomo, Kate Bolduan and Michaela Pereira Monday for their first show: it drew a mere 247,000 viewers, fewer than the average "Starting Point" was averaging this year. In comparison, Fox's "Fox & Friends" drew 1.06 million and "Morning Joe" on MSNBC 355,000 viewers. Although "New Day" beat Robin Meade over at sister station HLN in total viewers (she drew 215,000), Meade beat them in 25-54 viewers 121,000 to 95,000.


Mediaite posted a video fo Fox 5 anchor Buck Lanford, who had some technical issues during the top of the noon broadcast that made it difficult for him to decide what was going on for a minute. It appears the folks behind the scenes were struggling more than Lanford. UPDATE 6/20/13: I was just informed this video is far older than this week. Fox 5 says it was from last October and somehow went viral only recently.

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