A Twin Cities audition contestant on Fox-TV's "So You Think You Can Dance" saw the tables turned on her father when he was coaxed on the stage of the talent show for an improvised and very dad-like performance.
The 30-second display put on by Patrick LeVoir of Eagan aired nationally Monday and occurred months earlier in Los Angeles. LeVoir's daughter, Mary, preceded her dad, and her athletic jazz routine won her a coveted ticket to the show's next round in Las Vegas. Once Mary LeVoir was finished, little prodding from the judges was needed to get Dad to take the stage. Setting the bar low, Patrick said, "I know that I can't dance."
With that, the mortgage executive sprawled onto the floor in a classic starting dance pose, without regard for his khaki shorts and golf shirt. Somewhat stiffly but in good spirit, the self-confessed " '80s guy" wiggled his way through a sampling of judge Paula Abdul's "Opposites Attract," not once stumbling over his boat shoes. Abdul and fellow judges Jason Derulo and Nigel Lythgoe gave dear old dad somewhat middling reviews.
Mary, having wedged her way in with the judges, gave her 53-year-old father a dose of reality. "I wasn't feeling it," the former Minnesota Gophers cheerleader said. "I've seen better at the kitchen table."
Williams won't return as anchor
NBC is planning to announce Thursday that Brian Williams will not return to his position as the anchor of its "Nightly News" show, four months after the network suspended him for exaggerating his role in a helicopter incident in Iraq, said two people briefed on the discussions. Williams is expected to move to a new role primarily at MSNBC, probably in a breaking-news capacity in the beginning, according to one of the people. Lester Holt, who has been filling in for Williams as anchor, will take on the position permanently, one person said.
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