Paula Abdul can be sickeningly sweet – a point that was made clear on Monday night’s "So You Think You Can Dance: The Next Generation” when a 12-year-old contestant vomited on the not-very-judgy judge at the end of a successful audition.
Tahani Anderson’s hip-hop routine to Beyonce’s “Countdown” earned her a unanimous trip to the Dance Academy as Abdul, Nigel Lythgoe and Jason Derulo stood in unison and flashed their tickets.
Oh yeah, the kiddo took a trip to the floor as well, falling down in delight at the response.
“I’m so proud of you,” Abdul gushed, hugging Tahani after the charismatic youngster jumped up and did the rounds, showing the panel her appreciation. Then things took a turn for the urp as the girl, cheeks puffing, tried to keep things under control. “Are you OK, honey?,” Abdul fretted. “OK, OK.”
It wasn’t exactly OK: Tahani was vomiting into her own elbow, and the 53-year-old performer didn’t escape unscathed.
“I’m so sorry,” the young dancer said before recovering sufficiently to trot out of the theater, arms raised triumphantly and ticket overhead.
"Well, I hugged Nigel,” Tahani later explained, “and then I hugged Paula, and she just squeezed me too tight, and all the happiness came on her jacket." Did we mention the kid still had a huge smile on her face? Yeah, it was all good. And maybe Abdul got a little instant karma, given her history of drowning.
“I’ve never had anyone just vomit on me like that,” Abdul said in a deadpan voiceover, earning a laugh either from the audience -- or the show’s editing process.
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