‘All the happiness came out’ admits successful auditionee

A 12-year-old reality show contestant has thrown up on judge Paula Abdul after successfully getting through to the next stage of So You Think You Can Dance.

Tahani Anderson performed several backflips during her 20-second audition, which drew universal acclaim from the US dance contest’s judges Abdul, Jason Derulo and Nigel Lythgoe.


After her audition in Chicago, Anderson went to meet the judges and host Cat Deeley. Abdul gave Anderson, a hug said: “I’m so proud of you.” Anderson was promptly sick, part of which landed on Abdul’s shoulder. “I’ve never had anyone vomit on me like that,” said a composed Abdul.

Once the show was over, Anderson said Abdul hugged her too tightly. “All the happiness came out,” she added.

So You Think You Can Dance began in 2005 as the idea of Lythgoe, who is best known to British audiences as “Nasty Nigel” for his comments as a judge on Pop Idol, which was a precursor to Simon Cowell’s routine.

The other creator with Lythgoe is Simon Fuller, who created Pop Idol having previously managed The Spice Girls. He continues to manage Victoria and David Beckham as well as Annie Lennox.

Deeley took over as host in 2006 from Lauren Sanchez after one series. Abdul began as a judge in 2015. She enjoyed 1980s success with songs such as ‘Straight Up’, ‘Opposites Attract’ and ‘Rush Rush’.