The Sosas auditioned for Season 16 of the dance competition TV show with an upbeat ballroom routine set to Tina Turner’s “Proud Mary,” prompting a standing ovation from the judges.
“It went from such an emotional start and then you just turned into the beast out there. You were fabulous,” judge Mary Murphy told the Sosas. “You’re on that hot tamale train.”
Judge Nigel Lythgoe complimented Ezra Sosa, 18, on his movements in the dance.
“Ezra, your legs were fantastic, the way you picked them up, the way they flick out,” Lythgoe said. “It really is some of the sharpest movements I’ve seen anybody do the jive. It was really tremendous.”
Stephanie Sosa, 19, is a familiar face on the show, having competed in the Top 20 last year on Season 15.
“I loved everything from beginning to end, as soon as you guys came out. I love the chemistry that you guys had together. Thank you so much for coming back. I know that takes a lot. Congratulations to you both,” judge Dominic Sandoval said. “That was just amazing. It was so explosive. They started off with a huge bang. I think they’re going to go really far in the competition.”
Stephanie Sosa told the judges before the performance she would love to make it to the Top 10, but she was dancing for her mom that day.
“You were this close last year to getting through into the show,” Lythgoe told Stephanie Sosa. “You said you were doing this for your mom. Then always dance for your mom as well as yourself.”
The Sosas’ mom was admitted to the hospital last year after having a stroke. The family was emotional as they talked about the experience on the show.
“I remember the day it happened because I got a call from her,” said Enrique Sosa, the Sosas’ dad. “She told me, ‘I don’t feel well.’ Come home, I found her not moving and I knew something was really wrong.”
“I remember driving, and like I called Ezra, and I was like, ‘Mom is having a stroke,’ and I just prayed so hard that nothing would happen to her,” Stephanie Sosa said.
Ezra Sosa remembers talking to his dad on the phone.
“My dad passed the phone to my mom, and the words that she told me was, ‘Keep on dancing. Keep on doing what you love. Don’t worry about me,’ ” Ezra Sosa said.
“I don’t think I’ll ever be 100 percent, but I’m just happy to be alive because after that day, I wasn’t sure if I was going to even make it,” the Sosas’ mom said.
Judge Laurieann Gibson asked the Sosas how their mom is doing now after complimenting them on their “spectacular” performance.
“Things are really difficult sometimes, but she’s here, so I don’t care,” Stephanie Sosa said.
“When we go out there, we just want to show America what dance has done for our family,” Ezra Sosa said. “It kept us going.”
“So You Think You Can Dance” airs Mondays at 8 p.m. on Fox.