Watch Laganja Estranja Enter the Ring on Tonight’s Premiere of ‘So You Think You Can Dance’
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Laganja Estranja is competing on the 15th season of So You Think You Can Dance. Estranja, who is going by his boy name Jay Jackson, auditions on tonight’s premiere episode. A teaser clip of the episode was released this morning and it shows the judges gagging over the RuPaul’s Drag Race season 6 alum.
So You Think You Can Dance returns to Fox tonight for the 15th cycle of the competition. Cat Deeley is back as host with Vanessa Hudgens, Nigel Lythgoe and Mary Murphy again forming the panel of judges. Guest judge Stephen “tWitch” Boss joins them.
He introduces himself, “My name is Jay Jackson, also known as Miss Estranja, honey darling. I am 29 years old from Dallas, Texas.” He adds, “I like to say drag chose me, I did not choose drag. When I graduated college I had a really hard time getting a job as a dancer. Everyone said I was too feminine. You know my build is very slender so I just didn’t fit the mold. When I fully embraced that, yes, I am a feminine male, I put on drag for the first time ever.
“When I get on stage I tear it up. The floor is my mission and I am on it,” he reveals.
Estranja never mentions his first drag name, Laganja, a nod to marijuana. We’re curious if Fox made him edit that out.
Many of Estranja’s sisters tweeted out support for him before tonight’s finale. Alaska Thunderfuck wrote, “Miss @LaganjaEstranja turning it on @DANCEonFOX ! So proud and excited. We’re all rooting for you!” Adore Delano added, “YESSSSS MS.@LaganjaEstranja‼ Check out my sis killing it on #soyouthinkyoucandance ????♂️??♀️.”
On So You Think You Can Dance, highly-skilled dancers between the ages of 18 and 30 showcase their talents in various dance styles, including contemporary, tap, hip-hop, ballroom, breaking and more. Those who are selected to move on to the “SYTYCD Studio” will work with world-renowned choreographers and compete live each week for America’s votes in a variety of styles. Contestants are eliminated weekly until a winner is named on the season finale.
We’re rooting for you Laganja… we mean Miss Estranja!