A 10-year-old kid dancer’s moves on the stage of “So You Think You Can Dance: The Next Generation” were called ridiculous by judge Nigel Lythgoe, but it’s not what you think. The young boy’s hip hop movements inspired by robots earned him a standing ovation on Monday.

Ten-year-old Merrick was on stage for an audition process and all three judges of season 13 of “So You Think You Can Dance” who are Nigel Lythgoe, Paula Abdul, and Jason Derulo gave him a standing ovation after he was done, notes Gossip Cop. “All of a sudden you started hitting really hard. That was ridiculous!” Lythgoe told Merrick, praising him. The word ridiculous usually has negative connotations. But people often use such explosive terms to express their excitement.

A video clip of the young boy’s audition can be seen below.


In the beginning, Merrick starts out pretty casually as judge Jason Derulo, a dancer himself, looks unimpressed, ready to dismiss him. Suddenly, the kid freezes, grinds and shakes like a malfunctioning robot and all three judges look at him with jaws dropped and dilated pupils; shocked at what a little child had just exhibited before them. All three of them gave him the seal of approval to move on to the next round.

As both Gossip Cop and Entertainment Weekly (EW) notes, Merrick loves robots, especially Pixar’s Wall-E, which can be called this generation’s “E.T.” He is also a surfer and wants to become a robotic engineer one day or a dancer, we prefer. Merrick was also inspired by Cyrus “Glitch” Spencer’s famous moves, notes EW.

Well, Merrick is off to a promising start in season 13 of “So You Think You Can Dance.” Judge Paula Abdul told him, “You’re incredible. Just the fluidity of your movement and how you hit so hard … It’s awesome.” To this, Derulo added, “What a great way to start. It really just shocks everybody.” Lythgoe said he did not expect his audition to be so good.

Well, no one did and that’s what’s great about it. He surprised everybody. We wish all the best to little Merrick for his future.