You know, I was all set to make fun of this clip, because who has ever been moved to tears because of So You Think You Can Dance? Especially if you’re a celebrity guest judge and you’re doing this for God knows what reason and have no emotional attachment to the program. But there’s just something so genuine about Lady Gaga’s reaction here — you can tell she was truly moved by this modern dance routine.
“There are so, so many things I did wrong when I was younger,” she says. “And so many things I wish I could take back and I felt every moment of that through your dance tonight.” And the look on the guy’s face when she says “I’m so proud of you”! And the way his mom reacts! And the way a lone fly crawls across Gaga’s hat as she speaks through her tears, lending the whole incident the aura of a David Lynch film. It’s just too good.