The competition dances on! Just last week we said goodbye to the Ricky and Ashlee, so now it’s down to 18 dancers. I for one was totally surprised seeing Ricky eliminated – so not a good first round of guessing for me. Your judging panel for today will be the usual Nigel and Mary joined by Mia Michaels instead of Dan Karaty.
The first couple tonight is Lauren and Neil doing some hip-hop taught by Dave Scott. Last week the pair had a rough time with the samba, hopefully they can inject some flavor into this routine. They hit the stage wearing matching black and white outfits; Neil in a tie, Lauren in a tutu. They start off out of sync and keep it that way, for me this one didn’t click. I kept waiting for something cool to happen and then it was over. What about the judges… Mia gives a good review, but just for Neil. Mary says the pair managed to show some chemistry that was lacking last week. Surprisingly Nigel gives the best review yet saying they set the bar for dancers working out of their style. The Way I Are
Timbaland Feat. Keri Hilson & D.O.E.
Couple number 2! Jessi and Pasha draw Jazz from the hat and have Tyce Diorio for a choreographer. The routine isn’t going to be the traditional jazz most dancers expect, more earthly weird birdlike movements, so says Tyce. The routine starts with Jessi alone onstage, Pasha sneaking down the stairs to join in. All the moves are really funky and working to the music perfectly, I think the judges will dig it. Finally I’m right, the judges love it all around. This couple is looking pretty invincible. Stiff Jazz
dZihan and Kamien
Last week Hok and Jamie broke it down heavy style with hip-hop. Now they have samba, a dance that has gave Lauren and Neil some trouble. Choreographer Jean-Marc Genereux has them working some cool routines, including a slap to the face. You can get away with anything as long as it’s choreographed. They start of doing some serious shaking, especially Jamie who has her sequined dress hanging on for dear life. For a style they’ve both never done they manage to do a great job. Mia loves it, but Mary the ballroom specialist does not agree. Nigel goes down the middle saying it was a great performance but lacked the necessary technique. Bang Bang To The Rock’n’Roll
Last week Sabra and Dominic did disco, a problem that landed them in the bottom 3. Now they’ve drawn contemporary out of the hat, could be a mixed blessing. Choreographer Mandy Moore is teaching them a routine that has Dominic playing a creature and Sabra playing a bird who gets tossed across the room, we’ll see hw that works out. The dance starts out slow and innocent with some cool legwork, Dominic surprising everyone with his sensitive side. First up is Mia Michaels and everyone braces for the worst. She surprises everyone with an overwhelming good critique, saying Dominic is what the competition is all about. Mary and Nigel both give great reviews. I’ll Stand By You
The Power combo of Cedric and Faina are up next. They were in the bottom 3 last week with a hip-hop dance, now they have the kryptonite of dances this week: Fox Trot! Faina is having no trouble learning the choreography, Cedric on the other hand…not so simple. Faina is wearing a long pink dress and Cedric is in all black, hopefully that’s not the most exciting aspect. Cedric is doing a great job faking the Fox Trot, then again it’s hard not to look good next to Faina. The judges are a little harsh this time around, each one saying they need to pick it up. Nigel says they will probably be in the bottom 3 again. You’re The Boss
Elvis Presley and Ann-Margret
Last week Lacey and Kameron had a great routine; can they do it again with a Tyce Diorio Broadway routine? Kameron is still wearing his trademark mohawk and Lacey has been sexed up with some garters and long leather gloves. I’m not sure what to think of it but the crowd loves it, including Lacey’s dad in the audience with his trademark light-up sign. It’s not just the crowd; the judges love it as well. These 2 look safe this week. Overture/And All That Jazz
The fantastic Jive couple of Anya and Danny are back doing a Viennese Waltz routine taught by Hunter Johnson. We’ll see if they can inject this with some energy and keep me awake. The routine starts off with one strike because of the music, Lifehouse does not do it for me, but I’m not a judge or a million people. The crowd is eating it up, not sure it it’s the routine or if they just really love Anya and Danny together. The judges are unanimous, Mary being especially liberal with her praise including the season’s first Murphy scream! You and Me Lifehouse
The second to last couple is up! Shauna and Jimmy are all set to do a hip-hop routine by Dave Scott. Shauna is wearing a SYTYCD shirt, an acronym I believe I coined the first season. Mad props Shauna, I’ll wait for the royalty check. Musically they’re already ahead in my book since they’re dancing to some killer dance hall. And just like the song they bust out full force, full energy. It’s the kind of dance you want to see 1000 people in purple jumpsuits doing on a beach somewhere. There’s an instrumental breakdown in the middle of the song that gives them some difficulty, but otherwise the crowd is screaming. The judges all love it, leaning a little toward Jimmy with the praise. Dave Scott is all smiles in the audience looking happy about the routine. U Sexy Girl
Fat Man Scoop feat. Elephant Man & Jabba.
The final dance of the night is going to be a Paso Doble from Sara and Jesus choreographed by Jean Marc Genereaux. This has grown to be one of my favorite styles of dance, especially when done right. The pair has at least starting it off right, er interesting that is, with Sara laying flat-as-a-board on Jesus’ shoulders. This dance is very rhythmic with lots of carefully exacted percussive steps, which seem to be coming with some hesitation. I don’t know if they really are a little sluggish or if the song if making them seem that way. Regardless the crowd loves it. Mia is with me saying it’s a little “awkward”. Mary agrees that the song choice is a little strange, but she’s able to take it out of context and gives the couple big praises. Nigel is a big fan saying Sara looks amazing in something other than the standard hip-hop clothing. We Will Rock You (remix)
Now the voting begins and tomorrow we find out who’s going home!