So we are already down to our top ten dancers (which believe me is as weird to type as it is to say out loud) as Alexie left the competition week after a sub-par solo routine that left the judges wondering if she really had what it took to continue in the competition. Tonight, everyone needs to step up their game if they want to make it through tomorrow night’s elimination round! Enough chatter, let’s jump right into the action!
Random note; does ANYONE else notice the forced clapping when they introduce Nigel as the executive producer?! BRILLIANT disdain from the audience!!
The first person to take to the stage was Cristina dancing the Pasa Doble choreographed by SYTYCD Canada judge Jean-Marc and his wife France, with Pasha (Daddy McDadderson), performed to Ira Deorum/Sanctus by James Dooley. Right from the start all I could think was DANG is Pasha a hot man, with a nice ass in purple pants! Once again I found myself watching him throughout the entire routine and commenting out loud that Cristina is just not strong enough in her own style. Her extensions weren’t strong enough, and I do not love her feet. She really is the weakest dancer for me out of the remaining contestants.
Up next was Adechike dancing a Mandy Moore contemporary piece with Allison (YESSSSSSSSSS)! The piece was performed to Listen to Your Heart (Edmee’s unplugged vocal edit) by D.H.T. ft. Edmee. What a beautiful piece, seriously! It was nice to see a ‘happy’ contemporary piece with the dancers smiling the entire routine through. I have to admit that I loved both dancers equally (although Allison will always have a special place in my heart). Adechike truly stepped up to match his partner’s brilliance! There was one leap near the end of the routine where Alison spun in the air and Adechike caught her effortlessly, wow, simply wow. I. Love. Contemporary. Dance.
The third pairing to take to the stage was Alex Wong taking on a Tyce Diorio Broadway routine with all-star mate Lauren (another one of my girls). The Fosse-inspired piece was danced to Summertime by Sylvester, and the costumes for this number were SICK FIERCE – especially Lauren’s Corset-style, high-waist belt. SHOUT OUT TO CAST MEMBER ALEX – WHHHHAAAA HEYYYYYYYYY! This routine was a bit of a mess for me, and I think I might be the only person who once again doesn’t find himself on the Alex Wong-train. I felt the style of the piece suited Lauren SO well, and her outfit was stunning, making me want to see her keep dancing forever. Unfortunately for Alex, he over-danced this piece from a technique standpoint and he really came over rather feminine in this number, and while that tends to happen in Broadway, I just didn’t buy it. Sorry buddy, but it’s my goal to bring you back down to earth from your ‘best routine in the history of the show’ cloud.
The next couple to take to the stage were Ashley and Mark performing a Jazz routine choreographed by Travis Wall. OMG OMG OMG, I LOVE THIS COUPLE AND TRAVIS! The BEAUTIFUL piece was performed to Wonderful by Annie Lennox. SIGH to the MAX. This was effing INCREDIBLE (I even typed the swear word this time)!! I absolutely loved this routine. Mark is the perfect contemporary partner and Ashley was literally perfection tonight! Right in the middle of the routine there was a flip, where Ashley flew into Mark’s arms and he flipped her over gymnastics style. Let’s pause for the greatness of this for a second. Now, let’s deal with Skeletor’s idiotic comment about attacking Travis Wall’s brilliance and saying the piece was too contemporary and not enough jazz. I didn’t realize the crotchety Nigel Lythgoe was now the ruler of all things dance. I’m happy that I am enlightened, and he is someone I should be turning to for advice on the matter. As if, too many year’s on TV have made this man insane! SHUT UP NIGEL! SERIOUSLY!!
Side note: Travis Wall looks so good when he’s livid/pissed off, so if it takes Skeletor to spew his mouth off, then so be it.
Up next was BB (Billy Bell) dancing with all-star Comfort and performing a Lil’ C Krump routine, and this routine had disaster written ALL over it! The piece was performed to So U Think U Can Krump by Tha J-Squad, and that was the first uh-oh of the routine. The second was BB’s outfit. The third was BB’s face. All I have to say is he held his own next to comfort, but in reality, thin white boys with puffy-gelled hair should not be dancing Krump, regardless of the choreography. Then pan to Skeletor and he’s caught almost dropping his dentures on the table and babbling about old-age pension, complaining about the music. The critic’s were pretty weak from all of the judges this week and I definitely think we’ll be seeing our boy in the bottom three this week.
Immediately following BB was Robert dancing with Anya to another Jean-Marc routine; the Argentine Tango. The number was performed to Libertango by Bond Quartet, in case anyone wants to download this for their next Tango party! HOT DANG was Robert a strong partner in this routine! He literally had me convinced that he was made for this style and have quickly catapulted himself into the category of one of the strongest dancers on the show! BRILLIANT WORK! I didn’t want to hear what the judges had to say about this piece as I was worried they might not love it as much as I did, so I totally FFx3!
The seventh couple to the stage was Melinda dancing our first Stacey Tookey contemporary piece of the year with all-star partner Ade. The intense Mother Nature/Man Kind routine was performed to Squander by Skunk Anansie. (can we say new iPod playlist material? Heck Yeah!) I literally found myself sighing a few times at Ade’s strength as a dancer and a partner – seriously, this man is a force to be reckoned with. I felt that Melinda’s dancing was literally squandered by her ‘Mother Nature’ costume, complete with fake flowers. Dang. Not in the hot meaning either. Mia even commented on the dress, and thankfully ate her words as she personally stated she was wearing a bead spread. Effing hilarious!
The next team to take to the floor was Jose dancing a Bollywood routine with all-star Kathryn. Man oh man, this had potential to big the biggest disaster in the history of the show. This jam-packed, lively Genie-in-a-Bottle routine was performed to Marjaani Marjaani Kasame by Billu Barber (Soundtrack). Unfortunately my forecasted disaster came to be, as Jose just couldn’t cut it in this style. His attempts were noteworthy, but I literally thanked the universe when the camera focused on Kathryn for a few seconds of the routine to give the boy a break. What. A. Mess. It really didn’t come across as even close enough to the standard of dance we should be expecting at this point in the competition.
The ninth couple to the stage was my favourite girl contestant Lauren and all-star partner Dominic doing Hip Hop from a new choreography to the show, Tessandra Chavez. This ‘abusive relationship’ themed piece was performed to If I Were A Boy by Beyonce – PERFECT SONG CHOICE – OMG! Man did I love this routine. Lauren was incredible! Literally, breathtaking. Dominic was the perfect partner, and their synchronicity was bang on. The only flaw I can even call out in this routine was the cut up of the musical track, but other than that, I felt this was an epic hip hop routine!
My boyfriend Kent (who was born in the 90s – uh-oh) was in the final number of the night, dancing a Tyce Diorio Jazz routine with all-star Courtney. This sexually charged piece was danced to Amy Amy Amy by Amy Winehouse – and whoa, right off the bat. Kent’s neck piece/bondage attire – he promised to keep that stuff out of the public spotlight! On a serious note, this routine was pretty fantastic. Kent really is a strong dancer and Courtney is pretty dang fantastic as an all-star…the only unbelievable part of the routine was the kiss! Funny, Nigel once again brings up the different between Jazz and Contemporary, and thanks Tyce for showing us the different. WTF?! WHO SAW A DIFFERENCE?! ANYONE?! Best part of the night – camera cutting to Tyce and Travis post Nigel’s comment and Travis uttering something indecipherable…dang to only know what he said! Listen up Skeletor, you are really starting to tick a lot of people off with your nonsense so just CUT IT OUT (Uncle Joey-style).
- Cristina and her Pasa Doble of disaster
- (BB) Billy Bell and his crappy Krump routine
- Jose and his botched Bollywood number
Person leaving the competition – Probably Cristina as they will need to keep one boy who isn’t contemporary…sad, but a fact.