Cat Deeley’s Ensemble
Kate: This dress needs 2 less sleeves, one less turtleneck and one less obnoxiously large bow on the shoulder, then it’d be fine. Although the combination of velvet AND sequins is a little aggressive.
Erica: The bow is, to me, the most egregious thing. I don’t much like the dress, but it’s also just not my sort of thing.
Kate: Love the hair — silky smooth — and makeup, though.
Erica: Fully agree. Perfect. Also, it must be said; neither Hudge nor Mary look like a crazy person styled them tonight.
Group Routine: Contemporary, choreo by Mia Michaels
“Spring 1” by Max Richter, Andre de Ridder, Konzerthaus Kammerorchester Berlin & Daniel Hope
Kate: Oh, kind of lovely, no?
Erica: I really enjoyed the choreography and I thought the performance was better than they have been. Also I kind of want a skirt like the girls were wearing. For, um, Sadie. And not for myself. At all.
Kate: I liked the mix of a classical/ballet-type song with contemporary Mia Michaels-type dancing.
Erica: I was surprised Nigel approved of the boys dancing all girly.
Kate: Also, this is the top 6 already? Does that mean next week is the finale since it’s the top 4?
Erica: Yeah, it sounds like it. That’s what happens when you start with just ten dancers.
Jensen & Kiki (Season 14) Cha-Cha, choreo by Jenna Johnson (Season 10)
“Bailar (Radio Edit)” by Deorro ft. Elvis Crespo
Kate: Ok so I think when we talk about her and Jay Jay having trouble with the connections, it’s actually her, because I noticed it here too, which is weird because isn’t ballroom her thing?
Erica: Yeah. It is. It did feel like the two of them were in different dances.
Kate: They said in the thing before the dance that she was sick this week, and I feel like I could kind of tell; she was not going full out, which is something I said about one of her performances last week I think.
Genessy & Lex (Season 14): Contemporary, choreo by Mandy & Elizabeth
“Be Brave” by My Brightest Diamond
Kate: Why was she crying in the thing before the dance?
Erica: Because it’s a struggle, y’all.
Kate: Well, even though I’m not totally in love with her, she did great in this, but who wouldn’t with Lex as their partner?
Erica: No no we hate Lex. I didn’t love the conceptual on-the-nose-ness of this piece, but I thought she danced it very well.
Kate: We do? Don’t remember that. I just feel like I finally was able to see her range of movement here, you know?
Erica: Yeah. We definitely saw her legs like we had not seen them before. I will say, Nigel kind of said without saying that it was good she wasn’t dragging around Slavik anymore.
Slavik & Jaja (Season 12): Hip-Hop, choreo by Comfort Fedoke (Season 4)
“Beggin & Pleadin” by Brandy
Kate: Still not that impressed with him. Like, at all.
Erica: I hate to say it, but…I didn’t like this choreography. Man. I love Comfort. But I thought this was not an interesting piece. And I’m all for dancing a style that doesn’t match the music, but it did not work here.
Kate: I thought it was ok, but it was a pretty odd Brandy song that I had never heard before. Also, isn’t hip-hop his genre? I didn’t find him to be sharp or down low enough at all.
Erica: The judges were pretty harsh. Although Nigel did also make reference to the not-at-all-happening showmance.
Hannahlei & Marko (Season 8): choreo by Robert Roldan (Season 7)
“Welcome Home” by Joy Williams
Kate: Marko! Robert!! And a Joy Williams song (she’s one half of the now nonexistent duo, The Civil Wars)!!! Oh, be still my heart; it’s too much. TOO MUCH!
Erica: The piece was quite lovely. Not going to change the world of dance, but pretty and danced well.
Kate: They weren’t t o t a l l y in sync but this was beautiful and she did great, especially with all the lifts and tricks.
Erica: Yeah, I was impressed with her. There were moments of very honest connection that I thought worked really well.
Jay Jay & Lauren (Season 7): Jazz, choreo by Mandy Moore
“Runaway Baby” by Bruno Mars
Kate: Oh, I thought all the routines would be choreographed by former contestants, which would have been cool. Also, really, Mandy Moore? This show doesn’t respond well to jazz?
Erica: Hey, that would have been cool. Maybe there’s some statistic she has access to that indicates voters don’t vote for jazz? I have to imagine that people who work on this show have access to and obsess over stats we don’t know about.
Kate: Oh, I hadn’t thought about that; probably. Lauren is also another one of my favorites; I think her and Robert’s season was my all-time favorite. The golden era of dance, if you will.
Erica: Hah! But yeah, they were good.
Kate: And although she’s one of my favorites, I feel like she did her job as an all-star and really let him shine in this routine; his jazz sass and attitude were pretty on point. (Lots of dance puns in that sentence.)
Erica: He has something that no other dancer has this season — he makes it look easy. I thought he was fab in this as he has been in just about everything. And of course I was delighted to see Lauren again. She’s great.
Darius & Taylor (Season 14): Contemporary, choreo by Travis Wall
“It Takes A Lot To Know A Man” by Damien Rice
Kate: Wait, didn’t we love Taylor?
Erica: Yes. We loved Koine a skootch more, but we loved Taylor next best last season.
Kate: Um, I know this is a Big Message piece, but may I just say that the eye makeup on him here was just gorgeous?
Erica: Here’s my thing — they let Travis say that he’s gay. Out loud. It’s…Like…Progress.
Kate: Hooray for progress! They danced a little awkwardly together and I don’t know if that was intended because of the choreography or what; but other than that, this was great and he was great. He has a lot of range, I think.
Erica: Oh, I thought they were perfection together. I think any awkwardness was intentional. He was spectacular and this piece was spectacular. You and I often don’t love Big Message pieces, but I think the thing is that a lot of the time the dancing suffers in service of The Message. In this piece, the dancing was brilliant, and The Message and the dancing were enhanced by each other. And he was so good. I’m so glad we didn’t lose him last week.
Kate: Aaaand there’s Nigel’s awful commentary. I cannot even. And stupid Hudge is “legit shook”.
Erica: Nigel, there have been gay boys on your show for 15 seasons and this is the first time one of them was allowed to admit it. Don’t pull a muscle patting yourself on the back, there.
Jensen & Jay Jay: Tahitian, choreo by Tiana Nonosina Liufau
“Lugahiva” by Te Vaka
Kate: Well, this was new. And WOW costumes.
Erica: This is because of the popularity of Moana. Kate, I forget, did you manage to watch this with the girls at some point? It’s so good.
Kate: I have still never seen it, but Ian plays the songs for me frequently. And I think Nigel said that this lady choreographed Moana, so, duh. But how does one choreograph an animated movie? Anyway, they were only slightly better on their connections here but individually they both danced this great; him a tad bit better, though.
Erica: I think it was nice for these two that this dance wasn’t super-dependent on connections. I thought they were individually very good and her hips were excellent.
Genessy & Slavik: Salsa, choreo by Jonathan & Oksana
“Machika” by J Balvin, Jeon & Anitta
Kate: Their silly little romance thing is just too…Silly…For me to believe this was a “sexy salsa” routine as indicated in the pre-dance thing.
Erica: Yeah, weirdly, the parts that they were supposed to be really rolling their pelvises together or whatever looked the worst.
Kate: Their lifts and tricks were also super-awkward throughout, very labored. Didn’t really like this, so I’m back to not liking her, and I still don’t like him or their silly little romance.
Erica: I thought she was better than him in this. But not great.
Hannahlei & Darius: Argentine Tango, choreo by Leonardo & Miriam
“Tanguango” by Ryota Komatsu
Kate: It sucks/is interesting that these are the only 2 left in the competition not with their original partners, no?
Erica: I suppose, but also, again, the small numbers made that inevitable.
Kate: Also, the way the 2 choreographers were dancing in the pre-dance thing made me want to watch THEM do some Argentine Tango!
Erica: Oof. I forgot to pay attention to that.
Kate: Also, they NAILED this. That beginning lift? Damn. All the lifts? Damn damn damn. (Except that one at the end when they kind of bumped heads, oops.) Really amazed. What a great night they both had!
Erica: I thought they danced it very well but didn’t sell the sexy. I also have to give props to the choreographers, who put in some really cool moves, which the pair of them pulled off.
Kate: “The pair of them” is a very Nigel-esque phrase. And, um, awkward AF when he asked Fox if they can have a top 20 again. I just don’t see it for you, Nigel.
Erica: Aw, poor Nigel.
Kate: Jensen is safe. Yay/duh.
Group Routine (Boys): Lyrical Hip-Hop, choreo by Christopher Scott
“Violence Broken” by No Mono
Kate: Hmm, not my favorite concept, but Jay Jay and Darius so clearly outshine Slavik.
Erica: I didn’t mind the concept. Christopher Scott loves his props but I thought these worked okay. And I thought Darius was the best in this one.
Kate: This really was just a weird routine.
Erica: Well. Yes. It was. I thought it was interesting but did not shine. I liked Luther Brown’s boys’ piece last week.
Kate: Slavik is safe. Are. You. Kidding. ???
Erica: I’m telling you, the power of the heterosexuality is working for him right now. I am super-enjoying, too, that the girls had to come out for results with their hair wrapped up because they were in the middle of prepping for their next routine. This show is usually pretty good about not showing its bones like that, but I enjoy when they do.
Group Routine (Girls): Hip-Hop, choreo by Luther Brown
“Bump” by Trish
Kate: SO much more fun/interesting than the boys’ routine.
Erica: I’m telling you, we need Luther Brown on the group routines more.
Kate: I actually really enjoyed this routine and I actually think that Genessy was best of the 3, followed by Hannahlei then Jensen, but I still love Jensen. I would very much like to learn this routine, Luther.
Erica: I liked Hannahlei the best in this one but I thought it was mostly that it was a fun routine.
Kate: Hannahlei is safe, which is good, as is Jensen, which is not good. America, I am once again not at all thrilled with you. Jay Jay and Darius are way more talented than most of those people in the top 4. UGH!
Erica: I have no objection to the girls, as I didn’t have a huge attachment to any of them, but once Slavik was safe I knew America had not been healed. No matter how many times tWitch wishes Luther Brown “mazel tov”. So our top 4 are Hannahlei, Jensen, Genessy and Slavik. Wait, so, first of all, for the first time ever, they have chosen not to do an even number of boys and girls, and also, Jay Jay and Darius are the best on the show? WTF? I call racism.
Kate: Ugh, until next week, I guess.