Now this is when things get good. It's always interesting and sometimes puzzling to see who the judges put into pairs. I feel like the judges got it right for most of the couples. I saw some great chemistry and some even better routines.
As a reminder, the 3 couples in the bottom will have to dance for their lives tomorrow. Based on their solos the judges will decide which boy and which girl go home.
Let's get to it.
Couple One: 28 year-old ballet dancer Rayven and west coast swinger Jamie. Rayven is our oldest competitor this year and has studied with Alvin Ailey. Jamie and his girlfriend made it all the way to Vegas before she was cut.
Dance: Hip-hop with Napoleon and Tabitha
Nigel: it wasn't bad but he wasn't sure it was memorable
Mary: called it "candy-cotton" hip hop; like it
Dan: thought it wasn't quite there; no funk; wanted to see different levels; not bad but not great.
I didn't love it. I felt like it was hip-hop lite.
Couple Two: 25 year-old Latin dancer Susie and 18 year-old contemporary dancer Marquis. Susie hopes to inspire her students and Marquis had to fight to dance because his mother was against it. Now she's supportive.
Dance: Smooth Waltz with Hunter Johnson
Nigel: likes that they kept it going; liked the technique and carriage of Marquis and the lines from Susie.
Mary: she thought they pulled it off; lines were beautiful
Dan: sexy, romantic; loved it
I thought there was too much spinning and turning. I don't know how anybody with eyes could have not noticed they messed the lift up (I'm talking to you, Nigel). But I did think they did a nice smooth waltz. I also hope they don't get penalized for picking a style that not too many people seem to appreciate.
Couple Three: 18 year-old contemporary dancer Kourtni L. and 22 year-old contemporary dancer Matt. As we already know, Kourtni graduated high school early to move to L.A. to become a dancer. Matt has always been athletic and that led to dance. They're both very tall.
Dance: Jazz w/Mandy Moore
Nigel: fun; wants more personality from Matt and implied he was in trouble; thinks Kourtni has a unique face and will do well
Mary: great job; made it look easy; thought lift and landing was too heavy
Dan: great choreographer, great dancers, great concept but wanted them to hit it harder.
I thought they were fun to watch and I'm a big fan of Kourtni. I also want to see Matt loosen up but I didn't think he was in trouble with the way he danced tonight.
Couple Four: Contemporary dancers Chelsea T. and Thayne. Chelsea is first generation American from Jamaican parents and Thayne quit dancing for a while after being teased.
Dance: Cha-cha with Tony Meredith and Melanie
Nigel: thinks Chelsea is fantastic (why wouldn't he? She's a hot girl.); sexy; thinks they're on the platform of the hot tamale train
Mary: they've got 2 tickets on that train; thought Chelsea was on fire; Thayne made a great partner
Dan: thought they owned the stage; unbelievable
I thought they were really fun to watch and had a great routine. I watched it twice. Chelsea's hip action was pretty amazing and I thought Thayne was a great partner. They did a really nice job.
Couple Five: Ballroom dancer Chelsie H. and contemporary dancer Mark. As we know, Chelsie's family has been though some financial hardships. She turned to dance as her outlet. Mark grew up in Hawaii.
Dance: Contemporary with Mia Michaels (in rare form, I might add)
Nigel: impressed; says it's going to be a really good season; brilliant
Mary: she likes Mark's uniqueness; loved Chelsie; thought they made it look effortless
Dan: amazing; great job.
I thought it was strange and cool, very Mia. I would have liked Chelsie's dress to be a little more form fitting so I could actually see the intricacies of all those lifts but I liked it.
Couple Six: Hip-hop dancer Twitch and 18 year-old contemporary dancer Kherington. Twitch thinks he made it on the show this year because he really wants it and Kherington missed her high school graduation to try out for the show, but she's happy she did
Dance: Broadway with Tice DiOrio
Nigel: Very hot; loves Kherington's spirit; thought Twitch looked like he belongs on Broadway
Mary: hot; thought Kherington was hitting it; is so proud of Twitch.
Dan: thinks Kherington lights up the stage; would like to see Twitch on Broadway
I thought Twitchington had great technique and were really fun to watch. This is a great pairing and I can't wait to see what they do next week.
Couple Seven: 19 year-old hip hopper Comfort and contemporary dancer Chris.
Dance: Jive with Tony Meredith and Melanie
Nigel: thought Comfort was smoldering but wanted more bounce in her stop; thought Chris did a great job; loves Comfort's personality
Mary: loves Comfort; thought they did a respectable job
Dan: thought Chris was wonderful but wanted them to find their chemistry
I thought it was fun. I wasn't quite sure what was lacking from Comfort's performance until Nigel mentioned her dancing on straight legs. I felt like she didn't have enough energy although I did enjoy their performance. I still want to see a bit more personality from Chris, although it's probably hard to compete with Comfort in that department.
Couple Eight: 20 year-old contemporary dancer Katee and 19 year-old hip hoper Joshua. Katee says she's a positive person (despite what we saw last week, but I forgive her) and Joshua admits to have a little ballet training in high school when he was on the football team.
Dance: Hip-hop with Napoleon and Tabitha
Nigel: thought is was really, really good; he says it's his favorite of the night; brilliant; they danced very well together.
Mary: tremendous; it got her
Dan: killed it; Katee held her own and Joshua owned it
This was probably my favorite performance of the night. I was a little worried at the beginning of the piece but when they started dancing I thought it was amazing. I also thought Katee would be left in Joshua's dust but she did a great job.
Couple Nine: 22 year-old contemporary dancer Jessica and 21 year-old contemporary dancer Will. Jessica is the one who misspelled Vegas after she got put though and Will mentored with Debbie Allen.
Dance: Tango with Hunter Johnson
Nigel: thought they looked professional; Will was majestic; Jessica had a few wobbles but she was wonderful
Mary: loved their tango; Will owned it; thinks they're the couple to beat
Dan: thought they played their parts; connected with each other and the audience
I thought it was very strong and I really liked the lift at the end. I agreed with the judges about Will. I thought he was the stronger dancer tonight but I also thought Jessica did a pretty good job. I saw the bobbles but they didn't take away too much for me.
Couple Ten: 19 year-old contemporary dancer Courtney G. and b-boy Gev. Courtney used to dance for the Knicks and Gev left his home in Kazakhstan for a better life.
Dance: Disco with Doriana Sanchez
Nigel: loves Disco but didn't love their number; thought Gev looked like Disco Duck; thought they had no feel for it
Mary: thought Courtney was on in the personality department; good job
Dan: enjoyed it; had a good time; thought they could have been cleaner and tighter
I thought they looked like they were having fun. With all those lifts and traveling across the floor I thought the level of difficulty was high. I think some of you have said before (and will say again, I'm sure) that you're not fans of Disco. It'll be interesting to see what you say about this routine.
As you may have noticed, I included many of the judges comments tonight. I thought it might be interesting/fun/entertaining/enlightening to see who you do or don't agree with and why. Definitely let me know what you think. Do you have any favorites? Who do you think will go home tomorrow?
Random question of the week: Did Nigel seems a little overcooked? Maybe like he spent too much time tanning? I know it's sunny here in Southern California but it ain't
Now this is when things get good Its always interesting and sometimes puzzling to see who the judges put into pairs I feel like the judges got it right for most of the couples I saw some great chemistry and some even better routinesAs a reminder the 3 couples in the bottom will have to dance for their lives tomorrow Based on their solos the judges will decide which boy and which girl go home Lets get to itCouple One 28 year-old ballet dancer Rayven and west coast swinger Jamie Rayven is our oldest competitor this year and has studied with Alvin Ailey Jamie and his girlfriend made it all the way to Vegas before she was cutDance Hip-hop with Napoleon and TabithaNigel it wasnt bad but he wasnt sure it was memorableMary called it candy-cotton hip hop like itDan thought it wasnt quite there no funk wanted to see different levels not bad but not greatI didnt love it I felt like it was hip-hop lite Couple Two 25 year-o