Robert steals the show, Lauren gets a cool nickname, and Kent gets emotional — it's something of a rollercoaster on the last performance episode of Season 7 as all of the dancers turn in at least one stellar routine each. As Adam Shankman and Mama Mia would say, I am so proud. This show is packed with some excellent performances, so let's get on with it!
Welcome, one and all, to the last performance episode of Season 7.
Yeah, Cat, I am going to miss you the most — wait, excuse me? Each dancer is going to dance four routines and one solo? Seriously, I hate you a little right now. And that hurts me. On the inside.
This season's highlights roll and we relive all the hilarious moments from auditions as well as the most heartbreaking moment of any episode this season — Alex's injury-induced exit.
Almost immediately, we get into the dancing with...
Kent's First All-Star Dance
Choreographer/Style: Nakul Dev Mahajan/Bollywood
Song: "Om Mangalam" by Kambakkht ISHQ (Soundtrack)
I love how much Bollywood we're getting this season and how different each routine has been. I don't know if the form is 100 percent correct, but Kent looks awesome during this dance; he's at least very close. Oof. A little rough on the last spin there.
Nigel likes the costumes, the routine, and the dancing. Great way to start off the finale.
Mia thinks it's the perfect Bollywood piece for Kent. It was "Kent-ish."
It worked for Adam too! He's impressed that, with all of the work the dancers have been doing for the five routines this week, Kent was still able to have such energy during the dance.
Lauren's First All-Star Dance
Choreographer/Style: Napoleon and Tabitha Dumo/Hip Hop
Song: "Power" by Kanye West
During the rehearsal montage, we see a couple of fake campaign videos because the concept for the routine is a Presidential Debate. Lauren's video reveals that her nickname is "Lo Fro." I'm a little in love with it. Okay, and now for the dance. Wow. Lauren has gotten really good at hip-hop. She's still a little stiff, but I think she's the best hip-hop dancer that we've had this season since Alex left.
Nigel loved it. Lauren nailed it with her strength.
Mia believes Lauren hasn't had a bad dance all season. I don't know if that's true, but she's being nice so I'll go with it.
Adam is proud to be sitting in the judges' seat. Lauren is one of the best girls in the history of the show.
Robert's First All-Star Dance
Choreographer/Style: Tyce Diorio/Jazz
Song: "Whip It" by DEVO
Oddly enough, I think Robert looks better in this dance. Mark has more attitude but a few of his movements come off as a little too waifish. This routine is great, though — fun, fast, and strong. It's a fantastic dance to watch.
Nigel was interested by the dance. More than anybody, Robert has improved and climbed the ladder of the competition. Nigel doesn't care who wins out of the top three and that almost never happens.
Mia thinks Robert has gotten more grounded as the season has progressed. For her, he is the most improved dancer on the show.
Adam is proud of Robert not only for growing, but also for jumping up!
Cat sits down with Kent before his solo to chat. They talk about how far he's come since Vegas and about his faces. Then they talk about that infamous kiss with Lauren and Cat makes kissy faces. Okay, we're making up as soon as this episode is over, Cat.
Solo: "The Finish Line" by Train
Whoa! Kent is dancing his heart out. He does this really amazing flip/jump with one leg over his head and then lands with his whole body prone on the floor. Geez, this kid is talented.
Lauren and Robert's Dance
Choreographer/Style: Dee Caspary/Contemporary
Song: "That Home" by Cinematic Orchestra
I really love watching Robert and Lauren dance together...with a pillow. I'm getting flashes of James Franco. It sounds goofy, but it's actually really beautiful. There's a great moment where Lauren throws a pillow at Robert and then throws herself on top of the pillow in his arms.
Nigel says the word to best describe this dance is strength. Robert finished everything from his "fingertips down to [his] toes."
Mia loves the use of the pillow. This is Robert's most "delicious" performance. He's evolved into this "genius dancer," while remaining so humble. Lauren was perfection. Mia is proud to watch the journeys of these top three dancers.
Adam saw magnificent beauty in the dance as well as the support both dancers gave to one another. One word: magnificent.
Lauren and Kent's Dance
Choreographer/Style: Mandy Moore/Jazz
Song: "Hip To Be Square" by Huey Lewis and the News
These song choices make me so happy! This whole routine is a bunch of really well-choreographed bad dance steps from the last 20 years. It looks fantastic and I love the combination of these purposefully terrible moves with the well-performed traditional moves, but I don't love it for the finale.
Nigel isn't pleased with this routine at all; it wasn't challenging enough for the finale.
Mia also isn't pleased with the routine, but says she's going to just embrace the fun in the performance.
Adam loves these two! That's all he can really say. Poor Mandy Moore.
Kent and Lauren defend Mandy giving her props for allowing them to have fun.
Cat chats with Robert. He's still shocked to be in the top three. After the "Fix You" routine, all of his friends and family were "in awe" of him. By the way, if he wins the prize money, he's buying his mother anything he wants. Cat is eating it up.
Song: "The District Sleeps Alone" by Postal Service
He just looks beautiful dancing. That's all I can say. I agree with the judges — Robert is definitely the most improved and he has impressed me even more tonight.
Kent's Second All-Star Dance
Choreographer/Style: Stacey Tookey/Contemporary
Song: "Sundrenched World (Live Session)" by Joshua Radin
Mesmerized -- that's what I am when I watch this dance. Whoa. Allison did a little half-jump and Kent dives down and grabs her foot as she hits the floor.
Nigel thinks Kent's form just keeps getting better and better. He was so emotionally honest.
Mia asks Kent, who is clearly still affected by the piece, asks Kent what he said at the end of the piece. Apparently, he said "get off me," which is both chilling and beautiful.
Adam asks Kent what he's going through and Kent says it's personal. He just got so emotionally invested in the piece that he forgot the steps and then — Adam doesn't let him finish! I know Adam is proud of him, but Kent is so rarely serious that I feel like it's important to understand what he was going through. We'll never know now.
Cat chats with Lauren, who is proud of herself for surviving this long. And she's the only girl to boot! She loved the Prom dance and not just because of the kiss with Kent. Cat wiggles her eyebrows. Marry me.
Song: "I'm Goin' Down" by Mary J. Blige
This girl is so bendy; that move should not be physically possible. In fact, I'm pretty sure it's illegal in most states. Her jump where she lands in the splits is just — ooh. Ow. That's all I can think.
Robert's Second All-Star Dance
Choreographer/Style: Spencer Liff/Broadway
Song: "Cool" by West Side Story (Soundtrack)
Robert talked in the rehearsal videos about working to look cool. I think you succeeded, babe. Kathryn grabs his tie at one point and spins him around by it. It's pretty awesome.
Robert split his pants! Ha!
Nigel loves this song and then there is tension as he and Adam argue about whether or not the song actually appears in the stage play. Mostly, he thinks this song showcased Robert's strengths perfectly.
Mia was nervous at first because the song is so classic. Ultimately, though, she thinks the performance was danced "geniusly." She did want more simmer within the movements, but it's still a "lovefest."
Adam loves the material and thinks the original Jerome Robbins choreography is the best ever created. Having said that, he absolutely adores Spencer's routine and he thinks Jerome Robbins would have hired Robert.
Lauren's Second All-Star Dance
Choreographer/Style: Tony Meredith and Melanie Lapatin/Cha Cha
Song: "Not Myself Tonight" by Christina Aguilera
Super sexy dance! There's a great leg wrap turn and Lauren really owns the stage though and — holy cow! Pasha turns her 360 degrees while she's being held above his shoulders.
Nigel thinks most of the moves looked "damn near perfect." Lauren is probably the best contemporary girl to do a ballroom routine.
Mia uses her favorite phrase this season: "Who are you?" If she was still dancing, Mia would want to dance like Lauren. She never gets bored watching the 18-year-old. Lauren is clearly so touched by the compliment.
Adam says that "if music were turned into a person, it would be [Lauren]." Lauren dances as effortlessly as most people breathe.
Robert and Kent's Dance
Choreographer/Style: Miriam Larici and Leonardo Barrionuevo /Malevos Fight
Song: "The Chosen/Drum Addict" by Taylor Long
This could be hot or a train wreck. Verdict is in — it's hot. They're not always strong, but their footwork is amazing. They both throw themselves in the air and roll over one another. It's pretty great. And then the coats come off! Whew.
Nigel says that Miriam and Leonardo informed him that this dance is what the men in South America do to practice the tango before they are allowed to dance with the women. The work ethic of these two is what Nigel really loves about this routine, though.
Mia thinks the debonair and "hood" quality was excellent, but could definitely have used more competence in the footwork.
Adam acknowledges that the precision isn't there. That is quite the statement considering they only had a few hours to learn it. I admit that neither dancer was perfect, but they learned five total dances this week and one of those was a completely foreign dance for both of them. It's pretty impressive that they got through the dance at all.
Well, as much as I was dreading the number of performances at the beginning of tonight's show, I really loved the routines. It has been amazing to watch the growth of these dancers and see them progress. I'm not sure whether Robert's DEVO routine, Kent's emotional dance with Allison, or Robert and Lauren's pillow performance was my favorite. That's how good tonight's show was — I can't choose.
Whose performance was your favorite? Did any of tonight's numbers sway your vote in a different direction? Does Robert have a shot at taking the title away from Lauren or Kent?
Throw out some predictions down below and I'll see you tomorrow night for the last show of Season 7! Sniff.