Host Cat Deeley was wearing a cute dress this week on So You Think You Can Dance! It was a peachy minidress without any obnoxious pattern or anything. Mary Murphy took over Cat’s usual role by wearing a hideous black and white patterned dress. Wade Robson was the third judge this week. That is a bit disappointing in that it means no routines choreographed by him this week. (Hey, Nigel just took my line and said the same thing!)
This is the last week that these couples will be performing together, as they will be split up and given different partners. I think that is when the real test begins, because it is important to show that you can work with different partners. Nigel also mentioned that surviving this week is important because the top five couples get to go on tour.
Here are my impressions of all the performances, as well as the critiques by the judges:
Dominic and Sabra
Jive: choreographed by Tony Meredith
Song: I do the jerk by Ryan Shaw
I thought this was a great, fast-paced routine. Sabra’s red dress was very cute. The routine had some swing and disco elements to it and was pretty creative. They executed the difficult moves pretty well, like the big lift at the end. Wade thought that they had a lot of positive energy and gave 110%. Mary thought it was a great way to start the show, although some of their kicks were too high. Nigel said that they were the best partners he has seen work together, with the exception of Heidi and Benji from last season.
Hok and Jaimie
Broadway: choreographed by Tice Diorio, with Travis Wall (from last season)
Song: Mr Bojanges from Fosse
Jaimie revealed that she hurt her toe last week. They showed a clip of it bleeding fairly badly. It did not seem to bother her during the performance.
I think this is the first slow Broadway performance we have seen, the others having been very upbeat. Hok was playing an old man and Jaimie was his spirit trying to get him to dance again. I thought the routine was great, but the song was not a good choice because it annoyed me a lot. I thought that they both did well and Jaimie had a lot of great spins. Wade said that he did not get that the character of Hok was supposed to be an old man and suggested that maybe Hok’s nerves are holding him back. Mary said, “It’s not doing it for me.” She said that Hok did not make any connection with him, but that Jaimie was elegant. Nigel said that the choreography played to Hok’s lack of technical experience and was “much ado about nothing.” He thought Jaimie had great lines and did well.
Pasha and Sara
Jazz: choreographed by Mandy Moore
Song: Body Language by Queen
I thought this was a very fun routine, although I was a bit distracted by Sara’s outfit, which looked like an 80s workout outfit. The routine was very creative and involved several moves with their suspenders, which we don’t see too often. Wade liked the choreography a lot and thought that Pasha was showing a lot of versatility and they both did a good job. Mary said they did well, but doesn’t know if it is enough to keep them out of the bottom three. Nigel said that they need to be careful that they are giving emotion and personality over to the crowd.
Neil and Lauren
Contemporary: choreographed by Mia Michaels
Song: Let the drummer kick by Citizen Cope
This was a much faster-paced routine than we are used to seeing from Mia Michaels. It was quite bizarre, but in a good way. They wore goggles and the moves were a mixture of big movements and small little actions. It almost had some hip-hop like elements in it. Wade said that Neil has come alive with this performance. Mary liked it, despite not understanding the story. She would have liked to see their eyes. She said it was good, but not great. Nigel did not understand it either, but doesn’t think you have to. He doesn’t know if he enjoyed it or not, not taking anything away from their dancing.
Danny and Anya:
Foxtrot: choreographed by Tony Meredith
Song: It had to be you by Brian Evans
Anya revealed that she was injured as well, hurting her ankle during their routine last week. She seemed pretty strong during the performance and I did not notice her struggling. The dance was gorgeous and I loved Anya’s purple dress (I am partial to purple). I am always impressed by the ballroom performances because I cannot even imagine doing it, but this week the judges agreed with me that it was wonderful. Wade had planned to say that he had never been moved by Danny, but the performance today changed that. Danny surprised him this week and he thought that Anya was elegant and classically beautiful. Mary said she was not surprised at all, because she loved them since the very beginning and thought they were fantastic. Then she gave them a scream and said they were in first class on the tamale train. Nigel said it was the best Foxtrot he has seen on this stage. He added that Dancing with the Stars will have to change their name to Dancing with Celebrities because the stars are here!
Kameron and Lacey
Hip-hop: choreographed by Dan Karaty
Song: Here I Come by Fergie
This was another fun routine with Lacey dressed up as a cheerleader playing hard to get. I thought that Lacey was great, although Kameron was lacking a bit. He had a solo in the middle which I thought was a little boring. At the end of the routine, Kameron pulled a girl out of the audience instead of going with Lacey. Wade said that Kameron was heavy and was not light on his feet or snappy. He did not “dance inside of the music” and “floated on top of it.” He said that Lacey was a great performer, but he is not sure that she is “personal” enough. Mary agreed that Kameron danced heavy, but that Lacey is on point. Nigel said that Kameron did not “bring it,” especially during his solo.
My bottom three couples (it is getting so hard to pick three when they all do so well!):
Hok and Jaimie
Sara and Pasha
Lacey and Kameron