Poor Cat, she hates Thursdays so much; she has to say good-bye to another two of her “babies”. The wardrobe people must feel sorry for her because her outfit on Thursday is always much MUCH better than the Wednesday ones. Tonight she’s rocking the Tony Manero look. THIS. Is So You Think You Can Dance (dance…..dance)!
A VAST improvement over the blood clot she was sporting last night.
We start the night with a group number choreographed by Mia Michaels. I think Mia may have been watching the Real World Road Rules Challenge recently because she’s gone all aboriginal businessman on our asses. They’re dancing to “Higher Ground” by Stevie Wonder, and while Mia may irritate the shit out of me, I have to say, I do love this number.
I still think Mia is a bitch, but I can’t deny that that number kicked ass.
I’m soooooooo wonderful, aren’t I?
Cat reminds us again about how the show works, and then asks us to welcome the judges. Lil C is back tonight with Nigel and Mary, and Cat tells him he was in rare form last night. Cue the montage of Lil C’s comments from last night, but this time they’re interspersed with reaction shots from the audience which are hilarious.
Lil C is cracking up by the end of the montage, and Cat bows down to him chanting, “Respect, respect.” I don’t normally like the montages, but that was cute. I love that he’s got such a great sense of humor about himself. Note to Nigel: Never never ever ever let Mia near him again. Please and thank you.
Cat says enough silliness, let’s get to the results and bring out our first set of three couples. In this group we have Ade and Melissa, Jason and Caitlin, and Phillip and Jeanine.
So unless two people are in the bottom in this first group, at least one of my predictions from last night is wrong. Cat starts with Melissa and Ade. Last night they danced a Sonya jazz routine and wowed the judges. Did the voters feel the same way? YES! They are safe.
Jason and Caitlin struggled with a Shane Sparks’ hip hop routine while Phillip and Jeanine mangled the tango. Which did the audience prefer? Phillip (and Jeanine). DURRRRRR. Is Mary surprised that Jason and Caitlin ended up in the bottom three? Not really. But she is slightly disappointed. She advises them to do their best on their solos. Great advice Mary!
Let’s move on to the next three couples. This time we have Brandon and Janette, Jonathan and Karla, and Kupono and Ashley.
This grouping has me biting my nails a little bit. I think it should be Kupono and Ashley in the bottom, but I’m worried that it will be Jonathan and Karla. But the first ones up are Brandon and Janette. Last night they brought the disco fever to the stage, but did America feel the heat? They did. Safe!
Karla and Jonathan danced a beautiful contemporary routine, while Ashley and Kupono limped through the other Shane Sparks’ hip hop number. Fingers crossed……….Karla and Jonathan are SAFE! Whew. I’m glad my bad feeling was wrong. Of course this mean Kupono and Ashley will be dancing for their lives. Interestingly Karla and Jonathan run off the stage without bothering to give Kupono and Ashley the usual “so sorry you’re in the bottom” hug. I wonder if that means one of them is an asshole?
Cat wants to know if Lil C is shocked. He is. Sorta. Well, not really. They started out with a bang in the first show with the Wade Robson number, but this week they just didn’t hit it. He thinks it showed how vulnerable they are when taken out of the comfortability of their dance genre.
Huh. I never of thought of it like that. Thanks Lil C!
Alright, let’s get to the final three couples. In case you haven’t figured it out yet, this group includes Evan and Randi, Vitolio and Asuka, and Max and Kayla.
But before we get to the results, Cat has a little surprise for Evan. You know they’re currently auditioning for season six, right? Well, guess who showed up in LA to audition?
YAY!!! Please let him make it into the top twenty this time.
Well, the surprise isn’t THAT awesome, but it’s pretty good. Ryan made it straight through to Vegas. Yay Ryan! Cat says she cried like a big idiot. I love her. Do we even need to talk about Evan and Randi’s dance after that? There’s no way they’re going to follow that with Evan ending up in the bottom. Of course they’re safe.
Which definitely means Vitolio and Asuka are in the bottom. There’s no way Max and Kayla will be in it, not after the judges keep telling all of us how incredible Kayla is, right? WRONG. Apparently the voters get as annoyed as I do by all the Kayla ass licking going on and they have sent her butt to the bottom three. Does she deserve to be there? No. But maybe it will shut the judges up a little.
Don’t worry Kayla, there’s no way Nigel’s letting you get the boot
Speaking of Nigel, was he shocked? Yes and No. Really, Nigel? Yes and No? Way to commit. He thinks it all depends on the routines that they do, and while he loves Brian Friedman, he thinks that many people may not have understood that number. In other words, if you didn’t vote for them you are a moron.
You know who you are
Whatever. You’re in good company because I didn’t vote for them either. Oh wait. Nevermind. I didn’t vote for anyone.
While the dancers prepare for their solos, it’s time for another guest appearance from the world of dance. This time it’s Amrampali Ambegaokar performing a Bollywood routine. It’s a very different feel from what we’ve seen of Bollywood on this show. She starts off more slowly, with a lot of graceful hand and leg movements. She does pick up speed whirling around the stage and then begins a series of quick stamping steps that are insanely fast and make me tired just watching her.
My sister had me cracking up during this part because she swore that when the music went all staccato it sounded like the singer was saying suckitsuckitsuckitsuckitsuckitsuckit over and over again. And you know what? The second time around that’s all I could hear. It’s like when the guy did the bit about “Circle of Life” and he said the chanting in the beginning sounded like they were saying “pink pajamas penguins on the bottom”. I can’t ever listen to that song without hearing that now. Shit. I wish I knew who that guy was.
I really hope this movie is as funny as I want it to be. But I have a bad feeling about it.
Back to the show! It’s time for the dancers to perform their solos. First up is Caitlin.
I really like it. She shows us what she can do without cramming the solo full of tricks. Very nice. Following Caitlin is her partner, Jason.
This kid is not going anywhere. He gets so freaking high in the sir when he does his leaps, I love it. The only thing I would say is that he crammed a lot in there, but honestly it didn’t bother me because it flowed from one move to the next.
Ashley’s up next and she’s working a little bit of a Bebe Neuwirth vibe for me tonight.
Unfortunately she’s got the Bebe vibe working for her look, but not so much for her dancing. It wasn’t terrible; it just wasn’t much of anything. She needs to pray that Kayla comes out and farts her way across the stage or something.
Following Ashley is Kupono. I really don’t know what to make of him.
Does he have to take a dump or is he waiting for some other sort of ass action?
Aside from one pirouette at the end of his solo, there really isn’t much else there. I guess there’s something in there, he’s got some quirky style and movement going on, but really there’s not much to it. I think he might get his ass sent home for that.
The last girl to dance to night is Kayla.
Her solo is like a moving definition of trying too hard. It’s interesting because I don’t think there’s a chance in hell she’s going home, but she must think there is because she crams as much as she possibly can into the little time she has. It’s like the polar opposite of Ashley’s solo.
Last up is Max. This should be interesting since he is used to always dancing with a partner.
This about sums it up
Yep. It is boring as hell. I think Kupono should bake him a cake because Max may have just saved his ass. Although, he is the only ballroom guy (I’m not counting Jonathan) so I’m sure Mary will fight like hell to keep him. And they do sometimes give them a pass on the first solo because of the whole partner thing. We shall see.
Cat sends the judges off to deliberate. And lucky us! We get treated to another guest performance. But not the good dancing kind. This one is one of the sucky singing ones.
Sorry! I meant to say sucky lip-syncing.
I mean it’s pretty fucking bad when you can’t lip sync to your own hit single! I could do a better job on this performance than she does. Oh. I think I forgot to mention the performer’s name is Kristinia DeBarge. Write it down so you never buy tickets to her concert. UGH. Make it stop. Although to be fair, it’s not like she actually wrote the song or anything, so why should she
lip-sync sing it well either? I guess it really is all about who you know.
Alrighty. After a quick commercial break, it’s time to find out which dancers will get the boot this week. Ladies first. Nigel first tells us that they are not unanimous on either if the decisions tonight. AND he adds that if it were up to them they would not lose any of this six tonight.
Who would you lose? Who? Who?
He’s not telling. Damn! Moving onward. He begins with Caitlin. They felt that she had great quality of movement, really good control and it helped erase their memory of the hip hop number. Ashley’s turn. She had wonderful Hollywood glamour, but her solo was lacking substance. For Kayla, he tells her that they all know what a wonderful dancer she is, but tonight she has to prove that to everyone watching. They felt her solo was crowded.
Color me surprised, I actually agreed with everything Nigel just said. He repeats one more time that the decision is not unanimous before telling Ashley she has been given the old heave ho. I’m not surprised or really saddened by this. I mean, I thought she was a good dancer, and I loved the Wade routine from last week, but I can’t say I’ll really miss her.
In a couple of weeks I’ll barely remember her name
Let’s move on to the guys. Jason is up first. They thought his solo was exceptionally strong and Nigel thinks it was the best solo of the series to date. I am not in agreement with him on that. I do agree that Jason’s solo was fantastic, but no one will ever top Danny’s solos in my book.
Sorry dude. I just call ‘em like I see ‘em.
Regardless of the difference of opinion, Nigel and I both agree it would be crazy to send this kid home. He is safe. Kupono gets basically the same critique as Ashley; very little substance to his solo, and I am thinking he may be going home with her which is a shame because I’d like to see more of him.
Nigel tells Max no one could impress them more than him when it comes to hard work. And they know it’s tough to do a solo when you usually dance with a partner. Again. This was not a unanimous decision, but the guy going home tonight is……….Max!
This one actually surprised me. I thought for sure they’d keep around a little bit longer. Mary must be P-I-S-S-E-D, y’all. Personally, I am not sad to see him go. Kayla and Kupono could turn out to be a really interesting couple. I’m excited to see how they’ll work together.
So that’s it for this week Gasmi. What did you think? Were you sad to see Max or Ashley go? Who were you hoping would get the boot? I’m excited to see what next week brings; hopefully it’ll be right back up there in terms of performance levels. Either way, it’ll be fun to watch.