Okay, twenty people makes for FAR too long an intro, but I'm still in love with the "These are the girls...and here are your guys!" thing they always do. I just realized I kind of want to be Cat Deeley for Halloween.
Jamie & Rayven: Hip-Hop (Napoleon & Tabitha)
A decent routine that seemed a lot better after seeing everybody else dance. I really wish Rayven could stand still for two seconds and stop constantly mugging for my vote. Everybody does that, sure, but this girl does not stop.
Susie and Marquis: Smooth Waltz (Hunter Johnson)
Marquis has "personal family issues" with his parents not wanting him to dance. ...That's one way of putting it, yes. I really didn't care for Susie at all before this week, but she and Marquis were quite beautiful on this routine, botched lift be damned. Elegant, with some great lines, but it was never boring, unlike some ballroom pairs tonight. (Jessica King!)
Kourtni and Matt: Jazz (The Other Mandy Moore)
Okay, Matt is absolutely beautiful. Not even in terms of attraction, but, like, in terms of art. His face should be sculpted. I really like them both, and I think their routine was much better than the judges gave them credit for. Nigel in particular was way harsh to Matt, with the broomstick up his ass comment. Plus, who doesn't love a jewel-heist-themed jazz routine? Love you, The Other Mandy Moore!
Chelsea T. and Thayne: Cha Cha (Tony Meredith)
Really? "Thayne"? Okay. Thayne has the biggest teeth I have ever seen and is also incredibly kooky. Unchecked kookiness can be a problem with me. Was this what Benji was like? The routine was okay. Nothing terribly special.
Chelsie H. and Mark: Contemporary (Mia Michaels)
Tim Burton's wedding. God bless your crazy ass, Mia Michaels, but I didn't love this routine. A little too foo-foo, even for contemporary. Mark looked like a damn fool flitting about all by himself, and Chelsie's poofy dress made it so you couldn't see her move half the time. Best I could tell, I like him and she's merely okay.
Kherington and Twitch: Broadway (Tyce Diorio)
Awesome. My favorite routine of the night. Often when the poppers/breakers/b-boys start braching out into other styles, the praise can seem condescending ("Good for YOU! 'A' for effort!"), but for Twitch it was well-deserved. He was great! And Kherington was his equal with every step.
Comfort and Chris: Jive (Tony Meredith)
Total trainwreck. I would enjoy the whole Comfort experience a lot more if (and hopefully when) she starts dancing better (perhaps with a new partner?). I'm pretty sure Nigel's in love with her, so I wouldn't be shocked to see Chris bumped off and Comfort paired with someone else.
Katee and Joshua: Hip-Hop (Napoleon & Tabitha)
At first I thought he was great and she was only so-so, probably because she's been working my last nerve since that boo-hoo business last week. But as the routine went on, I found her more and more appealing. They make a good pair. I liked that the hip-hop routines took on the storytelling pretensions of a contemporary or jazz number. That was fun.
Jessica and Will: Tango (Hunter Something-or-other)
Technically proficient but boring as hell. Jessica bugs the crap out of me, but that wasn't my problem with the actual dancing. Neither was my resentment that Will is keeping the deliciously daffy Debbie Allen from the judges' panel. It was just a snoozer. No idea what Nigel and Co. saw that was so special.
Courtney and Gev: Disco (Doriano Sanchez)
Not the most inspiring routine ever, but while they didn't blow the doors off the place, I like the both of them, and I really like them together. Courtney reminds me of Lacey a bit, and Gev is a less Orc-like Dominic. I hope they survive this week.
Top 3: Kherington/Twitch, Katee/Joshua, Kourtni/Matt
Bottom 3 (personally): Comfort/Chris, Chelsea/Thayne, Jessica/Will
Bottom 3 (predicted): Chelsea/Thayne, Courtney/Gev, Jamie/Rayven
Predicted Eliminations: Rayven and Gev