Okay, I'm kind of new to this, but aren't they starting the two-performance thing a bit early in the season? Yikes. I guess maybe I'm one of the few people who likes the little personality-building vignettes before each performance (so much better than the filler segments on Idol, probably because these kids actually have personalities). But, speaking of Idol, can I say that Cat Deeley handled all that rush-rush-rush effortlessly, nothing close to the hurricane of coked-up frenzy that happens when Ryan Seacrest has to get a long show in on time.
Anyway, every couple this week (except for Courtney and Gev) ended up with one ballroom routine and one other routine. I kind of hope the show's scratched its ballroom itch and start maybe calming down and letting these kids do what they're good at.
Jessica and Will
Jive (Tony Meredith)
Lyrical Jazz (Mandy Moore)
Up until this week, I honestly couldn't tell you what styles and choreographers Will and Jessica worked with thus far, because they've been totally forgettable for me. I thought that jive was fantastic -- Will blew me away (so effortless!), and I don't think Jessica was holding him back all that much. Despite the fact that its pretty much true, she's really got to be sick of hearing how much of a millstone she is around Will's neck.
As for the jazz routine...okay, lots to discuss. One, as you all know by now, I am totally queer for Heart and "Alone" has been one of my very favorite songs way before Carrie Underwood ever picked up that can of AquaNet. And I found it amusing that the song finally burst beyond the Idol boundaries and started bleeding into Nigel's other show. The problem was, I didn't think the song went with the choreography AT ALL and it ended up totally distracting me from the dancing. Which seemed to be very good. Will certainly threw down the shirtless gauntlet ("Your move, Twitch!"), though maybe the judges could shut up about that for three seconds. Overall, it was a great week for these two, in my opinion. For the first time, I get what the big deal about Will is.
Comfort and Thayne
Broadway (Andy Blanken-something)
Smooth Waltz (Edward Simon)
Not sure when it happened, but I've definitely taken to rooting for wee little Thayne (he really is like Benji and Travis had a baby). So maybe that colored my reactions to these two tonight, but I thought they came through really well. And Nigel was totally overly mean to them. And I'm almost hoping they manage not to get eliminated this week. That waltz was gorgeous -- totally beyond anything Comfort or Thayne has done this season.
Kourtni and Matt
Hip-Hop (Cicely and Elisa)
Mambo (Alex DaSilva)
I didn't love the choreography in the first routine (more on Cicely and Elisa later), but the bigger problem appeared to be Kourtni being out of sync with Matt (she seemed a step too slow at every turn). Their second routine I thought was fabulous, but no one seemed to agree with me. I just love these two. And as long as Nigel's gonna keep calling Matt too faggy to be a good dancer, I'm gonna keep rooting for them. That shit bugs me to no end.
Chelsie and Mark
Jazz (Mandy Moore)
Foxtrot (Edward Simon)
These two have absolutely become my new favorites. That jazz routine was a blast, it had great build to it and showcased Chelsie and Mark's precision and exuberance. I am going to hate to see them split up in a couple weeks. The foxtrot was absolutely on point -- Chelsie carried them in her home style, but Mark was every inch with her. Also...WTF with Paul Anka covering Bon Jovi? Can we not do that?
Kherington and Twitch
Paso Doble (Tony Meredith)
Contemporary (Mia Michaels)
Okay, first of all, the Paso Doble is a dance between the matador and his cape, not a "matadoress," Twitch, and I know that because Travis and Heidi told me so. Good to hear Nigel reference that performance in his judging, because that shit was so awesome. Kherington and Twitch were less so, particularly on that Paso Doble, which, like their Viennese Waltz a few weeks ago, kind of skirted the Paso Doble-ness. Unlike their Viennese Waltz, there wasn't enough other stuff to compensate. Their contemporary routine was better -- the rose petals were kind of overdone (though I love how Mia Michaels was like "hell, I don't even know" about it), but there were some beautiful movements from the pair of them. Overall, though, it was kind of a blah week for these two.
Katee and Joshua
Contemporary (Mia Michaels)
West Coast Swing (Benji Schwimmer)
The first performance was a knockout -- a quintissential Mia Michaels routine full of of drama and angst danced with scary amounts of passion by Katee and Joshua. Best performance of the night. Though, can I bitch about the camerawork on this routine? Let us see the dancing, a-holes! As for the West Coast Swing...you all know I can't take Benji. Exhausting. With the dog? You know? And how are you gonna straight-up ignore Lacey (the BETTER Schwimmer) like that? Bitches. Anyway, despite the fact that Josh and Katee were dressed like employees at a western-themed gay casino, they danced a strong routine (if a little slo-mo at times).
Courtney and Gev
Hip-Hop (Cicely and Elisa)
Broadway (Andy Something-breuner)
Okay, back to this: what is the deal with Cicely and Elisa? I thought both of their routines this week were totally lackluster and repetitive. I'm not sure how Courtney and Gev could have improved that. Poor Gev was such a punching bag this week, from C&E telling him that this show is turning him into a contemporary dancer (translation: homo), to the judges very predictably praising Courtney's hip-hopping at his expense. The Broadway routine was better, and allowed Courtney and Gev to express their total cuteness. I wish all the Broadway routines this season weren't a billion years old, but for what this was, C&G did really well.
Favorite Performances: Katee and Joshua's contemporary, Chelsie and Mark's foxtrot, Jessica and Will's jive.
Bottom Three Predictions: Comfort and Thayne, Kourtni and Matt, Courtney and Gev
Eliminated: Comfort and Matt
It's gonna be tough. If Jess and Will end up in the bottom three, Jessica's gone, no question. But if not, it's down to Kourtni and Comfort, and Comfort has been more consistently bad. As for the guys, Matt is stone-cold locked and guaranteed. He's toast. Nigel hates him, he hasn't responded to repeated requests to stop being such a sissy boy, and I think the judges will want to mix up another couple.