Apologies on the late post. I’ve been properly reprimanded, so I hope I learn my lesson. Anyway, let’s get on with it.
I was hoping that what I heard as a rumor was NOT going to be true. Unfortunately, it was made clear very quickly that it was absolutely true: The entire show was made up of Mia Michaels routines. Now I don’t straight-up hate Mia like I do with Tyce, but I still feel like her main goal in creating a routine is to just manipulate everyone emotionally. I mean, if you want to make a routine that has a touching story, that is fine. But Mia puts the whole “dancing” thing in the back seat. But what the fuck do I know – Mia’s won three
Emmys and I’ve won aproximately zero. In any case, all the routines will be Mia classics.
Guest judges are a couple of ballet dudes. No idea why they are there since they don’t watch the show.
Also, an announcement: Tabitha and Napoleon had their baby so maybe we can get some good routines out of them soon.
The opening group routine was really cool. Look at me eating my words – that dancing and hanging from the rope thing was pretty badass. It does remind me of that rope swinging routine from last year. It had huge potential but was pretty bland. Pretty disappointing. This one was actually really nicely done.
Starting off is Cyrus and Eliana doing the Twitch/Katee door routine. I thought Eliana did a great job, right up there with Katee. Cyrus had some pretty good attitude and his mohawk added a lot to the attitude, but you can just see why Twitch is probably one of the top 10 dancers to come out of this show. Cyrus just was not anywhere close to Twitch’s level of intensity and quality of dancing. That being said, I have a feeling there will be a lot of “that was good, but not as good as the original” in tonight’s performances.
Tiffany and George are doing a Joshua/Katee routine.
Before we get to the performance, can we just talk about how Wade Robson jumped the shark? He busted out with that Ramalama Bang Bang zombie routine and then every routine after that was nearly the same music with the same choreography. Finally, SYTYCD dumped him as a choreographer. Thank god.
Anyway, back to the performance. I’m going to be honest, I don’t remember the original of this routine. I will say that Joshua’s contemporary routines were never my favorites and I thought George did a better contemporary than Joshua, as well he should. Overall, I thought both of them did a great job.
Will and Amelia are doing the Evan and Randi “Butt Dance.” We’ll see how raunchy Will can be with Amelia’s butt. I’m having my doubts. Needless to say, that was very disappointing. I didn’t much care for Evan and thought he was on the show for far too long, but he really camped it up. Amelia didn’t have quite the butt that Randi did. Overall, meh.
Dareian and Janelle have some big shoes to as they do the Twitch and Carrington bed routine. I’ve got high hopes for this one since I feel like Dareian and Janelle can pull this off. They did a fantastic job. Also, I figured out more about that routine. I didn’t know that it was about a break up and that they never actually touch. I really watched that routine with a new perspective.
Audrey and Cross-Eyed Ryan Gosling are doing the Lacy and Neil flower routine. I know it is about her father and all, but I never cared much for this routine. Prediction: a bunch of standing ovation. Well, my feelings on this one having changed – the back story far overshadowed any choreography, which was mostly mediocre. Definite didn’t have the same emotional impact that it did the first time around.
Witney and Chehon are doing the bench dance by Travis and Heidi. I really liked Travis’s emotional depth in the original and I don’t think Chehon quite matched it. However, I thought Chehon danced it far better than Travis. Witney did a fine job and did Heidi proud. Really great work.
Cole and Lindsay are doing the Kayla and Kupono addiction dance. I really didn’t like Kayla at all and didn’t really care one way or the other about Kupono. On the other hand, I really like Cole and Lindsay doesn’t bother me. That made this routine so much better. Lindsay conveyed a ton of emotion and Cole is just always in control of everything. Really turned me around on this routine.
So now we are going to find out who the bottom three boys and bottom three girls are. Then the judges will only save 2 of the 6, so we are short-cutting straight to a top 10.
Boys: George, Dareian, and CERG. Girls: Amelia, Janelle, and Lindsay. None of the guys are a surprise, but I’m actually very surprised Lindsay is in there. Makes sense then that the judges save Lindsay. Janelle might be the biggest letdown of the season. For the guys, they save George. He is definitely the best dancer of the bottom three guys, but he just doesn’t connect with anyone, I don’t think. I’m going to continue to blame it on the mustache. The only way it would be worse is if we found out he drove a pedo van.
So we are down to the Top 10. Anyone surprising there that you never thought would make it this far? Any revised picks for a winner? Let me know any other thoughts in the comments!