The show opens with a group number which I’m almost positive has been choreographed by Christopher Scott (I was right) and I am immediately relieved because I assumed that with the elimination of the results show the group numbers would be eliminated as well. Anyway, The costumes makeup and hair are just rockin’. I love the use of the spinny chairs as props and I really feel like everyone is in complete unison and just kind of rocking it. Wow. I’m really excited to get to know these dancers. They just completely hold my interest. They all look as if they’ve been a company forever. I can’t imagine what it’s going to be like to lose any of them. Why, GOD, WHY!
Now we have our intro to the top 20 dancers and its clear that the opening number was pre taped because everyone is in different hair and makeup and costumes. I guess I’m ok with that. Our judges tonight are Nigel, Mary and Kenny Ortega (he of Dirty Dancing and the High School Musical series). Right off the bat they explain how things are going to go down next week – America will vote for individuals and the bottom three guys and bottom three girls will be announced next week and 2 of each will be sent home by the judges. Apparently there will also be some discussion with the choreographers about the dancers, which I think could be interesting if we get to see any of that. They better not kick off 2 dancers each every week. That would be a depressingly short show. I’m hoping the double elimination is just to make up for the lack of episode last week. Shall we get on with it?
Witney (why no “H” Witney?) & Chehon, Samba, choreographed by Louis Van Amstel, performed to “Jump" by The Cube Guys & Lucinana: Chehon is a little stiff. Witney is awesome at this, as she should be considering that this is her thing. I wish they had chosen a different hairstyle for Chehon. There's something a little stop and go about the choreography that's not really sitting well with me. They are trying to connect, you can see them trying to connect, but there's definitely something missing here. They gave it the good old college try, but the two of them together just didn't work. Yes, Witney was great, but I think she wasn't quite there for Chehon to bring him into it a little more and that would have been nice to see. I pretty much don't care what the judges say, but find it hilarious that Kenny clearly didn't know Chehon's name so chose to call him "mister" during his critique.
Good god. I can’t even handle this season. There is barely a weak link. Plus, no results show means I have to wait another whole week for another episode. Unfortunately, I think that Nick and Amber’s Viennese Waltz is going to land them in the bottom three because it didn’t quite have the same allure as a lot of the other dances. I’d also put Janaya and Brandon in the bottom but I don’t want them to go home at all. I think it’s possible that Daniel and Alexa will end up in the bottom as well which would be really sucky. I don’t want anyone to go home. LET THEM ALL STAY. Let’s just pick the final winners at the end of 10 weeks of awesome dancing. That’s my vote. UGH. Two people going home next week is stupid. Can’t they just keep a double elimination for further down the line when they can seen who’s not improving and have more evidence of the dancers’ abilities? I HATE (but really love) this show!