BEST OF THE NIGHT | Jasmine H & Aaron (Justin Giles, Contemporary) A really intriguing piece of choreography danced to absolute perfection. Jasmine’s vulnerability as she offered her final apple to Aaron was mesmerizing, and I love how he played out a range of moods — aggressive, hypnotized and ultimately dismissive in the final heartbreaking scene.
BEST OF THE NIGHT (RUNNER-UP) | Hayley & Leonardo, subbing for injured Curtis (Miriam and Leonardo, Argentine Tango) Could this chick become a front-runner paired with someone other than Curtis? ALSO: How hot would it be to see her partner with Alan?
WORST OF THE NIGHT | Jenna & Tucker (Luther Brown, Hip-Hop) Luther’s giggles from the audience at the end of the piece said it all. The duo certainly didn’t own the hard-hitting style, and it’s a stretch to say they borrowed or rented it, either. Tucker looked almost mortified by the booty-slap sequence, and while Jenna got a little more down and dirty, her perky facial expression was all wrong.
WORST OF THE NIGHT (RUNNER-UP) | Makenizie & Paul (Sonya Tayeh, Jazz) I know the judges loved it, but to my eyes there was almost no sexual chemistry happening in what was a rather salacious routine. A serious step backwards for the pair I’d been thinking was Most Likely to Pull Off an Upset Over Amy and Fik-Shun.
WIDEST GAP BETWEEN PARTNERS | Malece & Alan (Jonathan Platero, Salsa) Sorry, judges, but Alan DOMINATED that! His physical strength on those lifts was awesome, and he handled the speed and hip action in a way that looked effortless. Seeing how Nigel and Mary called out Alan for not keeping up with Malece in Hip-Hop last week, I felt they should’ve done the same (in reverse) on this salsa. But nope, Nigel loves his pixies, so it’s never gonna happen.
MOST IMPROVED| Alexis & Nico (Sonya Tayeh, Contemporary) There was a lot of fire and maturity from these two that we haven’t seen previously — and a new sense of elegance from Alexis. That said, it was still her time to go.
MOST IN NEED OF A NEW SHTICK (EVEN IF IT’S NOT ENTIRELY THEIR FAULT) | Amy & Fik-Shun (Christopher Scott, Hip-Hop) I know Amy and Fik-Shun aren’t responsible for choreographing their own work — and therefore can’t really be faulted for an overabundance of adorableness week in and week out. But might I point out that, for a dance set to “Let’s Get It On,” there was still a bit of brother-sister vibe and a lack of adult sexiness. And that can’t all be put on Christopher Scott’s shoulders.
SHOULD BE BOTTOM 6
Jenna, Makenzie, Malece, Tucker, Paul, Fik-Shun
Side note: Did the sync seem sometimes off during the “bullying” routine? Methinks concept trumped execution.
WILL BE BOTTOM 6
Jenna, Makenzie, Malece, Tucker, Alan, Nico
Side note: I thought Alan more than held his own opposite choreographer Spencer Liff. And to my eyes, Hayley and Jenna stood out among the ladies.