As the old saying goes: the show must go on! After the firestorm over Jessi’s exit last week, the top 14 dance on along with judges Nigel Lythgoe, Mary Murphy, and guest judge Adam Shankman (director of “Hairspray” the movie). It’s also Nigel’s birthday today so happy birthday, Nigel! He was asked about Jessi’s exit and mentioned the petition, signed by over a thousand fans. He dances around the issue, saying it wasn’t easy but someone had to go. And so, we dance on…
Lacey/Kameron – Hustle choreographed by Maria Torres (“Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” by Inner Life): Lacey & Kameron keep the chemistry alive with their sassy routine. Usually, disco routines don’t do it for me on this show but I thought they pulled it off nicely, showing a lot of personality & getting the crowd excited. Adam loved their showmanship, Mary was a fan of the choreography, and Nigel worries that Lacey is outshining her partner. To vote for Lacey & Kameron, call 1-888-TEMPO-01.
Shauna/Cedric – Mambo choreographed by Alex Da Silva (“Flauta Y Timbal” by Tito Puente): Cedric has a lot to prove after Mary’s harsh words to him two weeks ago saying she wanted him O-U-T! It almost looks, though, as if Shauna is dancing around him. Cedric has shown some growth but a leading partner he is not. Adam felt Cedric stepped up, Mary comes around & wants Cedric to stay, and Nigel was proud of the pair. To vote for Shauna & Cedric, call 1-888-TEMPO-02.
Anya/Danny – Contemporary choreographed by Tyce Diorio (“Apologize” by One Republic): While Danny is excited to be dancing in his comfort zone, Anya is nervous. Though it’s danced well, I’m not sure the emotion is believable. These two definitely need to win America over to get themselves out of the bottom three, despite being brilliant dancers in their own right. Adam felt Danny was slightly disconnected, May called it “tremendous”, and Nigel says that they have to find a way to get America to vote for them. To vote for Anya & Danny, call 1-888-TEMPO-03.
Sara/Pasha – West Coast Swing choreographed by Benji Schwimmer (“The Rockafeller Skank” by Fat Boy Slim): It was great to see Benji on the show as a choregrapher this season along with Heidi (also from season 2). Sara & Pasha have to form a quick bond as this is their first week dancing together now. Sara continues to show growth each week & Pasha is, of course, a perfect partner. Nigel calls their routine “the magic”, Adam says they’d have a job with him, and Mary loved Benji’s choreography. To vote for Sara & Pasha, call 1-888-TEMPO-04.
Sabra/Dominic – Hip Hop choreographed by Shane Sparks (“Make It Work” by Ne-Yo): Not gonna lie, I was REALLY looking forward to this dance. Sabra & Dominic deliver, showing off their dance skills & their chemistry together. Adam loved that Shane made the dance about story & emotion, Mary says (once again) that they’re a force to be reckoned with, and Nigel thought it was terrible … that it only lasted a short time! To vote for Sabra & Dominic, call 1-888-TEMPO-05.
Jaimie/Hok – Waltz choreographed by Toni Redpath (“Angel” by Sarah McLachlan): This is definitely not what I would expect from the two but I was really interested to see what they’d bring to the table with a waltz. Being the strong couple that they are, it’s difficult to imagine they’re going anywhere but it’s not their strongest routine to date. However, they danced it well. Adam was really pleased with Hok, especially being so far out of his element. Mary was looking for a better quality of movement in Hok, and Nigel feels they’ll just scrape through. To vote for Jaimie & Hok, call 1-888-TEMPO-06.
Lauren/Neil – Jazz choreographed by Wade Robson (“Night of the Dancing Flame” by Roisin Murphy): Neil & Lauren work to climb their way out of the bottom three with this fun routine about a villain & an innocent girl. The show some chemistry, which was something they lacked in the early episodes, and the piece is very interesting! Adam says they’re what this competition is about, Mary was happy that Neil pulled off the villainous character, and Nigel felt it was beautifully executed. To vote for Lauren & Neil, call 1-888-TEMPO-07.