Much better dress tonight, Cat. Welcome back from the back surgery Nigel! Toni Basil is here. Diggity's snarky comment when she was introduced - "How many times are you going to talk about your projects instead of the dancers, Toni Basil?" We high fived when Cat asked her about Toni being honored with the "Super Supreme Creator of Hip Hop Dance" award. (That probably isn't the name, but you get the idea.) Surgery fun on the panel this week. We have Nigel recovering from his surgery, Mary with the Botox, and Toni with the unfortunate face lift. Sorry. That was my snarky comment.
Karla & Jonathan - Hip Hop (By My Side by Jadakiss, choreography by Dave Scott)
Not even watching Jonathan. Karla is great. Kind of redeemed himself with the flip-kicky thing. Now I feel sorry for Jonathan. He was awful. No connection with Karla, and I would say that he actually made her look worse. And I thought Karla was fabulous. Very sharp. They are universally panned by the judges. Nigel is a little bit mean - he's justified in his meanness, but he's still mean.
Mary quote - "We all know that I'm in touch with my inner gangster." (If you're a Mary fan and are on Facebook, you need to go check out Christopher Clark's group, The Hot Tamale Train. His recaps are just of Mary's parts of the show. It's pretty hilarious.)
Vitolio & Asuka - Jazz ("Heartbreaker" by Pat Bentar, choreography by Mandy Moore)
The package makes me think this is going to be rough. It's not too bad, but I don't love it. I appreciate Mandy Moore always using the 80s music. I think it's fun. They weren't together on a couple leaps, and as Amanda said, "Didn't she say this was supposed to be a fast dance?" Not so fast. Why is Nigel going first tonight? And he liked it. I didn't like it. Amanda didn't like it either. But Mary liked it and Toni liked it. Seriously - did we watch the same dance? And neither of us know what Toni just said to Vitolio.
Melissa & Ade - Rhumba ("Emotion" by Destiny's Child, choreography by Tony Meredith)
Melissa is a Pilates instructor. That explains a lot. I believe in Pilates. I need to practice it more. The piece of fabric they glued to Melissa as a dress is even more advertisement for the fabulousness of Pilates. LOOK at her BACK! Good grief. I liked it. I don't know much about the technique, but it seemed good. Nigel liked it and agreed on Melissa's back. Mary - Unbelievable and believable? The botox face makes it even funnier when she screams. She looks like a ventriloquist's dummy. 1-888-TEMPO-03
Jeannette & Brandon - Hip Hop ("What a World" by Common, choreography by Dave Scott)
Love the costumes. Love when she made him do a rock hand and they did air guitar together. Very fun routine. Her fishnets are awesome. They did a great job on that. Nigel likes it. Mary likes it. Anyone notice how Mary says something positive and then reaffirms it? Example - "I'm so proud of you, yes I am!" "You did it, yes you did!" Toni said something about juxtaposition and about street dancing having technique. Okay. 1-888-TEMPO-04
Kupono & Kayla - Viennese Waltz ("Sweet Dreams for You" by Jewel, chorography by Jean Marc Genereaux)
Are you allowed to do ballroom barefoot? Anybody know? Emily? That was a nice little piece. They did a good job with it from what I could tell. Very flowy and pretty and such. It lands in the middle for me. Not my favorite, not my least favorite.
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Evan & Randi - Contemporary (Koop Island Blues by Koop, choreography by Mia Michaels)
Wow. Those shoes! Wow. Those puns! Stop it cheeky monkeys! They really did dance that well for as simple as the idea and a lot of the movement was. It was one of the best numbers of the night - certainly one of the most memorable. Another double positive from Mary. 1-888-TEMPO-06
Caitlin & Jason - Paso Doble (Didn't catch the music, choreography by Jean Marc Genereaux)
Love it so far. I'm wondering about some of the technical stuff in the middle, but they seem to be surviving it. Especially for the first Paso Doble of the season. The opening was fantastic though. The judges seem to like it well enough.
Philip & Jeanine - Broadway ("Moses" from Singin' in the Rain, choreography by Tyce Diorio)
Is it just me, or is Tyce cranky this season? Cute routine. For once, I really liked a Tyce Broradway number. Instead of taking a Broadway song and putting his own story on top of it that didn't match, he just adapted some ideas from Singin' in the Rain. I liked it. Jeanine is really cute. Nigel liked it, but wants Philip to work harder. Mary likes it, especially Jeanine. And Mary does double negatives too - "I wasn't allergic to that routine, no I wasn't." Toni likes it. Evan and Randi would have kicked that routine's butt. I would have loved to see Evan dance that.
Liked it, yes I did:
Melissa & Ade
Janette & Brandon
Jeanine & Phillip
Randi & Evan
Asuka & Vitolio
Kayla & Kupono
Caitlin & Jason
Not so good for me, dawg:
Karla & Jonathan
Karla & Jonathan
Caitlin & Jason
Kayla & Kupono
Jonathan & Caitlin or Jonathan & Karla
What did you think? Favorite routines? Favorite Mary quotes?