July 22nd, 2010
11:55 AM ET
After two stellar performances last week, Billy Bell became the latest dancer to fall victim to the season seven curse. The contemporary dancer injured his knee and wasn’t able to perform, which (as we know all too well by now) means he’ll automatically wind up in the bottom three on Thursday night’s results show.
At least Nigel Lythgoe made a point to address the issue, saying there haven’t been this many injuries in one season since the show began six years ago. He went on to say they’re looking into the problem – finally!
On a more positive note, Wednesday night started off strong with – dare I say – one of the best hip-hop routines of the season. Lauren and tWitch shined in a Tabitha and Napoleon routine, setting a high standard for the remaining contestants. Who knew Lauren had it in her.
However, Lauren’s next dance, a samba with Robert, left little to be desired. While the judges praised Robert, saying he looked like a samba dancer, they agreed Lauren needed to be sharper.
Speaking of Robert, the birthday boy danced with both Laurens this week. He and all-star Lauren Gottlieb danced a Tyce Diorio jazz routine earlier in the evening that the judges called strong and clean. Although I’m not sure "clean" is the right adjective to describe a dance with choreography that calls for licking someone’s leg, it was danced well.
Later, B-Boy Jose danced a Sonja Tayeh contemporary routine with all-star Allison on the edge of the stage – literally. While the dance was entertaining – if only because there was a possibility that someone was going to fall off the stage – the judges found it difficult to critique. Adam said it was a “beautifully conceived piece,” but it didn’t include much “conventional dancing.” Mia had similar thoughts, saying Sonja was smart to give Jose a piece of “pedestrian contemporary,” as he’s not trained in the style.
Jose took the stage again with AdeChike later in the evening. The pair’s paso doble, choreographed by Demetri, wasn’t a hit for the judges. But guest judge Kenny Ortega – a producer, director and choreographer, famous for his work on “High School Musical” and “This Is It” – said he appreciated their effort.
In AdeChike’s first routine of the night, he performed a lyrical hip-hop routine with Comfort. AdeChike teared up while he waited to be critiqued, and the judges seemed a little emotionally frazzled themselves. Adam said he felt like he was watching a movie and Mia said "it felt so real." The dance took me back to Sabra and Dominic’s Shane Sparks hip-hop routine from season three (performed to Ne-yo’s “Make it Work”).
Kent had a successful evening, as he was told (twice) that he’s the guy to beat.
His first routine, a jazz number with Kathryn, was praised by the judges. But Mia politely asked him to tone down his animated facial expressions, saying they made Sonja’s choreography look a bit juvenile. His second routine of the night was meant to be danced with Billy, but tWitch filled in for the Chuck Maldonado step routine. The number surprised the judges, who said Kent “killed it.”
In addition to performing two routines, each contestant (with the exception of Billy, of course) danced a solo and received a special message from their parents.
So who do you think will go home on Thursday night’s results show?
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