January 13th, 2011
10:55 AM ET
On Wednesday night's first live episode of "Live to Dance," Paula Abdul told the oh-so-adorable couple Bev and Hap that they made her think that "talent is overrated."
Don't get me wrong, I loved seeing those two shake their moneymakers (in a Paula-mentored/choreographed routine, no less), but, you see, it's a talent show. So at the end of the day, as Paula's fellow judges pointed out, they don't deserve to be in the final six.
There were a few other cute acts (Chi-Town's Finest Breakers, for example), but that's pretty much as far as it goes. The real stand-outs were the approximately 572-member dance crew The Vibe, the sensational Jittin' Genius, and the tween couple Amanda and D'Angelo.
The Vibe – with their conductor-inspired perfectly-synchronized routine – ended up getting the judges' vote, but I was a little surprised that they didn't go for Amanda and D'Angelo, who were, quite simply, phenomenal.
These two could try out for that other dancing show, the one with the 18-to-30-year-old age limit, right now... you know, if there wasn't that age limit. They took to the stage, as Travis Payne said, like old pros.
As for Jittin' Genius, the first part of his routine was to the song "I Can Transform Ya," but as good as he was, he didn't transform the fact that I still connect that song to Russell Ferguson and Kathryn McCormick (on the other hand, Amanda and D'Angelo almost made me forget Lacey Schwimmer and Danny Tidwell).
What did you think of last night's show? Do you agree with the judges' picks and mine? And couldn't the first live show have used a few more lighting effects (kidding!)? Share your iReport recap or comment below.
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