Wednesday night's episode of our favorite Emmy-nominated dance show (the last "So You Think You Can Dance" for two weeks – again!) was filled with so many moments of potential brilliance that didn't quite get there.
Most heartbreaking of all, though, was that there was some actual brilliance in a routine by Brandon and Amber. Guest judge Christina Applegate couldn't even keep it PG in her response to their sexy jazz number, and the censors had to bleep her.
And thanks to the quite-frankly-bizarre voting this week, the judges ended up saying goodbye to the couple by the end of the show.
But onward and upward: putting Amelia in a Charlie Chaplin costume for the group routine was inspired, and that's not something I say too often about Tyce Diorio. So, there was certainly plenty of brilliance to go around.
The ballroom numbers, however, disappointed me the most. Janelle and Dareian didn't quite connect in a routine choreographed by Pasha (Pasha!) Kovalev. I also had high hopes for Audrey and Matthew's salsa, but it ultimately came off lifeless.
But then the expecting Nappytabs went quite literal by drawing from their real lives, putting together an overly cute, not-a-little-bit-strange routine about new parents and a crying baby. Tiffany out-danced George here, and when it came down to it, it just didn't work.
And I can't tell you how much I love Amelia and Will as a couple, and Mandy Moore as a choreographer, but something just wasn't coming together for me in their jazz routine.
On the other hand, the contemporary routines were quite lovely. There was Lindsay and Cole with their take on "Wild Horses" by Mandy, and Witney and Chehon, who finally came into their own to the tune of "I Will Always Love You." Bravo, Emmy nominee Stacey Tookey (and I'm shocked that song hasn't been used before on the show).
Now remember how disappointed I was in Nappytabs at the start of the show? All of that was erased at the end. They cast Cyrus as a robot (you can really just stop right there, guys, it's already a winner), along with Eliana, to a remake of Britney Spears' "Toxic." We knew the popper-and-locker (and apparent fan favorite, judging by the votes) would kill it, but Eliana was absolutely incredible. I'm very happy she'll be back next time.
Since Fox hasn't posted this week's highlights yet, I'll leave you with Amelia and Will's big highlight from last week. And in the meantime, who are you pulling for on the show now? Upset that Amber and Brandon got cut? Share your iReport video or comment below.
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If I read or hear this one more time I am going to scream. Cyrus is not a popper and locker. He is a popper. He is not a locker. popping and locking are two different styles of dance. They have almost nothing in common. Please stop making this error.
Completely disappointed in the Latin numbers. Quite possibly 2 of the worst we've seen on the show, period. And I love the couples who did them, but seeing as we expect the ballroom dancers to be able to krump and feel the floor through their bare feet while doing contemporary leaps and pirouettes, I expect the jazz and modern dancers to "Step Up" to the challenge of ballroom. There just wasn't enough effort there. And I was shocked at how BAD their feet were. I thought these dancers had natural turnouts... lies. I really hope that the dancers take these weeks off to really apply themselves in learning from each other and their choreographers to make the next show spectacular. I would also like to know who I need to write to so we can get the old format back. We need two shows so we can have the results reflect the most recent dances.
I was disappointed to see Amber leave the show before she was given her genre. Although she did an incredible job as a contemporary dancer with the waltz and the tango, she was brilliant with the genre closer to her own (Ray Leeper's jazz routine). So sad to see her leave before we could see more of her brilliance.
This season is pretty m'eh, with the notable exception of Cyrus. Oh my god this week he was incredible. The voting off of Brandon and Amber was not bizarre, it is a product of people not liking ballroom, not to mention Amber's unlikable original partner. The producers keeping it "random" really screws over people who get nothing but ballroom for the first couple weeks. The only way to make it fair would be to have everyone dance the same style each week... but then again, ballroom sucks to watch and their ratings would go down to zero during quickstep week.
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