The last two couples are Hok & Jaimie and Neil & Lauren. Arithmetic has taught us that one of these couples will be in the bottom three. Toni Redpath choreographed, while Hok and Jamie crossed their fingers and hoped to get their waltz right. While Adam thinks they performed beautifully, the other two judges were a bit more critical, saying they wanted to see more of an actual definitive waltz. I don’t think that’s really THEIR fault, considering they have to dance whatever the choreographer gives them. After all, Hok and Jamie’s performance of “jazz” by Wade Robeson and his hummingbird-and-flower routine didn’t exactly say “jazz” (to me anyway), but that’s not THEIR responsibility. They dance what they are told to dance. Speaking of Wade, Lauren and Neil took on good and evil in their jazz routine. The judges were more than impressed with their performance. Cat then reveals that Jaimie and Hok are in the bottom three. I can’t say that I’m surprised by any of the three gutter couples.
The six dancers scurry off to prepare for their solos, and we get to watch a video of all the contestants attending the premiere of Hairspray. Snooze-ville. The whole thing is basically one big plug for the movie, so I can recap the whole thing by saying, “Go see it!”
Anya is the first to perform her solo, dancing to “Magic Carpet Ride” by Mighty Dub Kaz. She’s wearing a gawd-awful spandex bodysuit. With a leopard print. With TASSLES. Nasty. I’ve now forgotten all about the ugliness that is Mary’s outfit. She does a very awkward number on stage that I guess is supposed to be sexy and sultry, but it’s just… wrong. Next is Danny and “Delirious” by Mario Spinetti. When in doubt, go shirtless! I guess he’s hoping to connect to the audience via his naked torso. Of course, there’s a lot of spinning and leaping, and darn it, why does he have to be so good? Ugh. I don’t like him. But he’s going to be around for a while.
Shauna dances to “Zombie” by The Cranberries. There’s more leaping, more rolling around the floor, but it’s not as smooth as some of her past performances have been. Hmm. While I was blown away by her last solo, this one’s leaves me feeling… “Eh.” Next is Cedric, dancing to “Circus” by Kelis. As usual, he looks like a broken marionette, which works, I guess. Don’t get me wrong, I thought he was amazing at what he did before, but I’m beginning to get bored with his style. I don’t think I need to worry though, I’m pretty sure he’ll be going home soon.
Jaimie does her solo to “Childhood Dreams” by Nelly Furtado. Uuu… pretty. Her routine isn’t outstanding, being a bit random and all over the place, but I think it’s good enough for her to stick around another week. Hok dances to “Ease on Down the Road” from The Wiz. Hok does what he does best, with breaks and moves I don’t think I could ever get tired of watching. Cat sends the judges off to decide who to send home, and the judges put on this childish, corny act of pouting and refusing to leave. Haha, that’s so NOT funny. Bleh.
While they deliberate, Hilary Duff emerges to perform “Stranger” from her album “Dignity.” I’m not sure how I feel about all the skin exposed by her and her dancer’s harem outfits… but what do I know. Sex sells, right?
It’s time to make the final cuts. The girls are on stage, and Nigel explains that the judges were unanimous in their decision for both the ladies and the gents. “We are not basing our decision purely and simply on the dancing this evening but taking everything into account.” Hear that Cedric? Nigel tells Jaimie that she’s been absolutely wonderful this season and that Adam said she was amazing to work with, so she is safe. He then goes on to tell Anya that the judges have a problem with her because her solos are just not that strong. Even though most ballroom dancers struggle with solos, it IS a solo competition. There will be only ONE winner, so she will have to figure out how to make it work (as Tim Gunn would say). The judges are impressed by her personality and progress however, so she will be staying, and dear Shauna will be going home. Shauna handles it well, seeming to have expected this outcome.
Unsurprisingly, Nigel tells Cedric that he will be going home this evening, but that this is “just the beginning” of his journey with dance. I don’t think there is a single person out there who expected anything else with the guys tonight. Cedric’s not a bad guy, just a bad dancer. Well, in genres that aren’t his own anyway. I hate to say it, but I’m glad to see him go, knowing that the competition will be incredibly fierce from here on out, and that the margin between good, great, and best will be slim.
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