I think Kupono Aweau really has to bring it tonight. There were quite a few fans ticked off that the guy stayed yet again, despite the fact that Nigel said he had a really bad solo. The fans might be ticked off enough to put him in the bottom three again no matter how good he is.
Joining Nigel Lythgoe and Mary Murphy on the judging panel tonight we have Tyce Diorio. I would think that with just six couples left they’d have some time to kill, but no. We’re starting up right away, ehich is explained by the fact that everyone tonight is dancing twice. Yea!
Melissa Sandvig and Ade Obayomi are up first with a disco routine by Doriana Sanchez. Melissa’s never done discover before, so she’s a little nervous. Doriana knows disco has to be done right, otherwise it’ll look a little cheesy. Ade thinks once they get the swagger of the disco, they’ll nail it, otherwise it’ll look a little whack. She admits to getting dizzy, and he thinks it’s funny that he can see her lips jiggling as she spins. Doriana advises them to pray to the disco gods.
Destination’s Move On Up is the background for Melissa and Ade’s disco. This ballerina can really move even when she’s not wearing toe shoes. And Ade looks like he walked straight out of 1976 with the way he moves. There are a few times where they don’t seem to be in time with each other, but really, they’re so good, that those little moments are very forgettable. There are splits that turn into a lift above Ade’s head that is absolutely amazing. There’s also a fall at the end that I’m hoping people will forget.
Nigel calls this an absoutely inredible start to the evening with so much energy going on. They whole thing about disco is that it’s exciting, and that routine was certainly that with all the straight arms and other terrific things. He notes that the American Ballet Theatre is coming to do Romeo and Juliet in L.A., which Melissa and Ade did last week, so he wonders if the American Ballet will now put disco in their dance. He also feel if you’re going to fall on your ass, do it at the end of the dance. He finds them to be a really good couple, and they showed it again tonight.
Mary asks for an amen after Doriana told Melissa and Ade to pray to the disco gods. Tyce is happy to oblige. She thinks we all needed a little disco pick-me-up, and says it picked her up, and she hopes everyone else as well. It was a lot of fun and well-executed. It’s the first time she saw Ade just let go, and Melissa was a vision in the lifts. Normally the ballet dancers would just sit through a disco, but she was letting it rip tonight as well. Amen!
Tyce opens with, “That was friggin’ great!” He tells Melissa he adores her and that no one would think a ballet dancer could do this, and it’s amazing and no secret that “that body is brilliant.” He also points out Ade’s rhythm and timing and ability to step into 1970s disco, and thinks he embodied it well.
Kayla and Kupono are up with contemporary and Mia Michaels. She explains it’s about addiction and that everyone has had or will have an experience with something that isn’t any good for them. It’s a constant battle of Kupono being there and Kayla trying to get rid of him, but he always comes back. Mia wants him to have a sinister look on his face. Kupono has experience with addiction, saying it almost killed his family and his best friend. Kayla knows it will be deep and emotional for him.
Needing to bring it out tonight, Kayla and Kupono come out dancing to Gravity by Sara Bareilles. Mia can be annoying as a judge, but she can choreograph the most meaningful, dances packed with emotion. This is amazing. And I think Kupono and Kayla just secured themselves a spot in the final 10. All I can say is wow.
Nigel calls it a powerful piece of choreography for anyone that has experienced addiction. Kayla as the addict was superb, but as some point, he’d like to see more of her and the hair covers up the power of her eyes, so he doesn’t get the benefit of the passion of her routine. But dancewise and technique-wise it was superb. Kupono was strong and malevolent, very dark. The smirk was horrible when he wouldn’t release her and knowing he had the power. The pair of them were brilliant.
Mary tells Kupono from the very first second, the intensity from which he started in character and stayed in it, it’s one of the best things he does on the show. When he gets a character and latches onto it, it comes from an honest place. Kayla is just flawless every single week. They’re staying on the train, and they don’t need to worry about it.
Tyce says that having worked with Mia, the amazing thing that happens to a dancer is that they add a level to themselves and become an actor. He thinks the best dancers are the best actors. They don’t just bring steps, but embody the whole experience. He doesn’t feel he watched a dance, but feels he had an experience. Kupono could be stronger in his body, but in the acting he really took what Mia gave him. Kayla is a beast. They’re a whole package.
Tony Meredith and Melanie are choreographing the fox trot for Caitlin Kinney and Jason Glover. Tony calls it an American style fox trot with a jazzy twist. Melanie calls it sexy and aggressive, with the guy being gangster. Jason is happy to play the macho man and Caitlin is excited about being elegant with a sparkly costume. The difficult part for Jason is the posture, and he knows they’ll work their tails off. She says they’re not going to do good, as they get that alot. They’re going to be great.
Caitlin and Jason fox trot to Minnie the Moocher by Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, and they do really good … I don’t know if I’d go as far as to call it great. Once again they have some impressive lifts. It wasn’t the most exciting thing but it was fun to watch. It was definitely as billed, being very elegant.
Nigel tells Caitlin she made everything look simple and easy when it wasn’t. He compares her to Grace Kelly in High Society. It was so gentle, yet she was doing incredible things. Jason’s footwork was very good indeed. He thinks someone has been having a go at him between rehearsals and performance, as there’s a huge improvement. Caitlin was so cool and elegant, she needed a glass of champagne in her hand. Nigel looks like he was already hitting the bottle with something wet on his chin.
Mary really thought it was tremendous and agrees that it suited Jason and Caitlin. He looked cool and suave and made it look easy. Caitlin’s kicks were so beautiful and elegant, and the way she went about the stage, it was like she was floating. She asks us to applaud Caitlin, then steals some of Tyce’s snaps. She knows he’s got it so she needs to work on it a little more.
Tyce says both Caitlin and Jason looked like stars tonight and caputured the essence. He does feel they could have glided more and that Caitlin could have driven this further, as she’s a very good dancer. He wants more in her eyes on why she’s here. Jason did a great job as well.