Kate: I’m still reeling from my question being read to Christina Applegate by Andy Cohen last Sunday.
Erica: It is pretty cool. But I’m still puzzling about what the hell happened on this show. They didn’t ask any of their previous guest judges to come back. Mary’s gone. Is it FOX? Nigel? What is going on? (I mean, I suppose if I really cared, I’d Google it.)
Group Routine: Jazz, choreo by Brian Friedman
“100% Pure Love” by Crystal Waters
Kate: Ok. #1, it has to be hard to dance in those outfits/wigs.
Erica: It should come as no surprise to anyone that I pretty much loved the costumes.
Kate: #2, my very first “dance memory” is from that recital during which I wore the skirt with the musical notes and two high school girls doing a jazz routine to this song.
Erica: Oh my goodness you were so cute in that little outfit. And you were a million times better than the other girls in your group. You made eye contact with the audience, you smiled big, and you shimmied the hell out of the routine, with no pausing to try to remember the steps or looking off stage or anything. I was so proud of you.
Kate: I don’t remember any of that, just Pure Love, but thanks! #3, this was their best group routine to date, they finally looked almost all together!
Erica: This definitely had some really good moments. Huge improvement.
Kate: #4, have we not seen a very similar routine before, though? Like same costumes just different song/dance style, perhaps contemporary?
Erica: I don’t know; shall we just link everything Brian Friedman has ever done?
Cat Deeley’s Ensemble
Kate: She has definitely been reading our posts, as her hair is once again perfectly down and wavy and Cat Deeley-esque.
Erica: Cat, if you’re reading this, I totally want to take you out for drinks and mani-pedis. Next time you’re in Chicago, call me!
Kate: Not a fan of the rainbow dress, however. The style is nice, I just don’t like the colors.
Erica: I’m reasonably sure that Mom has bought that dress for Zoe. It’s silly but I’m cool with silly.
Kate: I do very much like the blingy necklace, though.
Jim (stage) & Yorelis (street): Contemporary, choreo by Sonya Tayeh
“Asht” by Nebulo
Kate: FINALLY we get a number from one of the choreographers we know and sort-of love (when she’s not freaking us out completely)!
Erica: I like Sonya. Even when she is freaking me out.
Kate: Well this was just full of perfect lines and feet and arms all over the place. Really well done on both their parts.
Erica: I loved everything about this. This was so very slick and professional. The dancing was amazing. Jim is, in fact, overwhelmingly awesome and Yorelis just so well embodied what Sonja wanted to do. And what Sonja wanted them to do, her choreography, was thoughtful and intellectually stimulating and just freakin’ cool. Jim is safe, because duh, and Yorelis is in danger, because there are just too many awesome dancers. But tonight four are leaving, so I’ll cross my fingers for her.
Edson (stage) & JaJa (street): Hip-Hop, choreo by Misha Gabriel
“She Came To Give It To You” by Usher Feat. Nicki Minaj
Kate: This threw me off quite a bit — the costumes were so anti-hip-hop, the song had more of a jazz beat than a hip-hop one, and JaJa didn’t look that good for once.
Erica: “Having to be sexy with JaJa is a little bit awkward” because I’m gay. I’m a gay man and for some reason I’m not allowed to just say that on a dance show.
Kate: They had great energy, particularly Edson, but it was overall not working for me. I want to mostly blame the choreographer, though.
Erica: I really hated the choreography. It was sort of Michael Jackson-esque, and not in a good way. It was very much not tight and none of the motions seemed to match the music. I thought they were doing their best to sell it but it was not a great routine.
Kate: Ewwwwww Nigel said “I like to be wacked”! Ew ew ew!
Erica: He also felt this was Michael-Jackson-esque, but he did mean it as a compliment, and was blaming the dancers and praising the choreographers. They’re both in the top ten.
Hailee (stage) & Virgil (street): Contemporary, choreo by Tasty Oreo
“Cellophane” by Sia
Kate: Another old favorite choreographer! Fox must have read our blog TOO!
Erica: I hate Tasty Oreo. And I hate his contemporary choreography most of the time (though I do, begrudgingly, like his Broadway). I haven’t been saying anything about the silly dancers-interviewing-each-other thing, but Virgil likes Clueless. I think we need to know that.
Kate: Yes, points for that, and your hatred for Tyce is misplaced. She definitely overpowered him here, but I think that was the whole point of the routine, or “the theme”. Overall very impressive.
Erica: She’s my favorite. She was just stunning here. Virgil was honestly doing very well in this. His movements are very tight and compact. Hers were bigger, so it didn’t always look cohesive, but then, it wasn’t really supposed to? She’s just so incredible. I think she’s going to win.
Kate: More weirdness from Nigel saying he’s known some “manic women”, he best not be talking about Mary Murphy????
Erica: He got in a dig at Simon Cowell, though. I didn’t mind that. I’m not at all shocked to report that these two are both safe.
Alexa (stage) & Ariana (street): Burlesque Jazz, choreo by Tracy Phillips & Dominic Carbone
“Circus Fish” by Vermillion Lies
Kate: Sexy fish, really?
Erica: Hey, you remember the fish sequence in the “Nutcracker Suite” in Fantasia? That has sexy fish.
Kate: I mean, I think they did the best they could with this weird nonsense? Alexa did not get over her reluctance from rehearsals because she missed a lift (which Cat even noticed!), fumbled a turn and her form was way off most of the time, considering she’s a stage dancer.
Erica: I am not the type of person who goes, “Sexy fish? Too weird.” But you know what? This was a little too weird. I felt Nigel was way wrong about his commentary, though. I thought this needed smiles and sexy cheek, and the moments that had it were the best ones. I did think that the choreographers needed to do a better job of embracing the concept they set out and it was not quite the dancers’ faults. They’re both in danger. I don’t know what will happen. I like them both but I don’t know that I like them more.
Derek (stage) & Megz (street): Hip-Hop, choreo by Dave Scott
“Worth It” by Fifth Harmony feat. Kid Ink
Erica: Megz asked about Derek’s man crush. As if all of his crushes aren’t on men. You can tell because his answer was Zac Efron. Otherwise straight guys do not have man crushes on Zac Efron. Come on, FOX. Or Nigel. Whoever is responsible for this sh!t.
Kate: Oh gosh this was quite a disaster.
Erica: I suppose. I didn’t totally hate it.
Kate: His face was WAY too male cheerleader the whole time, made everything he did look so corny, and that kind of rubbed off on Megz. She is not used to this exact type of hip-hop, particularly not the femininity of it, so not even she could save this routine.
Erica: It’s weird; I think she can be sexy, but feminine is harder for her.
Kate: Imagine this routine done by, like, Comfort and tWitch though? Or Fik-Shun and Amy? Coulda been great.
Erica: Yeah. I’d take Comfort and tWitch first, though. Let’s make them do it. Derek is in danger because of his injury last week, and Megz is in the top 10.
Gaby (stage) & Neptune (street): Contemporary, choreo by Stacey Tookey
“Take My Hand, Precious Lord” by Ledisi (Selma soundtrack)
Kate: Ugh, a “humanity” and “prejudice” routine set to a religious song from a movie about racism with one dancer wearing a half black, half white outfit — you’re making it hard to like you, Stacey Tookey!
Erica: It was very literal.
Kate: I just can’t take the MESSAGE-NESS of it all! Let’s just focus on the DANCING: He struggled in a few places, particularly turns, but overall got the job done. She is a very beautiful, talented dancer and looked very beautiful dancing this routine. I am back to wanting her to win it all.
Erica: They danced it incredibly well. Hailee is my #1 but Gaby is very good. And Neptune may become my #2 boy, after Jim.
Kate: And then Nigel with the prodding questions about what this meant to Neptune, not to Gaby, I CAN’T TAKE IT!
Erica: And he even starts that part by refusing to call Neptune by his chosen name, which is incredibly patronizing and rude. Gaby is safe, Neptune is not. I’m hoping Neptune pulls through. And Yorelis. And Ariana. And Alexa. I guess I’m going to be disappointed.
JJ (street) & Kate (stage): Jazz, choreo by Brian Friedman
“A Different Beat” by Little Mix
Kate: Well HELLO KATE, is that a little personality I detect there!?
Erica: This was an unbelievably adorable routine. A little more of my catnip.
Kate: I am so happy she did better in this routine! She was not quite as well suited to it as JJ, and where one lacked skill the other made up for it in sass, and vice versa, so I really enjoyed it.
Erica: I thought Kate was more controlled and more performance-y, but JJ is more naturally sassy.
Kate: Possibly the most adorable costumes in SYTYCD history, would like one or both for a future Halloween.
Erica: Seriously. Too cute. I once read a blogger who talked about having worked for Sony, and the best part of the job was they had access to the costume closet, so she borrowed one of the baseball uniforms from A League of Their Own for Halloween one year and got hit on more than at any point in her life. I think these costumes would have a similar effect. JJ is safe; Kate is in danger. I don’t know if I can give her my hope over any of the others. I guess she and Alexa are a toss-up for me? Oh, but they’re both Team Stage. Damn, I want to save all of Team Street and both the girls on Team Stage.
Stage Routine Minus Jim Plus Season 7’s ROBERT <3: Contemporary, choreo by Sonya Tayeh
“Lift Me” by The Bengsons
Kate: Not commenting on this theme. Focusing on my love for Robert Roldan.
Erica: Sonya Tayeh is really good at her job.
Kate: Hold on, why was Jim able to dance his regular routine and not this one? What is this alleged “injury”?
Erica: I think he wasn’t able to dance during the rehearsals for the group dances. Look, I’m all for them taking injuries very, very seriously. You don’t treat it well immediately and there goes your dance career.
Kate: This was danced very beautifully by everyone. I felt like Kate had too much leftover personality from the sexy sailor routine so that was a tad awkward, but gosh darn Robert is so good. I remember wanting him to win his season.
Erica: Really incredible routine, and done very well.
Street Routine: Hip-Hop, choreo by Pharside & Phoenix
“Dragula” by Rob Zombie
Kate: Once again, a theme we PROBABLY would have understood from the general MUSIC, COSTUMES/MAKEUP, PROPS and, you know, DANCING!
Erica: Yeah this was pretty obvious.
Kate: I thought the stage routine was better danced this week. The theme kind of took over this one and made it impossible to focus on the actual dancing, of which there was not much.
Erica: Oh, I thought the dancing was quite good. They’re looking more together than ever. The theme was a bit distracting, rather than enhancing, but I thought they pulled it off.
Kate: Wait, why are we getting rid of four not two? WTF? Kate!!! (Talking to the dancer, not myself.)
Erica: They’ve been saying it all episode, Kate. Pay attention.
Kate: “What is wrong with you America” is right, Cat Deeley! UGH!
Erica: Derek and Neptune are in the top ten. The two boys. Just to observe. Wow, I think that’s the save that’s made me the most unhappy. Derek was the only one of the six I actually wanted to see go, and of Team Street…Okay, I don’t know. I liked all of the Team Street people on the bottom. It’s all just too upsetting.