The opening number paid tribute to New York and Leonard Bernstein choreographed by Joshua Bergasse, who will direct the revival of On the Town, the lead role will being offered to this season's winner. The original Broadway musical was adapted into a classic film starring Gene Kelly and Frank Sinatra in 1949. Misty Copeland of the American Ballet Theater, joined birthday boy Nigel Lythgoe and ballroom mogul Mary Murphy at the judges panel, all dressed in their favorite baseball jerseys to support MLB All-Star Game on FOX.
Decked in a leopard dress, host Cat Deeley had the unfortunate duty of notifying Brooklyn Fullmer, Casey Askew, Jourdan Epstein, Nick Garcia, Malene Ostergaard, and Serge Onik at the top of the show they received the lowest number of America's votes. They had to perform with that reminder they were still competing for the judges to keep them on the show, in addition to vying for America's hearts and votes should they stay alive.
Tanisha fit right in with Sonya's demanding choreography style and seemed to snap her poses perfectly, but Rudy really seemed as if he was just trying to get through the routine and remember the moves with his mouth gaping open the entire time. Once again, his microphone time was juvenile and melodramatic.
It's almost as if Travis has learned how to trigger that nerve in the back of your neck that makes your hairs stand up, then turns on the tear machine. Valerie is so incredibly lucky to be teamed up with these two amazing gentlemen this week, because Travis knows how to get the most out of her and Ricky was able to provide the most support as a partner is his own style. Truly amazing.
With the return of Luther Brown and the partnering of Emilio, this routine should have been epic, but it wasn't. Surprisingly Bridget was the star of the routine. She should have been the weakest link, yet she hit her moves hard and really stood out when she should have been out-shined by Emilio in his own style, when he seemed entirely unfocused and rushed. Bridget deserves a better partner.
This routine made it very clear why Nick did not audition for this show with a partner, because Jessica does not have a large stature and he simply could not handle her. He was clearly not comfortable partnering in a category where he should have shined, though Jessica made every effort to place herself perfectly for him and even wait for him at times to catch up. After seeing how incredible Jessica looked last week, this shows how a poor partner can make a superior dancer look bad.
Blowing the doors off with some amazing and original choreography, Sonya Tayeh really showcased these two dancers to create a stunning piece of art. Carly was captivating and really seemed to go deep into this character to give everything she had, while Serge was a fairly strong supportive partner. He lost his footing a couple of times and seemed shaky in a couple lifts, but overall was one of the strongest male performances of the night.
Though it had a fun vibe to it, from the costume design to the choreography, this routine was doomed from the beginning. They were dressed in two completely different genres that didn't go together at all, though they seem to be a couple that could be easily matched. Usually an originator in east coast hip-hop, Dave Scott must have just did the best he could with what he had to work with. Some dancers just can't do hip-hop, even badly.
In total agreement with the judges on this one, the choreography was straight up boring. Where was the dancing? Someone should have stood up with Stanley too! Who's idea was it to dress a very dark African American dancer in all black with a black backdrop and navy blue lighting? That was a very poor idea with no thought whatsoever of the individual dancer being showcased. If he gets voted off next week, someone should get fired for that.
WooHoo! Sean Cheesman is approaching the new season with fresh game and we love it. Okay, did anyone notice that Jourdan has legs for days? Holy macaroni, that was hot. Marcquet's hair is still annoying as hell, but maybe it will grow on us, because with dancing like that he isn't going anywhere soon. The show is officially back on track.
Casey was much better than Brooklyn in this routine. There was way too much space in her entanglements, no drama in her face, no connection with her partner. On a night when the women were showing so much strength, one of my favorite dancers this season really let me down here. However, Casey is really starting to show growth and could be gaining some light within a group of fading men.
Oh yeah, Sean is back and the costume, makeup and set design teams really backed him up for this routine, because it all came together to make a very memorable artistic piece. Although African Jazz is very difficult to keep pace with, both dancers who were way out of their traditional styles, did very well. Jacque really stood out in this piece adding fierce personality to the character during difficult choreography.
The male dancer to leave this week was Nick Garcia, who likely needs a lot more experience partnering, especially in Ballroom, which is the category that should be his strength. The female dancer to leave this week was Malene Ostegaard, whose stunning looks could not be matched by her performance as a standout dancer at this level.