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Okay…so, clearly I am not a dance judge, nor should I ever be, because last night it was all about the entertainment for me on SYTYCD. Dance steps? Proper choreography? Who cares? I did enjoy every performance in some way, but some stood out for me…and they weren’t always the most technically danced routines.
I was enthralled with Alex and Lauren’s Broadway Fosse routine, and though I could absolutely understand the judges critique of Alex, and doubly didn’t mind they came down on him as it will keep the tongue-bath backlash from happening after last week…but speaking purely for myself? I loved it. I was amazed, again, at his synchronicity ability with his partner, especially given he gets a new one each week. I loved how he flew through the air during that routine, and will even respectfully say that I don’t think Tyce choreographed it to be sinewy and Fosse-like, so not exactly sure where he’d have done that anyway. I appreciated how intently he took their critiques, as if eager to apply new knowledge and soak up more new information. Which he confirmed by what he said to them. He’s still my number one.
But, in a strong, so strong tie for the key to my heart, is Kent. I know some folks are all done with his country boy-from-the-farm antics. Me? I will never tire of it. He’s just too damn cute, and too damn sincere and having way too damn much fun. Adore. Him. And I really, really loved his jazz routine last night. A lot. In fact, I wondered if the judges, from their vantage point, could see how expressively he was attacking his role (and Courtney) because I thought he became a young, fierce man-on-the-prowl during those few minutes and I was buying it completely. There were only three routines I went back and watched over again. And this was one of them.
The other one? Was Jose’s Bollywood. Now, I know he was all over the place in that one, but I didn’t care. Exactly like Kent’s cha cha last week, this was infused with so much joy and charisma, I just completely and utterly enjoyed every second of it. Twice. Yes, I would have enjoyed it more had he gotten this routine a few more weeks in, but wow, that was fun, and he totally went for it. I’m not his biggest fan, but he was in my top three in terms of entertainment last night.
In other news… I felt that Lauren really stretched herself, though I wasn’t all over the routine itself. I thought that Adechike tried to stretch himself, but that the routine sort of limited him. He could be in trouble. I didn’t get, at all, why they were fawning all over Melinda, who I thought looked exactly like a tapper trying to do contemporary. I thought it was gawky and awkward all over the place.
And as much as I love Pasha and Doble in the same sentence, in terms of actual skill, I thought both he and Cristina looked a little shaky, though I enjoyed the performance well enough. Same with Ashley and Mark. They brought the pretty, but left me feeling pretty much nothing when it was said and done. Then Robert had all the smoldering looks, but their Argentine tango was so frenetically choreographed, it looked like even Anya was having a hard time selling it.
And, finally…Billy B. Buc. Just…no words. I was proud of him, because that? Was never going to be good, much less buc, no matter how many weeks into the competition it came. I liked that Comfort came to his defense (I like that many of the all stars defended their partners) and I even was pleasantly surprised that he brought as much to krumping as he did, but wow, that kid deserves a break next week. I hope he gets it.
All in all, another entertaining week and I’m still loving this season. That said, they need to give Mandy “always the same routine” Moore and Tyce a break for a few weeks and branch out a little with the choreographers. And stop picking on Travis, Nigel. At least he’s interesting more often than not.
As to the Bottom Three…could be a tough call this week. For me, not on skill, but just on overall “did they make me care”…I’d definitely put Melinda there again. I don’t know that Cristina is really showing us anything all that interesting, though I otherwise like her well enough. And…either Adechike or Ashley. Both beautiful dancers, but neither of them are moving me personally. Going home? It would be Melinda for me.
What about you? Have you entered the Free Stuff Friday contest this week? See Monday’s post. Did you watch last night? Who do you think is going home? Who was your favorite? Let’s DISH!!