Wow. An other great night. The difference between the top tier and the bottom tier was really apparent tonight.
First off, lots of us said the worst possible scenario was Evan pairing with Kayla. And what do they start off with? I actually thought Evan did quite well despite not getting some key aspects of the dance. However the other dances tonight were so strong that had Evan not had such a strong solo I’d think he’d be in trouble. I also think we saw that Evan brings out things in a partner others don’t. Clearly he was a great partner for Randi (who flailed when paired with Kupono). But I also thought he brought out some real charisma in Kayla for the first time.
The biggest shock of the evening what Jason who completely came out of his shell. I’d found him completely forgettable up till now. But he had a really, really solid pairing with Jeanine and then arguably his best solo as well. Further he finally came off charismatic. Completely changed how I thought about him.
Both Brandon and Ade showed though that they are just in a class of their own. I think Brandon is the stronger but both are solid and bound to be in the final four.
Kupono really fell today. I think he’s been out of his league for a while, but I was shocked at how badly they did.
Among the women I thought that Melissa and Jeanine were the strongest. I was really disappointed in Janette’s and Melissa’s solos. Janette had solid partnering in a fantastic little Funk routine that would really have stood out had Brandon and Jason’s routines not been so fantastic.
My guess at this stage for the final four will be Brandon, Ade, Melissa and Janette although I think Jeanine might beat Janette out. We’ll see. I think the winner will be Brandon or Ade though.
Who goes home? I think Kupono will finally. Sadly Randi will as well. (The local girl) She really needed much more tonight in both her solo and routine.
Next week? Baring something really wild I think Evan goes home. The other guys are better technically, manage a wider variety of styles well, and Jason’s finally come out of his shell. Among the women it’s harder to say but I suspect it’ll be Kayla unless she comes out of her shell the way Jason did.