OK, a day late. A dollar short. Yet here we are talking about the show. Sorry my wife and I just finished watching. (Perils of working late)
So the judges really liked this week better than last week. Personally I found the dancing and in some cases the choreography kind of lacking. The two best routines of the evening were Ellenore and Ryan’s contemporary and Kathryn and Legacy’s Paso Doble. Admittedly Legacy’s dancing had that asterix. It was good for a breaker. In places though it was just plain good. And I thought this was one of Kathryn’s best dances of the season this year. She really broke out. Ryan and Ellenore’s dance was fantastic though. It more than made up for last week’s disaster. (Were I Ryan I’d be spending my free time practicing hip hop because you know he’s going to get it again!)
To me most of the other dances were kind of lackluster. I really have never cared for Gibson’s choreography. I recognize it is supposed to be the music video style, but whenever she’s on the show and the judges are praising it to high heaven I am disappointed. Still, having her as a choreographer may have helped Mollee and Nathan. They have a long ways to go â€” perhaps due to maturity.
Tyce’s blackbird dance was interesting, and I thought it was the best Channing had danced this season. Yet it was slightly disengaged and I agree with the judges that the music may have had a lot to do with that.
I’m not at all surprised by the bottom three. The judges were surprised about Mollee and Nathan. I just don’t think the judges realize how Gibson’s choreography doesn’t connect to the audience. They think, “huh. Music video.” There’s nothing terribly exciting about it and little to grab onto. Combine that with last week’s performance and I’m hardly surprised.
Now the big surprise to me was the elimination show. First, yes Mollee and Nathan danced fantastic solos. But I expected that from the try outs. (If anything I thought Nathan should have danced even better given his solos in the tryouts) But Karen’s dance was horrible. I’ve seen better dancing at clubs. That she didn’t get booted after two mediocre weeks and an inability to do anything other than the seductress (which she does very well) is surprising. While Channing has been weak, I thought her solo was good and this week’s performance was her breakout.
With the guys there was no surprise. Kevin has been struggling for a while.
Also, last week it was like they were listening to our complaints about their padding. They had that nice segment going through dance moves. This week there was none of that. Given how silly some of the padding was I hope they return to those short teaching moments.
Next week I predict Karen will be gone and that Victor will have to hit it to stay. The next two weeks will be really interesting as on the guys side there are some really solid dancers. A good dancer will be left out of the final 10. On the women’s side I think Noelle will have to step it up and Mollee will have to make sure she is solid on styles other than her own or those close to it.