Next week is the finale so it’s crunch time and the guest judge is a real heavyweight: Christina Applegate(?). Some of her comments were great, but she seemed at a loss at times too. The judging adventures continue. There were lots of odd props in the dances tonight, as there have been all season: a wall, a towel, sticks, chairs, a mirror, a light fixture. I don’t know why props are so popular on this show, but some of them are truly silly, the sticks being probably the most pointless.
The top 4 will be determined from the dances tonight, and I think it’s clear that the top two guys are Marko and Tadd. Ricky is great, but just not quite at the same level. The top two girls are probably Melanie and Sasha, but based on how Caitlynn danced tonight, I think it sucks if she has to leave. Melanie and Sasha aren’t going anywhere, though, so it’s just going to be a tough night tomorrow. All three are great and easily deserving of being in the final four. Caitlynn has probably grown the most and Melanie was the standout from the beginning, while Sasha is just a raging ball of passion. The girls have just been over the top this season.
Starting with the strangest dance, there was an odd “Wacking” routine with Ricky and Sasha that was fun but kooky, and could end up losing them both some votes. Sasha, in particular, appeared to be not very into it. She barely cracked a smile during the whole thing:
Ricky’s other dance was the one with two sticks as props, which showcased the fact that he can dance with two sticks in his hands, and also showcased the remarkable talent (and remarkable booty) of all-star Jamie, but didn’t do much for Ricky’s chances of making the finale:
There was a controversial dance that’s worth talking about, which utilized an unusual prop: a chandelier. As usual, it was a Sonya Tayeh contemporary dance. This time it was with Tadd and all-star Ellenore. I really liked it in a weird way, but the judges were confused at best:
Marko’s Paso Doble with all-star Janette is worth watching for Marko’s matador ‘tude and the double cape move he pulls off:
As I said, I loved Caitlynn’s dances tonight, especially this Sonya Tayeh dance with Marko:
Her other dance was a Samba with Pasha, which to me seems unfair. I think the ballroom routines generate less votes, and this is the second time Caitlynn has danced a Latin ballroom number recently. She did them both well, but I can’t remember either Sasha or Melanie dancing much ballroom this season. They should have to prove they can do it, like Caitlynn has:
As usual, there was a dead solid perfect hip hop routine “Little Red Swagging Hood” from my favorite choreogs, NappyTabs, with Melanie and the incomparable Twitch. This one reminded me a little of the one with Alex and Twitch from last season:
There was great acting and really great dancing in this broadway routine from Melanie and Tadd:
I’m getting a little tired of the condescending attitude the judges exhibit toward Tadd. He’s awesome, and not just because he’s a B-boy.
But the best of the night was probably this Tyce Diorio Contemporary dance with Sasha and all-star Kent. Kent is usually so sunny and cheesy, but he went to a dark place in this piece. Sasha, on the other hand, took it to a whole other level. This is the only routine where I really felt that the prop, the wall, was an asset to the dance. It played an important and understandable role in the choreography. The other props, not so much:
My prediction is that Ricky and Caitlynn will leave tomorrow, but if Caitlynn pulls off a miracle and beats Sasha, I won’t be too disappointed. Melanie has to be in the finale, as does Marko. I really believe one of them will win (Melanie is the odds-on favorite, obviously) with Sasha possibly pulling off an upset. The only thing that would really disappoint me is if Tadd ends up leaving tomorrow. He really deserves to be in the finale.