If you'll recall, no one was eliminated last week, so we get to see all 10 couples perform again tonight. But....tomorrow night, four, count' em, FOUR, people will be eliminated.
Our guest judge tonight is Debbie Reynolds. They showed a clip from Singing in the Rain...I might have to watch that this weekend.
The first couple to perform are Ryan and Ricky (whose real name, we learn, is Roderick). (The dancers had to reveal something embarrassing about their partners--Ryan's leg hair grows fast. You're welcome.) This week they're performing a Mandy Moore jazz routine. Ricky says it's X-rated. Mandy says it's a sexual-tension-filled routine. Song: "Addicted to Love" by Robert Palmer. They were very good. Not sure I felt the sexual tension between them, but they looked great. And I think Ryan outperformed Ricky this week. Nigel said it was "sensational." Mary said they were so strong. Debbie said she's never seen anyone perform sexier.
Caitlynn and Mitchell are next. They're doing a Stacey Tookey contemporary routine about a relationship coming to an end, at least in her mind. Song: "Turning Tables" by Adele. (LOVE this song!) Wow. That was amazing. I loved when she ran and leapt from the chair and flew into his arms. I felt the tension between this pair, unlike the first dance. Caitlynn was bleeding by the end...Mitchell accidentally hit her. I watched again, but couldn't tell when it happened. It was some time early on though. Anyway, Mary said it was flawless. Debbie said they were so beautiful and so dramatic. Nigel said it was remarkable...not just technical, but there was so much turmoil. He said "Dance is the language of the soul, and that's what came across tonight." Lovely quote, Nigel.
Missy and Wadi are dancing a cha-cha choreographed by Jean-Marc Genereux. (Where's his wife?) This is a new genre for both dancers. Jean-Marc says this routine is the most difficult he's ever done for the show. Song: "Cannibal" by Ke$ha. They did a nice job, but it was kind of boring. I also didn't feel any chemistry between these two--the routine should've been hot! Debbie said "Muy bueno." Nigel critiqued Wadi's technique and said there was a lot missing. He said Missy was very, very good. Mary got more technical with Wadi, but said it was respectable. She said Missy is the Cha-Cha Queen. She said it looked like Dancing with the Stars tonight, with Missy as the professional and Wadi as the student. Debbie said Wadi can cha-cha with her any time. Aw...poor Wadi. Cat said "You made Debbie's night, I think," and he said, "Well, at least I made someone's night." He seemed so dejected.
Next are Iveta and Nick, doing a Bollywood number by Nakul Dev Mahajan. Song: "Baawre" from the Luck by Chance soundtrack. They did a good job. the routine was very fast. Nigel said they did it with such panache tonight. Mary said they were super entertaining. Debbie loved it and told Nick that as a tap dancer, she would've freaked out doing this routine.
Miranda and Robert get to do a NappyTabs hip-hop routine about woodpeckers. Woodpeckers? Really? (In case you're wondering, Napoleon looks cute as ever.) Robert is the old and wise woodpecker and Miranda is the young chick. Robert says it's a "coming of age story" (said tongue-in-cheek). Song: "Break Ya Neck" by Busta Rhymes. Robert's fantastic in his style and Miranda held her own. It was fun to watch. She seemed to fall in the routine after doing a back flip--but he caught her and going with the theme of the routine, it kind of looked like it was meant to happen--but I don't think it was. Mary said that considering Robert is a free-styler, he did an amazing job with the choreography tonight. She said Miranda was amazing tonight. Debbie said they were fabulous and that she was mesmerized by them. She then did her imitation of Woody the Woodpecker! She's a bet kooky, I must say. I don't know what Nigel said because I started looking at something else on the Internet and didn't feel like rewinding.
Next are Clarice and Jess. Stacey Tookey's back to choreograph a contemporary routine. She says it's a love story about a prince, and she's just married into royalty. Song: "Cathedrals" by Jump Little Children. That was lovely. Jess' personality gets on my nerves, but I love to watch him dance. Clarice looked beautiful. Debbie said they touched her heart. Nigel said he enjoyed parts of it. He loved the work they did separately, but when they came together, it felt uncomfortable. He said it just didn't look right. I can see what he means...part of it is probably that Clarice is about three inches taller than Jess. Mary said that Jess' emotions were perfect along with his great dancing, and that he had so much control. She added that Clarice is stunning.
Jordan and Tadd are next. Doing a Viennese Waltz by Jean-Marc. Uh-oh..I worry. Song: "Fade into Me" by David Cook. I didn't have to worry--they were great. Nigel said it was absolutely beautiful. He told Tadd, "I need to remind you that you are a b-boy." And that it's the best he's seen a b-boy dance something like the Viennese Waltz. Mary said Tadd is the biggest surprise of this season. She said that Jordan has transformed herself into one of the most beautiful ballroom dancers. Mary's bursting with pride. Debbie said they reminded her of Gene Kelly, Fred Astaire and Cyd Charise. Wow--quite a compliment.
Melanie and Marko perform a Mandy Moore jazz routine. Song: "Sing with a Swing" (Raf Marchesini Radio Edit) by DKS. Uh-oh, Marko lost his hat during the routine. Beyond that though, they were great. I really love this couple. Mary said, "Everyone has a voice when they dance, and you guys are speaking LOUD and CLEARLY." Debbie rambled on about something. I guess she said they are stars, because Nigel concurred with her.
Seems like a long show--there are still two routines to go!
Sasha and Alexander do a NappyTab hip-hop about a soldier coming back from Afghanistan and seeing his wife for the first time. Song: "Coming Home" by Diddy-Dirty Money & Skylar Grey.
I loved it! Very emotional. Sasha was so into it. Alexander held his own--and I loved when he did a headstand over her back into a flip. Debbie loved it. Mary's in tears and said it's a story that hit home for her, and she hopes everyone gets to come home soon. Nigel found it ironic that we're 10 minutes late tonight because the President announced that we'd be withdrawing the troops from Afghanistan. He said they showed all the emotion and passion that will come from those reunions, and they danced it so well.
Last up are Ashley and Chris. They get a jazz/Broadway routine choreographed by Spencer Liff about a woman visiting her man in jail. They dance the whole time with a row of bars between them...Spencer points out that a routine like this has never been done on the show. Song: "Please, Mr. Jailer" by Rachel Sweet. That was great....very unique. I think it was better to see it on TV than if you were in the audience since the cameras could show all sides of the jail bars. Nigel said we just saw another hip-hop boy do a wonderful jazz/Broadway routine. He hopes Chris is here for many weeks to come. And Nigel wants Ashley to visit him the next time he's in prison. Mary put them on her Hot Tamale Train. Debbie said they were sensational.
Good show. My favorite performances were Ashley & Chris, Sasha & Alexander, Melanie & Marko, and Jordan and Tadd. Oh, and Miranda & Robert. And Caitlynn & Mitchell.
Hmm....maybe it would've been easier to say who I didn't love: Missy & Wadi and Iveta & Nick. It'll be interesting to see what happens tomorrow, but these are the four I'd send home.