This week on SYTYCD: even more injuries, even more tears, it’s like the episodes are reruns or something. Except with KENNY FREAKIN’ ORTEGA! Jump over to the recap and discuss with me.
Last week, it was Ashley’s turn to leave because of an injury. She was my fave, so I was sad to see her go, but I understand. This week, Billy’s injured, but it seems like he’ll be able to dance next week so hopefully that won’t send him home. Aside from that, it was an… interesting night.
Lauren & Twitch – Hip hop by Tabitha & Napoleon. Twitch, I could do without the color contacts, but Lauren was awesome. She did smile a lot, but her dancing was great and intense. Love.
Jose & Allison – A Sonya contemporary piece. I was bored and I couldn’t tell if it was the choreography or my dislike for Jose or what. But, either way, I was bored and that’s sad.
Robert & Lauren (All-Star) – A jazz routine by Tyce. I liked Robert in this, which surprised me because I’m not a big fan of his. He’s grown on me in the last two weeks.
AdéChiké solo – I really liked this solo. He’s grown on me just like Robert has, it’s interesting…
Kent & Kathryn – A Sonya jazz number. This was uncharacteristically happy for Sonya, but I really liked it. I don’t think Kent outdanced Kathryn, but it was good.
Robert solo – His parents are adorable! The solo was good, I liked the end.
Lauren solo – Her solo was kinda meh, but whatevs.
AdéChiké & Comfort – Lyrical hip hop by Tabitha & Napoleon. Comfort’s great and he’s really good too, but I wasn’t as moved as everyone else seemed to be. Not sure if I missed something there… I mean, I really liked it, but I wasn’t crying or anything.
Jose solo – This is probably his best solo yet, and still I don’t want him to stay.
Kent solo – Not much to say about this one, it was okay. But I did notice for the first time that the audience doesn’t count down during the solos anymore, which is great!
Lauren (competitor) & Robert – A samba by Dmitry. Robert has weird partnering moments that bug me. He’ll have great performances and suddenly almost drop his partner or get clumsy or something else. I’d like him a lot more if not for that. Aside from that, they both did a good job. I think Lauren was smokin’.
ETA (thanks Deborah)
AdéChiké & Jose – A paso doble by Dmitry. The fact that I completely forgot about this pretty much explains how I feel about it. It would have been great if not for Jose’s distracting angry face and AdéChiké being only okay.
Kent & Twitch – A stepping routine by Chuck Maldonado. Twitch stepped in for Billy. So. Okay. 1) Why is there so much music playing during a step? The point of a step is to actually hear the beats you make with your body, not to look cool to random music. 2) I have to admit that I think it would have bugged me to see two white guys stepping. 3) Part of what wasn’t believable about Kent stepping has more to do with his fresh-face look than his race. Stepping is hard, intense, and all about using your body as an instrument. It’s not as much about a character or story or looking nice. I can’t quite describe it, but I know I didn’t like it. P.S. – Totally kept expecting the crowd to start chanting Yo Baby lol
So, I still want Jose to go home – big surprise there, I know. Honestly, if he stays, it will really annoy me. And since we’re getting close to the end now, I’ll say that if Lauren doesn’t win this, I’ll be bummed.
What did you all think? Any Greeks in the readership – as in, Greek-lettered orgs and not nationality – or general fans of stepping? Who do you want to see go home?