Group Performance (Choreographed by Tyce Diorio)
I'm so happy Tyce strayed from his path of reinventing Fosse to bring us this number. It wasn't perfect, but it was enjoyable. I don't know why some of the all stars are up there all of a sudden (Ade and Lauren were both dancing, even though neither danced last night), but their presence (mostly) only added to the performance. I particularly enjoyed when they all lined up and started shaking and convulsing; I know that's probably not the best way to describe it, but I'm sure you know which part I'm talking about. The only thing that always annoys me slightly with these routines is when the choreographer steps outside of the genre to showcase people's talents. Like in this routine, Dominic had a breaking solo. Not only is it incongruous with the style, but with the music and time period as well. And Kent and Ade each had tumbling passes, which I'm sure wouldn't have shown up in a speakeasy. But not everyone is featured in a solo moment, so why go out of the way to feature the more unfitting dancers? But the choreography would be right at home in any Broadway revival of Pal Joey or the like, so I think Tyce did his job well this time around.
The Bottom Three: Ashley, Billy, Jose
I both love and hate America tonight. Billy should not be in the bottom. And Jose shouldn't even be on the show anymore, so I'm glad he's finally there. I've always found Billy's solos to be some of the best the show has ever had. He manages to work in impressive (and difficult) technical elements, as well as show an emotional connection to the piece; he's never frantic, but you can still tell he's fighting for his place. How ridiculous for Nigel to say that he "went to a default position." Of course he did, they're supposed to dance in their own style... which is not jazz. Jose isn't even that good of a breaker; why is he on this show? And yet another dancer is eliminated by default. I never really liked Ashley, but I'm so sick of watching Jose that I'd rather watch her hobble on crutches for a minute and a half next week than see Jose dance.
The Guest Dancers: Some Stupid Kids
Ew, really? That little boy was the gayest little boy that has ever walked the earth. Considering Mary Murphy tends to enjoy masculine dancers, she should probably make sure her academy is teaching how to be a stronger male presence. That might sound mean being directed toward a child.... but it's my blog, so shut up. Seriously though, what was the point of having these two kids on the show? I hate kids.
The Guest Dancers Part Two: Jamar Roberts, Rachel McLaren
Bitch fell in her first turn. What the hell was that? The song was about "ham and cheese sandwiches in the next room," she stumbled and then laid on the ground, got up and sat on a bench; all the while he's squatting and spinning and jumping like a monkey. Then they switched: he laid down while she did chanais turns. What. The. Fuck. I thought Alvin Ailey was home to some of the world's best dancers, and then this is what they send to the show? Bullshit.
The Allstars: Twitch and Comfort
I don't like either of them, and I don't even remember this routine. It wasn't any more memorable the second time around. My problem with Twitch has always been that he doesn't look like he ever gives a shit, as if he's either bored or above it all. And seeing how hard Comfort was working in this routine, it made him look like a douche. Or it could just be me, who knows.