Apologies in advance if this is long -- I'm critiquing every dance again, lol.
I'm starting an hour late (as usual -- at LEAST an hour late, usually, these days). The opening number by Tyce was "better" than many of his recent numbers, if still not quite as good as what we can expect from NappyTabs, Sonya, and several other regular choreographers on the show. And I thought the girls DID dominate the guys. I also thought Ryan looked at least "a bit" awkward in that number contrasted with the other girls, such as Miranda and Sasha, who seemed to be more controlled. When Mitchell said he couldn't wait to "dominate the girls" he didn't sound like he could "dominate" a mosquito!
WOW! That first number with Sasha and Alexander... I've NEVER gotten goosebumps within the first five seconds of a dance number on this show before! I have to agree that parts of the number, later on, weren't quite as compelling, but overall, it was still a great number! Dee Caspary probably deserves a great deal of the credit, as well.
I don't know if that the judges are saying, but it certainly was good enough. My "issue" is that I compare Caitlyn's otherwise excellent performance against what I've seen by REAL Latin pros, such as Iveta and Chelsie Hightower. Still thinking back to Season 4, it's easy to remember that every time SHE had a ballroom or Latin number, her leg and footwork was INCREDIBLE (her wheelhouse), yet she was ALSO able to pick up hip-hop, contemporary and jazz and do all of them at very high levels, as well (of course this is WHY she bascially IMMEDIATELY got picked up as a PRO for DWTS as SOON as her tour with SYTYCD was finished -- THEY saw, what I and others saw, even if she didn't get enough votes to get into the Final Four). If I DIDN'T have her and Iveta (maybe others) in the back of my mind for comparison, I'd be RAVING over the Samba Caitlyn and Mitchell just did because YES it WAS excellent (and I know MANY of you consider Katee, who was the highest-rated female dancer on Season 4 as the best female dancer EVER on this show -- not sure HOW well she did Latin and ballroom, though -- don't remember).
I don't know what it IS about Miranda, but not only do I agree with the judges that she keeps getting better, she also seems to keep getting better LOOKING. When the season first started, I found her only "marginally" attractive. Now I think she's downright HOT -- not just sexy in her movements and makeup, but even her basic looks -- she actually appears to have "matured" in just a few weeks. And the dancing -- was that a "swing dance" or what? At any rate, yeah, it was pretty great... So far, it's a fairly even night for me, even WITH my goosebumps early in the first number -- Oh, and Tyce FINALLY came through again.
Melanie and Marko are THE ONE COUPLE I'll HATE to see broken up at the Top 10 level. As Nigel AND Li'l C just said, they ARE a POWER COUPLE. For the second time in four dances, I got GOOSEBUMPS in the beginning of a routine -- but this time they lasted halfway through it! That kiss ENSURED they won't be in the Bottom 3 this week and definitely broke any semblance of a TIE there was to this point.... WHOOOO, you go, Kristin! And then Marko tries to kiss Cat, lol! Ooooh the energy! GREAT!!! And KUDOS to NappyTabs again!
I see and agree with Nigel's point on Ashley and Chris' dance, BUT that's not their fault; it's Sonya's, if anyone's. If they were to more fully embrace the "Beetlejuice-type characters," and that music didn't give them what they needed for it, then Sonya should have chosen different music. So I agree with Mary and the others. That said, in a night of tough competition, this might put them in the Bottom 3. By the way, "Beetlejuice" is one of my favorite movies in its genre (I'm still flummoxed Michael Keaton didn't get a Best Actor in a Supporting Roll Oscar nomination for his part). Because they were either close together, or in such an alignment the camera was able to keep both of them in-camera all the time, we were able to SEE both of them on TV during the entire dance, as well, and I didn't see any mistakes, or even anything that looked like a lack of effort or commitment. It just might have been one of Sonya's "lesser choreographies." It's also possible Nigel used this opportunity to sort of "throw Ashley and Chris under the bus" if he wants to see them go in the next round. After all, SOMEONE has to go.
Well, Jess may have just dodged another bullet. Of course Clarice was elegant and beautiful. Kristin says it was her favorite peformance of the night?!? Don't know that I'd go THAT far, even if I WERE a "Jess fan," and I'm not (I see the same cocky, annoyance from him some of you do). His Broadway experience REALLY helped him in this one.
Well, I have to agree with all four judges about this second Sonya choreography of the night for Ryan and Ricky, which proved they were right to keep them last week (regardless of how some of us continue to feel about Iveta, and perhaps Missy). It was probably second only to Melanie and Marko's dance (unless you're really blown away by the foxtrot, which to me was "nice," but Jess's smarmy looks take off points for me).
Our Top 10 seem to be shaping up, and NappyTabs seem to REALLY be helping. Jordan and Tadd appear to ALSO be amongst that group. GREAT number, danced VERY well. I agreed with Li'l C about moving through the whole body, as the ONLY weakness I saw in the number was in a few of the moves they didn't get down quite low enough. But it was MINOR.
What I really noticed in this final group number was that Melanie's dance steps seemed, BY FAR, the most refined. Even at the end, when the girls were stepping away from the supposedly dead guys, the other girls were mostly just "stepping," whereas Melanie's steps still had the look of "dance" in them -- if you have it DVRd and you didn't notice it, go back and take a second look.
I see Ashley and Chris in the Bottom 3 next week based just on what Nigel said. I'm not sure about the other two. It's that close to me. If I vote, I'll probably vote for Melanie and Marko and Jordan and Tadd, but I doubt they need the votes. After them, I like Miranda -- not Robert so much, but Miranda -- and Ryan and Ricky did a good job. Jess and Caitlyn were, yes, excellent, but as good as he was, he STILL looked a bit stiff in some of his partnering moves. My impression is he REALLY doesn't like having a partner because he LOVES being "the center of attention," just like he loved waving, instead of dancing, at his first competition when he was a little kid. I could be wrong, but that's "the vibe" I get. Jordan has probably "grown on me" more than any of the female dancers... In her initial audition, her arm pits had "Five O'Clock shadow," so to speak. I KNOW that's no criteria to judge ANYONE by -- and in Europe, many women don't shave under their arms, at all, but it's just distracting in our culture -- especially for young female dancers whose underarms are almost ALWAYS exposed, and to me it spoke to personal hygiene. I also notice she's been clean shaven ever since, so someone spoke to her.
Life is the only constant...