I have been relatively indifferent to Sasha throughout the competition. My eyes never gravitated towards her in group numbers, for example. I also didn't find her very like-able with her interactions with her original partner (voted off last week, whatever his name was). There certainly wasn't any chemistry there. He was either intimated by her, or he simply lacks the social skills to interact comfortably with the opposite sex. He would try too hard and ended up looking a little silly in the process. And her lack of genuine warmth in return may have put me off in the process. But maybe that's just her natural demeanor or sense of reserve. Anyway, he was a lock for me going home last week and sure enough, he did.
Flash forward to last night, wow, a dynamite routine with Sasha and Twitch. Definite replay-worthy stuff. How much of her fantastic performance can be attributed to the routine itself and how much to her chemistry with Twitch, who knows. The music also helped me get into the routine, for sure (Too many of the musical selections have left me cold this year). Whatever the magic combination, it just worked and she was outstanding. However, while her solo had some novel stuff going on, echoing a previous comment, it ultimately did very little for me.
Jordan did well in her partner number, but her solos are getting tedious for me. And I loved her audition solo and the first few times I have seen her solos. Now, she needs to bring something more. She may be in trouble. If not her, then...
Clarice is on the chopping block for me. She's good of course, just not as good as the women who remain. Watching back 'n forth between her and Robert, she's just not as precise and powerful and compelling in her dancing.
Caitlynn has had some recent strong performances, though I'm still not entirely sure she is better than either Clarice or Jordan. But momentum appears to be on her side.
Melanie's routine w/ Pasha left me a little bored, but I guess it was good. They did make it look easy, maybe too easy and subsequently why I didn't feel it. She's absolutely still #1 for me though. And I think she's completely adorable, even with the thunder thighs.
So, Melanie and Caitlynn is my guess for making it to the top two for the women.