I'm just now getting around to viewing Tuesday night's show in the wee hours of Thursday morning... (Needless to say, I'm not reading anything already posted since the show) First, don't know about the rest of you, but I thought Bollywood was "cute" for a season or two after a Bollywood-type American movie won best picture, but I think this show has gone way overboard with that style. Once a season is more than enough, and doing group numbers in addition is just way too much -- especially considering that the "finger positions" are supposed to be so important, and from what I can see, nobody is really doing anything with fingers that appears significant. I have to say, though, that Amy had a solid grin all the way through that made it look like someone had her PLUGGED IN somewhere. Usually it's Malece who goes overboard with the smile, but geesh!
Second, and I'm typing as I'm watching, well, after just watching the first dance... If Tucker has "an infection in his knee" (what the hey?!?) then why could he dance his solo? Between Amy and Malece, although I've been fans of both, I thought Amy's solo was more impressive (and certainly more "dancing-for-her-life desperate")!
Mike, I'm starting to see some of what you do in Hayley. It wasn't quite as apparent to me last week, when she had to dance with her choreographer since Curtis had injured his "bouncing shoulders," but since Malcom saw fit to get rid of that dead weight and she's now dancing with Nico -- AND, as the judges said, they got an incredible Broadway choreography job -- she (and he) both looked incredible!
I think both Malece and Alan are going home. The routine they did just wasn't quite there. It was good, but not great. As Kenny Ortega is saying, "the chemistry wasn't there." There was a point in the music where Buble wasn't singing but the music goes "Da-Da" where they should have both (or maybe just her) done a hip shake or wiggle. I was expecting it, and I didn't see it. And unlike them, being 55 and having a father who grew up in the "swing" era and REARED ME on Hollywood musicals on TV, I HAVE seen most of the old Gene Kelly, Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Audrey Hepburn, etc. musicals. What they just did was just SO CLOSE, but no cigar. It's sort of like the guy who almost gets through the door in the horror movie only to have his arm cut off as it slams shut and bleeds to death, anyway. As a friend always said, "close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades." I hate it, too. I was pulling to see Malece in the Top 10. But unless Amy really flubs I think this pair are both gonners. (And I like Amy, as well.)
WOW! Jenna and ALL-STAR Alex Wong -- the ONLY All-Star who never got to finish a season but would have definitely won his season had he not broken his leg half-way through! I wonder where his career is. I still marvel this guy was the PRINCIPAL DANCER of the Miami Ballet and gave that up to be on this show! That's a pretty big city to be principal male dancer in and give it up for the chance of winning a dancing show. I sure hope it paid off because I don't think ANYONE -- judges or fans -- has ever considered him anything but an All-Star! And I agree with Nigel, Mary and Kenny that Jenna was up to his level in this Pirate Paso, which is obviously why Nigel gave her the free pass this week. Like Makenzie, she shouldn't have been in the bottom 3 any of these weeks.
Makenzie and Paul looked simply exquisite... like moving figurines atop the world's most beautiful wedding cake.
Amy and Fik-Shun just put the nail in Malece and Alan's coffins. I agree with Mary there were some technical issues (although I'm nowhere near the judge she is -- all I could see was a bit of "cludginess" in some of his movement -- I didn't really notice anything wrong with hers). But I wholeheartedly agreed with her that their chemistry together just makes you believe them and love them, and anyone who doesn't understand how important conveying the SENSE of a dance is just doesn't understand dance. Malece was very close with her broadway routine, but Alan was too far off, and the pair of them weren't together at all. There's so much ACTING involved in many types of dancing. If they don't really feel that way, they better learn how to make believe.
And once again Jasmine and Aaron KILLED IT! (First really hard-hitting routine I've seen NappyTabs do in a while, too!) It's going to be hard seeing these last three couples broken up to dance with All-Stars, as all three of them work so well together, but such is the life of the dancer.
I agree with what Mary said about the final six girls being the best final six the show has had in 10 seasons, with no real weak links, which makes it that much harder to make that final cut to the top 10 (more than with the guys, where there's more room between some of them). Nigel just said they no longer make the Canadian show, which gives this show more choreographers, so that's good for him. I would also note that on at least one road show I attended (my first, Season 4), They included the Top 12 to have some alternates, but they included them all on the posters and such so, for instance, Chelsie Trail was on the poster (she was technically cut at Top 14, I think, but because of the injury with one contestant that put Comfort back in Top 10 after she'd gotten cut at Top 12, that moved Chelsie Trail to Top 12). There was a guy from the Top 12, too, but I don't recall who it was. However, in the other two road shows I attended I didn't see anyone who didn't make the Top 10, and in that cockeyed Season 7, where they had only 10/11 contestants and not all of THEM got in, they didn't even have 10 contestants, but they had a number of All-Stars.
Hey! Nigel just said he's going to recommend Top 12 go as alternates on the Tour! And I was right about Malece and Alan (not hard to figure, lol). I didn't even consider the tour last year after they both changed venues to a smaller auditorium that doesn't even allow still cameras AND allowed online ticket scalpers to buy up HUGE blocks of all the best tickets as soon as they went on sale (I'd try to buy tickets, and all I could find were WAY BACK in the auditorium, UNLESS I clicked links for "ticket brokers," where I could find even front-row-center orchestra, IF I was willing to pay as much as 5-10 times the Ticketmaster price of the ticket -- and there were ENTIRE ROWS for sale like that -- this should be ILLEGAL!).