Mini-rant: Why do the judges make allowances for Joshua and Twitch not being trained in certain disciplines when critiquing him? But not do the same for Courtney and Katee? Yes, I understand that dancing Ballroom and Contemporary is a foreign language to Hip Hoppers and B-Boys. Yes, I understand that it is difficult. What I don’t understand is why they don’t express the same amazement when Courtney and Katee, both contemporary dancers, pull off a Ballroom performance like they’ve been doing it for years. This week it really bugged me and put a damper on what I think was a night of really strong dancing. The producers are shoving their agenda down our throats in such a blatant fashion this season. Mint-rant complete.
Do you know why there has been so much Celine Dion this season? I think its because Benji rejected part of his Prize Package, which was to dance in her show. They owe her.
If Mary and Paula aren’t best friends, they should be. What a perfect pair!
Courtney and Mark (Viennese Waltz and Jazz)
I really wanted to see Mark paired up with Katee tonight, but I knew that it wouldn’t happen. The producers tried to put the fix in as hard as they could…. 1- Joshua and Katee reunited and it feels so good 2- Twitch and Chelsie performing dances squarely in their specialties, and in the pimp spot, nonetheless 3-Pairing what they consider to be the Weakest Links and having them go in the Death Spot. Can you say BACKFIRED? Courtney and Mark were absolutely incredible in every sense of the word! The Viennese Waltz was heartbreakingly beautiful, reminiscent of the Lacey/Pasha Waltz which was easily one of my all time favorites! So utterly romantic, like a newlywed couple coming home from a night out. And what’s this? The dance actually contained Waltz movements, unlike the Waltz Twitch was praised about earlier in the season. Besides his stunningly gorgeous rise and fall, Mark brought maturity and smoothness to what I would call the best performance of the evening! The added bonus of a David Cook song made it undeniably swoon-worthy. Courtney danced like a perfect princess, making every twirl, every lift, look effortless and lovely. We all know she pairs well, but she also seems to be the only girl who understands how to choreograph a solo. That alone should earn her ticket to the Final Four next week. The Jazz performance, which fit Mark to a tee, only confirmed what I already knew about this dynamic duo; they can do anything! The Burlesque number was sassy, entertaining, and showcased the quick chemistry between these two “weak links.” I had to giggle at the flower in choreographer Sonya’s Mohawk. I hope to see them both next week.
Katee and Joshua (Contemporary and Paso Doble)
Although the “holy trinity of dance” comment was way over the top, I would rank Joshua and Katee in my All Time Top 3 SYTYCD Partnerships with Chemistry. Very, very few couples have moved me the way that this pair has. And quite honestly, Joshua does seem to lose some of his sparkle when he is not dancing with Katee, while Katee manages to sparkle all by herself. She has the technique that he lacks. But what Joshua lacks in training, he makes up with his strength. They just work! The Contemporary performance was mesmerizing. The lifts were amazing, especially the way Katee was able to get into them; she just doesn’t look like she would be able to do such athletic feats, yet she was perfectly capable. The move that made me catch my breath was the Leap of Faith Katee performed into Josh’s arms near the end. Although imperfect, the Paso Doble was intense with the right blend of sensuality and aggressiveness. Katee was as lovely as always, but seemed a little too soft at the beginning. Joshua’s missteps did not go unnoticed, but he maintained the matador attitude and stayed committed throughout. The change in the music in the middle of the performance kept it interesting and entertaining. Let’s talk controversy for a moment. There is a tricky connotation vs. denotation as far as the definition of “classical training. The judges’ intent was for us to believe that Joshua has had no training outside of Hip Hop. His audition pirouettes and scissor kicks during Vegas Week say otherwise. Perhaps the judges are misremembering that Debbie Allen called Joshua out on his ballet moves. In one of his early pre-performance videos, he even admits to having been sporadically trained at various workshops and camps. No, he isn’t a heavily trained dancer, but to say that he has NO TRAINING is pushing the use of the language. Regardless, it’s not Joshua’s fault that Nigel is losing what little mind he has left. Moving on, while Joshua is awesome and his stage command is excellent, the praise he received tonight was nauseating. He’s obviously the weekly top vote getter and the judges want to be able to say they called it. Meanwhile, poor Katee, who is by far the best dancer to ever grace their stage, has to stand there like chopped liver and listen to it. If there is any justice, Katee will win this competition and second place will go to Mark, Courtney, and/or Joshua.
Chelsie and Twitch (Mambo and Hip Hop)
If it were up to me, Chelsie and Twitch would be the two dancers leaving the show this week. They were fortunate enough to land the coveted pimp spot and dance inside their areas of expertise, yet they still bombed. And don’t even get me started on their total lack of chemistry. Sorry Nigel, I actually did notice all the missed connections in that ludicrous mess of a Mambo; I didn’t need Twitch’s face to tell me anything. Chelsie, who magically gets ballroom every week (imagine that?) had great leg action, good hip action, and proper Mambo technique, but her upper body was painfully weak. From concept to choreography to execution, the Hip Hop routine was atrocious! Chelsie barely danced at all and then the judges claimed she was keeping up with Twitch? When? Where? Twitch literally danced circles around her for the entire performance. Chelsie was given one extremely rudimentary thing to do; she went down on one knee with her back leg outstretched and then she came back up. Wow Wee. Chelsie didn’t do a single thing this week that warrants Final Four status, but just in case she makes it anyway, she should watch tapes of Benji and Heidi’s solos to learn how to do a good, entertaining ballroom solo. She should also consider a costume that isn’t from the 2008 Muppet Inspired Collection of Ugly. While brilliant in his solos, Twitch’s lack of training really shows up in many of his partner dances. I love him in his element, but when he’s out of his element, he’s often WAY out. Mary telling Twitch that he has been great in every style this season, but then only lists Hip Hop, Krump, ... (draws a blank) is classic.
My ideal Final Four would have been Katee, Joshua, Courtney, and Gev… here’s hoping that Mark replaces Gev and that Chelsie and Twitch call it a night.