Aw Shucks and All-Star Anya: cha cha. Anya’s makeup is horrendous. Kent started dancing this with some genuine Latin flavour and then suddenly it just all went away as he stopped dancing from his hips, which is disappointing because there have been many more cha chas on SYTCYD which have been far more complex than this one. He also really fucked up that last final big lift by not letting Anya down easily. Mia complains that Kent still has dorkface, to which Kent basically says “but I like having dorkface.”
Robert and All-Star Kathryn: contemporary. Nice little reversal by Stacey Tookey having the girl be the going-away soldier rather than the guy. Anyway, this was quite excellent, and really the biggest single justification for the All-Star concept is getting to see Kathryn dance basically every week, as she is probably the dancer most unfairly excluded from the finals in the show’s history and is awesome. Robert was good in his usual forgettable way. This was good. Really, I don’t have much else to say here.
Adechike and All-Star Courtney: jazz. This was great fun, not least because I can’t recall at present the last time a jazz routine was actually danced to jazz music on this show. Adechike outdanced his partner for what I think is the first time all season, continuing his general trend of steady improvement. Inventive choreo from Tasty, too.
Not Legacy and All-Star Comfort: hip-hop. So that’s two-for-two with Jose dancing hip-hop with Comfort and not doing it very well, which is doubly bad because Comfort, unsurprisingly, nailed it. Nigel explains that Jose hasn’t been in the group routines because Jose has injured his groin, which makes this approximately four billion injuries this season.
Lauren and All-Star Allison: Broadway. Oh, Tasty Oreo, why must your Broadway choreo be so boring? It’s like the moment somebody says “imagine this is on a stage in New York City” he turns into Dark Tasty. Anyway. Predictable, unremarkable choreography, danced very well, which was expected.
Billy and All-Star Ade: contemporary. Ade only did two big lifts in this routine. I believe that is a record low for him. Genuinely fantastic work from all concerned; Billy hits his high point with this. Stacey Tookey is having an excellent night, isn’t she? Nigel explains that not eliminating injured Billy last week was the right call. Ashley, sitting somewhere else, swears at him.
Aw Shucks and Not Legacy: Broadway. Kent’s dorkface was in full display here, which was really the only complaint one can make about his dancing. Jose was honestly quite good as well, not as good as Kent was, but of course this was quite in Kent’s wheelhouse and not in Jose’s. (Jose’s wheelhouse is basically nonexistent.) Jose genuinely is improving as a dancer all around; now he’s at the point where other dancers get eliminated from the top 20 in the first week. Spencer Liff’s Broadway is about ten thousand times better than Tasty’s.
Lauren and Adechike: foxtrot. Finally a foxtrot! And… not a very good one, to be honest. Lauren postroutine looks like she is going to collapse, and if Lauren has to leave the show because of an injury then I am just not gonna watch the rest of this season because whoever wins (IE, Kent) will have basically an asterisk over their victory forever, because they didn’t beat Alex, Ashley OR Lauren.
Billy and Robert: Bollywood. Boy I sure am glad Billy’s knee injury healed up totally after one week so he could dance this. It is like a miracle! (No, not really. He was limping afterwards.) The dance was good; I think Bollywood routines get overpraised because the judges don’t really know how to judge them, and this is no exception, but it was fun and there have been many worse Bollywood dances on the show.
Should go home: Jose and Robert.
Will go home: Jose and Adechike.