Janick and Denys: paso doble. Well, that was pretty goddamn awesome. Denys was obviously in his wheelhouse, but he’s growing as a performer by leaps and bounds. Janick was very good. This was great and there is nothing else to say, really.
Danielle and Jeff: contemporary. Danielle and Jeff danced the routine excellently, and I really wish I had liked it more, but I didn’t; it felt very “SYTYCD contemporary” formulaic, with the fast move-slow move-fast move shifts. Good work, but I was meh about it.
Charlene and Edgar: salsa. Oh, dear. Charlene completely fucked up when her shoe came off. Completely. It happens, but she really didn’t recover; her confidence was completely destroyed. You could see Edgar trying to rally her back (and keeping his Latin flavour as he did so) and improvise their way back into the choreo, but it wasn’t going to happen because even before the wardrobe malfunction Charlene was only at about eighty percent comfortable with the routine. Shame, because what there was of the choreo looked really good (because it is Gustavo MOTHERFUCKING Vargas, of course).
Amanda and Mackenzie: afrojazz. Well, this felt more like just regular old avant-garde jazz rather than Afrojazz ™ but CHEESEMAN~! has earned the right to experiment. Amanda is very good, as usual. Mackenzie was technically proficient and boring as all get out, as usual.
Claudia and Jonathan: hip-hop. Not a crowdpleaser, but technically proficient routine from Sho-Tyme, who likes intricate footwork better than big lifting stunts. Jonathan was very solid in this and I think I would have liked this much better if Claudia hadn’t been so terribly mediocre.
Natalie and Sebastian: disco. Quite a nice bit of choreography, although honestly I’m just thankful it was not “new,” but really: lots of the cheesy bits that make disco fun and a few good stunts, that’s all I want out of a disco routine. That having been said: Sebastian was clearly having trouble with the lifts and couldn’t disguise his effort. Natalie was great.
Probable bottom three: Charlene and Edgar, Claudia and Jonathan, Natalie and Sebastian.
Should go home: Charlene and Sebastian.
Will go home: Charlene and Edgar.