Date of Episode: Tuesday / 07/02/2013
Top 20 Perform Again
The Top 20 begin by dancing a group number to “The Heroic Weather-Conditions of the Universe,” from the film Moonrise Kingdom, choreographed by Tyce Diorio. Hostess Cat Deeley lets us know that one guy and one girl will be eliminated tonight, and Nigel Lythgoe and Mary Murphy are joined at the judges' table this week by guest judge Christina Applegate.
The Top 10 couples are introduced: Mariah and Carlos; Jasmine Mason and Alan; Malece and Jade; Jenna and Tucker; Brittany and BluPrint; Alexis and Nico; Makenzie and Paul; Jasmine Harper and Aaron; Hayley and Curtis; and Amy and Fik-Shun.
How did America vote? Cat announces that Makenzie, Mariah and Brittany on the girls' side and Alan, Jade and Carlos for the boys are all in the bottom three and will have to dance to save themselves. Cat says the judges can spare two dancers right away. Nigel asks Mariah and Carlos to step forward, as well as Jade and Brittany, and asks all four of them to dance for their lives, leaving Makenzie and Alan safe.
The first solo is Mariah, krumping to Waka Flocka Flame's “Hard in da Paint.” Next is Carlos, dancing to Imagine Dragons' “Radioactive.” Following him is Brittany, with Ooah's “Hacksaw” as the backdrop for her ballroom solo. Last up is Animator Jade, who dances to Alicia Key's “De Novo Adagio.” Nigel admits he's not impressed with the solos and reminds the dancers that “dancing for your life” means dancing to save your existence on the show — and he didn't feel that coming from any of them. But their decisions are based on everything they've seen so far and not just their solos. Nigel asks Carlos and Brittany to step forward. While they wouldn't have been chosen for Nigel's bottom four, voting-wise they were in America's bottom four and will be leaving this evening after they've danced their routines.
The contestants pick their routines from the hat. First up are Hayley and Curtis, getting together with Ray Leeper for some Jazz. The routine is about a bad boy who's done wrong and the girl who's come back to give him some of his own medicine. Hayley says the routine is déjà vu for her, since last week she also had to be sexy and hurt Curtis at the end of the number. Curtis jokes that he's America's best bad boy. The pair dances to Jessie J's “Mamma Knows Best.” Nigel seems out of breath and quips that he wonders if Hayley's dad knows what she's up to — she was moving parts of the body that he didn't know could move. Curtis was a good partner, but he couldn't take his eyes off Hayley. Mary says Curtis should get the happy dance going again because she loved the number, and she claims the Fourth of July must have come early since Hayley was like fireworks tonight. Christina notes that she forgot Curtis was a Tapper, which is a compliment, and she thinks Hayley is insanely sexy and jokes that they should have all left the room for a few minutes. But, while it's not a criticism, Christina points out that choreographers choreograph to the music, and she felt the dancers didn't ooze into the words as well as they could have.
Jasmine Harper and Aaron are up next in a lyrical hip-hop number put together by new parents NappyTabs, aka Napoleon and Tabitha. The number is set to Alicia Keys' “Tears Always Win.” Napoleon says the number is about Aaron, who is a musician on the road, and Jasmine doesn't really want him there but eventually welcomes him with open arms. Mary thanks the couple for the chemistry lesson because theirs was unbelievable: Jasmine is a star, an actress and a great dancer, and Mary thinks Aaron was simply hot up there with his “push and ripple.” Christina tossed her notes from the dress rehearsal away and praises Jasmine from the opening last week, saying she couldn't take her eyes off her, and she proclaims the couple to be the one to beat. Nigel says there was something very honest about the number; he'd forgotten that Aaron was a Tapper and called him a huge asset this season, despite scraping into the show this year.
Cat tells us that National Dance Day is July 27, 2013, and that Napoleon (with baby boy London in tow) and his wife Tabitha have crafted a hip-hop master class routine this year. Adam and Nigel have put together a beginner's routine; for more information, head over to dizzyfeetfoundation.org.
Next up are Malece and Jade with the season's first Bollywood routine, from Nakul Dev Mahajan, set to “Radha” from the film Student of the Year. Nakul says the number is about a girl playing hard to get and the guy who does all he can to woo her. Jade observes that doing Bollywood is sort of like being a clown without being funny. The routine is the first one to get the crowd going for the night. Christina says she thought the pair did a commendable job, since this was so far out of their wheelhouse, and she doesn't expect to see Jade in the bottom ranks again. Nigel praises Malece's pixie look and says that eyes are always drawn to her — which is good and bad, because it means she needs to get it right, and tonight she did. Nigel also is shocked that Jade had picked up the choreography as well as he did, and he wanted to know honestly what Jade's friends might think when they see him wearing Adam Shankman's outfit. Mary knew that the choreography was tough for Jade, but she says he nailed it.
Next, choreographer Stacey Tookey presents a sequel to Season 7's routine between Robert and Kathryn, when Kathryn leaves for war. Filling Kathryn's shoes is Alexis, who's coming home to her love, Nico. Alexis was fearful she wouldn't live up to Kathryn's performance, but the all-star turned up to alleviate Alexis' fears in practice. The pair performs to Olafur Arnalds' and Arnor Dan's “Old Skin,” and Nigel says he loved Stacey's choreography and the music. He comments that Nico gets better every week and he hopes he sticks around, while Alexis had the tough job as a Tapper this week: Tappers aren't supposed to stretch their legs, but this routine featured a slew of extensions. Mary comments that they were uninhibited in their movement and let the music take them someplace. Christina says Nico is a beautiful dancer and notes that he changed the type of turns he was doing at the dress rehearsal for the performance. She also thought that no matter the style, Alexis has “it.”
Brittany's last dance has her supporting BluPrint in a Broadway number by Spencer Liff, set to Lucy Woodward's “It's So Quiet” from Ice Princess. Spencer reveals that the number is about two students' late-night study session at the library, which blossoms into love. Mary says she thought the number was fun and light-hearted. She also lets Brittany know that the first cut is the most difficult and she should know she is adored by the judges and plenty of fans. BluPrint also did a fine job in the number but still needs to pick up the technique and also needs to dig deeper and be more in the moment. Christina says she's sad to see Brittany go and commends her for standing by her partner, while she lets BluPrint know that if he ever gets Broadway again, that is the only style where he can celebrate and let loose and Nigel wouldn't be able to say that he's pulling face. Nigel agrees and elaborates, saying Broadway is always about sell, sell, sell. Just sell the story. Nigel says he's also sorry to see Brittany go.
Next up, Jasmine Mason and Alan get together with Miriam and Leonardo for a Tango. The piece is about an innocent girl being lured in by an evil man looking to steal her innocence. Jasmine is confident about the story but is fretting about the number of lifts in the piece. PP Music's “Escape From Slavery” provides the soundtrack for this number, and the performance leaves Mary and Christina standing in adulation. Christina says she was worried that the pair wouldn't have a moment again like they had last week but was proven wrong. Nigel says he's shocked that Alan wound up being in the bottom three, because he is a fantastic dancer, while Mary says the number was all about passion, and it is “a fever of the mind.” This number had it off the charts tonight!
In the following routine, Makenzie and Paul tackle a Sean Cheesman Jazz number. The piece is about mad scientist Paul creating fembot Makenzie, and the pair dance to Skeet & Tito's remix of “Mannequin” by Trish. Nigel loves the number, alluding to all of the “naughty” routines this evening, and he wants to know where all the flips were coming from in terms of Paul, who is a ballroom dancer. Nigel also proclaims that we have to help America realize that Makenzie is a star. Mary says she loved the beginning, the end, and all of the bits in the middle. Makenzie is a dance diva but without all of the drama, and Mary also believes Paul owned this number tonight. Christina comments that Paul was giving off a vibe like Patrick Dempsey in Can't Buy Me Love, which takes her back to when he was young and sexy. Christina advises that he should forget to hold his carriage every now and again in these numbers.
Stacey Tookey's second routine of the night showcases Carlos' last performance. In this scenario, Carlos was in an accident and lost his memory, and his partner Mariah feels trapped and helpless. Mariah says she is excited to show America this serious side of herself as the pair dances to “Dead in the Water” by Ellie Goulding. Mary's emotions are stirred up as she ponders how this duo ended up in the bottom three, and she feels it's America's loss that Carlos will be gone. Mariah needs to keep this level of dancing up so she'll end up on the other side of the rainbow. Christina is so sad that America got it wrong, and she thinks Carlos was a great partner and the pair had the most chemistry of any couple tonight. She thought Mariah dancing on Carlos' shoulders was one of the most beautiful dances she's ever seen. Nigel believes Mariah did a great job of emoting, which is what Contemporary is all about, and we'll be watching her growth week to week. Nigel also wishes Carlos good luck.
Amy and Fik-Shun get “ratched” in a hip-hop performance, choreographed by NappyTabs and set to Dorrough's “After Party.” The story is about two bellhops who love their job but are more into each other than their work. Christina loves this number, and also speaks about the couple's performance last week. She acknowledges how special a dancer Fik-Shun is, but also speaks highly of Amy's partnering. Nigel says he knew he was going to love the routine since both dancers have the ability to light up the entire studio when they dance, which is really important. If both dancers keep performing like this, they'll be in the finale. Mary jokes that the song name is “After Party,” but the duo was the whole party. They're just likeable and don't know how not to be.
Closing out the night are Jenna and Tucker, dancing a Dmitry Chaplin Cha-Cha routine. The number is about the most popular guy at the nightclub and the girl who has to put him in his place. Tucker jokes that playing his part will be a stretch since he's liable to be the guy who trips in the doorway of the club. The couple Cha-Chas to the staple “I Like It Like That” by Pete Rodriguez. Mary calls Jenna a star and says she's in her element — but she has a feeling that everything is going to be her element — while Tucker did a good job of guiding Jenna but needs to improve the rest of his partnering skills. Christina claims to have been thoroughly entertained and thought the characters were spot-on. Nigel, however, plays the role of Debbie Downer and says that there was not enough Cha-Chaing going on, which is more a rip on Dmitry and the choreography than the dancers, who Nigel believes did what they were asked to do.
As America's votes are counted, who will place in the bottom three girls and guys next week? Who will stick around to be included in the Top 16? Tune in next time to find out!
"The Heroic Weather- Conditions of the Universe, Pt. 1: A Veiled Mist"Buy on iTunes
Moonrise Kingdom (Original Soundtrack)
"Hard In Da Paint"Buy on iTunes
Waka Flocka Flame
"Radioactive"Buy on iTunes
"Hacksaw"Buy on iTunes
"De Novo Adagio (Intro)"Buy on iTunes
"Mamma Knows Best"Buy on iTunes
"Tears Always Win"Buy on iTunes
"Radha"Buy on iTunes
Student Of The Year (Original Soundtrack)
Old SkinBuy on iTunes
Olafur Arnalds and Arnor Dan
"It's Oh So Quiet"Buy on iTunes
Ice Princess (Original Soundtrack)
"Escape From Slavery"Buy on iTunes
PP Music (UK)
"Mannequin (Skeet and Tito Remix)"Buy on iTunes
"Dead In The Water"Buy on iTunes
"After Party"Buy on iTunes
"I Like It Like That (Aaron Jerome Remix)"Buy on iTunes
"Live It Up"Buy on iTunes
"Moments Like This"Buy on iTunes