The Lowlights and The Highlights---
The lowlights first, because there were many,
Kathryn was disappointing in her Broadway number (by Andy Blankenbuehler) with Legacy. She did not show as much growth as her partner did; the character was under-developed, and almost juvenile. She was supposed to be this aggressive woman showing up her man and instead she came across as a little girl who said, "whatever you can do I can do better, I can do anything better than you".
Victor did not impress me in his contemporary number (by Stacey Tookey) with his partner Channing. To keep this simple, this is Victor's style, he should not have just been good, he should have been brilliant.
Ellenore and Ryan in the Lil C hip hop number were not a hit, more like a miss. The steps were not aggressive enough, their feet should have gone down into the floor, Lil C's style is very earthy and rooted, it's a dirty style and this was not dirty enough.
Mollee and Nathan's Gustavo Vargas Salsa was a mess, a hot mess. It's really unfortunate because I love both of these dancers and I love their personalities. I do think Nigel was way too hard on them, especially Nathan; it is not his fault that he has such a loyal following. Overall, the dance looked extremely uncomfortable.
Karen and Kevin sizzled in a Maria Torres Hustle; my eyes were glued to every move. I loved all the tricks that they did with the ease that they performed them with. Adam said they made it work for one another. Mary called Karen a hustle queen. Nigel said wow to Kevin, and that he is delighted that he continues to grow every week. Nigel also said he believes Karen will go a long way in this competition, and I agree.
(Music: "Come to Me" by France Joli)
Ashleigh and Jakob danced a Mandy Moore Jazz routine; I loved the choreography, this was like a flashback to the 80's. Ashleigh was amazing, and I feel like she has grown so much through Jakob. Nigel loved the routine and commented on how he loved that it made them work as a unit.
(Music: "Relax" from Frankie Goes to Hollywood)
Noelle and Russell amazed me in a Sean Cheesman African Jazz routine; I thought that this was beautiful. Adam said it had joy and a great story; he said that both Noelle and Russell were filled with the spirit of the dance. Mary called it crazy good, and said that Noelle was strong and Russell was a dynamic King of Afro Jazz. Nigel said that Russell is definitely a star this season and he has great lines. He also said that Noelle did a great job this week.
(Music: "Frog Dance" by Mickey Hart and the Planet Grum)
Legacy in the Blankenbuehler Broadway routine continued to grow this week. Nigel called him inspirational, and Mary predicted that Legacy would make the top 10.