Cat Deely, Cyrus Spencer, and All-Star Comfort Fedoke. Christopher Scott’s “Cinema” routine had audience and judges on their feet and screaming.
Choreographer Christopher Scott pulled a winning doubleheader last night with his “Cinema” and “Mr. Postman” routines, though the latter was nixed by Nigel with only a lukewarm reception by Mary Murphy. I have no idea what Christina Applegate said. We mute her. Isn’t technology grand.
My favorite dance by Scott, the night’s premier choreographer, and my fun favorite of the entire evening, was Cyrus and All-Star Comfort’s electrifying routine “Cinema”. WOW! It blew me away. Great choreography. Great surprises. Great dancing. Super great entertainment. Everybody was charged up. As dance judge Mary Murphy so aptly put it — “They connected!” And it was Mary Murphy who also came up with the best quote of the evening — “Cyrus was in his Comfort zone.” Rack another one up for Mary. And the brief glimpse we had of Christopher Scott showing the couple one of the moves was provocative. I want to see HIM dance. When I called sister Katie, though, she beat me to the punch. “I want to see Christopher Scott dance,” she said. Couldn’t have said it better myself.
Okay. Now it’s time to enjoy yelling “BOOO, Nigel!” I loved Scott’s “Mr. Postman” routine with Eliana Girard and Twitch, in spite of the judge’s nay-saying and uncalled-for criticism of Eliana. She was not responsible for the routine which he claimed did not show her off to her best advantage. I think it showed how well-rounded she is. She can do anything they throw at her. Why don’t they just dock the choreographer’s pay if they feel so strongly about it?
This is one bone of contention I have with So You Think You Can Dance. The dancers do not make up the routine. They implement it to the best of their ability, which in this case was pretty darn good. And in my humble and unprofessional opinion as a mere viewer, the choreography was great. I was entertained. I had fun. I loved Twitch-the-Postman’s facial expression when Eliana came after him. I think that Special Delivery routine delivered.
So, whatta ya want Nigel? We have heard you tell dancers on the one hand, “You have got to loosen up and have fun.” Then you tell Eliana that the last time she had a “fun” dance, the judges had to step in and save her. You not only confuse your dancers, you confuse your audience. Then you dangle a Sword of Damacles over her head with the implication that she might not go into the finals because you won’t be able to save her next time. But, unlike Damacles, this is a sword she can’t remove. I call that cruel and uncalled-for about a wonderful dancer with more talent in her little finger than some of the show-girls you’ve kept in the running.
Surprisingly, I also enjoyed Cyrus and Tiffany Maher in their Home Alone routine by Spencer Liff. Their explosive energy sizzled on that stage. And, unless I missed something, the dance itself was not the crude, grabby routine shown during rehearsal. DID I miss something? And Cyrus rose several more notches in my already good opinion of him. He was not comfortable with the completely tasteless version. He was even somewhat apologetic about the cleaned-up one, which he and Tiffany executed with such electric pizzazz.
And let us not forget Jean-Marc Genereus’s 50’s ice cream parlor routine with second-season winner, swing champ Benji Schwimmer and Tiffany. A great, eye-popping, entertaining performance that set the excitement level for the night. It would take a talented tornado to keep up with Benji, and that precious little Tiffany did it with style and, as Nigel put it, in high heels. It’s hard enough to walk in heels, much less dance in them – and at NASCAR speed, at that.
Two serious routines by Tyce Diorio and Mia Michaels, took us deep down into our own consciences, tapping our emotions by sharing their own through their extraordinary vision, and the gifted expression of the dancers. Eliana and Cole put power into their “hatred/fighting” routine by Mia Michaels, expressing its demoralizing effects in horrendous detail.
Tyce Diorio‘s wrenching view of sudden tragedy that leaves people stunned, helpless, and hopeless, is shown in his routine where one suitcase contains the last remaining remnants of their lives. The hollow-eyed look of despair on the faces of Chehon and Kathryn, and Chehon’s desperate leap for the suitcase, were enough to tear your heart out. These routines will be keepers.
I was again disappointed in the routine given to my all-time favorite dancer, All-Star Melanie Moore. It should have worked. You had two great dancers, Melanie and Cole Horibe. And a great choreographer, Sonja Tayeh. But something wasn’t quite right and I didn’t know what. Then my husband Mike said, “The song is killing it.” And that was it.
I hated to see Cole Horibe go home last night. On the other hand I would have hated to see Chehon Wespi-Tschopp and Cyrus Spencer go. Oh, the dilemma. All three males are winners in my book. I was so glad that the talented trio had made it to this point and I’m sure Cole’s career is just beginning.
I did not hate to see Witney go, and I’ve never understood the judges’ fixation with her. Though she’s a lovely girl, and the “leaving at the altar” routine with All-Star Marco by Ray Leeper was one of her best, she has never been a favorite. She flaunts more than she dances. And I’m not alone in this opinion. She should listen to her father. (I sound like a Jewish grandmother, don’t I?)