Holy jazz shoes. I could not even begin to go into the actual dancers on this show before I caught my breath from watching the Legion of Extraordinary Dancers. As Mary Murphy herself said last night, words like “amazing,” “wonderful,” “brilliant,” etc. are thrown about on the regular on this show. But tonight, the word “extraordinary” actually meant something. Those guys were phenomenal, y’all. Take note, readers, and watch it. Take note, producers, and nominate these guys for a guest-performer Emmy in 2012. It. Blew. My. Mind. If they had had guest acts like this all season, perhaps the ratings wouldn’t have plummeted. Well…guest acts like LXD and an actual array of compelling dancers (and, ahem, choreographers whose names don’t rhyme with Smyce Piorio).
But let’s start from the beginning, shall we? The night began with a circus-themed number set to music from the Water for Elephants score. The performers were in full mime face, so of course Jess, a.k.a. Sir Mugs-a-Lot, was the center of attention. It came as no surprise that Tyce choreographed this piece. Do you think he was contracted to do an excess of pieces this season or that everyone else was just too busy off being awesome? I seem to remember a lot more diversity in past seasons. All that said, I didn’t hate the routine. It probably would have worked better with more dancers. But that sort of ambivalence is kind of the problem with Tyce’s routines. They no longer elicit an emotion. On balance, they’re kind of like how Adam described Robert Marshall last night (and I’m paraphrasing): charming, pleasant, utterly forgettable.
The dancers’ fates were announced rather quickly. As predictably as Jordan and Caitlynn were in the bottom, Melanie and Sasha were safe for another week. With the boys, it was obvious that Marko would be safe, which sent Jess to the bottom. Now, Jess in the B4 might have been a surprise on any other night, but faced off against Marko? Forget it. The most surprising development of the night came when Tadd and Ricky were pitted against one another. Was anybody thinking Tadd wouldn’t advance? Certainly not Nigel (quote: “You will not be biting the dust this week, young man”). Certainly not Mary (quote: “You’re gonna land yourself in the finale, I just know it”). Especially when compared to Ricky’s (literally) weak performance last night, it seemed certain that Ricky would be sent packing. And yet! Tadd was relegated to the B4, and Ricky was left with a gaping mouth at the shock of being declared safe. Best of all was how supportive of Ricky Tadd seemed. With that cool, calm, big smile across his face, he was all, “We got this.” Love. That. Kid.
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