Should there be an Emmy for Outstanding Reality TV Guest Judge? Jesse Tyler Ferguson somehow managed to playfully diss former guest judge Carly Rae Jepsen (to the delight of Nigel Lythgoe and Mary Murphy), announce his major crush on a contestant (Aaron!) before hiding under the table, and deliver hilarious, well-informed, and passionate critiques about the dances. I feel like I had nine glasses of wine (Jesse's likely not-generous-enough count at his own wedding) just from watching him.
Maybe I'm just still revved up from talking to Sonya Tayeh about the Top 6 (and her giant earrings) -- the emotional intensity radiated through the phone! -- but I loved all of the dances/dancers on tonight's show. And I find it SO WEIRD that Jasmine did the same thing I do to stretch out before each episode!
OH MY GOD YEAH RIGHT.
They're all amazing at this point. So of course it's heartbreaking to lose Hayley Erbert and Paul Karmiryan. I definitely thought Paul's charisma, work ethic, and obvious talent would give him the title. (He won SYTYCD Armenia!) But I'm thrilled, too with the season 10 final four: Aaron Turner, Fik-Shun, Jasmine Harper, and Amy Yakima. I just hope Aaron's shoulder feels better so he can dance at full blast during next Tuesday's performance fin-ahhhhl-ee (Catspeak).
If the best soloist should win, I'd say that was Aaron or Jasmine tonight. Aaron was like the definition of "character" up there, tap-tivating us in his own style which I'd practically forgotten about since he's so versatile. Jasmine offered breathtaking feats of balance that were confident and measured in a way that contrasted Amy's jerky, anxiety-riddled piece. I think the world of Amy otherwise -- maybe it was just the high-strung orchestra, but that solo of hers tonight had me so stressed out! Fik-Shun was completely charming and I loved being reminded of the style by which he arrived here.
Aw, weren't everyone's parents the best? I don't remember hearing from Amy's that much -- her dad won my Fave Supporter of the Night award (which I just invented) with his comment that "When she's onstage, it's like her office" and subsequent tears of pride for his little girl.
Let's get to the set list!
Paul Karmiryan and All-Star Kathryn McCormick: jazz choreographed by Tyce Diorio
Music: "Tied Up" by Yello
Yowsers -- what exactly is it about Kathryn? She's like one thousand and ten billion percent alluring. I guess it's a combination of those big animé peepers, her wispy dramatic-even-when-in-a-bun hair, and her mind-blowing facility of movement. I can never stop watching her. But this is about Paul, and he did gamely keep up -- in leather pants. Jesse Tyler Ferguson had wrongly assumed that those could be restrictive, but Paul's hips inspired him to change his sartorial inclinations. "I will start to wear leather pants again. Thank you!" And that was the last time Jesse Tyler Ferguson was ever seen wearing non-leather pants.
"Below your name it says 'Latin Ballroom.' It should say 'Dancer'!" cried Nigel. Well you're the executive producer, big guy -- why don't you just change it yourself?
Hayley Erbert and All-Star Joshua Allen -- hip hop choreographed by Tabitha and Napoleon
Music: "Work Hard, Play Hard" by Wiz Khalifa
"We did it first!" Tabitha not-so-convincingly mouthed to the camera after this dead ringer for Katy Perry's VMAs performance of "Roar." But it's not like Katy Perry invented boxing. Hilary Swank did. Hayley surprised everyone here by charging out of the gate with Legit Hip Hop Face, which lasted her at least half of the challenging routine. They certainly did make season 4 winner Joshua work for his return. Jesse: "That was, like, the greatest workout video of all time."
NEXT: Hmmm, what hasn't there been a dance about? #TSUNAMIS