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GOODBYE, 'CUTE AMY' It's jazz fusion time!
Aaron Turner and All-Star Melinda Sullivan -- tap by Anthony Morigerato
Music: "When I Was Your Man" by Bruno Mars
"We mustn't lose tap!" This was Nigel's urgent request to the masses -- take tap classes! Well, the SYTYCD viewing audience could make the same request of Mr. Lythgoe: Merely include more tap routines in your show!
Melinda is stunning, her ruby-red tap shoes were so on point, and Aaron was finally in his element in a partnered routine. I loved that Anthony went with such a downtempo song -- it really drove home the concept of tap as a conversation between two dancers (and between the tappers and the music) instead of just the necessary maintenance of a beat. Aaron has proven to be so much more than a tapper all season and remarkably he was still able to show that versatility within a tap routine.
Really, really clever stuff from all three parties involved. I'd love to see more of Melinda in the future.
Jasmine Harper and All-Star Comfort Fedoke -- hip hop by Tabitha and Napoleon D'umo
Music: "Run the World (Girls) (Nappytabs remix)" by Beyoncé
Man. Ladies. Comfort can be quite the commanding presence, but it's possible Jasmine just out-danced her in her own style! And why shouldn't she? This is what the final four is all about: dominance, reestablishing one's Comfort Zone, and bicycles. As Tabitha said, "Okay ladies. We gonna come in hard, we gonna roll on deez bikes, and we gonna mean business." (Call me crazy but I somehow found this announcement much more endearing than Cat Deeley begging Jasmine and Comfort to pleeeeeease let her into "their gang.")
Jasmine, who gave up the chance to tour with Ciara in order to join season 10, now has two more viable career paths: become a backup dancer for Queen Bey, or choreograph Gabby Douglas' 2014 floor exercise routine. Both are super glam, and the "Oh don't mind me I'm just wiping gunk off my jean shorts" method of beat-keeping could easily be applied to either.
Thank God the editors didn't dwell each week on Jasmine's failed relationship with season 9's Cyrus, which I'd completely forgotten about. Listening to her reflect on that after making it this far was much easier to swallow this week than it was when we first met her and the poor girl was forced to admit onstage that he'd broken up with her. "I didn't have anything to lose at that point," she said in a voiceover leading up to her stunning solo. india.arie's "Ready for Love" was a poignant choice. I do still prefer Jasmine's studied and careful solo style to Amy's more frenetic one. Jasmine's bizarre feats in balance and flex-footedness continue to blow me away. She's so regal and confident! Hers isn't the loudest personality, but sometimes the quietest bodies are the most stirring. (Is that the lamest thing I've ever written? It's 3 a.m.; I must be sorry.)
NEXT: tWitch and tWitch Jr., plus some obligatory ballroom