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GOODBYE, 'CUTE AMY' It's jazz fusion time!
Amy Yakima and Fik-Shun -- Argentine tango by Miriam Larici and Leonardo Barrionuevo
Music: "Hazardous/Zero Signal" by PP Music
The judges dinged Fik-Shun for this -- "a brave attempt, but not strong enough for me," said Nigel -- but I thought it was just as valiant a ballroom effort as we could hope for from any finalist on the show. The routine was quite impressive all-around, in fact. Neither of them is attempting to win a tango competition. His partnering was strong, the lifts looked solid, and Amy's fluttering legs were as flawless as they could be considering the time restraints and sheer number of routines (five!) each finalist had to prepare.
"Neither routine has allowed you to show your personality tonight," Nigel told Fik-Shun as if apologizing for the show's very reasonable demand that the dancers prove their versatility. (Depending on how you look at it, this was also Nigel's way of urging people to vote for Fik-Shun after his "toughest challenge out of anything you've been asked to do.")
Aaron Turner and Jasmine Harper -- samba by Dmitry Chaplin
Music: "Can't Touch It (Radio Edit)" by Ricki-Lee Coulter
Nigel didn't think this other ballroom effort was on fire either, despite some very convincing visual effects involving Dmitry Chaplin and his homemade martinis that might explode into sparkly clouds at any given moment. (I definitely suspected that those potions Aaron and Jasmine held up at the end of their rehearsal segment were nothing more than fortifying green juices. Perhaps they should have contained more magic.)
Mary harped on Aaron's lack of samba-specific precision, and it almost seemed like he was on the verge of rolling his eyes at her laundry list of technicalities. I can't say I totally blame him -- it's one dance out of five, and they were just trying to get through it! Maybe the judges felt like they needed to even things out after not totally loving Fik-Shun beforehand.
All aboard Nigel's roller coaster: "I don't know if you felt uncomfortable. It looked like you were. I love you both."
Fik-Shun and All-Star Stephen 'tWitch' Boss -- hip hop by Luther Brown
Music: "Hello Good Morning (Remix)" by Diddy -- Dirty Money feat. Rick Ross and Nicki Minaj
Just like Amy had been overwhelmed by the chance to dance with her idol Travis, Fik-Shun had written down that dancing with fellow bizarrely capitalized noun tWitch would "make his life." The only thing I slightly disliked about this master class in personality and precision-with-flair was something that was also pretty endearing: This definitely looked like a father-son dance routine. And it kind of was! tWitch was passing the torch, via "a funky Charleston" (said Mary), to his sure-to-be-an-All-Star progeny. "tWitch and tWitch Jr.!" cried Nigel.
NEXT: Which guy, and which gull?