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GOODBYE, 'CUTE AMY' It's jazz fusion time!
Amy Yakima and All-Star Robert Roldan -- contemporary by Stacey Tookey
Music: "Say Something" by A Great Big World
Nigel joked that Stacey's choreography was "terrible" -- in that Robert eventually walked away from Amy in this "two best friends" routine even though we the audience had been told she actually loved him back. But their disconnect at the end is exactly what made me want to rewind this and watch it again, detect all those little moments when the tides could've turned but didn't, etc. Robert was such a marvel here in his tight white T, lifting mint-colored bundle of ambiguity Amy up there with one arm like it was nothing. She's a master of the emotional dance and he elevated her performance.
As mentioned before, their chemistry and technique took Nigel's breath away. "You've stepped into my lead for the evening, Amy," he managed, as Amy's dad turned up the tears in the front row. Everyone was crying! Cat loves watching dads with tears in their eyes. She is not alone. More dad cams, please.
Fik-Shun and Aaron Turner -- Broadway by Tyce Diorio
Music: "The Jitters" by Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
Both guys were dynamite here -- "the top two showmen of the season!" said Paula -- but I did think Aaron dwarfed Fik-Shun not just in size but in general pizazz. I kept wanting to watch Aaron even though I knew Fik-Shun was serving up similar stuff just a few steps down the moving walkway. Aaron kept catching him in little trust falls and flipping him over by his feet. It's cool that the two guys could even attempt such tricks, but I'd give the edge to Mr. Big.
Amy Yakima and Jasmine Harper -- jazz by Mark Kanemura
Music: "The Diva Dance" by Eric Serra
This wasn't exactly the girl-on-girl showdown it could have been, as the dance depended more on an aesthetic (the ladies were "Siamese twins from the fierce jungles of Saturn" with fanned-out disc skirts and identical wigs) than strength and technique. But that's fine, I suppose. Mark, so full of "alien meat," is a red-eyed genius straight from Paula Abdul's home planet. Zaniness can be next to godliness on this show. I would have preferred a slower contemporary piece, some sort of "Battle of the Twisted Centers" that would have hit on both of their strengths. But I'm not mad at this dance. Not at all. It was funny.
The girls are such a toss-up this season. With the guys, I think Fik-Shun will and should win. Both he and Aaron are completely engaging; I just think Fik-Shun is more popular and has flung himself further out on the limb all season.
If I had to guess, I'd say Amy will win over Jasmine. She'd been my favorite girl since the beginning and made me sprout a tear tonight with that final arms-outstretchd pose in her solo. We can tell how passionate Jasmine is based on what she says and does, but with Amy you can feel the passion more -- and directly through the dance.
They really do seem so close. Jasmine really won me over tonight. But I don't know! Are we sure they can't both win?!
Who are you pulling for? Would you be happy with any winning duo? Discuss!