Carly Blaney and Serge Onik
Style: Quick Step, Choreography by Jean Marc Genereux
Song: "A Cool Cat in Town (Aerophon Mix)" by Tape Five, feat. Brenda Boykin
Mary pointed out that the Quick Step is a long way from Serge’s Latin Ballroom style and that he and Carly have shown tremendous growth. Though the judges gave almost entirely positive feedback, they didn’t seem particularly excited about Carly and Serge’s routine, and once again, it’s too bad for two great dancers, because it almost assuredly signals their exit. But at least they had a memorable exit, with that final tunnel and spin to the floor.
Valerie Rockey and Ricky Ubeda
Style: Hip-Hop, Choreography by Pharside and Pheonix
Song: "Turn Down For What" by DJ Snake & Lil John
I tease about all the praise that Ricky gets only because he earns every bit of it, week after week. I’ve been waiting to see how he’d perform in a hip-hop routine, and, turns out, it's with his regular level of extraterrestrial technique. These two so fully commit to every performance, and while it certainly seems like more of an effort for Valerie next to Ricky, as she said of her leg wave in side-split: "It didn’t just happen." They both put in the work to give their best performances, and I’m one of those that’s impressed with both of them (while still understanding that Ricky is going down in the record books). Nigel said in addition to being one of the best technical dancers they’ve ever had, Ricky also knows how to completely immerse himself in a character, and Christina declared it the best number of the night.
Bottom 6 Elimination: I was glad to have the solos back tonight, but in the end, it was the partnered performances that decided the fate of Serge, Carly, Emily, and Teddy, perhaps unjustly, depending on whom you ask. Casey and Jessica haven’t been the most versatile or consistent performers, respectively, but tonight, in the routine freshest in the judges’ minds, they gave the performance that deserved to stay.
Do you think the right dancers went home tonight in the double elimination? Which pairings are you most eager to see switch it up? And, after an upswing in content in the last two episodes, are you excited about this Top 10? Sound off in the comments, and as always, please use extreme caution when throwing one of your friends 40 feet through the air to two of your other friends while depicting lost souls of the sea.