Jessica Richens and Nick Garcia
Style: West Coast Swing, Choreography by Benji Schwimmer
Music: "Respect" by Aretha Franklin
So, you think dance isn't supposed to be fun? Did the sound of Jessica's shoulder cracking in rehearsals answering that question for you? Though Benji implied he wanted the number to be full of energy, the slow and awkward beginning got the piece off to the wrong beat. Jessica's shoulder didn't seem to bother her, but her over expressive face was pretty difficult to read. Misty called the piece "entertaining," which is just a nice was of saying she thought it was only okay. Both dancers had very little experience with the swing style though, which isn't an excuse, just the truth—something the performance really did lack.
Carly Blaney and Serge Onik
Style: Contemporary, Choreography by Sonya Tayeh
Music: "Latch" by Sam Smith
And suddenly, there was Serge! Even though his strong performance last week got him in the bottom six, Serge shocked the judges with his emotionally powerful and touching piece. Again, not a surprise since he is the oldest competitor this season. Serge's connection with the equally stunning Carly was a highlight for the unexpected standout pairing. For only the second week, you would think they would have been performing together for years already (or at least a couple of weeks). Luckily Mary was crying too much to
scream say anything nonsensical about the piece.
Emily James and Teddy Coffey
Style: Hip-Hop, Choreography by Dave Scott
Music: "Don't" by Ed Sheeran
When you're told you need to make out with your partner as part of your rehearsal, you know you've picked the right reality show to compete in. Mary didn't get the leopard print memo or the dance at all really though; she called it entertainment. You know what that means. The flirtatious dance flirted on the border of cheese and fun, but Teddy was getting a little more into it at points than Emily. (Almost everyone slowly started to disconnect from their partners at this point.) Emily was performing too much for the cameras, but she was still performing well so she can't be completely faulted as she gets adjusted to the added challenges of dancing in this very unique environment.
Malene Ostegaard and Stanley Glover
Style: Broadway, Choreography by Spencer Liff
Music: "I've Got Your Number" by Nancy Wilson
Let the metaphors begin! Using telephone props as an homage to 1960s variety shows may have been a good idea, but the judges got pretty bored with it pretty fast (Mary said it went downhill for her after 20 seconds). Nigel thought the pair had got the wrong number (see song title for reference) and had their lines completely crossed and was disappointed in many areas. What's really disappointing is that Malene looked really good in her costume and appeared to be able to play the part well.
NEXT: "Look like butter or it will be a mess"