Valerie Rockey and Ricky Ubeda
Style: Viennese Waltz, Choreography by Lacey Schwimmer
Song: "I Won’t Give Up" by Jason Mraz
This will likely be one of the more divisive dances of the night, but I’m with the judges in saying that tapper Valerie stepped up to the Viennese/Ricky plate tonight. Let’s face it: this is a weird duo. There are always going to be some obstacles with style and size… but that partner connection is undeniable. Valerie has the spirit and Ricky has the skill, and if they keep meeting each other in the middle, maybe they can keep surpassing the idea that this partnership is going to crash and burn somewhere. Missy said that America needs to see a dancer like Ricky, who’s on the next level, and Nigel said that Valerie met him on that level in this performance.
Carly Blaney and Serge Onik
Style: Hip-Hop, Choreography by Luther Brown
Song: "Senile" by Young Money, feat. Tyga, Nicki Minaj, and Lil Wayne
Nigel might have been onto something when he said this was a difficult routine to critique because Carly and Serge have obviously worked so hard, but it might not be something that will make people want to vote for them. I think that’s a commentary on the choreography more than anything, but Misty added that it’s the judges job to educate the audience on how difficult what they just did is. And it was difficult! This “beastie” performance was way outside of Serge and Carly’s respective ballroom and contemporary comfort zones. But Carly came out especially committed to the (skeleton) character, while Serge mostly kept up.
Tanisha Belnap and Rudy Abreu
Style: Broadway, Choreography by Warren Carlyle
Song: "Sing, Sing, Sing (Part 2)" from Fosse (Original Broadway Cast)
With Rudy’s Mary-levels of energy and Tanisha’s already-Roxie-from-Chicago stage presence, this duo was destined to shine in a Broadway number, even if it involved a couple of pesky canes. Misty thought they danced in perfect unison and as individuals. I didn’t really want to be taken out of the moment by being reminded that Rudy has a little showmance going on with Jacque, as opposed to the lovely partner to his left that he just romanced all over the stage, but if Fox must, I guess they must.
Bottom 6: Bridget, Emily, Jourdan, Emilio, Stanley, Teddy
Finally, after A Great Big World performed the already emotional “Say Something” with a children’s choir, it was time to trot out the Bottom 6 and break two of their hearts even further. Nigel announced that they would be going with America’s bottom two and sending Jourdan and Stanley home... without much explanation. Why do you think the judges chose those two for elimination? Will you be throwing Bridget, Emily, Emilio, and Teddy your votes to keep them from a similar fate next week? Are you practicing the choreographer's steps at home? Please say yes.