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'LIKE AN ANGEL' Travis Wall conjures up Amy Yakima with the sheer force of his genius in this week's wicked game.
Tucker Knox and Courtney Galiano -- jazz
Music: "Clarity" by Zedd feat. Foxes
Time to cry again! Tucker named his dad -- a former macho college football star -- as his inspiration because he accepts everything that he is, and sat right at the front of each dance recital "cheering me on as if I was star quarterback." His dad wiped away tears in the confessional, claiming he didn't know how he was an inspiration to his son. (Um, by being so adorable in your seafoam polo and crying on camera, DAD.) Tucker was the inspiration, his dad said... "to our family. And I love him."
And THEN! After a sleeper-at-the-start Romeo and Juliet-based routine that energized itself to unbelievable heights....
...We learned that Courtney had been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis two years ago, and had lost sight in her left eye for a whole month in December. She always struck me as a do-or-die fireplug more focused on dance and getting the job done than dwelling in emotion, so seeing her start to tremble as Nigel called her "an inspiration to everybody who understands what you're going through" was pretty profound. Everyone stood to applaud her. I can't even imagine.
"Nobody's dying at the end of my dance. Sorry, Shakespeare." Love her!
Paul Karmiryan and Comfort -- hip hop
Music: "Dum Dum" by Tedashii feat. Lecrae
It was so easy to zero in on Comfort and Comfort's Bubbleicious wall of abs during this graffiti artist throwdown spectacular, but whenever I focused on Paul, he was not only keeping up, but adding to the flavor! His ability to get "right down into the pocket" caused Mary to fire up the engine of the Hot Tamale Train and declare "FULL STEAM AHEAAAAAAAAAAD!" There she was!
I loved Comfort here! Her heightened sense of authority and ownership of her own style makes her a perfectly commanding choreographer. My favorite moment from her was during the dance when she slowed down a bit and threw out the ultimate "Yeah, that's right, my leg's going over this trash can" long gaze. So sultry! I'm sure she'll be back to create some more hip-hops. I also liked how she played the "It's not me, it's you!" game, trying to direct the judges' attention back to Paul.
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