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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.
Hayley Erbert and Dmitry Chaplin -- rumba
Music: "Meant" by Elizaveta
"I could spend the next two and a half minutes just on Dmitry," raved Jenna Elfman, "And when I say on...." I won't be surprised if she goes ahead and creates herself a hat and a nametag to sneak into his next rehearsal studio for some "very hands-on" training action.
This dance was awesome! Dmitry is so good at establishing a sexy/close dynamic through physicality alone, and Hayley just poured her body right into that during this number about a woman who finds out her fiancé's been cheating. I loved everything about this dance -- her amazing drop to the ground and his completely vertical yet sooooo angsty spin away, the costuming choices (can't go wrong with a man's shirt and black stockings! #businesscasual), and especially the song (which you may recognize from a Scandal promo).
Also, Hayley's heels were insane. Most of the Dancing With the Stars rumbas are done barefoot now, so watching this was a rather high-octane treat for me. I love to live on the edge.
"I don't think you've ever put a foot wrong in this competition," said Nigel, assuring her that he didn't agree with Ameriker, who'd put Hayley into the bottom group for the first time all season.
Jenna Johnson and Mark Kanemura -- jazz
Music: "I Am The Best" by 2NE1
Lady Gaga released Mark from one of her gilded dungeons of dazzle-dragons (backup dancers) so that he was able to saunter up to his old stomping ground and fix up this crazytown routine for an innocent young ballroom specialist. IT WAS INSANELY AWESOME!!!!! That's not even Mary! I am that enthusiastic about this dance and Mark's return! From the intense braid-handling (Jenna worked it!), to the rolling out of a red carpet from a sofa shaped like lips, to the use of a Korean pop song, this was like nothing we've seen before on the SYTYCD stage.
Line of the night: "I'm totally not a vegetarian when it comes to dancing," claimed Mark during a massive missed opportunity to force Jenna into wearing a meat dress. "I literally want it bloody. RAW!"
Nigel made sure everyone knew about the battles he'd been through on Twitter each week with people who thought Jenna should've gone home over other women. Oh, how he struggles! "Nobody votes anybody off the show. We're a positive show." But enough of Nigel scolding the nation. Let's get back to what's really important.
Mark's vulnerability and passion! Go Mark! Walk, walk. Fashion, baby.
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