Adechike, Ashley, and Robert draw a jazz routine from Sonya, and they're joined by Neil (NEIL!) and Courtney. Adechike is representing Brooklyn (WHAT!), and Robert is just incredibly handsome, and not in that overly boyish way that most of these dancers usually are. The routine is somewhat militaristic, but contains a lot of that Sonya-style movement that always seems like insects to me. Curiously, this routine tends to focus attention on Courtney and (especially) Neil a whole lot. Not that I can blame her, but I do think it's up to the choreographers this season to feature the actual contestants as much as possible. This just looks like she's trying to hide Robert, Adechike, and Ashley's weaknesses. Which isn't entirely the case -- Robert especially is very dynamic, and Adechike more than keeps up. Ashley gets lost, however, and I would not be surprised to see her eliminated early. The talent pool is insane, and she lacks an edge.
Cat calls out Sonya for screaming so loud from the judges' table. On that subject, Robert gets really animated and adorable about what a nutter Sonya is. I predict Robert and Cat will be BFFs by next week. She does take refuge in the tall ones. Sonya makes a point to tell Adechike that, despite what he says in his interview package, he's no underdog. She means this as a compliment, but somewhere in America, Russell Ferguson is making the throat-slash gesture and telling Sonya not to blow Adechike's spot.
And that's everybody! And at the end, all twenty-three of them dance around Cat, which is deeply amazing and yet way too much to handle all at once. Meet you back here on Wednesday after I've processed it all?
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