Next up in Vegas are the seven "street dancers" remaining in the competition. The adorable Chris Cole, who had to dance for his life after the ballroom round, is IN, as is the very strong Wadi Jones. I don't believe we've seen this Tadd Gadduang before, but Debbie takes the time to sing some Diana Ross to him ("Reach out and touch somebody's hand..."), and he walks on his hands and in general makes me like him immediately. The adorably wee Lil' O says he's confident about making the Top 20, but he's out, as is someone named Drace Reed. With two hip-hoppers left, we're left to ponder whether the show will value the quiet power of Bryce "Professor Lock" Johnson or the animated desperation of Robert Taylor Jr. If we're just comparing catch phrases, I'll take Professor Lock's "indubitably!" over Robert constant stream of Little Richard-like "Woo!"s. But when it comes down to the decision, the judges keep Robert. I'd claim this to be BULLSHIT, but I'm all outraged out from Arielle Coker last night (seriously, Nigel, WHY??).
Chris, Wadi, Tadd, and Robert now assemble on stage for a Dave Scott (yes!) routine set to some Swizz Beatz with Eve. They're all dress in matching red canvass shoes, but only Robert has gone the extra mile to look like Pee Wee Herman. You guys, he tries SO hard. Not to say it doesn't at least partially work, because along with Tadd (who is becoming an early favorite), Robert really pops in this performance. It helps that it appears his "character" is a show-offy ham.
Not very many ballroomers this year, as I've noted previously. In Vegas, it's down to just two: my beloved, leggy Soviet assassin Iveta Derevko and Lenny Progue, or as I will call him, Pasha Jr. Lenny says he's not nervous, which, after Lil' O, is looking like the kiss of death, because Lenny gets a NO. Which takes some of the suspense out of Iveta's moment, because they're not going to leave Mary Murphy with ZERO ballroomers, are they? So, yes, Iveta is IN, and then back in L.A. she gets to perform a wicked hot paso doble with Pasha and his -- to quote my friend Quinn -- ass that launched a thousand ships. Mmm, yes. Mary is getting her yell back as she hollers about Iveta being a World Champion in ten different ballroom disciplines, and Nigel brings up the specter of Pasha/Anya to illustrate just how good Iveta could be. Fingers crosses she can pick up the other dance styles!