This season, we have three classically trained ballet dancers, and I'm just going to say right now: they are AWESOME. Eliana Girard is a jittery thing ("a huge clusterball of every emotion imaginable," in her words). She draws Debbie Allen, the lucky lady, who tells her, in reference to her cute shoes, "Those blue suede shoes are meant for walking, and you are part of the Top 20, so walk on girl! Walk on!"
So is it down to Daniel Baker vs. Chehon Wespi-Tschopp? They're both my favorites, you guys! Chehon had some hiccups in Vegas (loosen up, show more character), but he delivered that awesome final solo. Daniel, meanwhile, was fairly flawless in Vegas but gave a lackluster solo. Daniel thinks only one of them will make it, and for once, I kind of think the show might break our hearts this way. Nigel says it's a matter of consistency (Daniel) versus a high-water mark (Chehon), but it's Daniel who is in. And so is Chehon! Okay that moment worked on me. These boys! Get it!
On stage, Daniel, Eliana, and Chehon perform a Desmond Richardson/Dwight Roden routine that is BADASS. They're all dressed in these severe metallic costumes, like the Black Swan got steel-plated. These three have the most amazing lines and body control and I can't take my eyes off of any of them (so I had to watch it three times, one for each of them). They get a standing ovation, and Nigel emphasizes that the boys gave up professional careers to be on this show. Mary loves Eliana's attitude -- she IS super-strong and defiant. Eliana points out the wounds on the boys caused by her sharp metallic skirt. Yeah, maybe calm down on those costume choices, huh? In other news, Chehon has a Danny-from-Season-3 quality to him.
Now for the jazz dancers! Tiffany Maher (kind of looks like scrunchy-faced Caitlyn from last year) and Audrey Case (that girl who made farts with her neck) are both featured. Debbie tells Tiffany that she's "like a great racehorse, pulling up from the rear." Welcome to the Top 20! Audrey, who doesn't NOT look like Snooki in the face, is also in. Her voice is so baby-ish, I can barely stand it. After Katee Shean and Kathryn McCormick, I cannot pre-judge annoying behavior at this stage of the competition, but Audrey is going to have to really blow me away to make me overcome thinking she's annoying.
After a montage of cuts -- sorry, Debbie Gibson-Looking Girl; Blonde Katelyn; Plain-Jane Abigail; and Katie who reminds me of Svetlana from Real World Key West -- we return to Janelle Issis, the belly dancer whom we've seen so much of. Mary says she sees star quality in Janelle, and I can't disagree. There's never been a belly dancer in the Top 20, but after Adam gives a halfway decent fakeout ("be happy you made it this far," et cetera), Janelle is in. She proceeds to bang her head on the doorway trying to do a sexy entrance in front of her fellow dancers. Oof.