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.
Per Cat, Janelle fell ill during rehearsals. She'll be okay for next week, but she's sitting out tonight's exhibition (she's had enough screen time thus far; she will be fine). So we get Audrey and Tiffany with a Sonya routine. It's typically strange, with inhuman movements set to inhuman music. Tiffany and Audrey are both so little! This looks like Dance Moms stuff, to be totally honest. Or Bunheads. Sasha and Boo are cutting loose! Anyway, afterwards, Cat sidles up to them and says that next to them she looks like the "BFG - the big friendly giant." Oh, Cat. Such a delight. Zooey leads the judging, saying they were amazing, the choreo was incredible, and she loves seeing ladies supporting one another! She says Tiffany was strong and Audrey was graceful. Nigel compares them to Melanie Moore, who's in the audience with a That Girl hat on. After asking these two children if they've ever heard of The Flintstones, he calls them two dancing Pebbles. Nigel seems to think they're underdogs among this season's women, though, you can tell. I tend to agree.