The big question mark from last week, as you recall, was the fate of back-flipping Joshua Alexander, who knocked his ass out flipping on the hotel floor. We've already seen him this week, celebrating various other dancers' successes, so it's not a surprise that he's safe and healthy. But we get no real explanation as to what happened, which is annoying. Anyway, he's been in a glass case of emotion all day, waiting to see if he advanced. Nigel welcomes him with a wickedly hilarious, "Come and do a back somersault for us." Adam lets him down easy -- he's not making it this year -- but insists he comes back. Also getting bad news are dancers named Blake, Jasmine, and Daniel. Sadface.
So. Seven spots left for twelve dancers. Matthew Kazmierczak got a lot of attention in auditions for supposedly looking like Ryan Gosling. I don't quite see it, but he sure is cute anyway. He's also got a fun, weird sense of style. Mary does some weird hokey pokey shit with him, making him pantomime putting a key in a lock and opening a door and stepping through, before telling him he's in.
Dareian Kujawa is the good dancer with bad feet from Utah. He's been trying to work with the "bricks" on the ends of his leg but says it's been tough. He makes it, so look forward to hyper-focus on those feet all season. Also making it: Janaya French, who has kind of a Lauren Froderman quality, though without the brashness.
Which leaves two girls left: Diablo-Cody-ish Amelia and heretofore unseen Jill Johnson.
Come on, people. Give us SOME credit with these things. When Janaya comes back with happy news that she's in, Amelia and Jill can't even be happy for her, because they know it means there's only one spot left for them. How great must it be to be the person called up when it's just three of you, though. You know you're in! Amelia actually looks like Diablo Cody crossed with Lena Dunham, so she's really the girl of the moment! Amelia is in, duh, and Jill is gracious as hell. Good luck next year, girl!
On stage, Matthew, Dareian, Janaya, and Amelia perform a Stacey Tookey routine. Matthew is really showing off with HIS footwork, compared to Dareian. Matthew has a Robert Roldan quality I'm responding to. Meanwhile, Amelia is making he like her despite my resistance to how packaged she is. But Matthew the standout for me, with Amelia slightly behind. They get a standing ovation, and Zooey says they were so delicate and beautiful, like a painting. She gravitates her praise to Amelia, obvs. If anyone on this stage is a Hello Giggles dancer, it's Amelia. Janaya has a Clare Kramer quality I'm just now noticing. I think the fact that you don't notice things about Janaya until way later will ultimately make her an early exit, but who knows? The judges kind of gloss over Matthew, which I think is crazy. He's the star up there!