Tadd's solo claims to be to "Something I Can't Have" by Robin Thicke, but it's clearly just Yma Sumac's "Malambo No. 1" with some guy kind of mumbling over the top of it. Maybe it gets different later on, but this is at least 95% Yma Sumac. Tadd does some awesome handstanding and is dressed like Rainbow Dash. That's right; I just made the second My Little Pony reference of the episode. Deal with it! Anyway, no seasonal gang sign.
Melanie got Pasha? Nice! It's a Viennese Waltz by Jason Gilkison, so I assume it will be terrific. Pasha has lost his will to live and Melanie will be nurturing him. She has to prod him into moving. And for the second time this evening, Melanie's excellent dancing will be paired with a distractingly weird cover song. This time, it's "Everybody Hurts" by Tina Arena. Man, after watching Jess kind of struggle with lifts, it's amazing to watch Pasha make everything look effortless. Unfortunately, this dance isn't grabbing me the way I want it to. I don't know why exactly, but I'm just not in love with it the way "Melanie got Pasha" made me think I was going to be.
Perhaps the judges can explain it! Mary can't, because she loved it. She specifically praises the transitions in the lifts, which did look beautiful. She just rose up off the floor and came back to Earth when appropriate. Nigel also goes on about the perfect flow of the lifts. Neil, too, wants to talk about the effortless lifts. Also: "You're easily my favorite dancer on the show." Look, I agree that the lifts were beautiful, but I still didn't love the dance as a whole.
Caitlynn's solo could easily have been done by Jordan or Clarice. It's quite good, but it doesn't distinguish her the way Sasha or Melanie have been doing.
Ricky has Allison the All-Star in a routine by Tyce the Replacement-Level Choreographer. The dance is about a bad dream that Allison is having. She wakes up, see, and Ricky whispers in her ear. Tyce wants him to whisper, "I am your worst nightmare," which is too vague to actually mean anything. Also, Ricky thinks he's too nice a guy.
Well, at least the song ("Precious Things" by Tori Amos) isn't explicitly about bad dreams. And the choreography isn't trying to be Bob Fosse. But I don't know what it wants to be. I'm not into it at all. It's like somebody had Sonya Tayeh described to them over the phone and decided to try to replicate it without ever seeing it. It's really out of Tyce's comfort zone, which I kind of respect? Nigel approaches a compliment and then changes his mind, saying that some of the dancers tonight have out-danced the All-Stars. Then he clarifies that Ricky was not one of those people. Well, thanks for bringing it up, then! Neil thinks it was a bold call by Tyce because Ricky normally dances "young." He also references Ricky's dance for his life last week, so I guess I'll accept that he watches the show. Mary liked it a lot and throws in a "Whoo!" I think it might be her only one of the night, which I appreciate.