After a National Dance Day recap -- Mary Murphy's dedication to wearing a black fringe dress on a 106-degree day is so inspiring; and it's also worth noting that the only time Tom Cruise lets Katie Holmes out of the house unaccompanied is when she's doing something for this show -- we return to the solos. Tadd starts from a crouched position below the stage (great work by the cameras to find him there beforehand). As appears to be his custom, Tadd is all over the place, up and down the stairs, and basically just wilding out. Also, if there's a thing I like better than Cat asking the boys to help her walk up the steps to the stage, well ... it's probably hugging Busy Philipps. But otherwise, it's all Cat. Marko's solo is typically graceful and emotional and teeny and wonderful. And finally, Ricky does me a solid and hauls out the Requiem for a Dream/Lord of the Rings Clint Mansell mix. You sweet, spindly-limbed boy. It's one of his better solos, too, and really puts his musicality out front.
After the break, Cat's on the judges' island, talking about the twenty billion Emmy nominations the show got in the choreography category, all the while, we see Kent and Lauren Froderman slow-dancing on the stage. See, they're going to reprise that lovely routine Travis choreographed for them last season, "Collide." If you know me at all, you know that I am pleased. These two were just made to dance together, and this dance really captured what was special about their pocket-sized youthful enthusiasm. And, of course, all anybody talks about is how they kiss. Also, hi, they're two insanely gifted contemporary dancers. Not that it doesn't totally freak me out how much Kent has matured in a year. He's still teeny-tiny, still with the goofy Ohio grin, but something in the shoulders. Or maybe that California tan he's acquired. Sunrise, sunset, all that. Afterwards, Cat says that Lauren will be back as an all-star next week, with Robert, Mark Kanemura (!), and Season 4 winner Joshua.