Lindsay and Jakob Karr (Season 6): Broadway (Spencer Liff)
Jakob! One of my all-time favorites to have ever passed through this show. Meanwhile, Spencer's been getting stronger and stronger every time he choreographs, so I'm excited for this one. It's a really creative routine, with Lindsay and Jakob on opposite sides of a screen that casts a shadow on one of them or the other, and they mirror each other's Fosse-inspired movement. It's intelligent, coherent choreography and super fun to watch. Moreover, it shows off both dancers' forms quite well. Truthfully, I'm more impressed with Jakob mirroring Lindsay's feminine motions than the other way around. After they dance, Nigel requests a pointed foot from Jakob, and it starts to get ... okay, I'm just going to say sexual, because it kind of does. Please stop getting sexual with Jakob's perfect feet, Nigel. Meanwhile, he calls Lindsay "magnificent yet again." WHAT do they see in this girl? She seems perfectly adequate and nothing more. They always do this, just pat Lindsay on the head and tell her she's a wonderful little princess. Mary even hands her Cole's ticket on the Hot Tamale Train. I don't know. Nigel and Mary fawn over Jakob some more -- hey, where was this support when he was getting backburnered for Russell in his season? HUH?
Will and Kathryn McCormick (Season 6): Bollywood (Nakul Dev Mahajan)
There's usually not much of a big concept for these Bollywood numbers, but this one has Will the snake charmer and Kathryn the snake. I should mention here that Kathryn is SO GREAT in Step Up: Revolution, and I was so happy they gave her so much contemporary to do. Will is going overboard even in the rehearsal package. How, in this season of personality deficiencies, did Will manage to get TOO much? He pulls so many faces in the routine, it borders on corny. Bollywood is already floating on this alchemy that's threatening to become corny at any second anyway; this kind of hamminess proves most fatal to that balance. It's a good routine, but not by much. After, Cat jokes about "Will Ferrell jazz flute," meaning she remains my very favorite person. Mary spotlights what is admittedly a breathtaking ronde from Will, and both she and Benjamin are full of compliments. Nigel admits his first instinct is to say "Just calm down a little bit; take things more seriously," but then he tells himself to shut up. No, Nigel! Just this once, go with your gut!