Sorry, still think the routine -- and Cole, and Lindsay -- doesn't live up to the hype.
TYCE'S CHOICE: Amelia and Will: Hip Hop (Tabitha and Napoleon)
When is Tyce going to just give up the ghost and pick one of his own routines? You know it's going to happen some year. Anyway, this is that alley cats routine set to The Cure song. As all great hip-hop routines are. New mom Tabitha is there in the audience for the first time since the baby. It's kinda weird that all these routines so far have been from Top 20 week, right? Can no one see past week 1?
What I Said Then: Tabitha and Napoleon call it "character-pop" from the break, so you know it's going to offend the hip-hop purists. Will plays Amelia's leg like a stand-up bass at one point, which is a move I have absolutely seen before and which makes this whole enterprise look like a rejected Stray Cats music video. What I haven't seen before is this insane lift that fools us into thinking Will just hauled Amelia up onto his shoulders by her leg. Amazing. Otherwise, the dance seems pretty retrograde, but the synchronization is on point. Still, it earns a standing ovation from the crowd and an all-time grosses comment from Kenny, when he tells Amelia that "If we had a kitty like you, we would play with you all day long." EW, KENNY ORTEGA!
It's really a very silly routine, and both Will and Amelia were much better on some of their other routines. Still love that lift, though.
MARY'S CHOICE: Chehon and Kathryn: Contemporary (Tyce Diorio)
Suddenly, this routine that was originally sold as being about generalized "tragedy" in the world is now explicitly about the Holocaust? (Or, per Mary, the "Hollycaust"...) This seems like serious revisionist history. I usually really like Tyce much better on contemporary, but this one never really connected on any level, big ideas or not. After it's done, we cut directly to Tyce and that ever-present PRAISE-ME FACE that, now that I've seen it, I can't un-see.