The #1 moment is given to Dragon House, who get to showcase their stuff on stage, joined by perennial SYTYCD favorite Brian Gaynor. Cyrus doesn't perform with them, but they really make the most of their spotlight. They're so musical in their trickery, I love it.
Carly Rae Jepsen does NOT perform "Call Me Maybe," which I guess if your good news if you're sick of that song, which I am NOT. The new song, "This Kiss," is okay, I guess. I was mostly scanning the backup dancers for familiar faces. I think it was just Nathan Trasoras and Ryan Ramirez, and good for them.
CYRUS'S CHOICE: Cyrus and Twitch: Animation (Christopher Scott)
What I Said Then: Due to Cyrus's expert level at this style, I'm almost watching Twitch more to see how he's doing with this style. I'm so proud of Twitch, you guys! (Also, hi, Twitch managed to get good at the other styles during his season, so you know why I am expecting more of Cyrus.) The two men have insane control over their bodies and they earn a standing O. Their support for each other is awesome.
This was only last week. Can't say I expected my opinion to change much. Nigel tells Cyrus, "You stole the season," which is actually true, though not the purely positive statement Nigel thinks it is. He urges Cyrus to keep learning other styles and grow into a multi-faceted dancer, which I'm not sure ever really happens with the dancers on this show, and I think if anybody's going to do it, Cyrus hasn't shown much promise in the other styles to be the one to break out.
The second big group routine of the night features the Season 9 Top 10 + the All-Stars in a hip-hop routine by Tabitha and Napoleon. The All-Stars on hand: Comfort, Twitch, Alex, Ade, Allison, Melanie, Kathryn, Marko, Brandon, and Anya. The concept is pretty much summed up by the music: the District 78 remix of "The Circle of Life" from The Lion King. It looks like a lot of fun, with tons of jungle movement. It makes me wonder why hasn't someone created a Broadway show -- a real Broadway show -- for these kids, because I would see the hell out of that. Marko does an awesome cheetah leap over two dancers at one point, in my favorite move. It's interesting to watch NapTab trying to wrest the hip-hop choreography crown back from Christopher Scott. I'm not sure they have yet.