Michael found it wonderful, though he calls out Dareian's feet, not knowing this is a constant critique. I kind of love that he calls them "the young man" and "the young lady." He and Mary both agree that Janelle kind of relied on a lot of hair-based intensity, which I think is true. Billy is kind of adorably naïve, praising "whoever this Titch guy is." Um, it's whomever. Nigel gets carried away a bit, saying Dareian brought "better technique" than Twitch, and thank God Mary is there to be like, "Maybe, but slow your roll ... Twitch and Kherington brought passion." True that, Mary.
Audrey and Matthew: "Time" (a.k.a. The Flower Dance)
Originally: Lacey and Neil, Season 3
The first incarnation of this dance saw my two favorite Season 3 dancers in one of my least favorite Mia routines. The emotion on Mia's part is sincere, but it's hard to replicate that in dancers who aren't going through similar dead-dad issues. More importantly, there just isn't much dancing. This is SUCH a waste of Audrey and Matthew, I almost can't believe it. A month ago, these were your two best contemporary dancers, and they're wasted on THIS? Hands down, they should have been the ones to do the bench routine. Anyway, Audrey's SYTYCD memory is Nick and Melody's disco from Season 1, while Matthew makes the curious choice of Mandy Moore's '80s jazz with Ade and Lauren from Season 7. Oookay. Matt's still my boyfriend and all, but I'm beginning to wonder what's going on in that brain of his, and that's always a portent of doom.
Matthew says he's happy Mia trusted them with this piece, and I thought the same thing about Neil and Lacey at the time, so at least he and I are simpatico about that. He very sweetly promises Mia they'll make it amazing for her. It's probably the easiest dance to replicate, steps-wise, because there isn't as much of a degree of difficulty to the dancing. I think Audrey and Matthew do it well, if not impressively. Mary brings up her own father's death in relation to the dance but says she didn't feel the passion and truth from Matthew. Uh oh. Billy also calls out Matthew and the way he telegraphs movement on stage. Nigel quizzes Audrey and Matthew about Mia's dad, which seems a bit underhanded and show-uppy as a way to prove that they weren't burrowed deep enough into their characters. He really didn't seem to care for their performance quality at all. Trouble.