Amelia and Will: Jazz (Mandy Moore)
Okay, Mandy Moore, you and I are in a fight. How you gonna describe your dance as the story of "opposites attract" and not deliver some Paula Abdul? Particularly given Ms. Moore's known tendency for using '80s hits. Anyway, Mandy is all over Will in rehearsals, and rightly so. On stage, both dancers are wearing these black-and-white structured jackets that look striking but can't be comfortable to dance in. Mandy doesn't do super-great with this kind of jerky electro-pop stuff, and it's not a super compelling routine, but Amelia and Will dance it incredibly well. I just love watching them. Christina calls them a "dream team," and I would have to agree. Nigel wasn't feeling the routine, which I do think is more about the choreography than anything else. He does commend Will for comforting Amelia during the critique, though it takes me (and the dancers, frankly) forever to realize he's not being skeezy about it.
Audrey and Matthew: Salsa (Liz Lira)
Whoa, Matthew only started dancing at 16?? That's incredible. The performance feels VERY tentative, in a way you sometimes see when contemporary dancers get ballroom for the first time. Also, I hate these outfits. The disco suit on Matt? What the hell? Mary gives them the real talk: they both looked super uncomfortable, with none of the fire required for a salsa. Christina thought they looked lost, though she blames it on the music (I'm not sure that was the case). Nigel agrees it was not their best night, though all judges agree this is one of their favorite pairs. Also, Matthew is still the cutest, but he's getting lapped in the personality department by a LOT of his male counterparts. Watch out, boyfriend.