Chehon and Witney: Contemporary (Stacey Tookey)
Chehon puts orange juice in his cereal? EVIL! Tookey says in rehearsal that the routine is a love story torn apart, and Chehon has experienced that recently. Aw! Always rough to leave a boy behind. You had to figure Whitney Houston would make an appearance this season, though "I Will Always Love You" seems like one of your less dance-ready options. We also learn that Witney's mom named her after Whitney Houston, which ... not much of a tribute if you're gonna mangle the spelling of her name. Anyway, despite my reservations -- too-famous songs are sometimes riskier -- this dance is the STUFF. I buy the sensuality, I buy it all. I've probably seen too many big leap-catches on this show to be too blown away by them anymore, but theirs was indeed a strong one. They get a standing ovation from the judges, and Christina overreacts (best of the NIGHT, sure, but not best of EVER). Witney WAS a vision, though. Mary sheds some tears for Whitney Houston and says she loved it. [I'm pretty sure she called Witney Lindsay by mistake, but Witney just smiled through it.- AC] Nigel mistakenly says "Oscar" instead of Emmy while praising Stacey Tookey, then he pats himself on the back for saving Witney and Chehon last week.
Cyrus and Eliana: Hip-Hop (Tabitha and Napoleon)
Fun fact: Cyrus has a power-button for a bellybutton. Like, literally, that's what it looks like. Haul those votes in, Cyrus! The idea here is that Eliana is a ballerina on a jewelry box, while Cyrus is the robot that brings her to life. Tale as old as time. They're dancing to a pretty cool cover of Britney Spears's "Toxic." I pretty much just watched Eliana to see how she'd adapt to the new style, and she does quite well! Nice fusion of ballet and hip-hop. Another standing O from the judges. Christina calls Cyrus "one lucky dude" for drawing hip-hop here, which: YUP. But Nigel is pleased that Cyrus got to do his home style. He is REALLY trying to make Cyrus happen. Of course, he says Eliana was even better at times.
Much like last week, Cat calls out the bottom 3 guys and girls with ruthless efficiency. The bottom 3 girls: Amber (NOOO), Lindsay, and Eliana. WHAAAAAT? What's happening with this, America? Bottom 3 guys: George, Brandon, and Dareian. That makes a bit more sense, though George did quite well last week on the foxtrot (and Cyrus did pretty poorly on last week's jive). Nigel wants to see Amber, Eliana, Brandon, and Dareian dance again. I am somewhat baffled at the method behind this selective-solo madness; would they eliminate Lindsay (or, less likely, George) without the benefit of a final solo?