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.
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.