For his solo routine, he dances to Funkadelic. You KNOW I'm down with that. He does some popping and then runs over to the judges table and pops and locks right next to Nigel, ending with the splits.
Mandy calls him smooth and full of charisma, and says he was wonderful. "Wow! What can I say?" yells Mary. Try NOTHING for once! She mentions "hot tamale train," and it's now in my TWoP contract that I get to ignore her once she says that. Nigel says Joshua has set the standard for having untrained dancers on the show. But ... he did have some kind of dance lessons, right? He said so in the interview with Cat.
Courtney and Joshua are dancing a Jason Gilkison jive. Courtney says she's nervous because the dance is very fast. Jason says Courtney and Joshua have raised the bar "one billion percent." I suppose he might have said "one trillion" but didn't want to oversell it.
Anyone who's watched this show at all can by now identify a drum beat as being Brian Setzer-esque, can't they? "Dirty Boogie" is the music. Boring dance, out of sync in a lot of areas. I'm just not feeling it tonight. I guess I'll wait for the judges to tell me how awesome it actually was. At least it ends on a relatively high note, with Joshua swinging Courtney around his body and then doing backflips. Standing next to Cat, the two of them look absolutely exhausted.
Mandy: "Holy moley!" She loved it. Mary says the jive is hard enough without all the flourishes put in by Jason (oh, and if you're wondering how it is an Aussie knows how to do the jive? It's because it's the same everywhere, basically. Thanks, Mary). Nigel praises the choreography, and then says he was disappointed in a lot of it -- the double bounce, the kicks. He shuts up the booers by pointing out that the whole reason for the comments is so the dancers learn something, which they won't if the judges just say things are good when they're not. He also refers to how hard this particular jive was, and calls Courtney and Joshua "brilliant, exhausted dancers."
The final performance of the evening is a contemporary piece by Mia Michaels, featuring all four dancers. We watch tired, sweaty dancers rehearsing, the streets outside the studio windows pitch-black, which gives us an indication of how late it is and how hard they've been working this past week. I mean, hats off -- three partner dancers, one solo, and a Mia Michaels piece, and presumably a group dance for tomorrow night, right? I'm sweating just thinking about it.