Back from commercials, a "special guest" is Nicole Scherzinger, who has left the rest of the Pussycat Dolls litter behind and is here to hammer a few nails into the coffin of pop music. Even for this kind of shit, this is some bad shit. She doesn't even dance that much; that's mostly left for some black-clad dudes in ninja suits. I don't even have words for how horrible this is. Booo! Aren't your fifteen minutes up yet?
Shane's highlights? Phillip Shebib's popping and locking. He's the guy with the noodle arms. But the routine Shane wants to see is Pasha and Sara's West Coast swing, which shoots down my theory that all the top twenty were going to get to dance again. I'm happy to be wrong if it means I get to see Sara dance again. Plus I'm a fan of Pasha's, and they did this routine the week I was off so I missed it. Also, the music is Fatboy Slim, so this is good for several reasons. Benji Schwimmer choreographed the piece, and Cat asks what it was like to work with last year's champion. Was he tough? Pasha and Sara look like they're trying to come up with something funny to say, or perhaps they're pretending to be frightened to answer. Finally, Sara says he was indeed tough, and also dangerous, and there is some Benji mugging.
Next up: Tyce Diorio's interview, in which he says Danny and Anya's jive was a highlight. But for the routine he wants to see again, he picks Danny and Anya doing Jean-Marc Genereux's foxtrot. It's so nice to see Anya again. She makes the other women on the show look they're about eight years old. Cat asks Danny if he's nervous, and he fesses up to being apprehensive.
Tony Meredith says he loved Mia Michael's group number where the dancers were in black. He wants to see Wade Robson's Chaplin routine. Awesome! I love that routine. We welcome Jesus back to the stage, plus Sara's really getting a workout. Cat says it must be great to be given a character like that to work with. Jesus calls it amazing, and says Wade explained it as a couple of people who live on the street but come alive at night.
Mia raves about Sabra and Neil's paso doble, especially the end, when she slid down Neil's body, wrapped in a ring around him. But she picks Mandy Moore's power-lunch dance, performed by Sabra and Neil -- which I'm guessing means one of these will be eliminated. Sure enough, after they're done, Cat calls Danny back up on stage. "I've been handed another card, which means it's time to eliminate one more dancer from the competition." The envelope, she is opened, and the next dancer gone is Neil. He nods, but doesn't seem super-upset. Nigel says he's delighted for Neil, especially given that he was an underdog to make it to the final four. After the video montage, Cat asks what his favorite memory will be, and Neil says the opportunity to work with the choreographers and perform for so many people. Then, at Cat's request, he does his Wookiee impression, which -- maybe that's what put him into the final four. It certainly seems to be working some magic on Cat, who's practically vibrating.