Lil' C says when you're working with the caliber of choreographers they have on this show, it's a challenge to pick up the choreographers' vernacular really quickly, and with Brian it's especially hard. But he thinks Maksim did a good job. "Kayla, I have nothing to say to you. You are amazing, period." Yeah, she was good. Her grandparents cheer from the audience.
Over to Mary, who laughs for five hours about the outfit Max has on (weird scarf collar, glittery black tank top, burnt orange pants), then says she still saw past it to see how good his dancing was. And then she screeches at Kayla that she's still on the hot tamale train. Nigel calls her a frontrunner and tells Max that his problem is keeping up with Kayla, which he says Max did tonight. He says Max's character reminds him of Kevin Spacey from The Usual Suspects, which I really think is more about Max himself kind of looking like Kevin Spacey than the actual dance.
Jonathan and Karla? Karla is actually a bad-ass hip-hop dancer, Jonathan tells us. He says that nobody knows that, but he also says she's a member of this really well known hip-hop dance crew. [The Boogie Bots! They were on Shane Sparks' other show America's Best Dance Crew. -- Angel] And Jonathan? He really loves to sing, but he's not very good at it. We see him singing the U.S. national anthem while he plays on his computer or something. And he's not that bad.
Anyway, they're doing some contemporary this week, choreographed by Stacey Tookey, new to the show. She explains that this piece is about two strangers who have an accidental meeting, and how they deal with temptation. Jonathan's excited to show America that he can do other styles of dance. There are a lot of lifts to throw, but all we see in rehearsal is Karla falling on him a lot.
They're dancing to "Falling Slowly" by The Frames. It's ... eh, you know. The usual kind of contemporary stuff. "We're reaching towards each other, and then we're pulling back, and I'm going to do a leg lift while you do a pirouette, and now it's time to reach for each other again, and now we're going to move in unison, and I'm going to hold onto you," and apparently the way these strangers deal with temptation is to give in to it. I guess it would be a boring dance if they just walked away from each other. There is a lot of lifting and throwing and clutching and grabbing. The two of them, character-wise, look exhausted by the end, and then Jonathan smiles and wraps her arms around Karla, who doesn't look as enthralled, and she pulls his arms off her and walks away.