So You Think You Can Dance

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Nigel has nothing but praise for both Nakul and the girls in particular. He says they're the best group of girls he's ever seen work together on the show. He invites them to come aboard the "Hot Bangers and Mash Train." Ewwww. That just doesn't sound right, does it? Mary says it was "BollyWOW!" She does some self-ass-kissing by saying that the show has opened so many doors and has taken great strides to make Bollywood young, hip, and fresh. I've got about a billion Indians who might questions the legitimacy of that sweeping statement, but whatever. You can't fight the Murph. She echoes Nigel's statement that no one girl stood out, which is a compliment because that means they could all, at this point, earn themselves a spot in the Top 4. Debbie says that they all nailed it, from the big stuff to the small gestures like hands and eyes. She says this is the best top five girls she's ever seen on the show.

After a break, in which Kayla somehow manages to catch her breath (I'd imagine), we learn that she has picked Evan as her new partner. She laughs heartily at the pick, which can't be a good sign. She talks about how unique and different from everyone else he is. Yeah, that'd be called "friend zone." Sorry Evan. We learn that Kayla's laughter stems from the fact that she is the tallest girl, and he's the shortest guy, which will do them no favors when doing ballroom. They recap their routines from last week -- purely to fill time, I'm guessing -- and I already did that myself, so I'm not going to bother writing down what they say.

This week, they'll be doing a Viennese Waltz by Tony Meredith and Melanie LaPatin. That sass bag Melanie immediately points out the height difference, especially since Kayla's wearing three-inch heels. Just for funsies, Melanie has Evan wear those heels for a bit. Hijinks ensue. They sum up their strategy for this shit show -- Evan: "I'm going to dance like I'm nine feet tall." Kayla: "And I'm going to pliƩ... a lot." And so the dance starts. It's to Seal's "Kiss from a Rose." I must say, from the get-go, you can tell that Evan is a real workhorse, a fighter. I wouldn't say that this is his wheelhouse, choreography-wise, but the way the lines are formed and the classical style of it really suit him. It's positively graceful at points. Kayla is going barefoot, which helps with the height issue -- wouldn't want Evan getting a stiletto in the eye! And Evan is, indeed, a lot of man in a little body. The pug of dancers, if you will. The lifts (of which there are several) are not in the least labored, though in some parts the footwork seems a little tentative. But they really bring it, especially in a part where Kayla does three sweeping fan kicks in row, giving her stunning red dress some real movement. It's as lovely as I've seen a waltz on this show in a while.

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