Ellenore's entire family moved to New York to get her closer to her dream. Hear that, FAMILY? Her solo goes to that weird Mark Kanemura place that I love so much, but she's definitely gotten better at showcasing technique there as well.
Ashleigh and Legacy, doing a hip-hop number. And it's vampires! But because it's Dave Scott, and he's awesome, we get Legacy in this totally iconic Dracula cape. Like he's Dead and Loving It. You guys, this is a pretty fun routine. Precise and yet smooth -- Dave makes great use of Legacy's kind of junior-varsity dangerousness. Where it's the illusion of danger even though he's just gonna stare at you. Which, duh, is the whole point of vampires these days. Legacy's also got some shoulder pads working overtime. Throw in some cool slo-mo moves, plus Ashleigh keeping up even better than she did with Jakob a few weeks ago. This girl is solid.
Nigel wasn't feeling it, particularly with the awesomely hilarious cape. He even criticizes Dave's choreo, which is rare for this show but even rarer for Nigel. Mary and Adam didn't like it either. Huh. I think the smoothness translated as a lack of dynamic movement, which I can understand. I can't see these two being eliminated this early, but this was the only poorly reviewed routine of the night so far, so who knows. People, if I lose Legacy this early I will be so pissed.
Next, Kathryn and Nathan with a Tony/Melanie rumba. Okay, kiddo, here's where you make or break. Okay, I don't understand setting a rumba to "Walk On By," nor do I understand dressing Nathan up like Audrey Hepburn in Funny Face. His intensity reads a bit like disinterest here, and Kathryn's not good enough to carry this thing on her own. She certainly gives it the old college try, though, slinking up and down and throwing herself about. It sounds like I'm picking on him, but seriously, that rumba underwhelmed and Nathan is why.
Nigel seems to think the disinterest was in line with the song choice (fair enough), but he still feels Nathan missed the necessary emotional connection. And he yet again criticizes the choreo (Tony/Melanie have borne the brunt of these rare occasions more often that not) for not being ballroom enough. Mary compliments Nathan on his footwork, but says the chemistry was simply "not believable." Some small pocket of fans (family) screams their displeasure, and in an endearing moment, Nathan mouths for them to cut it out. Adam notes how "polarizing" Nathan has been, but doesn't have much interest in giving them negative feedback. Adam's having one of his too-nicey-nice weeks. I'll reconnect with him next week.