The next two couples are Kathryn/Legacy and Nathan/Mollee. The latter delivered a fairly surface-level hip-hop that Nigel deemed very "Dolly Dingle's Regional Hip-Hop Class 101," and thus giving me a joke I will no doubt end up repeating quite a bit. Then they did a cancan which ... was a cancan. Since nobody knows what looks like a good cancan as opposed to a bad cancan, everybody just agreed they were great. Legacy and Kathryn performed Sonya's other amazing jazz routine and then delivered a waltz that, while technically flawed, was also incredibly moving. Also, they are in love. Personal opinion. Because we are living in a just universe (at least at this second), Mollee and Nathan are in the Bottom 3. Meaning Legacy and Kathryn are Top 10! Who would have believed that coming out of Vegas? As for Nathan and Mollee, Adam notes that getting new partners (if they survive tonight) will be really beneficial to them. He also reiterated his point from last week about how Nathan is really incredibly unlikeable. Paraphrasing.
After the commercials, Ryan/Ellenore and Russell/Noelle are brought out. The former were the more consistent pair last night, but the latter had the highest highs. I say flip a coin. Noelle and Russell danced a distressingly weak samba, but then really wowed me with that Tyce contemporary routine (set to "A Case of You," one of my all-time favorite Joni Mitchell songs). In both cases, I found Noelle to be the dominant force -- she was awful with the samba but I thought she made a serious leap in her home style. Ryan and Ellenore brought the Lindy Hop back to the show (first time since Neil and Lacey in Season 3?), then razzle-dazzled in their Broadway routine. I thought they did solid B-minus work on both. Ryan's décolletage is pensive (and putting Noelle's to shame) as Cat prepares to read the results. Ryan and Ellenore are Bottom 3! Wow, I'm slightly surprised but just as slightly pleased. Nothing against them, but that Russell/Noelle contempo really knocked me out.
Next up, Paloma Herrera from the American Ballet Theater takes the stage and performs something from Don Quixote. Once again, it's really kind of remarkable that this kind of high-culture capital-D Dance performance is somehow sitting smack dab in the middle of FOX's weekly programming. It's almost sneaky.