Pauline and Peter will be dancing "The Dreaded Quickstep." Peter's dressed as a member of the US Army, while Pauline is in what I think is a sarong. And she's got a lei, so I guess she's in Hawaiian garb. Peter helps Special People with their talent show, and Pauline eats a lot. Pauline wasn't even trying; Peter wins by a mile. Their choreographers are JT and Tomas, who are new. The story involves a Navy guy being entranced by a Hula girl, apparently.
Music! "Hey Baby! (Shake Those Hula Hips)" by Big Kahuna & The Copa Cat Pack, who I assume were part of that Swing Revival we had a few years ago. They're peppy. I like 'em. Oh, and the dancing is, um, quicksteppy. I never know what to look for on the quickstep, although I'm pretty sure Pauline's Hula Hips could have been shaken a little more strongly at the beginning. I'm relying on the judges to tell me if this was any good, I guess. Adam? "An adorable routine!" Also, Adam will also be punting on the technical elements, so we'll have to wait for Mary to weigh in on that. Adam liked the performance, since there was a lot of story. Also, he approves of the use of Pauline's "natural ethnicity", although a brief Google search does not reveal whether her background is specifically Hawaiian. Then Adam embarrasses Cat by saying he likes the way she says "Pauline". She doesn't think she says it weird. Adam comments on Peter being dressed like an Army guy, which I think he is. Not Navy. Mary now has to talk about the technical aspect of the quickstep, and she says that they pulled it off ... because of the performance. She reluctantly talks about the "leg action" and how they didn't "skim" but she'd clearly rather praise them than talk about the problems in the "close hold". Again, I like Mary Murphy so much more when she's criticizing people and using terms I don't even fully understand. More "top line" and "connection" and less "WHOOOOOO!" please. Nigel provides more technical complaints and says he didn't care. And anyway, America doesn't really vote on technical precision. Also, he really liked seeing a quickstep with a story, which makes me suspect that there's a mandate this season to have a story attached to as many dances as possible. "The accessibility of these routines makes people pick up telephones" is Nigel's new motto.
Kathryn has a hard name to spell. That's not what she wants us to know about her. I just wanted to mention it. She has something about going to Costa Rica and helping to build sidewalks. Meanwhile, Legacy loves soccer. Kathryn wins this round. They'll be doing a Broadway routine by Andy Blankenbuehler, and now I feel bad about calling "Kathryn" hard to spell. It's another routine where one of the dancers is trying to get attention from the other one. This time, Kathryn will be demanding and Legacy will be ignoring.