Nigel walks us through this brave new one-show-a-week procedure: fans will vote for individuals right from the break, instead of voting for pairs. After this week's votes, two boys and two girls will leave, as chosen by next week's judges based on America's bottom three boys and bottom three girls. Ughhhh, eliminating two of three makes me so nervous! Also, just to jump ahead a bit, the phone numbers have changed, including the fact that you now have to text the name of the dancer to the designated number. Which makes me nervous because texting children are SO stupid, you guys. Suddenly I have to trust them to be able to spell "Chehon."
Witney and Chehon: Samba (Louis Van Amstel)
This is a KILLER combo on paper, especially for a Latin routine: Witney is ballroom by trade, and Chehon is a rock wall of a human being. The danger here is Witney dancing HIM, and that kind of does happen. There are times when he's racing to catch up, but overall it's a very solid first effort. Nigel and Louis agree that Witney is a firecracker, and Nigel is with me on her star quality. Nigel warns Chehon about overcompensating his turnout and giving himself bow-legs and says to enjoy the routines a little more, give in to the styles. Mary says, yes, Chehon had some foot problems, BUT his body fucking MOVES out there. Mary and Kenny are going apeshit for Witney, and Nigel, half-kidding but not really, is like "if we're pitched this high about Witney now, where can we go from here?" He's being very canny this season.
George and Tiffany: Contemporary (Sonya Tayeh)
I don't love this partner for George, who I think is a frontrunner, and Tiffany got barely a murmur from the crowd during the opening round-off. But maybe the new voting process might help keep good dancers from being anchored to less dynamic ones. This routine is all about an intense love affair. Smooth and light and lovely and connected, all what Sonya needed from them. Both dancers display stunning control of their bodies, and there's an elemental connection between them. George is the real deal. He dances through his fingertips, through his toenails, a line that Nigel totally steals from me. Mary appreciated that they both surrendered to the choreography. Tiffany's a giggler when she gets praise, so she and Audrey really did deserve each other last week. She's better than I gave her credit for, though, and totally kept up with George, who might be the best dancer this season. Nigel notes Sonya is going through a "soft" romantic period (she grew out her mohawk!).