More results: Miranda and Robert got a NapTab routine about birds, though all I could concentrate on was Miranda's fish mouth when she dances. Let's be clear: I think she's a gorgeous dancer who has not been able to show her stuff in the partner routines yet. Robert doesn't make much of an impression on me with his dances, but at least his personality was on lockdown this week. Meanwhile, Melanie and Marko are the fucking best, even when they're given a Mandy Moore routine that places too much importance on ill-fitting bowler hats. There were a lot of effortful routines last night, but Melanie and Marko continue to make it look easy. Cat plays a bit of a semantic game as she says, "The couple in the bottom 3 is ... none of you!" Well, good for Miranda.
Jordan and Tadd were amazing on a waltz, and even though Jordan was further exposed as a total dingbat, Tadd won even more of my heart (...by pointing out that Jordan is a total dingbat). For the second week in a row, Tadd excelled outside his own style, and people are catching up to my view of him as a serious contender. Iveta and Nick took a Bollywood number and performed it capably, even if you could practically see Nick counting out his steps. Cat declares Jordan and Tadd SAFE, and Iveta and Nick are in the Bottom 3. ...Okay, time to get worried. With four of the six at-risk dancers going home tonight, Iveta and Nick have ZERO room for error, especially if they want to stay a pair. This really puts Nigel's recklessness last week into perspective, because clearly the judges wouldn't want to think of losing promising dancers like Iveta and Nick this early, for stylistic diversity if nothing else. But keeping them means automatically dumping all four of the other dancers. In that scenario, Missy and Wadi would be missed, but I think we'd survive. But who's the other Dead Pair Walking? If the voters dropped the ball on a Chris/Ashley, would the judges not think twice, especially after they performed so well last night? Would they dare get rid of golden-girl Ryan? Like I said: time to get worried.
More results after the break: Ashley and Chris were pretty great last night on a fun Spencer Liff Broadway routine. Probably my favorite of the night. Cat declares them SAFE. Next up are Ryan and Ricky, who have really not impressed me much these last two weeks. Once again, Ryan's over-smiley, and they stab at animal sexiness for Mandy Moore fell well short. Meanwhile, Jess and Clarice got contemporary, and despite some height differences that could not be overcome, I thought they performed it beautifully. Bizarrely, my pendulum has swung back in Jess's favor last night. Just some bits and pieces of self-awareness peeking through behind the theater-kid mask that I'm hoping will fully emerge when he's older/more sure of himself. One of these pairs is in the Bottom 3 and it's ... Ryan and Ricky. Okay! Fun starts now.