Now: the time-filler stuff that may or may not be interesting! Like, for example, Rage Crew, who have performed on the show before and who are, much like they were last time, little kids. Get it?? "Rage Crew"! Like you expect them to be all tough and hard but they're little babies! And while I may not be as down on kid-based dance crews as some of my colleagues, I'm still not all that into it.
After the break, it's time for the solos. Wadi's up first, and while I think his performance last night is going to doom him, he really makes a fantastic case for himself with a solo that showcases his musicality and explosiveness. Particularly the closing kip-up-into-sitting-lotus maneuver that comes straight outta nowhere. Next up: Missy. You guys, I really like Missy. She's not gifted with insane long legs or anything, but she fucking works it out, and I see a ton of fire in her. Too bad she's a dead girl walking.
My darling Nick is next, and I am SO WORRIED, particularly after the slow start to his solo. But when the music kicks in, Nick explodes to life and really brings the routine home. God, I hope he stays. Iveta is next with the dread ballroom solo, which almost never impresses. She delivers some good samba (salsa?), but I worry it won't be enough.
After the break, we get Ricky's solo, which showcases his best attributes: his flexibility and his insane long legs. He's all perfect lines out there; a pristine instrument for any choreographer to work with. But if we're going on accumulated merit in this competition so far, he's at the bottom of my list. And finally there's Ryan. I admit I'm not a fan, so maybe I'm not seeing what others see. Her solo goes for it in a way that I think Nigel likes contemporary dancers to go for it. No wasted motion, with an urgency that's palpable.