Jessi Peralta, 24, is an event planner from Valley Village, Fla, who now lives in L.A. She repeats her complaint that her job is "literally" sitting in front of a computer for eight hours a day. She has to add the "literally," because who could believe that someone has a desk job? Except for millions of people? She gets a lot of praise from the judges in the clips we see, and I really don't get it. I mean, when I rub oil all over myself in front of people, I get arrested. She gets praise lavished on her.
Pasha Kovalev, 27, is from Russia, and he auditioned with Anya as a Latin dancer.
They're going to be dancing a smooth waltz. I don't know what makes a waltz smooth. ["Versus choppy? Aren't waltzes smooth by definition?" -- Sars] Tony Meredith is choreographing. Thankfully we don't get a whole lot of nonsense about how tough this is; instead the dancers are focusing on portraying feelings and whatnot. I don't know. Jessi opens her mouth, and my eyes just start rolling. Nothing she says sounds sincere to me. Pasha, on the other hand, seems pretty genuine. When Jessi dramatically mugs that they're going to go home and pray, he corrects her and says they're going to go home and practice. Heh.
"Come Away With Me" by Norah Jones provides the soundtrack. They seem really good to me. It's hard to tell, because the waltz is probably the dance most people can achieve some semblance of proficiency in. I mean, there's a reason newlyweds don't take robot lessons for weeks before the wedding. But just because you can do this dance doesn't mean you can do this dance this well. They look elegant, they look smooth.
Dan says they look like the prom king and queen. He says he's normally bored by this stuff, but they just floated across the stage. Mary praises them too, and is stunned that Jessi the hip-hopper was so good. Nigel says she's got a wonderful quality that lends itself nicely to the waltz. And also, he doesn't know too many women who wouldn't want to be dancing in that gown, in Pasha's arms. She giggles and agrees, and Pasha cutely seems surprised.
Faina Savich, 21, originally from Moscow, now from New York. Her brother was Stanislav, who was in the Top 20 last year. She went straight through to Vegas, where she continued to impress, even though she had trouble with other styles. Oh yeah, and she also "collapsed." Cedric Gardner, 22, from Milwaukee, says his style is improv, so I guess he dances to suggestions shouted out from the audience. Nigel was not convinced that Cedric can do other styles or be a good partner.