Kent will now be dancing with regular non-All-Star Lauren in a Dee Caspary contemporary routine. Or so says Cat, since it's clearly Robert, not Kent. I may have had a little trouble telling Robert apart from Mark, but I can tell him from Kent quite well. There's a pillow involved, and Lauren tells us that it's drenched in her sweat. Ew. The dance is very pretty, and the pillow is used in a lot of interesting ways. I like this routine a lot, especially the spot where Lauren throws the pillow into Robert's arms and then jumps after it. I think the storyline is actually about Robert trying to steal Lauren's pillow. Nigel liked that pillow-throw-catch thing too. I think it might have been inspired by the NBA dunk contest. Then Nigel talks so much about Robert and Lauren's strength that it gets kind of creepy. Mia says that this was Robert's most delicious performance and then calls him a "whole 'nother thing". Can we get a judge who speaks English? She also calls herself "a proud Mama Mia," which I think reveals a basic misunderstanding of how she comes off. Adam liked that it was a routine about how tired the contestants must be at this point and then calls them magnificent.
Okay, now Kent is with Lauren. It's a Mandy Moore jazz routine, in which Lauren says they'll be portraying themselves. Kent allegedly tries to kiss Lauren several times. The song is "Hip to be Square", which I have to say is perfect for these two. I mean, I like them, but Kent's obviously a bit of a doofus, personality-wise. It's just two white-bread teens dancing to a clean, middle-America rock song. For some reason, Lauren's done dancing about ten seconds before Kent. After the dance, Cat reveals that Lauren accidentally gave Kent a black eye during rehearsal. Lauren apologizes. Nigel didn't think playing geeks challenged either of them enough. He says "You kept the characters well and you did what was asked of you" and it sounds like a death sentence. But let's face it, when you're an actual dancer, that's 90% of the job. I heard somewhere that the dancer isn't the artist; they're just the brush the choreographer uses. Does that sound familiar, Nigel? Mia prefaces her statement by saying that she'll probably go down in flames. She admits that it was fun and says that she liked the quirkiness and that they danced it well. In fact, she says, they killed it. "Did I like it? No. It's just not my cup of tea. But you did it awesome." That's fair. Cat agrees that it's a fair critique. Adam goes with "I love you guys. Get outta here!" Man, I'd love a reaction shot of Mandy Moore here. I bet she's steaming. Cat goes to Lauren and Kent for comments, and Lauren says it was fun embracing her inner geek. Kent goes more in-depth, saying that Mandy wanted them to have fun and show what they are and that she did a great ob with that. Lauren gives Mandy a thumbs-up, and now we get a reaction shot in which Mandy looks thankful. Then Kent insists that it was super-fun and comes off a bit like Nathan Trasoras did that time he thought he was HAWT.