Kent and Allison will now be dancing for Stacey Tookey. It's something about looking behind the scenes of a "perfect relationship." Stacey's a little worried about Kent's maturity, and we get shots of him goofing around in rehearsal. But once again, he transforms once he's on stage. As far as I can tell, the dance skips the "perfect relationship" part and goes straight to a couple fighting and arguing. It conveys it effectively, I guess. Nigel praises Kent's lines and emotions. He suggests that Kent needs more upper-body strength, though. Mia spotted Kent saying "get off of me" to Allison at the end of the dance, and Kent looks a little weird about it. But Mia loved that Kent was completely invested in the character he was playing. Then she tells him she loves him. Adam wants to know why Kent seems like he's on the verge of tears right now, and he explains that you get so invested with the story that the steps don't even matter. Then Adam starts to freak out, shouting "Kent, you just became an artist!" That's great, but I wanted to hear the rest of Kent's explanation. It was way more interesting than Adam ranting about how Kent doesn't need the show. I already know that, Adam. Adam gets back to his notes to praise Kent's stillness, then Cat takes us back to Kent. He's still a bit overcome and says he just wants to dance. Then he hugs Allison and they appear to have a moment together before she nods to him and goes offstage. That was a surprisingly real moment for this show.
Lauren's turn. She thinks it's cool to be in the finale. She liked her prom dance with Kent, which Cat suggests is because it "got all smoochy at the end." Lauren insists that she's never shared a moment like that with someone on stage. And she's not just talking about the kiss. She is also fond of her family and friends. Apparently she didn't plan on auditioning until the week before. Neat story. Solo! Wave, kick, pond, roll, kick, stand, stomp, spin, kick, roll, punch, roll, weird thing, shimmy, spin, kick, pose, fall. Lauren's dance mentor Antoine shouts that he loves her.
Man, there's a lot of dancing on this dance show. Spencer Liff will be presenting an interrogation in which Kathryn is the sexy cop and Robert is the suspect. Hot. And they're doing it to "Cool" from West Side Story. I like this song a lot, and I think it'll be interesting to see it used completely removed from its original context but still working with the story. As opposed to, say, using a song from "Damn Yankees" and dressing the dancers up as baseball players. This just cleanly repurposes the song, which is now about Robert trying to stay "cool" while he's being interrogated. At one point, Catherine leads Robert back to the chair using his tie as a leash. I will be honest with you: it is super-hot. And apparently he danced a hole right through his pants. Nigel tries to talk about how the song is in the movie but not the play, and Nigel tells him he's wrong. Mia gets out of the way to let the boys fight. Adam, with perfect assurance, tells Cat that he's done West Side Story a million times, and "Cool" is in the first act in the play and the second act in the movie. Wikipedia backs him up on this. Incidentally, did you know that "Cool" is known for its fugal treatment of a bebop jazz idiom? Well it is. Cat tells Adam not to show off, and Nigel mumbles a bit about not remembering it in the play. Then he gets back to telling Robert he did really well. Which he did! Mia said she was nervous about the dance when she heard the music, but she liked that the dance had some bits from Jerome Robbins while mostly doing its own thing. She also wanted a little more simmer. It's a very solid piece of critique by Mia. Adam admits that the song is very important to him and says that he feels the original Jerome Robbins choreography is "the best piece of choreography ever done in musical theatre." So he was obviously worried about Spencer messing with it, but he loved the fresh spin he put on it while still being respectful to the original. He ends with "Jerome Robbins woulda been proud and I bet he woulda hired you." Good reviews all around!
Lauren will now be doing a Tony and Melanie Cha-Cha with Pasha. We are assured she will be sexing it up, although she tells us that she is but a little girl who is scared to shake it on stage. Our first view of her costume suggests that someone talked her into it. The move where she's bending over directly in front of a shirtless Pasha is rated PG for adult situations. Nigel talks about Lauren's strong back and foot stops. He's basically reduced to praising her technical perfection and says that she's the best contemporary girl at ballroom. I don't know, that might be true. He also points out that Pasha's shirts no longer have buttons. Did they ever? Mia goes back to the "Who are you?" well. Mia: "If I was still dancing, I would wanna dance just like you." Lauren: "Oh my God. Thank you." Well, how else do you answer something like that? Mia praises Lauren's sexiness, power, and vulnerability. Adam says that Lauren feels the music like no one on this show. Then he says some stuff that I don't think means anything, so I'm not writing it down. Except for "You are, like, exhibition-style perfect," because that's just silly.
Okay, so now we're ending the show with something nobody knows anything about. Kent vs. Robert in a "Malevos Fight" routine. According to the choreographers (Miriam Larici And Leonardo Barrionuevo), "Malevos" means gangster. There are lifts and footwork. Okay, let's do it! They're in pinstripes and do some strutting. The footwork suggests to me that this is really a tango. Kent pulls off a hurricanrana on Robert. The jackets come off. It's fun.
Nigel tells us that this is what men do to "practice their tango," which sounds like a euphemism. Anyway, there you go: it's a two-man tango but they don't want to make it sexy. Nigel talks about how much everyone's danced tonight and begs people to vote. Mia liked it and openly admits that she's kind of babbling. She does work in a comment about the leg work. Adam reluctantly comments on the precision of the moves although he knows that it's "America's Favorite Dancer." He says that these three are his favorite three dancers across all seasons and points out that this is the youngest finale ever. And he can't wait to work with all three of them.
Okay, at this point, I think the judges honestly don't care who wins. They seem to like everyone who's left. And here are my rankings of the dances: