Then, Cat plugs the tour for the Season 5 dancers, and then she introduces Evan and Brandon, who are doing a pop-jazz routine with Laurieann Gibson, who threatens to push them to the place of no return. Brandon brightly tells us that this dance is about the two of them fighting to the death. And the two of them argue and apparently the battle is to be the least intimidating one.
They're dancing to Janet Jackson's "Nasty," which I think came out before these guys were even alive. They're in jeans and leather jackets, and they have all the menace of the New Kids on the Block "Hangin' Tough" video. Like, my three-year-old daughter is more nasty than these two. It's danced well enough. There's some mimed fighting, synchronized dancing. Evan actually looks tired, pirouette notwithstanding. Brandon sticks his fingers in his dimples, which is something all the gangstas do.
Adam is of the opinion that Brandon ate Evan alive in the dance, and then he gets booed by the audience, and he has point out to the dingbats that it's his job as a judge to, you know, judge. And he asks the audience to be nice to him again. He says it's because Evan's "natural sweetness" was too overpowering, while Brandon got nasty and dirty. Mary asks Evan what the nastiest thing he's ever done is. I suspect that Mary already knows the answer to that. After his grandparents plug their ears, Evan jokes that the "list is so long." She agrees that Brandon was a little sharper. Nigel says all the choreographers will say that Evan's work ethic is beyond reproach, but there isn't a nasty bone in his body. Jesus Christ, like Brandon is such a hard-ass. He says Evan has a "choochee" face, and that Brandon outdanced him. And the audience is getting used to the criticism by now, and they forget to boo.
Kayla and Jeanine work with Mia Michaels to learn a contemporary routine. Mia says the piece takes place from stage left to stage right. So it's a journey, and the girls explain that as they travel, they metaphorically shed layers. Mia says they have to dance "out of their comfort zone" to match the power of the music.
It's an orchestral piece, and you just knew that when Jeanine talking about metaphorically shedding layers, there'd be a literal component as well, and the women have all these layers of skirts on that they rip off as they move across the stage. They kick and jete, and sometimes their progress is impeded, they're beaten back. Oh, it's windy! And ... now they're in their underwear, and the piece is over. I wasn't huge on the piece, but maybe I missed the part where it taught me that lupus is bad, perhaps.