Robert draws contemporary -- yes, again, but I'm not asking questions if it means I get to see Robert dance in his best style -- with Kathryn and Stacey Tookey. The Big Theme here is a soldier going off to war, which, in the grand tradition of Stacey Tookey ripping shit off, was already done to great acclaim by NapTab in Season 4. Anyway, they dance to some bullshit cover of "Heaven Is a Place on Earth" (actually, it's really pretty, I just have to rep for my girl Belinda Carlisle), and it's rather beautiful. Robert and Kathryn move beautifully, of course, and the routine takes them through a series of separations and then desperate moments of connection. They're both fully into these characters, and the clingy passion is really evident. You know what, America? You don't deserve Robert. Keep not voting for him. Enjoy your inferior Adechike. Also, I was getting all set for a huffy speech about this show packing its dancers as manly soldiers without even acknowledging the Don't Ask, Don't Tell irony, but A) the twist is it's KATHRYN going off to war, and B) after Robert's weird attempts to go het on Lauren last week, I don't know what to think.
Nigel loved the connectivity of it (me too!) and the gender twist, and says that Robert is growing even more than they thought he would. Toni said she watched the routine with an eye towards Robert's partnering skills, and Cat asks if they should pose that question to Kathryn, who does her little Kathryn Cry thing about how amazing Robert is. Toni says she'd definitely want to be the woman Robert's dancing with (get in line, you wonderful Amazon). Mia buzzwords: "sacred," "tender," and "mature." Adam was blown away by Robert and Kathryn's support for each other.
I'm saving the solos for the end of the recap, because I honestly don't care. On to Adechike! He draws jazz with Courtney, which does not seem like a bad week's work... until we see Tyce is the choreographer. The theme seems to be New York and actual jazz music, making this "real" jazz and not just "contemporary-ish" jazz. The performance is pretty good -- Adechike gets to show off his crazy leg extensions when he leaps. But as usual with Tyce, there doesn't seem to be a whole lot going on, either conceptually or athletically. And as for it feeling super NYC, I'd say it feels more Catskills/Dirty Dancing. Adam loved the "balls-out" quality of the dancing, and then makes a big deal out of how you apparently can't say "balls-out" on TV? News to me. Mia flips over the music, but says she needs more style and finesse from Adechike. True! Nigel, similarly, wanted more abandon and fewer lines. Man, Nigel has really come out against lines this season. Get ready for next season's auditions, all you lumpy, hunchy messes!