Top three guys' solos: Pasha, dancing to the Cherry Poppin' Daddies' "Zoot Suit Riot." Shirtless with suspenders, one of which pops off at the end. He forgot his shirt again! Neil's dancing to Rob Thomas -- I refuse to say any more. Just know that, again, it's nothing we haven't seen before. At least Neil isn't blatantly begging for votes by going shirtless again. I guess I was wrong when I said the Tom Waits would make up for everything. Danny's dancing, to Robin Thicke's "2 The Sky." Unless Prince wrote that song, shut up, Robin Thicke. I suppose it could be worse; he could just be singing the Growing Pains theme song.
So in this show's own version of Idol Cares…This Week, it's something the show arranged through the L.A.'s mayor's office: Choreographers will be passing on their expertise to after-school dance teachers in some of L.A.'s most challenged neighbourhoods.
The first session took place in South Central L.A., and we see Nigel talking to a bunch of dance instructors in a gym, and then some woman who doesn't get identified thanks the show because their dance instructors will get help from the best in the world. Nigel tells a bunch of bored-looking instructors that they'll give them the "seeds" to bring back to their pupils. And this way, people won't forget that dancing even exists, which is apparently what normally happens when So You Think You Can Dance goes off the air. Thanks, crazy British guy! They're going to be doing hip-hop with Shane Sparks and contemporary with Mia Michaels. To Nigel, this is awesome because they'd never get the chance to do contemporary with Mia Michaels in their entire lives. He says these words out loud, and I'm not sure he realizes that I can think of bigger tragedies. But I do like the idea of charity programs that aren't about just money or food. I like the idea of programs that might find a spark in a student who might not otherwise get the chance to dance (even if the poor guy never ever gets choreographed by Mia Michaels -- can you even imagine?). Shane works the crowd through some hip-hop moves, and then the six finalists are trotted out to be pretend celebrities.
And now a krumping performance by Lil' C and Tha Nephz-Squad. The song is "Nephz Up" by Tha J-Squad. I'm already so confused. I'm so old. Some dancer out and does a bunch of herky-jerky movements, then is joined by a couple of other guys do the same, and then out comes Lil' C, and everyone flaps their arms around a bunch of times. Thanks for that, guys. Say hi to the lambada, the Macarena, and the vogue for us when you see them.