Nigel shamelessly drops the fact that he attended the All-Star game last night (baseball, dance fans; the all-star game of baseball... ask your dad) and praises the routines to high heavens. Mia is in love with the boys-iness of it all. I am too, and I didn't once roll my eyes at yet another boy-boy dance that did backflips trying to prove its masculinity. ...Um, until now, I guess. Adam once again tells Kent how many Broadway jobs are gonna be thrown at him once this show is over. Love all around, basically.
And now is the time on Sprockets when the contestants pair up together. Billy and Lauren get Mandy Moore and jazz. I'll be sparing you the filler segments on Lauren's eating habits and Billy's love of soda, because come on. The routine is about magical shoes, which... hey, I've heard of weirder ideas. And it's set to "Boogie Shoes," which will never not make me think of Felicity Huffman (go to minute 8). It's a fun routine, and Billy and Lauren share a great rapport, both onstage and off. But it all seems a bit... boring? You'd think a shoe-centered dance would have more impressive footwork, is all. The judges really liked it, though, so maybe I'm getting fatigued from the long show. And Billy and Lauren really are great jazz dancers. I just wish they had more to work with here. And while the judges are going all out to push the idea of Lauren as a contender (so we won't end up with a girl-less season in two weeks), I would not be surprised to see her hit Bottom 3 tonight.