Will is now up for his partner dance with Lauren, doing a Christopher Scott hip-hop. Will is dancing his pain away and Lauren is... his mind? We'll see how this actually works on stage. The real challenge is that Will has to be serious during this dance. He starts out on a giant sofa as "Dance My Pain Away (District 78 Remix)" by Wye Oak starts up. Lauren appears behind the couch, mirroring his tortured movements. He can't help pulling a few faces but he actually does a really great job. I think his faces distract me from his talent sometimes but this time, with it under control, he is awesome. Mary loved the routine and thought his moves were precise and perfect rather than all over the place like he usually is. Jesse appreciates seeing him get serious for a moment and uses Will's story from earlier to reiterate how important the arts are in school. (He's right!) Nigel thought he did a great job too, but all the judges are so subdued that I fear this might be the last week for Will. We'll see.
We head back to Utah to learn more about Witney. She has three siblings and a huge extended family and has been dancing from the time she was tiny. She admits her dad finds it tough to see her be sexy and grown up and her mom adds that he's really not a fan of the "Hot Tamale thing." I'm with him, though for me it's because of my eardrums. Of the ballroom dancers, Witney is my favorite this season, but her solo is unremarkable. (With the caveat that her solo is technically fantastic and more than I could ever imagine doing myself, but in terms of 30-second solos... it's just fine.)