Melissa comes out and dances to the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, so automatic A-plus. She doesn't really do much except wander back and forth with some twists and a couple of leaps. Well, at least she didn't do the "waking up in a coffee commercial" move.
Brandon and Jeanine are doing pop-jazz with a new choreographer Laurieann Gibson. "If I can help prepare the soldier, then the chance at victory is real," says Laurieann. Well, it's a good thing she accurately understands that dance is as serious as war. Shit, she even yells at Jeanine like Patton. "Heavy lies the head!" she screams.
They're dancing to Jordin Sparks' "Battlefield." Well, of course. Jeanine's dressed like she's in 10,000 B.C., but glitterier, and Brandon's dressed like he remembered to put on camouflage pants for the war, but forget his shirt but decided to go to war anyway. There is some punching hip-hop moves, and then they run around in a circle, and then there are dance moves that are out of '80s videos by Janet Jackson, and the routine is kind of boring, especially given how high an opinion Laurieann seems to have of the whole thing. Brandon lifts Jeanine through a flip at the end that was pretty good. They danced it well, but it didn't do anything for me.
The crowd loves it, and so does Nigel, and yells something about how they gave them exactly what they want. "It's finally begun this evening for me. Thank you! Hooray!" He says it was the flattest night he's ever seen on this show until now. Ellen says they make it look really appealing to join the armed forces with the costumes. She calls it unbelievable, and says there's "dancing" and then there's "da-a-ancing," and then there's "da-a-a-a-ANCING," which is what that was. Mary screams, and not just screams, but screams "Can you hear it?" a hundred times beforehand which at least gave the other judges time to plug their ears. Nick Rhodes starts talking about how Laurieann doesn't dance a step until it comes out of her soul which is why they're sisters or something, and then talks about how they were in a whole other place, and Brandon is such a powerhouse, and Jeanine is also "wow." She congratulates them and Laurieann.