Evan comes out to dance to some Jamie Cullum, which, if nothing else, takes him out of the cha-cha and into his old-school hat-doffing Broadway-leaping comfort zone.
After the commercial break, another solo routine, from Jeanine, dancing to "Let the Drummer Kick" by Citizen Cope. Kind of marionnetty, music-box dancery. Staccato movements. I liked it. It was different.
And then we're into Melissa and Ade, dancing a contemporary piece by Tyce Diorio. Melissa tells us this piece is about a woman who has breast cancer, and Tyce explains a friend has it. Ade explains it's very strong and powerful, so I imagine the distracting light blue afro pick hanging over his eyes is poking out in the most totally respectful way possible. Melissa says it's going to be hard, because it's not about their steps or how they're dancing, but about conveying a message. See, that's why it's not going to be hard for you, because if it's about the message, which is going to be, I imagine, breast cancer is a serious problem that affects hundreds of thousands of women and their families, it's hard to criticize that, isn't it? Besides, she's flat-out wrong -- they're still going to need to be good dancers. It's not like I could go out there, do the running man and shout, "Yo! Breast cancer's wack! On the real!" and expect the judges to applaud me. I shouldn't be so cynical ahead of time. I just know Diorio is a really good choreographer, so I can't imagine this is going to get another reaction but "that was the greatest dance or in fact any artistic work in the history of forever" like with Mia Michaels' routine for her father.
They dance to "This Woman's Work," by ... Maxwell? Really? It opens with Melissa and Ade facing away from each other, looking, perhaps, like they've just been given the diagnosis. They clutch at each other, and Melissa falls into Ade's arms, and he pulls her across the stage, and she sits on the stage and leans over, and then he lifts her up by the legs, and starts to walk away, and she runs after him and jumps onto his back and then over his shoulder, and she flips back onto the floor, and the music swells, and he lifts her up, and then she runs and jumps into his arms. And they're both really good dancers but I am much too cynical about this routine already, and it ends with Ade lifting her up on his shoulder. Hard to find any fault with the routine itself, which is good.