ANYWAY, I'ma put my soapbox away for a moment so I can tell you that Cat brings out Kent, Adechike, Ashley, and Alex. Besides Alex, who is clearly safe, and Kent, who is probably safe, I have no idea who fills out tonight's Bottom 3. We review Alex's ass-kickery from last night, and Cat tells him she went home and watched his routine back three more times. He's so obviously safe. Ashley finally got great reviews after three weeks of pretty great dancing; the fans have been with her all along, though, and she's safe again. Good! Adechike and Lauren had some pretty excellent Dave Scott to work with, and the only problem was that it got overshadowed in the hip-hop department by Alex and Twitch. Meanwhile, Kent got dinged for playing to the audience too much and relying on his adorable personality at the expense of creating a character. Adechike is safe! Which means Kent is... safe too! Saw that coming, obviously, but the lame fakeout is redeemed by two things: Kent hugging Cat and saying a muffled "I love you" into her shoulder, and the fact that, even if only incrementally, Kent is learning to stifle his huge results-night celebrations. Our shirtless little boy is growing up!
So this means three of the other five dancers are in danger. After the break, Billy, Robert, and Lauren are out. Math and the laws of TV suspense say two of these three are in danger. I'd say Robert, because he was last week and maybe the voters haven't caught on like they should, and flip a coin on the other two. Lauren did Broadway with Neil, and they're both such insane flirt machines, I'm having a real hard time not imagining them hooking up on the side. Lauren is: SAFE! Which means Billy and Robert are once again side-by-side. They have a laugh about it with Cat, who suggests they just arm-wrestle and have it be done. "Well then I'd be out," Billy laments, adorably. Robert and his mega-torso got his Sonya on and received some valuable critiques from the judges; Billy and Kathryn did contemporary, and he got dinged pretty hard for not partnering to a level that matches his solo ability. Which I actually thought was fair. There have been dancers on this show in the past who really could have stood to be told that very thing more often. After a truly cruel cut to commercials, Billy AND Robert are Bottom 3. Yeah, called that. It's a shock to see these two amazing dancers here, but it's hard to get worked up about it when Melinda is such a lock to go home. And yet even still, Mia is tasked with trying to explain why they're at the bottom. She gives a lot of hooey about connecting and finding themselves, when the reality is, there are eight fantastic dancers on this show right now, and unless your performance (Alex, Ashley, and Adechike, this week) or personality (Kent and Jose) is pulling you through, there's little room for error. Luckily, these two have it in them to pull an Alex next week, so I wouldn't despair.