The ubiquitous Ne-Yo provides the music for the opening number, featuring the gang in red satin jackets with glow in the dark piping on the sleeves, which is used to squiggly effect when the lights go out. The lights come back on for some synchronized hip-hopping. Loosely synchronized anyway, and a little bit of breaking from Gev. Lights out, and the piping actually blinks on and off. Choreographed by Tabitha and Napoleon, and it didn't bore me to death!
Cat comes out to tell us that the dancers left after tonight get to go on tour, so this might possibly be the hardest cut at all for our little movers. Nigel lets us know that the Philip Chebeeb/Robert Muraine battle is going to happen on the finale, as if we needed any more reason to tune in. If they want to seal the deal, they should promise not to have any more lame fakeouts like last year's threatened Nigel/Cat dance.
The first two couples come out on stage: Katee and Joshua, and Comfort and Thayne. Comfort and Thayne did hip-hop and contemporary, and Nigel predicted they'd be in the bottom three. Mia was harsh on Comfort and nice to Thayne. Meanwhile, Katee and Joshua did a Viennese waltz (to a piece by noted composers Goo Goo Dolls) and the show's first Bollywood routine. The judges loved them, and apparently no one else is sick of the hot tamale train yet. And -- as predicted, Comfort and Thayne are in the bottom three while Katee and Joshua are safe. Mia calls it inevitable, and America got it right, and America's trying to tell them something that they're not hearing. "I don't feel that either one of you has reached their highest potential," she says, adding that she hopes that next step because she wants them to stay.
Jessica and Will, and Chelsie and Mark are next up. Jessica and Will did contemporary and quickstep. The contemporary was well-received; the quickstep was not. Chelsie and Mark did a salsa and a Broadway routine, both of which pretty much rocked. Again, no surprise: Chelsie and Mark are safe. Jessica and Will are in the bottom two. Mary says her heart is "aching" to see Jessica and Will there, because although the quickstep wasn't great, the contemporary routine was one of the best things she's ever seen. She promises to fight for the two of them. I'm sure the other dancers in the bottom three will appreciate that.