The opening routine is set to "Elevator" by Flo Rida feat. Timbaland, the men in suits, dancing hip-hop, popping and locking, until the women come in to replace them, punctuated by staccato movements and loud beats. And then they dance together, twisting around, tornados of elbows and feet. I know very little, but I could tell this was Shane Sparks right off, mainly because I really enjoyed it. Between the lighting and the hats, though, I can barely tell who anyone is, and I'd really like to give credit to the dancer who ended the routine holding a headstand with his legs split, even when Cat came on to tickle him.
Cat hates Thursdays, because it means one more guy and one more girl are gone, and we get right into it, bringing Katee and Joshua, who danced a Tyce Diorio Broadway routine that had the judges on their feet, onto the stage. I felt it was somewhat overpraised, but maybe that was because there haven't been very many knockout routines this year, but several underwhelming ones. I think this got graded on a curve. Not that they didn't do a good job of it, and they're safe.
Kherington and Twitch did a Viennese waltz by Jean Marc Genereux, and the recap completely ignores the awkward Mia/Nigel argument over whether one should be smiling when dancing such an emotional piece, or if it's even possible just in the presence of Celine Dion. Chelsea and Thayne did some sort of royal jazz dance by Mandy Moore that left the judges cold. Chelsea and Thayne are in the bottom three, while Twitchington are safe.
Mia says she's not surprised, and that America got it right. She adds that they need to set the stage on fire for their solos (she's also thinking, "Mental note: literally set stage on fire for next contemporary routine").
Who's joining Chelsea, Thayne and Kenny Loggins in the danger zone? Well, Mark and Chelsie danced an Argentine tango that drew not-unanimous praise, with Nigel suggesting more fire was needed from Chelsie. They're safe.
Matt and Kourtni, and Will and Jessica are still on stage. Kourtni and Matt did a ballroom routine. Mia liked it, Mary was slightly disappointed at some technical missteps, and Nigel enjoyed the performance despite feeling like it was faked. Meanwhile, Jessica and Will did a hip-hop routine. Mia thought Jessica didn't match up to Will, Mary agreed, but Nigel thought Jessica was great. I just bet he did. After last night's vote. Cat pulls some shenanigans to make it appear that Jessica and Will are in the bottom three, but both couples are safe, prompting a group hug onstage, and there are some very confused audience members. I think they need a Jumbotron to keep track of everything.