Here's a phrase to put a chill down the spine of any recapper: "In the next group of soloists were two dancers who'd overcome incredible obstacles to make it through the city auditions." It's the deaf girl (Allison Becker) and the guy trying to escape the mean streets of Atlanta. That's Thomas Hamilton, and I like how his routine involves a moment where he's climbing the lighting rig that's technically offstage. Nigel doesn't care for it, I think. No, he does not. Allison and Thomas are both dismissed. Thomas admits that he kind of forgot his solo and his improvisation led him to a weird place.
Forty-one dancers get sent home in a quick series of cuts. One gentlemen philosophizes that you win some and lose some, but then amends that, saying "I don't believe that, actually. You don't win and you don't lose. You just get kicked in the [bleep] once in a while.
Oh, lordy. Speaking of phrases I could do without, there's still "one controversial couple" before we're done with the solo rounds. Can your fragile mind handle the concept of ... same-sex ballroom dancers? I hope so, because I don't really want the forums to erupt. Jacob Jason and Willem de Vries dance. It sounds like the judges like the taller one in the blue shirt, but less so the other one. I don't know which is which. Ah, Jacob is the other one, and he's sent home. Willem stays. We see Jacob leave in slow motion with sad tinkly music.
The 111 remaining dancers sit on the stage. The next genre is hip hop, which means that it's time for people to put on sneakers and baseball caps and try to look "street". Teddy (the guy with the bowtie and silly trousers) is wearing a white T-shirt, which I imagine could be taken as some kind of metaphor. Let's see how he can do without elaborate wardrobe, shall we?
Tabitha and Napoleon, which everyone knows should be called Taboleon, lead the remaining dancers through a hip hop routine while we get reminded about that one amazing guy from Boston. He does "awesome power move hip hop", not necessarily "choreographed hip hop", you know?
Teddy's in the first group, and he appears to know the routine. But the music gets stopped halfway through by Nigel. What's going on? Well, he's just screwing with everyone on stage. They're all through. Teddy's in! In the next group, the awesome guy from Boston is dismissed. Twenty-one other people also don't make it, but it's time for Ryan Kasprzak, whom I'm sure we all remember. Remember that time his brother was on the show? Like two months ago?