Nomi says that for the challenge, the dancers will be learning choreography by Vincent to Michael Jackson's "Man In The Mirror." Oh my God. I know that the song can seem a bit treacly to some, but I have loved it for 100 years. I love it! Make that change. OK, here's a story I have to tell. Sometimes, I can get a song stuck in my head to the point where I start singing things that I want to say, but to the tune of the song stuck in my head. Several years ago, I had entire week where I couldn't stop singing "Man In The Mirror." At one point, my best friend asked me what I was having for dinner that night and I told her I was thinking of a stir-fry. A few minutes later I sang, "Who Am I, To Stir-Fry." Miguel says that he loves the song. Vincent tells us that he worked with Michael Jackson for many years, and even appeared in the "Thriller" video. But in all his years working for Michael, he never got to choreograph anything to "Man In The Mirror," which is a favorite of his. Nancy is going to tag along and study the work ethic of the dancers to evaluate whether she would be able to, in good conscience, recommend them for a world tour. Jerry explains that the challenge isn't just about the performance, but also how they prepare for that performance. They will have 4 hours with Vincent and Nancy that day and 2 additional hours in the studio the next day. Miguel says that this is a bit of a mindfuck, since they thought that they were just coming her to perform their solos. Looks like somebody is going to be eliminated for this.
The rehearsal begins. Vincent and Nancy through the choreography and I love it. It's exciting and technical and Michael Jackson's "Man In The Mirror" is playing, elements of every good dance. They're clearly past their peak but Vincent and Nancy are really hitting this. Thankfully, Nancy has removed that offensive jacket. Vincent emphasizes that the dance is emotional. At one point, Vincent says that he wants three back pirouettes to the right and Miguel mumbles that he's a lefty. Nancy asks him if she's hearing excuses. Vincent tells Cody that he's rushing. He says that he can see that Cody is used to being a very controlled dancer (in response, Cody makes a face like, "I guess"), but that he needs to let go for this.
Vincent tells Nick that he needs to relax because sometimes he can be too "centurion." I'll take his word for that. Nick adjusts and Vincent seems to like it. Nick interviews that Cody is his biggest competition, but Cody isn't emoting.