Six dancers were asked to dance for their lives, and after turning in an old-school locking solo which looked more Vanilla Ice than Rerun, goofy hip-hopper Tony was sent packing. Joining him was his partner, Paris, the raven-haired contemporary dancer with a penchant for tutus who danced a garden variety lyrical solo. Ballroom dancer Asuka and ballroom/gymnast Jonathan narrowly escaped elimination.
With such steep competition, any flaw could affect people's perception and in my opinion, these two were victims of bad costuming from their Tabitha and Napoleon hip-hop routine on the performance show. Seriously, you have to be an amazing hip-hop dancer to wear wet-look shiny leggings and carry off old-school hip-hop. Paris would have been helped tremendously by something that looked less dance-y. I could just be an old fart here, but baggy pants would have helped. I definitely thought Tony would have a longer life on the show because of his potential to grow in other styles, like past contestant Ivan, but with some of the best talent the show's ever seen, the judges chose dance ability over growth potential.
But now the fun begins, as every week we get treated to world-class choreography performed by the most talented top 18 ever. With so much talent, it's hard to pick front-runners, but I've got my eye on Jason, the contemporary dancer from Fresno; Kayla, the fiery blond with legs for days; and Phillip, the unique popper whose love of dance is infectious. And judging from the audience response, I'm not alone.
I can't wait for next week's show!!!
|Diane Mizota is an accomplished TV host, actor, writer and producer who began her career as a professional dancer. She is a first-time mom who currently lives in Los Angeles with her husband and toddler son.|