Because I wasn’t able to watch this week’s show live, and because there were so many performances, I opted to skip my usual long review and instead focus on what I thought of the performances themselves. I’ve categorized them below as “the best” (the ones that wowed me), “the good” (the ones that were good but were missing something), and “the mediocre” (the ones that I had no excitement over whatsoever).
The Best Performances
- Danny’s Solo – “We Are the Champions” by Gavin DeGraw – All I can say to this is “wow.” For once, a solo may have been my favorite performance of the week. Danny came out with such energy and maintained it throughout. The song was a perfect choice to match his enthusiasm, and to convey the story of his season on the show. I think he has an excellent chance to win! All those turns he did around the whole stage, and with such poise, were something to see. And when he came out of them he had that great, Danny smile on his face. Loved it.
- Danny and Neil’s Contemporary “Duel” – “Are You The One?” by The Presets – I really enjoyed this unusual routine. It was interesting to see two of the guys dance together, and it really showed off both of their strengths. I liked how Mia incorporated so many interesting leaps and throws into the dueling. By the way, I think Danny won the duel. 🙂
- Danny and Sabra’s Cha Cha – “Gotta Get Down” by Celia Cruz – My two favorite remaining dancers closed out the show with this fun, spicy number. It really is a shame that this is the only time we saw them perform as a couple, because they were great. They had the chemistry and connection. In my opinion, this was the most entertaining performance of the night.
The Good Performances
- The Top Four Perform Broadway – “Mein Herr” by Liza Minnelli (from Caberet) – This was probably my favorite Broadway routine of the season. Broadway is best for groups, which is why this one was fun.
- Lacey and Danny’s Viennese Waltz – “Keep Holding On” by Avril Lavigne – As usual, Danny was a great partner, and it was a beautiful dance. I labeled it as good instead of the best because there were other performances that stood out more and had more emotion.
- Neil’s Solo – “Gravity” by Shawn McDonald – As a gymnastics routine this was great; as a dance solo, it was good. No doubt Neil brings an interesting, unique style of dance to the show from his gymnastics background, but I still think he hasn’t shone as much as the others in different dance styles.
- Lacey and Sabra’s Foxy Jazz Routine – “Koyal (Songbird)” by Nitin Sawhney – The judges didn’t like it very much, but it was bizarre enough to be intriguing to me. They had the animal movements and mannerisms down, especially Sabra.
- Sabra’s Solo – “It’s a Wonderful World” by James Morrison – This wasn’t Sabra’s best solo, but her form and personality were still there. It did seem to lack some energy.
The Mediocre Performances
- Lacey’s Solo – “Technologic” by Daft Punk – In my opinion, this was the weakest of the four solos. She basically seemed to do the same move over and over, and if you’re going to do that, it should be something interesting. We haven’t gotten to see many Lacey solos this season since she was never in the bottom three.
- Sabra and Neil’s Hip Hop – “Whine Up” by Kate DeLuna – As usual, this routine was colored for me by Neil’s over-the-top cheesiness. My biggest distraction was how he kept his mouth hanging open through most of the dance. And his facial expressions, as always, were very exaggerated. It also lacked energy. This was perhaps my least favorite hip hop of the season, save for Lacey and Kameron’s number a few weeks back.
- Lacey and Neil’s Lindy Hop – “Bill’s Bounce” by the Big Elliot Swing Orchestra – I had no positive emotional response to this routine. Dan thought it was pure entertainment, but I was bored. It just made me remember the cute Lindy Hop couple from the auditions.
You can probably guess, based on my rankings of tonight’s performances and on based on my comments from previous weeks, that I am hoping for a Danny or Sabra win. I think they have shown the most improvement of the final four, so either of them is very deserving.
Based on tonight’s performances, including his amazing solo (which was well above the other solos in terms of energy and form), Danny is my top choice. I love his story from this season. He’s overcome the label of “arrogant” and the stigma of being all form and no substance, to become one of America’s favorite dancers.
So, here’s hoping that other viewers share my love for Danny and Sabra! Did anyone reading this vote for Lacey or Neil? If so, tell me why you chose one of them.