By Jasmine Williams
We’re down to the final eight dancers and the finale is so close, you can practically smell it. My GBFF Jesse Tyler Ferguson was on the panel last night, so everything is going to be 35.6 percent better than the average episode. Yes, I made that statistic up but the sentiment is totally valid.
Here are my favourite moments from this week’s episode:
1. Witney and Twitch’s Hip Hop
Although I wasn’t a fan of Witney’s puffy sleeves meets droopy pants concoction of a costume, I have to give props to Luther Brown (from SYTYCD Canada, what what!) for this hard-hitting East Coast hip hop routine. It was all kinds of stupid, and I mean that in the best possible way. Twitch can do no wrong and Witney brought just the right amount of sassy girl power to their paring. But what I loved most was that there was no crazy storyline, no awkward props, just straight up hip hop, and I loved it. Take notes, Christopher Scott.
2. Eliana and Ryan’s Quickstep
I don’t think a week has gone by where Eliana hasn’t been one of my favorites. Even dancing the “dreaded” quickstep, this girl shines. She was playing the role of a forgotten housewife, but she completely turned the tables on this routine, turning this somewhat stiff dance into something truly unforgettable. Even Mary Murphy, who always has some criticism for the ballroom routines, praised her form in this piece. Give this girl a first-class ticket to the finals!
3. Cole’s solo
Cat called him a “dancing ninja superhero” and I must say, that is a very accurate description. I never get tired of seeing his unique combination of kicks and flips and since he hasn’t been in the bottom (well, until tonight) I was suffering from severe Cole solo deprivation. It’s an actual medical condition, look it up.
4. Cyrus and Melanie’s Jazz
When you’re paired up with last year’s champion, who was affectionately called “The Beast,” you have to bring your A-game. And Cyrus certainly did. And it must not have been easy, considering he was dancing a Fosse-inspired Mandy Moore Jazz number and he didn’t even know who Fosse was. But if anybody can sell a routine on personality and charisma alone, it’s him. You can tell that he’s just having a blast on stage and it’s completely infectious.
5. Cyrus’ solo
Tonight, Cyrus was so nice, he made the list twice! Just like Cole, I’ve been dying to see Cyrus do what apparently nobody else can do. Superlatives aside, his shirt described his solo best, it was dirty, filthy, grimy, dubstepy-goodness. Thirty seconds did not do it justice.