Needless to say Neil's routine with Sara was my absolute favorite. None others came close. I admit I groaned when I saw disco and then grimaced and moaned when I saw that Dorianna was choreographing. But, my, my, my, what a pleasant, delightful surprise. From the opening shimmy by Sara to that outstanding leap by Neil it was fun, fun, fun, entertaining, well-danced and just had me grinning away. So, so, soooooooo wonderful to see him away from Lauren!!!!!!!
The rest: Sabra/Kameron were okay. And while I love Sabra to bits, I actually did see a few mistakes by her so I disagree with Mary's "perfection" comment. But I do believe that she was soaring and I do still love her ... to bits. Finally, dangit, I am so sorry over the brow-beating of poor Kameron. I thought he did fine. Maybe not the bestest, but he didn't deserve what they handed him. I stand by my belief that if they WERE trying to get Lacey/Kameron into the bottom three, it wasn't to get rid of Lacey, but to get rid of Kam.
- Dominic/Jaime. Sigh, yeah, agreed with the judges. Poor Dom, but he handled the criticism very well.
- Lauren/Pasha. Pasha was great; Lauren was good but I just don't like her. I love Pasha. He's replaced Dominic as my number two guy. (Sorry, Dom. I still love you, but a girl's heart can be fickle.)
- Lacey/Danny. First a word about the choreography: What does Heidi have to do to get some name recognition here people!!?!!!!!! The routine was good, but after last week's sex-kitten routine handed to Lacey, I'm getting a little tired of it. (Yes, I know Natalie = sex kitten last season and she was my fave, but that is kinda how she was introduced, this just seems like it's piling on Lacey and I don't think that's fair to her.) The choreography for this one was about a million times better though, and they both danced it well, but I didn't sense a connection at all. (Of course, minus the glorious Sara/Neil, I didn't think any of the new pairs had connection.) It was a hot routine and I thought they did a very good job.
Solos: I liked Neil's the best (shocker, I know!). I started thinking of something else during Sabra's. I thought Jaime's interpretation was too frenetic and didn't think the choreography fit the music (and she was first), but didn't feel the same with others. I thought Pasha's was second-best. Danny's was executed well, but seemed so fake in terms of emotion. Lauren, damn her, was good. Sara's was surprisingly very good -- girl is much better than I originally gave her credit. Dominic was good, but not outstanding. Lacey surprised me by being a tad sloppy. Kameron -- like Dominic -- was good, but not outstanding.
As for the choreography ... I liked the literal-ness of it, but thought the pause/scream was a bit much. It got better upon repetition, but not one of my fave Wade routines. Frankly, I thought the whole 'peace, send a message' was a bit eye-roll-worthy. Sorry. But hey, no Thriller hands!
End of the day for me? The fabulousness that is Neil and was Neil and Sara's performance. Once more for the road: NEEEEEEEEEEIIIIIIIIIILLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!