So You Think You Can Dance Season 6 – Top 8 – Performance

I really, really want Ellenore, Kathryn, Jakob and Russell to advance. Russell is the only dancer I’m fairly certain will sail into the next round–his popularity coupled with the judges pimping assures it. There’s a pretty good chance I’m going to be disappointed in the results this week.

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Every routine, except for the crappily choreographed NappyTabs routine, was fabulous tonight–a really entertaining night of dancing.

Recap and Videos after the jump…

8 dancers, 4 couples, one will be eliminated live tomorrow night (Plus Kris Allen performs!)

Tonight, Each of the couples has had one of their tracks re-mixed just for the show.

Cat introduces Ashleigh, who cannot dance because her shoulder popped out tonight. She wants to dance, but the doctors wouldn’t clear her.   So, y’all can vote for her anyway, even though she isn’t dancing… – VIDEO

Kathryn and Ryan – Disco by Doriana Sanchez – “Last Dance (Samantha Ronson remix)” by Donna Summer – The theme is “Last Dance” but it’s really their first dance…a “disco love story” Ohh. Kathryn is having trust issues with Ryan. Ryan is absolutely the star here, although Kathryn is holding her own. Adam says, “That really put a smile on my face. Ryan…real men can where sequins. This style was beautifully suited to your style. Kathryn, you look so gorgeous. Good job.” Mary says, “If the two of you keep dancing like that, it’s not going to be the last dance at all. Kathryn, you are peaking at the right time. Ryan, perfect on-point partner work.” Nigel says, “I don’t agree with my colleagues tonight…Kathryn the style suited you…I’m not sure about (Ryan’s) shirt…Ryan I felt you were a little stiff…a little straight in the back…not enough bounce for me.” Mary argues with Nigel about Ryan’s technique. Well, she should know. – VIDEO

Mollee and Jakob – Viennese Waltz by Jason Gilkison – “Ordinary Day” by Vanessa Carlton – She’s lost her mojo, and he helps her find it. The dance has a modern twist. I am digging this choreo! Waltzes are often really dull, but this has, energy, drama. But like a waltz, it flows beautifully. Adam says, “I could have watched that for two more hours. It all happened for you guys out there. Jacob you are one of the best dancers I’ve ever seen. Mollee you are blooming.” Mary says, “What’s not to like about these two…there’s nothing ordinary about this. Jakob the partnering work was fantastic…Mollee you were priceless tonight…dynamic pairing.” Nigel says, “Beutifully crafted routine…takes my breath away…you had a constant flow of movement that was just beautiful…you were both excellent.” – VIDEO

Ashleigh is back on stage, not dancing her solo – 1-888-836-7601VIDEO

Ellenore and Legacy – Contemporary by Travis Wall – “Machine Gun” by Portishead – The duo play a pair of assassins. WOW. Another smash by Travis Wall, full of tension, passion, with incredible stunts and dance moves. Adam says, “You murdered it!!! It was passionate, it was exciting..you guys did great.” Mary says, “It was so strong…it was tailor-made for the two of you…Ellenore, you were dynamic…fearless. Legacy, you were amazing…Unbelievable tonight.” Nigel says, “It was so, so dangerous…an emmy nomination…congratulations.” – VIDEO

Jakob – “When You Say My Name” by Mario Spinetti – 1-888-836-7602VIDEO

Ashleigh and Russell – Hip Hop by Shane Sparks – “Too Much Booty (Bobby J. Remix) by Soundmaster and Jah-Rista feat. Korveil – “You can’t be Ashleigh from the suburbs, you gotta rip it, ” says Shane. And, well she sure did! Shane’s assistant dances with Russell. Russell hits it HARD, but is incredibly graceful at the same time. And as Nigel said, he manages to smile… Adam says, “That was Old-school hip hop…you were hitting so hard…you were smokin out there. You had great energy. Congratulations, good job.” Mary says, “Everyone has fallen in love with Russell…you just lay it all on the line…it was so on point…attacking every single second…nobody does it like you.” Nigel says, “It was great…I’m sorry Ashleigh wasn’t doing it…you showed us how to hit hard…you kept up with Shane, plus you gave me a performance…you are excellent…I have a feeling we’re going to see you in the finale, sunshine.” Sunshine? – VIDEO

Mollee – “Heartburn” by Alicia Keys – 1-888-836-7603VIDEO

Kathryn and Ryan – Cha cha by Jason Gilkison – “Put Your Hands On Me” by Joss Stone – Kathryn is sensational…every single step is right on. She might be the most underrated dancer in this bunch. Ryan’s in his element here–loving his strenghth. Another great routine from Jason. Adam Says, “Jason this is a huge night for you…that was so hot…you two were very connected…Kathryn you are surging…this is huge for you…you are hitting your stride…Ryan you were so hot in there…you were there completely for each other.” Mary says, “That was just on fire…from beginning to end. The chemistry…the power…effortless…totally sexy, totally smoldering…Ryan…unbelievable you are a star tonight.” Mary puts them both on the Hot Tamale Train. First Class. Nigel pimps Jason’s show “Burn the floor.” Nigel says, “Kathryn, you looked like you were a Latin ballroom dancer…Ryan…was absolutely perfect in this routine…connections were perfect…magical.” – VIDEO

Legacy – “Fancy Footwork” by Chromeo – 1-888-836-7604VIDEO

Ellenore – “I Got the Feelin'” by James Brown – 1-888-836-7605VIDEO

Russell – “Holiday Buckness” by the J-Squad – Lol at Russell in the Santa suit! And the Teddy bear! – 1-888-836-7606VIDEO

Mollee and Jakob – Broadway by Joey Dowling – “Easy Street (Samantha Ronson Remix)” from Annie (original TV Soundtrack) – Jakob is incredible, as always. Mollee does well, but then, all that work dancing movies like “High School Musical” is basic training for this style. Two con-artists who scheme to get rich quick. Adam says, “So strong! She really showed you off. Great acting performances. Mollee, you got Jakob who brought you way up. My eye was on Mollee through the whole thing…great job.” Mary says, “You fell right into that style…you made it look easy…an amazing evening.” Nigel says, “This is a routine that has just taken you into the realms of a real professional dancer. Jakob, you remind me of Joel Grey. Outstanding again tonight.” – VIDEO

Kathryn – “Shadowfeet” by Brooke Frasier – 1-888-836-7607VIDEO

Ellenore and Legacy – Tabitha and Napoleon – “People Are Strange (District 78 Remix)” by the Doors – The aliens are coming. – Lots of strong choreography tonight…and this was weak by comparison, to say the least. Nappytabs tried to create a quirky routine–probably with Ellleanor in mind–and it fell flat. Adam says, “It wasn’t my favorite routine of the night…it didn’t push them. The dancing was good…not great.” Mary says, “The beginning…I just loved it…then I was slightly disappointed afterward.” Nigel says, “When the concept overrides your dancing we have to talk about it…we didn’t really get that much dancing for you…and the dancing we got wasn’t really together.” – VIDEO

Ryan – “Din Da Da” by Kevin Aviance – 1-888-836-7608 – Ryan takes the opportunity to cry and beg for votes for his wife Ashleigh. Standing O from the audience. – VIDEO

Ashleigh and Russell – Bollywood by Nakul Dev Mahajan – “Spirit of Rangeela” Rangeela (original soundtrack) – No story–just pure Bollywood here. Nakul’s assistant steps in for Ashleigh here, and it’s obvious next to her, that Russell isn’t getting the moves perfectly (well enough not to cause an international incident!), but, like the judges said, he’s dancing with pure, infectious abandon. Adam says, “Russell, you blew pure joy out of every pore…that smile of yours…energy, fantastic.” Mary says, “I’m going to have to give you props…you have really elevated yourself…what a way to end the night tonight…you just blew it away.” Nigel says, “My eyes went to you…you have a magnetic quality…it’s totally the opposite to what you do. Congratulations.” – VIDEO

Adam says, “Each and everyone of you have grown tremendously.” Then he tells America, they have to vote. Mary says, “For all of you have been watching and not voting…it would be a great time to pick up that phone.” Nigel says, “It isn’t a time that you assume your favorite is going to win. It’s time to vote for the person who entertains you.” Hm, I wonder if the voting totals have been low this season?

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160 Comments

  1. I totally disagree with Nigel on that first one. I think Ryan’s partner work in that Disco was awesome. Kathryn was the weak link there for me.

  2. Good lord, don’t hate me but I freakin’ LOVED mollee and Jakob’s waltz!!!! He made her gorgeous! They were amazing!!!

  3. I liked the Disco, Kathyrn and Ryan brought so much excitement to it.

    That Viennese Waltz sucked, that was not very waltzy. Jackob and Mollee as a couple is almost as annoying as Nathan and Mollee.

  4. God I hope people don’t vote for Ashleigh. I like her but that would suck for her to make it through without even dancing.

  5. Ashleigh shouldn’t be voted through without dancing, that would be unfair to the other dancers.

    The disco was fun. I disagree that Ryan outshone Kathryn, I thought she was hitting the moves harder than him but he was a great partner for the lifts.

    VWaltz was meh, didn’t like all the contemp moves thrown in there.

  6. I’d rather Ashleigh make it through, not even dancing, than Mollee make it to the finale. Please God – make it happen!

    The Disco was fun and I agree that Ryan was what held it together. Kathryn was fantastic too, but I don’t think she would have been so great without such a fantastic partner as Ryan. Mary was spot on with that. Guess we know which guy Nigel wants gone. Ugh.

    The Viennese Waltz was pretty, but those rarely hold my attention long.

  7. I’d rather Ashleigh make it through, not even dancing, than Mollee make it to the finale. Please God ‘“ make it happen!

    Oh okay I guess I would be okay with that too lol, just not Ellenore or Kathyrn!

  8. Ok I actually was not very impressed with either of the 1st two dances. Ryan was the star of the disco and I don’t see what the hell Nigel is talking about. But The disco was better then the Waltz. Now IMHO the waltz had some nice moments but on the whole I think it was Jacobs worst routine (and I LOVE him) his foot work was not smooth especially in the turns. Mollie was good with the leg lifts but was missing in chemistry. again IMHO. I think Nigel want Ryan gone. I want Ryan to stay because they should have a ballroom dancer guy in the finals. Actually win but there is just too many great dancers this year. I think the top 3 guys should be Ryan, Jacob, And Russel. Lecacy is good in his genre but is really the weakest dancer all around. He is constantly having the choreography working around his strengths. Again all IMHO and I have to see him dance yet.

    Oh and Girls should be Kathryn, Elenore and Ashley.

    I am getting sick of Legacy getting everything with in his wheel. Again choreography going to be styled around his strength. Ugh and he get friggin hip hop as his next dance hell why even make him dance. Bulls**t

    Legacy and Ellenore actually did not think it was all that great seen it before.

  9. Legacy and his lucky ‘draws’. Still don’t get him – he lucked out getting Ellenore.

  10. They were hired to kill each other? Travis, I love ya, but that’s not exactly an original concept. Ever heard of Mr. & Mrs. Smith?

  11. I am so beyond over Adam, I hope he is not a permanent judge next season. He is so awkward and annoying.

  12. Oh I am sick of the overpraising. Is it me or does anyone else think the number wasn’t that great. BUll on it not being Legacy’s genre this was tailored to all his strengths and not too much contemporary dancing. IMHO

  13. Ever heard of Mr. & Mrs. Smith?

    Prizzi’s Honor did it first. But that doesn’t mean it isn’t original and fresh for a dance.

    I liked it a lot, and I don’t want to like Legacy. I’m still voting for Ellenore, Russell and Kathryn, anyway. I want them to stay so I can see more of their dancing. And I’d like to see Legacy and Mollee leave, please.

  14. They were hired to kill each other? Travis, I love ya, but that’s not exactly an original concept. Ever heard of Mr. & Mrs. Smith?

    lol Thats the first thing I thought of.

  15. Oh I am sick of the overpraising. Is it me or does anyone else think the number wasn’t that great. BUll on it not being Legacy’s genre this was tailored to all his strengths and not too much contemporary dancing. IMHO

    I agree 110%. All he did was flip around like he always does.

  16. Ok I actually was not very impressed with either of the 1st two dances. Ryan was the star of the disco and I don’t see what the hell Nigel is talking about.

    Negel probably wants Ryan to go tomorrow night out of the guys. The judges always show their hands.

  17. Jakob is a stunning technician but he showed absolutely no emotion in his solo. It felt cold like a training practice not a performance.

  18. There’s a bit of a double standard in knocking how choreographers incorporate Legacy’s abilities considering how often Jakob’s had high kicks, leaps and jetes and the like incorporated into his dances. (I remember Adam pointing out a similar non-ballroom leap Jakob did during his wedding-themed dance with Ashleigh.)

    I’m not knocking Jakob, by the way. I think it’s better when choreographers work with the dancers’ special moves, and makes for more dynamic dances. Both guys are phenomenal at what they do, so why not use it?

  19. I agree 110%. All he did was flip around like he always does.

    Exactly!!! Nigel wants him in for what ever reason. Also it pisses me off even more that they put him in with Ellenore as she IS a great dancer. Please Let it be Mollee/Asleigh and Legacy!

  20. Travis’s dance was my favorite of the season so far. That was really exciting to watch. Ellenore was just fabulous, and I’m a fan of Legacy’s athleticism, so I appreciated that. His posture still sucks, but to me that was cool. I don’t think they could have pulled that dance off with any of the other ladies. Ellenore was the glue that held that baby together.

    The Waltz was lovely and very well danced, but snooze. Those two just don’t bring much life to the routines for me.

  21. They couldn’t get a better girl to dance with Russel. He was great but she brought him down. Energy sucked right off the stage. Russell great!

  22. I loved that Hip Hop, and I would like to think that Shane’s opening comments were a big fuck you to Nigel and his stupid lyrical hip hop crap he pushes all the time.

  23. Russell was so great in the HH. Routine of the night so far for me.

  24. Am I the only person who likes russel more than legacy? I think Russel is FABULOUS!!!

  25. Russell was so great in the HH. Routine of the night so far for me.

    I agree.

  26. I loved that Hip Hop, and I would like to think that Shane’s opening comments were a big fuck you to Nigel and his stupid lyrical hip hop crap he pushes all the time.

    LOL – I hope that was EXACTLY what Shane was thinking. Fucking NappyTabs.

    Russell is clearly, to me anyway, so naturally gifted that he can just dance anything, anywhere, anytime.

  27. Am I the only person who likes russel more than legacy?

    Nope. Same here.

  28. Ashleigh has had better performances than Mollee through out the series. Mollee always looks like she is auditioning for the cheerleading squad. I am voting for Ashleigh tonight based on the season. I hope Legacy is the one to go home but I think Nigel has spoken.

  29. #
    unique28v
    12/08/2009 at 8:49 pm

    Am I the only person who likes russel more than legacy? I think Russel is FABULOUS!!!
    #

    Absolutely not. Russell is by far better and Likable.

  30. This Cha cha is amazing BEST DANCE so FAR un frigging believable. This should get both of them in to the finals.I said should but will it, I hope.

  31. Jason is clearly tonight’s winner! The waltz and this chacha were so great to watch. It had to be so much fun for these dancers to dance those routines tonight.

  32. Kathyrn and Ryan were amazing, I hope they don’t go home tomorrow. Kathyrn is just so freaking dynamic.

  33. Am I the only person who likes russel more than legacy? I think Russel is FABULOUS!!!

    I actually prefer Legacy. Russell alternates between phenomenal and meh for me depending on the routine, where Legacy’s performances are always enjoyable to watch. He’s got amazing natural charisma. (Also, I totally melted when he kept playfully nudging Ellenore when she was getting complimented for her routine. He always seems so grateful and amazed by his partners. I’m a sap, I admit it.)

    Russell’s no doubt the better technical dancer, but then he’s had a LOT more training. I think Nigel’s whole krump = no training mantra hurts both of them. It belittles Russell’s achievements and sets up Legacy, who genuinely is self-taught as far as I know, as a poor contrast.

    I think they both ought to make it into the final though. Definitely.

  34. Russell’s no doubt the better technical dancer, but then he’s had a LOT more training.

    What ballroom training has Russell had? I remember them saying he didn’t have any training either.

  35. Legacy screwed the solo up. It didn’t really work. One great move.

  36. That was one amazing cha cha. Good for them. I totally think Nigel wanted to lose Ryan after tonight, so… Stuff it, Nigel.

  37. Didn’t like Legacy solo, the incorporation of the phone didn’t work

  38. Please put Ryan in the finale! I hope that cha cha is on the tour!

  39. There’s a bit of a double standard in knocking how choreographers incorporate Legacy’s abilities considering how often Jakob’s had high kicks, leaps and jetes and the like incorporated into his dances. (I remember Adam pointing out a similar non-ballroom leap Jakob did during his wedding-themed dance with Ashleigh.)

    I’m not knocking Jakob, by the way. I think it’s better when choreographers work with the dancers’ special moves, and makes for more dynamic dances. Both guys are phenomenal at what they do, so why not use it?

    To me, the difference is that at least Jakob has been challenged more. Yeah, he’s had leaps and turns thrown into his routines. And yeah, he’s had dances in his wheelhouse quite a bit. But he’s also had Cha Cha and Viennese Waltz (twice now), not to mention the “The Kiss of Death” Quickstep.

    As far as ballroom goes, Legacy has had Viennese Waltz & Paso Doble. And that’s it. And his ballroom technique sucked in both of them but the only critique he got was “it wasn’t good, but we love your personality, so that’s okay.”

    I went off on this a couple weeks ago, but just to reiterate this point – I think there’s a difference between choreographing a routine that’s in a style not in a dancer’s wheelhouse completely around said dancer’s strengths to make sure the dancer looks good; and throwing in a few bboy moves or leaps and turns into a routine to enhance the routine. I mean, where are the days of Shane forcing Lauren and Pasha out of their boxes to do a hard-hitting hip hop and making THEM rise to the level of his choreography, instead of “dumbing it down” (which may not be the right phrase, but gets my point across) to fit the dancers’ strengths.

    Not really saying that any of that has been done this season (though it could have possibly been tonight with Ashleigh, had she been able to dance… I actually think she would have been okay with that hip hop. She’s clearly a hard worker and I was actually pretty impressed with her hip hop the first time around. Plus, I’m sure Russell had helped her). But just saying that it really bothers me how the choreographers AND judges pander to the contestants in general, instead of really making them stretch.

    I loved that Hip Hop, and I would like to think that Shane’s opening comments were a big fuck you to Nigel and his stupid lyrical hip hop crap he pushes all the time.

    THIS. I love Russell. He killed that. But I also agree with dhunken that Shane’s assistant was kind of a distraction. She was adequate, but she didn’t elevate the performance the way you’d expect a choreographer/choreographer’s assistant would.

    That Cha Cha was GREAT. I really want Ryan to make it through. If he does go, at least he FINALLY got a dance that’s really in his own style.

  40. I prefered Russell solo to Legacy, Russell was very gimmicky as well but it worked better.

  41. What ballroom training has Russell had? I remember them saying he didn’t have any training either.

    Did I mention ballroom?

    I never said Russell has had training in every style. But he has had formal training in quite a few styles, as I recall. And having ANY formal training is a considerable advantage in a competition like this, even if it’s not in that particular style. AFAIK, Legacy has had NO formal training, period.

    And honestly, with neither trained in ballroom, I preferred Legacy’s paso doble to Russell’s samba by far. YMMV, of course.

  42. THIS. I love Russell. He killed that. But I also agree with dhunken that Shane’s assistant was kind of a distraction. She was adequate, but she didn’t elevate the performance the way you’d expect a choreographer/choreographer’s assistant would.

    I would have loved to have seen Shane dance that with Russel rather than his assistant.

  43. I really like Elenore but her solos always seem to leave me flat. She is a better partner dancer. Russels solo Great? Did he lose his shoe on purpose or not? I think it wasn’t part of the routine and he should have just left it. But I love his energy and he has a warm beaming smile.

  44. hahaha. I was wondering about that shoe too. I have a feeling it wasn’t supposed to come off.

  45. Mollee has found the *perfect* partner in Jakob. Both routines were beyond fantastic…. Perhaps my favorites of the season.

  46. As far as ballroom goes, Legacy has had Viennese Waltz & Paso Doble. And that’s it. And his ballroom technique sucked in both of them but the only critique he got was ‘it wasn’t good, but we love your personality, so that’s okay.’ 

    I’m still not following. Jakob gets challenged every time he’s given a dance that’s not pop-jazz or contemporary, sure. But Legacy gets challenged the same, every time he’s not given hip hop (and there’s a wide variety of hip hop styles). He gets a couple of B-boy moves in each routine, sure, but it doesn’t change the character of the routines any more than Jakob’s many contemporary quirks change his. If it did, then you wouldn’t be able to criticize his lack of technique. (And honestly, I suspect if more contemporary or jazz dancers could do moves like Legacy’s, we’d see them used a lot more often.)

    And as for the ballroom, was Jakob really challenged more when up until this last waltz with Mollee, all of his ballroom routines were done when paired with a professional ballroom dancer?

    Legacy’s partner was a contemporary dancer as unfamiliar with the style as he was. It’s not like she could give him tips on his technique.

  47. And honestly, with neither trained in ballroom, I preferred Legacy’s paso doble to Russell’s samba by far. YMMV, of course.

    And had the two routines been reversed for the dancers, I’m sure it would have been the same result – Paso Doble preferred to Samba. Which is natural, considering they’ve neither trained in ballroom. Paso obviously requires technique, but for me, it’s more of an “attitude” dance. Samba is much more intricate technically, from what I understand about ballroom.

    And, since neither of them have trained in ballroom, let’s compare the dances they’ve had. Russell has had twice the number of ballroom routines that Legacy has. Pandering much, show?

  48. That was a cute and fun broadway but I prefered the choreos from the last two weeks.

  49. Mollee has nothing whatsoever in common with Ann Fricking Reinking. AS IF, Adam. Shutshutshut.

    My complaint about this show and unfairness is not so much that they fill routines with moves that are right for that dancer but not for that style, but that they stick some dancers with stuff that’s right for them, week after week, and others get stuff that might as well be on Mars, and they get it week after week. Danny Tidwell (who is someone whose turns and leaps they loved, so they put them in every single thing he did) got ballroom after ballroom after ballroom and very little contemporary until the bitter end. (And, yes, by then I was bitter.) Neil, that same year, got so little ballroom you would never have known it was even part of the competition, yet he got tons of contemp. Last year, Evan got one Broadway when he was still with whatsername, his regular partner, and then it was something not at all right for him. He would’ve killed the Broadway they did tonight. He would’ve killed the one Phillip Chbeeb got. But they denied him his style because they didn’t want him to win.

    Eh, whatever. But when some people are stuck with Russian folk dancing and others are getting their own style for the tenth time, it sucks. Thank goodness for Jeanine, btw, and messing up their plans by making it through Russian folk dancing and winning, anyway.

  50. I have to give it to Mollee – she has danced her best tonight but I think Jakob had a lot to do with it. I feel the same way about Katherine – she was also great tonight but Ryan also helped a lot. The best pairing to me of the season was Ashleigh and Jakob! I think Mollee still needs to mature.

  51. And, since neither of them have trained in ballroom, let’s compare the dances they’ve had. Russell has had twice the number of ballroom routines that Legacy has. Pandering much, show?

    Russell’s also had more of the eye-catching fan-favorite dance styles, such as Afro-Jazz.

    Supposedly, the routines are drawn at random. I have my doubts about that, but that’s the show for you. I haven’t noticed the judges/producers seeming to bias either Legacy or Russell over the other (except maybe through emphasizing Russell’s supposed lack of training, but I think that’s more Nigel’s ignorance/assumption of anything hiphop) so I’m not going to apologize for liking one over the other. :-)

    I do hope Legacy considers taking some kind of formal training after the show ends. He’s kept up amazingly well, all things considered. I expected him to be like Phillip last season: amazing in his own style but not good, or even a hinderance in everything else. I think, with real training, he could really be something to see.

  52. I prefered Russell solo to Legacy, Russell was very gimmicky as well but it worked better.

    Russell’s was definitely better.

    Eh, that Broadway wasn’t all that fabulous to me. It was good, but not great.

    I think Ryan had two really good partner dances tonight.

  53. Wow, this is the worst piece of crap hip hop choreography I’ve seen from NapTab.

    Thank God for Shane Sparks tonight.

    ETA:

    Russell’s also had more of the eye-catching fan-favorite dance styles, such as Afro-Jazz.

    Seriously? Before tonight, I think that was the only “break” he’d gotten all season long. And then tonight, his partner’s hurt. So even with a killer Shane hip hop and a crowd pleasing Bollywood, I’m not sure it’s such a huge advantage.

    We’re just gonna have to agree to disagree here, I think. lol. Because imo, there’s been plenty of favoritism shown for Legacy over Russell by the judges. In more ways than just his “draws” (and yeah, I don’t think they’re at random.) and their comments. But I don’t want to argue this all night, so I’ll shut up now. :)

  54. Wow, this is the worst piece of crap hip hop choreography I’ve seen from NapTab.

    And that’s saying something. I find their choreo for the past 2 seasons pretty crappy.

  55. Russell’s was definitely better.

    Eh, that Broadway wasn’t all that fabulous to me. It was good, but not great.

    I think Ryan had two really good partner dances tonight.

    OMG I could have just wrote this post myself….

  56. People always like paso better than the other Latin dances. It’s all fiery and s&m. And they generally like tango better than the other ballroom standard dances, for the same reason. But it’s shocking to me that paso is the only Latin dance Legacy has had. Really? And no fox trot, no quickstep? Seriously, show? SERIOUSLY???

    I guess they really want Legacy to stick around. After seeing his waltz, I guess they didn’t dare give him anything they knew he would blow at. Try some Russian folk dancing or a nice schottische.

  57. Poor Legacy. Could have drawn Shane Sparks, ended up with NappyTabs. Luck of the draw, I guess.

    If he does make it into the finale, I really hope he actually gets to do a Shane Sparks number. Maybe WITH Russell. That would make my night.

  58. I love Ryan and that was so chivalrous but you are not a lock buddy pimp yourself.

  59. Ryan did a cute move but I still think it would be unfair for the other 3 girls to be eliminated when Ashleigh is not dancing.

  60. For the record, I also thought Legacy’s waltz with Kathryn was lovely. :-)

    But then, complaining about who gets what dance will always turn up unequal. (I mean, heck, was there anything more blatant than Melissa and Ade drawing en pointe ballet?) That’s not even counting the times the dancers luck out with blatantly manipulative dances like the Addiction or Breast Cancer dances.

    The only way to really make it fair, I think, would be to do like American Idol and have theme nights with everyone doing the same style. But then that would probably be remarkably boring. So, it’s a trade off.

    Poor Ryan. He’s probably my second favorite male dancer, but I think he’s got the weakest fanbase right now. But maybe he earned sympathy/chivalry votes with the wife-pimping. :-)

  61. I love Ryan and that was so chivalrous but you are not a lock buddy pimp yourself.

    I think that was probably the point. He’s up against 3 guys who have never been put in the bottom 3 by the voters. Whereas, he’s been in the bottom 3 times. He probably feels like he’s a lock to go HOME this week no matter what, so his fans should spend their efforts trying to save his wife.

  62. Now this is what I call pinch hitting. This assistant girl rocks. Oh yeah, and Russell is OK, too.

  63. Now this is what I call pinch hitting. This assistant girl rocks. Oh yeah, and Russell is OK, too.

    Haha. Yeah, exactly!

    And that “joy” thing Adam just talked about? Yeah, that’s why I love Russell. The same reason I loved watching Jeanine and Janette dance last year.

  64. Yeah, poor Legacy. So far in this competition, he’s danced hip hop with NappyTabs, hip hop with Dave Scott, contemp with Stacey Tookey, Broadway with Andy Blankenbuehler, paso doble with Tony Meredith, Viennese Waltz with Jean-Marc Gnreux, contemp with Garry Stewart, hip hop with Dave Scott, and now contemp with Travis and hip hop with NappyTabs again. I have never heard of any contestant with the same two dances two weeks in a row. I’m sorry, but that’s nonsense. For good or bad, it’s nonsense.

  65. Russel did a very good job with the Bollywood number. Much Better partner for him and it made a difference in the all around presentation.

    With all that said now.

    The Cha Cha was the Number of the Night by a mile

    I think it should be Mollee/Ashleigh and Legacy who goes. Though they are all good. If Ashleigh was not injured I would say Mollee and Legacy for sure. IMHO

  66. Aren’t the phone numbers out of sync for the order they danced. Confused.

    ITA oh wait it is in order of solo’s oops my bad

    Keep Ryan!!!!!!!!

  67. I will repeat the same desire that I’ve had for the last 2 – 3 weeks,

    Please send Legacy and Mollee home. Please!!!!!

  68. Whats with the begging for votes? Came across as a bit desperate.

  69. Wasn’t Nigel speech totally opposite of the one last season. Didn’t he say last year people should be voting for the Better Dancers that personality was fine but they are looking for dancers. (or something like that) Oh wait that is because last season he wanted Evan out and he had all the personality. This year he is saying vote for the personality because he wants Legacy in. At least that is how I am seeing it.

  70. Try some Russian folk dancing or a nice schottische.

    Or how about a Two Step. Not that I’m still bitter about the bus that was totally aiming for Mark on that one.

    No, not bitter at all.

    Oh wait, I stopped watching the show after he and Chelsie were elimated, because the blatant manipulation to have Josh be the winner, sucked. So Nigel seems to want Legacy to be in the final six, but who is the Chosen One this year?

    Oh and about Nigel calling someone sunshine, he called Benji that in S2 during the judging of the first dance of the season, and Benji/Donyelle’s first dance, the fun “Too Much Booty.” Yeah, my memory can get a little crazy sometimes.

  71. Whats with the begging for votes?

    I think they were stretching time – it was weird.

  72. Whats with the begging for votes?

    I’m thinking the judges don’t want another Allison/Will/Janette top 8 “shock” elimination this year.

    Last season, the “special circumstances” of the BCD and two good but not standout routines for Janette were enough to get her eliminated. Well, we’ve got our “special circumstances” now too, and I’m betting Nigel and Co are worried that Jakob especially, but possibly others too, will be assumed safe and therefore not get the votes to stay.

  73. Wasn’t Nigel speech totally opposite of the one last season. Didn’t he say last year people should be voting for the Better Dancers that personality was fine but they are looking for dancers. (or something like that) Oh wait that is because last season he wanted Evan out and he had all the personality. This year he is saying vote for the personality because he wants Legacy in. At least that is how I am seeing it.

    Yep. For whatever reason he wants Legacy in there. Just his usual manipulation.

  74. #

    I think that was probably the point. He’s up against 3 guys who have never been put in the bottom 3 by the voters. Whereas, he’s been in the bottom 3 times. He probably feels like he’s a lock to go HOME this week no matter what, so his fans should spend their efforts trying to save his wife.
    #

    Didn’t think of it that way and you could be right. Unfortunately as I think he is the best partner dancer they have and not bad on the eyes either.

  75. I’d like Mollee to leave. Of the guys, Legacy’s my favorite, but I think they’re all great, so I’ll be happy no matter which three go on.

    Actually, no. I really want Ryan and Ashleigh to move on so I can finally see the two ballroom pros tear it up together. I feel like we’ve been cheated out of Benji-and-Heidi-Black-Mambo awesomeness.

    But I’m really really tired of seeing Cindy Brady trying to be sexy.

  76. Russel was awesome with his solo tonight. Loved the santa suit. LOL

    Injury or no injury, I think Ashleigh may be out tomorrow. I wouldn’t be surprised if Legacy got the boot at this point.

    I definitely want to see Ryan in the finale without question!

  77. butte009
    12/08/2009 at 9:56 pm
    I will repeat the same desire that I’ve had for the last 2 ‘“ 3 weeks,

    Please send Legacy and Mollee home. Please!!!!!

    Yes and Yes

  78. But I’m really really tired of seeing Cindy Brady trying to be sexy.

    ROTFLMAO…..

  79. Unfortunately as I think he is the best partner dancer they have and not bad on the eyes either.

    I agree. On both counts. :)

    I’m really really tired of seeing Cindy Brady trying to be sexy.

    LOL, it’s really icky, isn’t it? I wanted her to go 3 weeks ago. I swear, if she makes the finale, my head just might explode.

    And I too would totally love to see Ryan and Ashleigh do some killer Latin ballroom together in the finale.

    As long as Kathryn and Ellenore make it for the girls, I have no problem whatsoever with Ashleigh potentially knocking Mollee out of a spot. Heh.

  80. If you were still watching FOX they just showed Kris Allen for being on tomorrow’s results show. :)

  81. I think the judges let us know that Legacy should be sent home. I am wondering if Mollee leaves and Ashleigh’s arm is not ready for dancing, would Mollee than be the alternate for her?

    I really want to see Ryan and Jakob in the finals. My favorite dancer is still KATHRYN!!

  82. Gah that nappytabs choreo BLEW CHUNKS. They were going for some quirky deal to compliment Ellenore. But they fucked her over instead.

  83. Jakob really is one of the best dancers I’ve ever seen on the show. It amazes me how his dancing persona can differ so markedly from his everyday, sweet and gentle self. When he dances – it’s with passion, strength and yes, even sex appeal. I find him riveting. Then he speaks to Cat and out comes that shy smile. So self-effacing.

    And wasn’t it lovely of Ryan to remember his wife like that? There was so much love shining out at her from his eyes. I’m voting for both to stay in for the finale (along with my other favorites). Strange to see 6 dancers instead of 4. I wish they hadn’t decided to truncate the show. Guess room had to be made for those holiday specials.

  84. MJ, can we talk about dialidol here? It is making me freak out a bit!

  85. Random thoughts from my random mind tonight.

    That cha cha was smokin’!! I have never been a big Ryan fan, but he was amazing in both dances tonight.

    On the other hand. I loved Russel in the beginning, but not as much lately. What was with that solo? We was my favorite at one time.

    I was starting to get on board with Jakob, but I can’t stand being told that someone is the best over and over again.

    Mollee-Pretty sure there are 100s of girls just like her. Very classroom, dance competition. She should go.

    Katherine was beautiful tonight.

    Any dance involving aliens should be banned from the show.

  86. Gah that nappytabs choreo BLEW CHUNKS. They were going for some quirky deal to compliment Ellenore. But they fucked her over instead.

    Yeah. I’m betting the intent was for the contemporary with Travis to be a gift to Legacy (because of his athleticism, which I appreciate) and the hip hop was meant to be a gift to Ellenore. Yikes. I’ve liked some of NappyTabs stuff (I like lyrical hip hop every now and then but NOT every week), but that routine was shiteous. Even the costumes were awful. WTF was up with those shirts?

    And speaking of costumes – Adam might like the sequins, but I was not digging Ryan’s Disco pants. A little goes a long way, wardrobe. Just sayin’.

  87. mj
    12/08/2009 at 10:19 pm

    Gah that nappytabs choreo BLEW CHUNKS. They were going for some quirky deal to compliment Ellenore. But they fucked her over instead.

    I got the same gut feeling. It is the first routine that she really did not shine in so you know it was the routing and not Ellenore

  88. Russell totally deserves to win based on tonight. He’s had to dance w/o partners 3x. He’s got it all charm, personality, gorgeous smile and most of all he’s an awesome dancer. I think Ryan and Kathryn are going home.

    Wow and they said Adam’s dance moves were violent and sexual.. what about Travis Wall’s Ellenore and what’s his face dance. It was good but what’s with choking with a rag? and oh the irony when Adam says “you murdered it”. imo Jakob and Mollee had the best dance with the Viennese Waltz.

    Holy crap Jason Gilkison is a phenomenal choreographer. WOW!!!

  89. But I’m really really tired of seeing Cindy Brady trying to be sexy.

    Couldn’t have said that better myself. Actually, during her first dance I kept thinking she looked a lot like Shelly Long. But the Cindy Brady reference is great!

  90. I can’t claim credit. I think Michael Slezak made the reference first, complete with clips. The resemblance was uncanny!

  91. ockchick
    12/08/2009 at 10:28 pm

    Russell totally deserves to win based on tonight. He’s had to dance w/o partners 3x. He’s just phenomenal

    While I agree his is great (though I don’t think he should win based on tonight. He has been better) he was suppose to dance one of those dances by himself regardless if Ashleigh had danced tonight or not. :lol:

  92. “While I agree his is great (though I don’t think he should win based on tonight. He has been better) he was suppose to dance one of those dances by himself regardless if Ashleigh had danced tonight or not. ”

    I think by 3X s/he was referring to the first week, when Russell danced with Melanie LaPatin (and Nigel put him in the B3) because Noelle was injured. It blew chunks that they kept her even though she was injured and totally screwed Russell over by having to dance with Melanie AND be in the B3.

  93. I have been voting like crazy for Kathrin, but wonder if I shouldn’t direct some votes towards Ryan? I cannot vicualize a final without Ryan. I also believe that Cha Cha with Kathryn will be in the tour program. It was that wonderful!

    The Legacy/Russell debate continues. To me, it was onvious the judges want Russell. He was even told he would be there. Legacy has had a good run, and I love his B-Boy routines. Russell is fine with me.

  94. I think that Kathryn and Ryan’s cha cha was my favorite dance of the season so far. They were both spot on. They made a really nice couple!! I hope they both go through tomorrow night.

  95. Love, love, LOVE Kathryn. Ellenore, 2nd.

    I like Ashleigh, but I just don’t think it’s fair for someone to go home instead of her this week.

  96. I think by 3X s/he was referring to the first week, when Russell danced with Melanie LaPatin (and Nigel put him in the B3) because Noelle was injured. It blew chunks that they kept her even though she was injured and totally screwed Russell over by having to dance with Melanie AND be in the B3.

    Oops Never mind.

  97. Gah that nappytabs choreo BLEW CHUNKS. They were going for some quirky deal to compliment Ellenore. But they fucked her over instead

    I was thinking the same. All the buzz of the Travis routine evaporated during that NappyTabs number. I wouldn’t be shocked if Ellenore was a surprise elimination tomorrow.

  98. As much as I love this show, I couldn’t care less who wins and that’s so sad to me. Most of these remaining dancers have entertained me greatly at some point (well, except for Legacy – that monkey look just keeps me from enjoying him). And I just don’t see a winner in the bunch. There’s no real stand out like we’ve had in past seasons.

  99. Last week belonged to Sonya, but I think this week belonged to Jason Gilkison. And that’s saying a lot, because I’m another Adam in that the ballrooms are usually my least fave pieces of the season, but I FLOVED the V. Waltz and the Cha Cha. I thought the choreo and the music really sold the mood of each piece, and that he actually got a performance out of Mollee and for once she didn’t look clunky. Kathryn’s been a bit of an ice queen all season for me, stunning to watch but a bit cold. Howerver, she was fire in that cha cha. Ryan was smokin. Oh and Jakob was charming. Outstanding work JG!

    I was kinda surprised that I wasn’t super crazy about Travis’s contemporary. I think it was because Ellenore danced circles around Legacy, who didn’t really flow well for me in between the stunts. My favorite part was actually the little bit where Ellenore was up front almost soloing. I dunno, I enjoyed it, but not as much as I hoped. Still think Travis’s best piece is If It Kills Me, and the best dance of THIS season was Sonya’s Tore My Heart.

    Let’s see….liked the Broadway quite a bit and though it showed off Jakob’s musicality, and Russell was amazing in the hip hop even though the smile occasionally felt out of place. Nappy Tabs..why do they seem to be ripping off their stuff sometimes? Those masks immediately made me think Jabbawockeez. And then there was the group circus-ish piece that looked an awful lot like the circus themed piece Wade did for DWTS’s stars of dance thing a few years ago. I think the only Nappy Tabs that I really enjoyed this season was the cheat by text dance. Maybe they peaked Season 4.

    Solos…all about Jakob and Russell for me this week. (Except, what the hell was Jakob wearing? LMAO) You can just tell these two guys live for dance. Jakob’s solo was so passionately expressive and gorg with that awesome Mario Spinetti music, and Russell’s was fun and joyful and clever. I think those two guys deserve to be final two, even though Jakob and Ellenore are my personal favorites.

  100. rayni, this might be where the personality of the dancers should stand out more than technical skills? I don’t know. But I do know that Seasons 1 & 2 had BOTH personality and great technical skills. This season hasn’t captured that combination yet.

    Maybe there is something outstanding waiting for us in the Finals?

    Hip Hop is exciting at times; not so this season. IMO.

  101. Hip Hop is exciting at times; not so this season. IMO.

    Yeah HH sucked for most of this season and season 5 too and that’s because Shane f**** Sparks isn’t choreographing anymore.
    It was perhaps my favorite moment all season when he said that it was HIP HOP not LYRICAL.

  102. Russel is bad at partnering. This is two different woman that got injured therefore I have to say the lack of experience in partnering that Russel has. If you go back and watch his first few weeks you can clearly see his struggle with lifts and such.

    I hope legacy and Molly goes.

  103. I haven’t watched much this season, (it was too soon after the summer season), but I think Jakob is a wonderful dancer. Even so, I can’t say that any of them are my favorite dancer.

    Something about Ryan seems fake. When he does his solos, it’s almost like some sort of parody of a male ballroom dancer.

  104. Something about Ryan seems fake. When he does his solos, it’s almost like some sort of parody of a male ballroom dancer.

    I really like Ryan and want him in the final but I can understand what you mean. You don’t get it with his partner dancing. I think he is too theatrical with the dance with his solo and he has too much of a presence and it can come across as parody. I think he is just passionate about his dancing. He seem like a really kind, sensitive caring and loving man. He really loves his wife. Again I fully get what you are saying. I still hope he stays. Besides they need a ballroom dancer in the finals for a change.

  105. we now know for a fact that it was season 5 that blew season 6 out of the water.

  106. There’s still one more show to convince us otherwise, stellamarris.

    stelladallas, I also understand what you are saying. He isn’t Dmitry or Pasha, and yet there is a beauty in the way he dances. Not to mention he’s kinda hot. I have wondered whether he would be a good profesional for Dancing With the Stars? Would he be patient?

    I don’t know that anyone else this season would be good for DWTS.

  107. that cha cha was SMOKING. wow, kathryn and ryan were amazing. i ve yet had a moment this season when i tought ryan was spot on…this was his best peformance by a mile. very charming. however, kathryn stole that piece, and probably the show for me tonite. damn, im hitting the gym tomorrow…her legs, her sass, those hips. oh my (serious girl crushin right now). im voting for her and jakob…….they have been my favorites since day 1 and nothing much has changed.

    ellenore is also fantastic, but i wasnt feeling her tonite, not even on her first dance. it was a very “meh” travis wall routine, elements of the dance felt “tired” and overdone. it was very “been there, done that”. however, she is more than deserving of a spot in the finale, if not the top 4 or 2.

    it will be interesting to see what happens w. the girls…i think jakob, russ and legacy are a lock for the finale. shocking boot? maybe legacy, ??? ryan’s attempt at getting his wife votes might actually work in HIS favor…the whole plea came off as very sweet and earnest.

  108. This year he is saying vote for the personality because he wants Legacy in. At least that is how I am seeing it.

    i actually think it was Mollee he was trying to protect….Legacy has yet to hit the bottom, something tells me he already has the votes. They have been pimping her heavily this season without much reason (IMO)…im guessing they need her in the finale for the whole “girl you are a woman” story arc. First she was partnered with Nathan (whom they assumed was the spot on favorite), then Russ, now Jakob? come on.

  109. Ryan and Kathryn’s cha cha was unbelievably hot!! Loved it!!! I was actually clapping at the end of the performance!

  110. There were some very awesome dances tonight. I loved the V Waltz. It was so smooth and beautiful. I also like the Legacy/Ellenore 1st dance but it was SO tailored to Legacy. I don’t usually like Mollee but she shined with Jakob in the Waltz. Poor Russell, he first learned the dances with Ashleigh, then danced them with two other gals. He danced with 3 different ladies in such a small amount of time. He really showed some resolve tonight. His smile is infectous.
    Now, for the poster saying everyone likes the Paso more than the Samba……….nope, of all ballroom dances, I dislike the Paso the most.

    Also, one poster believes the African dance is a crowed pleaser…..well, nope again. I never like those along with the Russian dance and most of the Bollywood dances.

    So we really all don’t prefer the same things. Like most posters here love Ellenore but I don’t. Her solos all look the same. I like quirky but it seems like it is all she can do in her solos and I would like to see something different.

    I though Russell was better than the assistant on the Hip Hop!

    And Kathryn is getting it all together at the right time.

    Funny, I like all the guys. Jakob is the technician, Russell is the bubbly, Ryan is the muscle, and Legacy is energizer bunny.

    As for the girls…….I think Kathryn is the one to watch right now. JMHO.

  111. Russell totally deserves to win based on tonight. He’s had to dance w/o partners 3x.

    IMHO this is not a good enough reason for Russell to advance. His lack of partnering skills could have caused the injuries.

  112. I though Russell was better than the assistant on the Hip Hop!

    That assistant was ridiculously bad, where does Shane find these? Of course Russell was pure awesomeness in this number and there was a lot of side by side, so I just ignored her.

  113. I am smitten with Russel.!! He radiates charismatic joyful humility….yet
    he has a calm determined confidence. Hows that for OTT Hyperbole?
    Hee! He can win by the sure power of his being!!!!!!
    Jacob is “the Dancer”, and he also has his share of charisma, and acting
    ability. He probably deserves to be Americas top dancer, this is not
    strictly a dancing contest, and we will all get to vote for our FAVORITES.
    As a armchair critic I could not say for sure who the best female dancer is,
    but I really like both Kathryn and Ellenore.
    So, I’ll be happy with those 4 battling it out for top spot!!!

  114. Wow. I thought Russell’s solo was the worst solo in the history of this show. No real dancing or krumping and just a gimmiky santa suit. He is so awful in the pairing I think he should go home. It will probably be Ryan though.

    I would have sent Mollee home weeks ago and would send her home again tonight, but Kathryn (who?) will most likely go home instead. Mollee was very lucky to have Jakob as a partner.

    I really think that Ryan is one of the best ballroom dancers they have had and he holds his own in the other genres. That disco was great, mainly because of Ryan. The cha cha survived because Ryan was able to cover up most (unfortunately not all) of Kathryn’s flubs.

  115. He probably feels like he’s a lock to go HOME this week no matter what, so his fans should spend their efforts trying to save his wife.

    This might be surprising, because I’m always so cynical, but…. I think it’s kind of sweet that he’s willing to sacrifice himself for his wife.

    And, Ryan is most likely going home, which I won’t enjoy watching. Not just because of the hotness, but because he’s been such a fabulous partner for all of the girls he’s danced with. He’s strong and dependable, and his arms are always exactly where they’re supposed to be. Now I’m babbling, I just think Ryan’s one of the best partners they’ve ever had. If DWTS is looking for a new guy, I’d totally put him on the list.

    I see no reason at this point to keep Mollee, but I understand if America fails to vote for someone who didn’t dance. I know I wouldn’t. It’s a shame too. I would have liked to see Ashleigh dance both of those dances last night. I think she’s done really well adapting to the different styles, and I really grew to like her more each week.

    At this point, I’d only be really disappointed to see Russell and Ellenore go. Not quite as rage-filled as I was last season when we lost Janette, but still disappointed. I think 7 of these 8 dancers are very talented and each has their appeal. So, I really won’t be all that surprised by almost any outcome tonight.

  116. I can’t claim credit. I think Michael Slezak made the reference first, complete with clips. The resemblance was uncanny!

    Yep, Realite special. (Actually, I think it was originally Jessica Shaw, but whatevs)

    In any event, I thought Kathryn was fantastic last night, though I’m admittedly a fan. She deserves to go through, and I think on the strength of the cha cha she will. A little more concerned about Ellenore, because she deserves to go through as well, but that last hip hop routine was the worst of the night, probably (though I think moreso by comparison. This was a really, really good night).

    Mollee deserves to go. I think she’s outclassed by the other dancers. But it is weird to put through someone who didn’t, you know, actually dance that night, even if it as for reasons out of her control. So the whole situation actually makes me feel a little… unsure.

    As to the guys… I thought Jakob deserved to go through, but I don’t think he particularly shone through. I’m more a fan of Jakob than Mollee, and yet I really remembered more of Mollee in the routines tonight. But I think basic fanbase action will put him through. I’m kind of hoping the same for Legacy, who I think is a strong dancer and performer. He might not, though, based on that last hip-hop. Bah.

    Ideally, I’d want Russell to go home, who I think is somewhat overrated, not so much as a technician but as a performer. (That solo? Ugh. I prefer my solos without that level of gimmick. But, for that matter, neither did Legacy’s) But that’s not going to happen, I guess. So I guess that leaves me with Ryan, who I do like and think is a competent dancer. But he doesn’t excite me like the other two aforementioned people, so he feels a little disposable to me. He might get through on the strength of that cha cha, though, which took the night.

  117. I really, really want Ellenore, Kathryn, Jakob and Russell to advance.

    Me too — but I fell asleep before I could vote! I will be devastated if any of them goes, but I’m OTT crazy about Jakob and will cry if he gets the boot. He is so good and makes it all look so easy. I wasn’t feeling Travis’s routine tonight, although I get that it was very cool. Too gimmicky for me. And I feel bad for Ashleigh, but dems da breaks. As much as I’d love to see her and Ryan dance together, it seems like it would be really unfair for her to progress past one of the other three women, especially Kathryn and Ellenore. And Mollee (as much as I don’t care for her) really did bring it last night. Has anybody paired with Jakob looked bad? I think not.

  118. I voted a TON for Ellenore, Russell, & Jakob last night. I was going to vote some for Ryan too, but I fell asleep. Heh. Anyway, I was worried especially about Ellenore & Jakob, so I concentrated most of my efforts on them, which was partially helped by the fact that I just couldn’t get thru for Russell – maybe got thru about 1 in 20 calls. It was CRAZY busy for him. But I got thru every time for Ellenore & Jakob. So I voted at least 250 times for each of them (just warming up for AI, I guess. Heh.). I do NOT want another Janette situation this year. I wouldn’t be happy about that.

    It’s interesting that Ellenore also injured her shoulder this week & didn’t dance at all on Sunday to rest it (but danced on Monday for the taping, obviously), but they never mentioned that. Both Travis & NappyTabs were tweeting like crazy about her being hurt. And even posted pics of her with her arm in a sling. But zip was said about it. Maybe I should go take a seat on the knoll. LOL.

  119. It’s interesting that Ellenore also injured her shoulder this week & didn’t dance at all on Sunday to rest it (but danced on Monday for the taping, obviously), but they never mentioned that. Both Travis & NappyTabs were tweeting like crazy about her being hurt. And even posted pics of her with her arm in a sling. But zip was said about it. Maybe I should go take a seat on the knoll. LOL.

    I think the timing was different, wasn’t it? Ellenore injured her shoulder a lot earlier than Ashleigh did, which would just be different in terms of quality. Plus, it did seem like Ashleigh was going to try and dance if she could, and maybe there would be a more valid comparison if she had been cleared by the doctor to dance. As is, it’s not much of a comparison at all… or am I just reading into this too much? A mention might have been nice, but who knows (and maybe Ellenore herself didn’t want it mentioned when she could, in fact, dance)?

  120. This might be surprising, because I’m always so cynical, but’ ¦. I think it’s kind of sweet that he’s willing to sacrifice himself for his wife.

    The problem is that he didn’t sacrifice himself, it’s not him who is going to go if Ashleigh stays, it’s one of the girls.
    We will see how it goes but I have a bad feeling about this.

  121. It’s interesting that Ellenore also injured her shoulder this week & didn’t dance at all on Sunday to rest it (but danced on Monday for the taping, obviously), but they never mentioned that. Both Travis & NappyTabs were tweeting like crazy about her being hurt. And even posted pics of her with her arm in a sling. But zip was said about it. Maybe I should go take a seat on the knoll. LOL.

    I didn’t get the impression that Ashleigh really WANTED to say something about it. She has to follow the doctor’s orders. Thus, an explanation had to be given as to why she wasn’t dancing. Also, it didn’t appear that Ellenore’s shoulder injury hampered her at all – she performed fantastic.

    I kind of think the guy going home will be Legacy, actually. I don’t think he had any standout performances last night. I was watching Ellenore during the Travis Wall piece, not Legacy. Plus, he and Russell are in similar genres and Russell is a heck of a lot better at it than Legacy.

    As for the girls, it’s pretty obvious that Mollee is the weakest – both in dance skill and in personality, but I think that Ashleigh’s unfortunate circumstances will send her home.

    If DWTS is looking for a new guy, I’d totally put him on the list.

    That would make me beyond happy.

  122. The problem is that he didn’t sacrifice himself, it’s not him who is going to go if Ashleigh stays, it’s one of the girls.

    That isn’t how I meant it. What I meant was that he sacrificed his time to pimp himself with Kat to pimp his wife’s phone number instead.

  123. we now know for a fact that it was season 5 that blew season 6 out of the water.

    Awww, I like this season better. Mostly because of the cast, though. I’ve never so often wished that Nigel would shut his piehole.

  124. That would make me beyond happy.

    Yeah – if they did that, and stopped having Osmonds on, I might start watching again. Between the Osmonds and the Houghs, that show is like my own personal nightmare.

  125. Between the Osmonds and the Houghs, that show is like my own personal nightmare.

    I could have written that sentence. The teeth, man, THE TEETH. LOLLOL

  126. They all were my favorites, tonite is gonna be tough, and I have no idea who is going home or who is gonna win. My guess on going home is Molleeee, and for the guys is Russell, who I love, please not Ryan, he has been so good as a partner, and deserves to stay. Jakob has been kinda under the radar, because he is so good. Legacy is good at what he does, but really not so good at ballroom. From their filler speeches last nite, it is all about who is your personal favorite dancer, not the best dancer. That all comes down to me saying pick the one who has the best personality??? IDK.

  127. I could have written that sentence. The teeth, man, THE TEETH. LOLLOL

    LOL sunchick. It’s like they’re all made out of plastic and they have no souls. And yes, the big plastic teeth are positively frightening.

  128. MJ, your top 4 are the same as mine, as long as Jakob (my fav), Russell, Ellenore, and Kathryn make it, I’m good. I do, however, think that Legacy has a huge fan base, so he is also probably safe.

    However, I was NOT a fan of keeping Ashleigh in the competition. I feel bad for her, but it seems like a gimmick to keep her in – Nigel clearly wants the suspense in the women’s competition, plus the possibility of some controversy if Ashleigh makes it through. And I HATED Ryan’s crying over her – sorry, maybe I’m too callous, but imo the two of them are the weakest and should go home anyways, regardless of the injury. If this kind of manipulation gets both of them through, at the expense of a better dancer, I will be upset.

    Loved the Travis routine – high energy, dynamic, though Travis tends to put just a little too much business in his routines, a table, chairs, napkins, etc. Sometimes less is more, and I think he should try to go more simplistic the next time. I also loved the waltz and cha-cha. Though Ryan can never completely sell a dance for me – his personality is just never really 100% committed to it, imo. You can see it on his face (particularly during the disco).

  129. Last week belonged to Sonya, but I think this week belonged to Jason Gilkison.

    ITA – I’ve always enjoyed his choreography – he is a great one for them to add to their rotation :-)

  130. sunchick, I think you must be that long lost little sister my mom always told me was stolen from the hospital, LOL.

  131. Something about Ryan seems fake.

    It’s his eyebrows! (But I do hope he makes it to the finals; I think he’s earned it.)

  132. “”This might be surprising, because I’m always so cynical, but’ ¦. I think it’s kind of sweet that he’s willing to sacrifice himself for his wife.

    And, Ryan is most likely going home, which I won’t enjoy watching. Not just because of the hotness, but because he’s been such a fabulous partner for all of the girls he’s danced with. He’s strong and dependable, and his arms are always exactly where they’re supposed to be. Now I’m babbling, I just think Ryan’s one of the best partners “””

    Spence!! I agree with you but I am a sucker for a love story and I just love his smile, he seems genuine and in love and that is sweet – the fact that he dances really well only adds to that.

    and I would really hope that Ellenore and Jakob are still there!!!!

  133. I actually really like this bunch this season. I think Mollee is my least favorite girl (least favorite overall, actually)… and I like all the guys, heh. I am very attached to Russell and his huge, happy grin, though… so I’d like to keep him, please. I love Jakob, too. Eh, I love ’em all. Probably if I had to pick one boy to lose it would be… Legacy? Aw, I don’t want him to go either…

  134. For some reason I was totally underwhelmed by last night’s show. I don’t know what it was. I love Travis and his choreography to bits, and last night’s number was good, certainly, but it didn’t give me chills like all of his other numbers have. In fact, I got no chills at all last night.

    That said, the numbers that stood out for me were Ryan and Kathryn’s cha cha cha, and I really enjoyed both of Russell’s numbers as well. Jakob is my favorite, so he could just stand there and I would love it. He did wonderfully in the Broadway, but I didn’t think Mollee came up to his level performance-wise. Her dancing was fine, though.

    Also, I have been really enjoying Legacy’s growth and his performances the entire season, but he gets NO love from me when it comes to his solos. It’s all tricks with some shuffling around in between. Seriously, I think back to other B Boys like Hawk, Dominic and Gev (they were all B-Boys, right?), and Legacy can’t even begin to hold a candle to those guys.

    Okay, last little rant (for now). The truth is, I like Ellinore’s quirky style, but I though her solo was a WASTE of a James Brown song last night. When I heard that music, I wanted something DOWN and FUNKY, and all she did was her same quirky moves that to me did not go with the music at all. Not in the slightest.

    I suspect that enough of Ashleigh’s fans called in to save her (myself included), and I believe Ashleigh and Ellinore will end up in the finals. For the guys, I’m calling it for Jakob (I knew this from Day 1, though, like most people) and Russell.

  135. Now we know what happened to Ashleigh during Russell’s and her practice Bollywood routine, OUCH! It was so sweet when Ryan pleaded that the voters call in for Ash. He would prefer that it is she that makes it to the final 4 instead of himself.

    Kathryn was amazing during the Cha-cha and Disco routine. Russell was funny, raw, silly and terrific during his Krump solo routine. I also enjoyed his Bollywood routine.

    Dial Idol has their predictions:

    Guys – Russell in first place with 19.403 points, Jakob in second place with 5.31 points, Legacy in third place with 3.985 points, and Ryan in fourth place with 1.715 points.

    Gals – Ashleigh in first place with 8.533 points, Kathryn in second place with 5.212, Mollee (ugh) in third place with 1.962 points, and Ellenore in fourth place (aw!!) with 1.046 points.

    Well, if DI predictions are correct, the final 4 will be and most deserving, IMO, Russell, Ashleigh, Jakob, and Kathryn. As long as ‘Pollyanna’ Mollee ‘Brady’ is not in the final 4, I’m hunky dorreeeeeeee.

  136. Can someone clarify if next week is the finals, or if next week is Top 6? I missed the beginning of the show, and all of the video packages were about getting to the finals…which confuses me. Are the finals suddenly next week?? What happened to Top 6 and THEN Final 4?

  137. Is Dial Idol still considered valid? Ashleigh beat all the other women? I’m more than a tad skeptical, given that she didn’t even perform!

  138. Gals ‘“ Ashleigh in first place with 8.533 points, Kathryn in second place with 5.212, Mollee (ugh) in third place with 1.962 points, and Ellenore in fourth place (aw!!) with 1.046 points.

    Oh, my lord. … I doubt that this will pan out in the end, given DialIdol’s issues. But what a weird bunch of voters this is …. I do like Ashleigh but she didn’t, you know, *dance* last night. And Ellenore on the bottom! Not!

  139. Can someone clarify if next week is the finals, or if next week is Top 6? I missed the beginning of the show, and all of the video packages were about getting to the finals’ ¦which confuses me. Are the finals suddenly next week?? What happened to Top 6 and THEN Final 4?

    I’m confused, too! There will be 6 dancers after 2 get eliminated this week. This isn’t how the finale was done in the past, is it? I thought I remembered having only 4 dancers in the finale. 6 is too many! How would that work?

  140. I’m confused, too! There will be 6 dancers after 2 get eliminated this week. This isn’t how the finale was done in the past, is it? I thought I remembered having only 4 dancers in the finale. 6 is too many! How would that work?

    MJ talked about this the other day. Yes, this season’s finale is 6 dancers instead of 4. So next week is indeed the finale. I don’t completely remember – but I believe the change has to do with fitting the show into the Fall season (they couldn’t do the same amount of weeks they do in the summer).

  141. MJ talked about this the other day. Yes, this season’s finale is 6 dancers instead of 4. So next week is indeed the finale. I don’t completely remember ‘“ but I believe the change has to do with fitting the show into the Fall season (they couldn’t do the same amount of weeks they do in the summer).

    Yep. Next week is the finale, with six dancers, due to fitting the show into the fall season.

  142. Oh, my lord. ‘ ¦ I doubt that this will pan out in the end, given DialIdol’s issues. But what a weird bunch of voters this is ‘ ¦. I do like Ashleigh but she didn’t, you know, *dance* last night. And Ellenore on the bottom! Not!

    Well as I mentioned it’s a Prediction. Ashleight deserves to be in the finals, she has danced incredibly well the entire season, it would be completely unfair and insulting if the producers did not include her and provide the voters with a number to call in. Gee!

    Ellenore, I love her as well but as I mentioned DI are stating Predictions. *rolls eyes*

  143. As I mentioned, the numbers are only PREDICTIONS. As for Ashleigh, she has every right to have her name included for a possibility to be considered for the final 4. She is an incredibly gifted dancer. It would be completely unfair if the producers did not provide a number so that voters can call in for her. I’m certain her fans would agree. As for Ellenore, I also like her and she is a gifted dancer as well. The numbers are only PREDICTIONS. Gee.

  144. Apologies MJ, I mistakenly wrote my comment twice because the first comment did not appear until 5 minutes ago (on my end).

  145. MJ – Yahoo is being trollish again, and pulled the videos. Any chance you could repost them?

  146. I rewatched the show again, and Ryan was the best male dancer of the night. I know he won’t win, but it would be nice for a change to see a ballroom dancer win. No offense, but Russell is not a good partner. I know he is well liked and could possibly win this.

    Jakob is a beautiful dancer; probably one of the best the show has had. But throwing in that personality thing. I don’t know.

    Kathryn has been my favorite dancer since we first saw her. Ellenore should be right in there with her.

    After tonight, I know my second place status in the Office Pool will go poof. I split my votes between Mollee and Ashleigh; either one could go home!

  147. Is it possible that Mollee will be the one sent home, but then Ashleigh cannot perform, so then Mollee is in the TOP 6?

  148. I am ok with the results though sad about Mollee and Legacy but we cannot have them all. I am excited to see Ryan dance with Ashleigh and then Ash with Jakob again, they were the best pair I thought? I am glad to see this year that one of the best technicians, Jakob, also has a wonderful personality to match!!! this show flew by and I still dont have a fav so I will be happy with any of these 6 winning

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