Well, that was hands down the best episode ever. There were only a few disappointing routines, and a couple of times I said to myself "that was the dance of the night," only to say it again a few dances later.
The best two of the night were the Rumba with Sabra and Dominic (damn! Now that was a Rumba!), and the jazz piece by Wade Robson with Hok and whatsername (oops
), which was simply breathtaking! I had goosepimples watching that piece, had to rewind twice and watch it again, and still recorded it to my DVD Recorder.
Jessi's replacement was great, and Pasha was fantastic. If you didn't know, you couldn't tell that they got word to dance together just hours earlier. I'm extremely impressed with Pasha's professionalism. Dancing the same routine with a new partner is no joke
: there are intricate rhythms to work out, leg and arm span lengths that you have to adjust to, a different center of balance, and just so much to adjust to. They both did a great job.
Mia did choreograph the dance for Cedric's benefit, but He couldn't overcome his lack of training.
Cedric does need to go, but I'm so happy that he took their criticism and encouragement in the spirit it was meant, and didn't get defensive. When he said to take lessons and keep learning, I gained respect for him. And when Debbie Allen invited him to her school, and then Nigel pushed for her to offer a scholarship, I applauded. That's just what he needs: to take real classes and expand his knowledge, because he has so much potential.
But the two dances that I'll watch over and over again were the Rumba and the Jazz piece. That Rumba had such beautiful lines and rhythm and sensuality.
This season has the most talented group of all three. It's great to watch. After the next couple of weeks (when they should get rid of the pretty good dancers), it'll be an all-out battle!