I'm really liking this routine -- it's graceful and powerful and just a touch weird. Ah, it was choreographed by Dwight (Rhoden) & Desmond (Richardson). I've loved every routine they've ever given this show.
Cat remarks that Eliana's skirt could be a deadly weapon. Cat adds that it looked like a "tough routine" and Nigel confirms it. There's brief commentary from Nigel and Mary, with none from Zooey.
Abigail, Caitlyn, Katie, and Rebecca are all dismissed. Apologies if I spelled the names wrong; without on-screen graphics, I'm not even attempting surnames.
Next up is bellydancer Janelle Issis. And she's the first belly dancer ever to make the Top 20.
So now the three will be dancing together in a routine choreographed by Sonya Tayeh. Except Janelle was sick during rehearsal and has to sit out tonight's performance.
It's a typical Sonya routine -- twisty, bendy. I spend most of the routine trying to figure out what bits got changed to go from three dancers to two.
Cat says next to Audrey and Tiffany, she's the "BFG" -- "Big Friendly Giant." Zooey tells them they were "amazing" and calls Tiffany "strong" and Audrey "graceful." Nigel thinks they look like two Pebbles from the Flintstones.
They show us the clip of Joshua Alexander landing on his head again and it made me gasp all over again. He comes out in front of the judges and Nigel says, "Let's see you do a backflip for us again." Mean, Nigel! But Josh takes it in good fun. He's told he won't be making the Top 20 this year but they strongly encourage him to come back next season.
Blake, Jasmine, and Daniel are also quickly dismissed.
Up next is Matthew Kazmierczak, the kinda sorta Ryan Gosling looking guy. He's in the Top 20. Next is Dareian Kujawa, he of the bad feet. He's in.
Janaya French is crying in her interview -- she and Nick should bond. Without finding out her fate just yet, we're reminded of flapperish Amelia Lowe and Jill Johnson. They've done the math and realize there are two spots left for three women.
When Janaya comes back in ecstatic, we know Amelia and Jill are fighting for the last spot. After Tyce says the judges are looking for "star quality" it's a shoo-in that Amelia gets the last spot.
Janaya, Matthew, Dareian, and Amelia dance a contemporary routine choreographed by Stacey Tookey. I'm a little nervous for Amelia after this routine; compared to Janaya on the same stage it was no contest.
Zooey says stuff. It doesn't matter. Mary points out that Dareian is the shortest male competitor, but his partnering skills are nevertheless strong.
There are three spots left for male dancers and seven men still in the stew room. Cole Horibe, with his martial arts inspired dance, is in the Top 20. Tappers Aaron and Zach are out.
Steppers Devon McColluch and Brandon Mitchell are sent out to the judges together. Debbie says only one is going into the Top 20 -- it's not Devon, so it's Brandon.
Felicano Turk and Cyrus Spencer are the two men left for the final spot. Now, I don't remember Feliciano at all and we've seen A LOT of Cyrus, so safe money is Cyrus is in the Top 20.
Lil C takes the long way 'round to not tell us which one is in the Top 20. And, unsurprisingly, Cyrus is in the Top 20.
So Cole, Cyrus, and Brandon are doing a Christopher Scott hip hop routine. It's a baseball themed routine and each dancer gets a PA announcer intro, each showcasing his own style - which is really cool and a benefit for these dancers.