I turn on the television and see last week's episode on the screen. I'm later informed by Carla Correa that the first hour of the show is last week's results show. The second of the hour of is new. Thank goodness!
The newest episode starts with the return of judge Adam Shankman. (He's back from all his success directing Hairspray and Step Up 2 the Streets.)
Host Cat Deeley gets right down to business. Courtney and Mark are the first couple up. They dance a Viennese waltz choreographed by Jason Gilkison to "The Time of My Life" by David Cook. They appear to move really well together. He lifts her with ease to the pleasure of the audience. The routine ends in a tender embrace.
Adam says the top six are so strong. He says that the routine was good. He says Mark's rise and fall was the best any guy has done during the season. "Overall, it was an absolutely beautiful performance, and America is going to absolutely love it." Judge Mary Murphy says the lifts were effortless. "Mark, I fell like you really are growing week after week," she says. "This number did it for me this week." Judge Nigel Lythgoe says the routine was romantic. "You've started the evening really well," he says. "Congratulations."
Chelsie is the first solo of the evening. She dances to "When I Grow Up" by the Pussycat Dolls. She throws in a series of spins and ends with a split to the ground. This is a much better solo for her.
Katee and Joshua are reunited with a contemporary piece choreographed by Tyce Diorio. They dance to "All By Myself" by Celine Dion (such a beautiful song). The stage is lit blue. Joshua does a huge leap over Katee. Then he picks her up with ease for a pretty lift. It is followed by him catching her in the air at the top of her leap. The rest of the routine is spectacular. When Celine hits her high notes, the two seem to go into overdrive. They are powerful, they are graceful, they are so good!
Adam gives a shout-out to Paula Abdul, who is in the audience. (She doesn't look drunk tonight. Who knew?) Adam then says Katee and Joshua are among the most exciting couples to grace the stage. He calls the pair and Diorio "The Holly Trinity of So You Think You Can Dance." He tells them that their routine was "awesome." Mary is gushing over the routine. "This was so filled with passion, strength, the leaps, that leap catch," she says. She predicts that both will end up in the finale. The three judges then give them a standing ovation. Nigel then gives choreographer Gillien Lynne a shout-out. He says Joshua is absolutely brilliant. "We don't expect it from you," he says. Nigel also praises Katee.
Chelsie and Twitch are next with a mambo choreographed by Tony Meredith and Melanie LaPatin. They dance to "Ahora Me Toca a Mi" by Victor Manuelle. Chelsie, as expected, is so strong. Her feet move so fast, it's almost as if she's moving in fast-forward mode. Twitch does a pretty good job keeping up with her.