Yeah she is. Not that she can’t choreograph great pieces – she can. But sometimes, she’s just way off. Banoodles, if you will. Let’s take this evening’s performances and as the critiques go by, perhaps some light will be shed.
1 ~ Chelsea & Thayne: Jazz. Terrible. Start to finish, there was no charisma. Also, there really didn’t seem to be much story in the choreography, when considering that there seemed to be an actual story that was supposed to get across. Maybe it’s the way they danced it, but I just didn’t get it. On this, Mia and I agreed.
2 ~ Chelsie & Mark: Argentine Tango. Nice. Apparently, Chelsie had an errant toe issue which was … odd and disturbing. Mia loves Mark cuz he’s quirky. Ok, Mia. We know you like quirky. Ok. I liked this more than I usually like tango, but all-in-all tango doesn’t really resonate with me.
3 ~ Jessica & Will: Hip-Hop. Well done. I like this routine a lot. And I loved Will, as I thought he might have more of a problem relaxing, but he really didn’t. Jessica did just fine, IMO. She was not the star Will was, but still good.
***************Mia now begins to start to pose, which she continues to do for the rest of the show. Intentionally calling attention to how “dirty”, “down”, “grungy”, “raw”, traditionally brown-people dances supposedly are. This is one of those subtle things that some might sling the word ‘over-sensitive’ at me over. I do not care.***************
4 ~ Kourtni & Matt: Fox Trot. Loved this. I thought they did well, and the judges are still hating on them cuz they’re so tall. But they weren’t nearly as clunky and awkward as they were last week.
5 ~ Courtney & Gev: Contemporary. Sexxxay. Beautiful. When Courtney just closed her eyes and swayed into Gev – that’s when I officially fell in love with the piece. The ending was a lil strange, but still ok.
***************It’s become a thing now for the choreographer judge to always acknowledge another choreographer’s work. To where it doesn’t really seem genuine. Mia’s quite good at not seeming genuine tonight.***************
6 ~ Katee & Joshua: Broadway. Once again, best of the night. Katee stepped up this week, cuz I didn’t think she was as super as Joshua last week, This week? Both of them were AWESOME!!!! The piece fit the song like a hand-in-glove. It was exciting, hilarious, and riveting. I loved every moment..
7 ~ Susie & Marquis: Salsa. (full disclosure – I’ve hated Susie from the time I saw her audition. I don’t feel like she should have gotten to Vegas, much less top 20) The two of them were pretty awful. I wish I hadn’t watched it – that’s how bad it was.
***************Mia now invokes the fact that she’s from Miami, so she understands the salsa.***************
8 ~ Kherington & Twitch: Viennese Waltz. The choreography is very personal and beautiful. The dancers performed it miraculously beautiful and the whole piece was very touching. However, Mia arrived just in time to remind us that this was actually about her. She knows what it’s like to put so much of the personal into a piece. And she didn’t think that Kherington should have been smiling [not that anyone watching at home could tell, the cameras didn’t focus on her face much]. That’s right, this piece was for not about a disabled child. How dare she smile! Thankfully, Nigel interrupted. Mia sort of had to eat her words, but it took her so long to do it! She could NOT shut up. Which seemed quite reminiscent of the sitch with Katee in the choosing of the final girl in the top 20. Hypocrite much?
9 ~ Comfort & Chris: Krump. This was SO not buck. Actually, I thought the choreography was really lacking on this one. Mia’s obligatory shout out to the “raw”ness of Lil C was unnecessary. There was nothing really raw about this piece. They actually didn’t DO very much. There wasn’t anything for them really TO do, as Lil C either dropped the ball or put the ball away cuz it was too much for Chris to handle. That may very well have been it, cuz Chris was not fly. [for any color guy]. Comfort did what she could, and she nailed some moves, but for the most part, all they were doing was walking around the stage. on beat.
But Mia thinks Chris did well for being such an awkwardly white guy. Glad he’s got at least 1 fan.
And so it is for all these reasons, that I qualify my previous announcement. Mia Michaels is a choreography genius. Otherwise, she’s an idiot, commenting on people she either likes or dislikes.
I’d love Will and Joshua in the final 4, this year. Twitch is still grabbing at my heartstrings, though. His work in the waltz tonight was amazing. That’s a good one to fall asleep on…………………..