So You Think You Can Dance and now there were twelve
Tonight’s episode started out well there was a high energy hip hop group number choreographed by Juliette Verne , Natalie Bassingthwaite came out shimmering dumping the Terri Irwin look, but now channelling Sandy in Grease as played by Olivia Newton-John, and she controlled her eyes movements during her opening gambit. Fabulous Nat was looking good and sounding good.
Then we had the disastrous opening repartee with the three judges, which culminated in her saying about Jason “We are not dating”. That gets the stating the obvious award of the month.
Speaking of Jason why was he dressed up as a silver christmas cracker complete with red and green decorations on it? It was just far to shiny.
It was time to find out who was bottom three.
First up on stage were Camilla and Sermsah, and Demi and Jack. No surprise that the couple that I had not predicted in the bottom three were actually in the bottom three. Camilla and Sermsah were going to have to dance for their lives.
Next up was the Rhys and Jemma, and Vanessa and Henry. Rhys had decided to turn himself into a Salvador Dali painting by having read paint looking like blood running down his head complete with razor blade earring.
Or maybe he was subtly advertising the Van Gogh drama Yellow House to be shown on ABC2 next Sunday night, which the SMH TV Guide rates as it show of the week.
Henry was not looking as hunky as last night as unfortunately the demanding lifestyle has made him develop a cold sore.
After some bewilderment on why either of these couples would be bottom two it was revealed they were both safe for another week.
The last three on stage were Laura and Anthony, JD and Rhiannon, and Graeme and Kate.
Graeme and Kate after their very good contemporary number were told they were safe. At this point I was happy as this week for the first time I had managed to predict two of the bottom three.
Judges looked like they had already decided who was to go, Jason was smirking and congratulated Australia on getting it right this week. Matt Lee was pretty happy as well.
Natalie just about confirmed the judges knew who was going home when she said “I think their (the dancers) ready to come out and show us what they’ve got anyway”
Camilla’s solo was lots of twirls and kicks but not much else.
Sermsah’s solo I really enjoyed the indigenous mixed with the contemporary.
Laura’s solo was stronger but her feet were all over the place.
Anthony’s solo was his usual flips and jumps however this week he did connect the tricks with some dancing.
Rhiannon’s solo was ok a lot of thrusting and running around on stage, I didn’t think it shows how versatile she is, and last JD who did his usual languid hip hop.
Finally it was time to reveal who was going home.
First up were the girls.
Jason tried to keep the suspense but it did not take any clairvoyant skills to work out who would be going.
Camilla was told her solo was not great and that was taken into account tonight, Laura was told her technique was the weakest, and Rhiannon was told she over danced her solo however it was still strong.
Even before Jason had said her name the camera panned in on Laura, and it was announced her journey was over.
After Laura gave a speech that was longer then one at the Oscars, I kept on expecting music come in, it was time to find out which of the boys was to go.
Jason slammed all three solos, for Sermsah and Anthony it was the same moves they had seen in the auditions, and for JD it was because his dancing does not read well through the camera. He needs to pick up his energy.
At this point I am thinking come on Jason just put JD out of his misery, but oh no in a shock move Sermsah was the one to be told he was going home.
JD has not three not so great routines in a row, and he gets to stay???? Is it because he is the only hip hop person left? Or are they wanting to ensure Camilla gets a good shot at the title, and got rid of her weaker dance partner? Or would the short Rhiannon with the very tall Anthony been just unworkable.
Whatever the reason I thought the decision was exceptionally ordinary.
Also ordinary was Natalie’s patronising speech about Sermsah at the end about what a difficult journey it had been for him, I was squirming in my seat.
Sermsah was an amazing original dancer, who was not technically perfect but he certainly had better screen presence, looks and personality then JD.
The new pairing will be Camilla, and Anthony.