Motown was in the spotlight on last night's show, with "thrilling comebacks" and "disappointing setbacks." Tom says "Our stars know there's 'nowhere to hide.'" We start with a Motown Medley from Harold Wheeler, the DWTS singers and the pro troupe. The most interesting part is the end when Tom tells us that was choreographed by Louis Van Amstel. Go Louis!
Footage from last night: William says something before going on stage that requires bleeping and blurring. After their judging, he has to ask what Len meant by "raunchy." We see in slow-mo of Derek and Maria that she didn't slip on her dress so much as misstep. They show Jaleel doing the split again and it's still kinda great. Jaleel says they were like "Bacon on the fryer." Maks tells Melissa that Smokey's the background and she's the show. Right as they finish their routine, they say they love each other. Weird, but good, I guess. So, which of these couples are safe ... find out after commercial.
Results: Jaleel & Kym: SAFE. They're delighted. Maria & Derek: IN JEOPARDY (they don't look surprised). William & Cheryl: SAFE. Melissa & Maks: IN JEOPARDY.
Now we meet Michaela DePrince, who was born in Sierra Leone in West Africa. Her mother starved to death, because her father was shot while out trading. Her uncle took her to an orphanage, and because of a skin condition that causes her to lose pigmentation, she was called "The Devil's Child" and was the least favorite. But nearly 13 years ago, Elaine DePrince and her husband Charles adopted two children from the orphanage. She was very sick with mono and hepatitis, but she recovered and is a healthy, successful ballerina now. And she's dancing to "Wild Horses" as sung by Natasha Bedingfield. But it's not the Rolling Stones' "Wild Horses" so I'm completely unfamiliar with it. Michaela's dancing with a partner that hasn't been identified yet. Aha! After the dance he's revealed to be Adechike Torbert, a "So You Think You Can Dance" alum.
Montage about the pressure of the season halfway through. People hurt. It's hard. They're tired. Nothing new to report. Oooh, we find out next week is "Classical Night." And now it's time for a Macy's Stars of Dance performance choreographed by Travis Wall. It's a classical version of a pop song that I can almost figure out. Oh, wow, one of the dances is doing wire work, to enhance the feel of wind and breeze that's been in the dance so far. I think this is a "classical" version of Usher's "Without You." There were several familiar SYTYCD faces in that number. I love when the shows cross-pollinate like that.
Here's Boyz II Men with their latest single, "One More Dance." They were a Motown act too, y'all. Anna and Val are dancing while they sing and it's the typical floaty bedsheet ballad rumba.
More footage from last night: Donald has THE best grin backstage. They show the part where Donald lost his footing and it was a GREAT recovery not to fall completely on his backside. The contestants up in the kiss-and-cry feel bad for Roshon and the judgements and scores. Katherine has to be subtitled in her reaction -- is it because it's so high-pitched or because she speaks English? I think I could watch a good half hour of Donald and Gladys smiling at each other.
Results: Katherine & Mark: SAFE. She's VERY bouncy at this news. Gladys & Tristan: IN JEOPARDY. Donald & Peta: SAFE. Roshon & Chelsie: IN JEOPARDY. They look sad but not surprised.
So, out of the four couples in jeopardy, which ones are in the bottom two, to do the dance duel? Not Melissa & Maks; they're safe. Gladys & Tristan: In the bottom two. Maria & Derek: SAFE. Which means Roshon & Chelsie will be dancing as well. This is tough -- Roshon has to be the better dancer, but I bet he's not beating Gladys in fans' votes. So, if Roshon wins this thing, this is essentially the "judges' save" for DWTS. Tom does brief interviews with the two couples before they go backstage to get ready for the duel.
The duel dance is a jive. OH COME ON. How on earth does Gladys, who is LITERALLY more than three times as old as Roshon, keep up with him in a jive? SHENANIGANS.
The duel music is "Don't Stop Me Now" by Queen -- a song I love, but why not use a Motown song here? Well, Tristan & Gladys stayed more in hold, but Chelsie & Roshon were more high energy. Judges' comments: Carrie Ann says Roshon was super sharp, but Gladys was more in control. Len says Gladys dances like she sings: "from the heart." Bruno says Gladys makes it look cool and gorgeous, and then compliments Roshon on his timing, calling it "immaculate." Bruno says it's a "Sophie's Choice" which is only a SLIGHT exaggeration. Carrie Ann picks Gladys & Tristan. Len picks Roshon & Chelsie. Bruno, the tiebreaker, picks Roshon & Chelsie.
We get a montage of Gladys' experience on the show, so it's our last little dose of Tristan's lovely accent this season.
Bye, Gladys. We'll miss you! There's a group hug while the band sings "Midnight Train to Georgia."
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