Nigel was right when he said the pairings were perfect tonight. Golly gee, I don’t even know where to start. *deep breath* Okay…best of the night for me was Travis Wall’s piece to Glass Heart Concerto. Emmy! Emmy! Emmy! Just give this genius choreographer another Emmy! This was pure art. I loved everything about about it — the concept, the shapes, the mood, everything. Exquisite!
I actually loved both of Magda’s performances.
My girl was fire in the cha cha too by Val Chmerkovskiy. 🔥 I especially liked that red dress. She reminded me a bit of Jasmine, the Disney princess. Darius could’ve been stronger but sure, ballroom is not his forte. I thought he did a fabulous job outside his genre.
The other beast of a couple is Cole and Hannahlei. This Tyce Diorio contemporary piece to They Won’t Go When I Go (Remastered) was haunting. I felt the tragedy and desperation in their performance. I think these two are power houses in that I feel that they have technique, personality, and chemistry.
Speaking of chemistry, I felt the chemistry oozing out of these two — probably the most believable. I noticed Genessy for the first time here. She’s a natural. Slavik said before that he struggles with hip hop choreography. I saw that a bit here but I can see that his popping is great. I’m curious about his solo since I’ve heard good things about it. Their contemporary number choreographed by Talia Favia was pretty good too. I thought Slavik did better at contemporary than hip hop.
The pleasant surprise for me was this tap number by Chelsea and Evan. I like this version of Singin’ In The Rain and the whole number was dreamy. Chelsea looked like Tiana from Princess and the Frog. I thought she was very elegant and beautiful in this. This got me all tingly inside. Props to her for being brave enough to take on tap! It is very stylized and technique heavy.
Jensen and Jay Jay were sassy. They are team personality. I think Jay Jay enjoyed that samba more than Jensen. Haha. They may not be my favorites but they were really fun to watch.
So final picks for tonight, Magda and Cole are still my favorites followed by Hannahlei and Slavik. Overall great show tonight! What a fabulous way to kick off the live shows!
Oh by the way, that opening number was very Travis Wall. It was picturesque and surreal. ✨
Did I repost almost all the recent videos on the SYTYCD Youtube channel today? 🤦♀️ Sorry, I just really enjoyed today’s episode. 💖