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Having forgotten to change the settings on my dvr, I watched most of this episode online. That means that none of these routines will make it onto my DVD, which is unfortunate because there were a few good ones. Let’s hope that some are repeated this coming week during the final results show.

Eliana & Cyrus in “The Game Has Changed” (Paso Doble, Jason Gilkison): I’m not even going to dignify this mess with commentary. Suffice it to say, the guy should never be the cape.

Tiffany & Will in “The Time is Now” (Contemporary, Sonya Tayeh): This was perfectly fine, but didn’t stand out to me in any way.

Eliana & Chehon in “The Nutcracker Suite” by Marat Daukeyev

Eliana & Chehon in “The Nutcracker Suite” (Ballet, Marat Daukeyev):
I got my wish! And they brought in the big guns from the Kirov (now the Mariinsky Ballet). A little cliché, and Chehon could have had more to do, but it was nice to see these two dance in their own style.

Tiffany & Cyrus in “Best Thing I Never Had” (Lyrical Hip Hop, Tessendra Chavez): Again, nothing really memorable here except Tiffany once again proving she belongs in the finals.

Allison & Chehon in “Leave” by Stacey Tookey

Allison & Chehon in “Leave” (Contemporary, Stacey Tookey): Chehon really stepped it up here, which is a good thing because Allison puts everyone to shame. And, yes, that lift is one-handed. At this point, I decided that I would have no problem with Chehon winning this thing.

Tiffany & Eliana in “When You’re Good To Mama” by Ray Leeper

Tiffany & Eliana in “When You’re Good To Mama” (Broadway, Ray Leeper): Sure, let’s have the women dance around a stripper pole, why not? Despite hating this concept (and the fact that we’re seeing Broadway yet again), my biggest beef with this number is actually that Leeper didn’t make better use of the pole.

Chehon & Cyrus in “Fangs” (Jazz, Sonya Tayeh): Moving on…

Eliana & Alex in “Without You” (Contemporary, Travis Wall): These two should dance together forever and ever. Travis Wall goes for full-on cheese here, but it looks gorgeous.

Tiffany & Chehon in “Love Me Tender” (Rumba, Dmitry Chaplin): And somebody up there really is listening! While not as sexy as some rumbas we have seen in the past, this was proof that they could assign more ballroom during the season. You know, that’s not cha-cha.

Cyrus & Twitch in “Like a Criminal” by Christopher Scott

Cyrus & Twitch in “Like a Criminal” (Animation, Christopher Scott):
If there is any doubt that Nigel wanted to ensure a Cyrus win, despite his whole “I’m voting for Chehon” routine, it’s this number. The opener alone was killer. Seriously, I could watch that breaking glass over and over.

All in all, a good episode, but I’m ready for this one to wrap up, especially with both The X Factor and The Voice starting up again.

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