The show opened with a routine to "Higher Ground" that was certainly different from the one I know and love from Center Stage (anyone, anyone??). It was cool, but weird, in a Mia Michaels kind of way. She so crazy.
I loved Cat's white tuxedo, but I am NOT impressed with the musical performances this season. Yuck to lip syncing. Fast-forward. Let's get to the good stuff.
I was on the mark with two out of the three bottom couples (Caitlin and Jason, Ashley and Kupono), but I was very surprised that Kayla and Max were included in the bottom as well. And I am really shocked that Ashley was sent home. While I thought all of the girls had strong solos, I feel like the judges overlooked how the girls have performed throughout the competition. Caitlin is strong in solos, but I don't think she partners well and it brings attention to her off timing. I thought she was the weakest of the three, and I'm sad to see Ashley go :-( I really wanted her to go far.
While I never would have imagined Max would go home, when put up against incredible forces like Jason and Kupono, I can see why he left. I mean, really, they are three spectacular dancers — how does one choose? I thought he had a lot of promise, but the ballroom guys usually get cut earlier in the competition because they're not as versatile in other styles... maybe we'll see him as a pro on DWTS in the future.
And then, there were 16. I think this competition is only going to get tighter and tighter! We shall see what next week holds. What did you think of this week's elimination?