'So You Think You Can Dance' recap: Statue of No Limitations
Cat introduces the jidges: Nigel, Mary, and guest judge Megan Mullally. I love her and all, but don't get cute with the stunt casting, Lythgoe. We're also getting 8 seconds worth of "facts" about the dancers before each performance, leading to a lot of cute stammering to get things in under the wire, but honestly? Not much of use is learned. Let's just get to the dancing:
Jordan and Tadd: African Jazz (Sean Cheesman)
This pairing gives is one of my favorite guys with one of my least favorite girls, kicking things off, for me anyway, on a worrying note. I'm sorry, Jordan is annoying; in her 8-seconds thing, she either pretends she's stupid or actually IS stupid, as she talks about how she thought "afro jazz" was people in afros dancing jazz. Yeah. The performance is impressive, but this style has yet to prove to be immersive like hip-hop or contempo or even the better ballroom routines have been. Tadd, however, continues to impress -- so strong and expressive. Nigel's like, "If that's African Jazz, I love it," which kind of says a lot, don't you think? Megan is refreshingly specific in her critique, talking about Jordan's leg extensions and such. It's telling that Megan's critique was the only one that called for a replay of the actual dance.