Daaaaaaance. Shooooooow. How do I love thee? Let’s count the ways, shall we? I finally got around to watching the Top 20 selection/highlight-of-their-style show, and it was awesome, and I loved it, and now I feel the overwhelming need to pick out some favourites. Warning! I am, like, the WORST person ever at predicting how America is going to vote. The fact that I am actually singling out these people probably means they will be the bottom three in week number one. And yet! I can’t help myself.
These are the ones to watch, in my opinion:
Tucker. I don’t usually pay much attention to the contemporary dancers – they’re all usually pretty and technically good and interchangeable. But Tucker has caught my eye – maybe it’s the hair. He reminds me strongly of Jakob of season 6, who I ADORED, who should have won over Russell (no offense Russell, but SERIOUSLY). I have high hopes for him.
Jade. He’s short. Also, he’s fabulous. I love his dancing, like ten bear. Plus, he sparkles with personality, plus, he has a lot of personal and dance growing to do. He’s a success story waiting to happen – if he can click with his partner, he’s gold.
Aaron. He’s the tapper who thought he was out, then squeaked through at the last minute when hip-hopper Emilio had to withdraw. I like it that he looks, every single second of the time, like he really can’t believe he’s actually there. It’s all a dream, Anthony! That means you can fly, buddy.
Mariah. OMG I LOVE MARIAH. I don’t know why they didn’t talk about this at all, but she actually made it to Vegas last year on the strength of her shockingly good krump audition, but then was cut mid-week. This time, she’s made it to the show and I am blissed out. Love her dancing, love her face, love her personality – she’s my favourite.
Jenna. I love her smile, I love her dancing, I love her hair. I can’t think of a ballroom dancer I have liked as much since Chelsie Hightower. (Oh wait – just remembered both Witney and Lindsay from last season. Well, whatever, I have love enough for them all.) I find Jenna stands out from the crowd and since she’s ballroom, will likely be protected by the judges for at least a few weeks.
Alexis. She’s the tapper girl. Granted, I have a real soft spot for tappers, as I am one myself. But I like her sparkle, and I really like that she doesn’t have the traditional dancer look. She’s got a bit of a learning curve ahead of her, I think – likely to be early out, I predict – but I still have my fingers crossed for her. Rock it, tap girl!