Hehe, weren’t Austin and Liza cute! (the second young pair). I was so excited to see them on the show. They used to dance at my old studio and I feel like I kind of saw them grow. I highlighted them in last year’s Dance Times Square showcase here. I particularly love Austin. I think Liza is growing too fast for him and it’s difficult for him to keep hold on her, but he is an absolutely brilliant mover himself. I’m not surprised the other couple won — they were technical perfection and stylistically beautiful. This is why it’s so hard to become good, or at least do well at big comps, when you’re starting as an adult. These are the kinds of people — when they’re grown — that you’re competing with. It’s just like ballet — ballroom dancers also start as little kids; if you ever want to be a pro, or an advanced amateur, you had to have started at that age, there’s kind of no catching up as an adult.
I totally understand how Shannon felt when she cried. It can be so aggravating when you’re trying so hard and putting everything you have into it and you just get ripped apart (in my case by my teacher, in hers before millions by judges). I did think they were way too harsh on her. She had hip problems, but so did most of the others. Kristi did a lyrical hip-less rhumba last week, so give Shannon a break! I’m glad she ended up making it.
No way, Mario’s in the bottom two??? I didn’t expect that at all.
Well, I guess we were all expecting it would be Marlee this week. I’m so sad. I still feel that they could have done something yesterday to help her with the music — if there was anything they could do?… I don’t know, I just feel like the show kind of failed her in some way. I am happy Cristian made it one more week.