Ashleigh and Jakob
Choreographer: Mandy Moore
Verdict: Cane, conquered
Sigh, no big drama here. Ashleigh is a poli sci nerd. Jakob is totally best friends with Jeanine, the winner of Season 5. And he's a crazy person. Yes, yes, I can tell. That flat, monotone voice and blank expression, always what you see in a rabid party animal.
I am so giving this routine extra points for being set to Frankie Goes To Hollywood. Relax! Don't do it! And I love that they used the clean radio version so as not to upset the sensibilities of family viewers. But I don't even need to reserve extra points for song awesomeness, because this routine is gooooood. Jakob and Ashleigh are fierce and glamorous and somehow manage to work with a freakin' cane. They're like the Avengers, all slick and dangerous and somehow very 1960s British despite the 1980s soundtrack.
Adam says Ashleigh belongs on the show. Adam loves that Jakob has no spine, which is usually an insult but he just means he's super flexible. Mary thinks they're phenomenal and loves that Ashleigh has been stepping up to the plate each week. She thinks Jakob can do anything. But no hot tamale train! Nigel thinks they work as a unit. He thinks Jakob is very Joel Grey. I think Jakob is surprisingly macho in this routine, though I won't go so far as to agree that he's a crazy person. That's just... well, crazy.