Kayla and Max got to ride the Tamale Train, but who else shined on Wednesday?
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Ashley Valerio and Kupono Aweau of 'So You Think You Can Dance'
Ashley and Kupono
Monkeys As Critics' Verdict: So cool!
This is a routi ne that could have gone very, very wrong. C’mon, Ashley and Kupono play crash test dummies. Jazz-dancing crash test dummies. Who own a crash-test robot dog. There’s a punchline in there somewhere, but thankfully Ashley and Kupono didn’t find it. Instead, they delivered one of the most compelling, unique and strangely beautiful performances I’ve seen on this show. Talk about a nice surprise! Truthfully, Ashley and Kupono seemed like agreeable people, but possibly a little dull and hardly the best of the bunch. In their intros, we learn that Kupono is just happy not to be scrubbing mold off walls, and that it took poor Ashley four tries to make the show. And these sorta sad sacks pulled off one of the weirdest, toughest routines on the show? Damn! And I wasn’t the only one who was sold. Mary not only bought it “100 percent,” she put the little dog on the hot tamale train.