Brandon and Janette brought the judges to their feet, while Randi and Evan faced tough critiques
Kupono Aweau and Kayla Radomski of 'So You Think You Can Dance'
Kayla and Kupono - Performance #1
Choreographer: Mia Michaels, contemporary
Monkeys As Critics' Verdict: Whoa
Ooh, addiction, this sounds interesting. I will give Mia Michaels props for really intriguing ideas. Unfortunately, this routine may send Kupono over the edge, since addiction actually tore apart his family and nearly killed his best friend, but this season it seems like the routines that make dancers want to jump off a freeway overpass usually result in the best performances.
And man, this dance was incredibly stirring. Kayla, of course, is always amazing, but this was one time when I felt she really brought depth of emotion to her performance on top of the fluid moves and perfect execution. Kupono, well, he has a future as a horror movie bad guy if he wants it, and that's a good thing. This wasn't an easy routine, but they both delivered, big time.
Nigel told Kayla he wasn't able to see her eyes because of her hair, then gave Kupono props for his malevolent grin and said both dancers were brilliant. Mary said he latched on to his character and Kayla was flawless, then told them they were staying on the hot tamale train, not to worry. Toasty Oreo said they embodied an experience, though Kupono could be stronger in his body, then added that Kayla was a beast in a good way.