Kent Boyd (last week: 1)I still think that Kent will win, but I can't let him slip by unpunished for the white boy step routine.It was saved, to the extent that it was, by Twitch subbing in for Billy at the last minute. Jose Ruiz (last week: 5)In a world where the winner is decided by attrition instead of dancing, by who can make it through to the end through a combination of lack of strenuous effort, the hands-down favorite is Jose, who was finally - FINALLY - called out, if not by the judges, then by the voting public for his awful, awful dancing.We now have a trend of talented dancers injuring themselves this year, allowing those less worthy - and less entertaining - performers to continue on the show.
Consider the following: The seasons of the two most talented dancers on the show, Alex Wong and Ashley Galvan, were both cut short by injuries.
Whatever you call it, there is no way this season ends with any satisfaction.
So on the one hand, last weeks' no elimination cop out was understandable - the judges feel responsible for the inability of the performers to stay healthy. But is there a scenario where he isn't sent home tonight?
On the other hand, I have to watch Jose again this week. Other than Kent Boyd's ACL flying apart like a Pakistani aircraft, that is. Jose Ruiz (last week: 6)If I were Jose, the "compliments" being paid by the judges that he finally appeared to be exerting effort in his solos would be a little insulting.
In fact, if you ignore Alex' all-timer with Twitch, I would call them both the best and worst routines of the season.
Okay, I have to go further: the man-on-man paso was maybe the worst routine I've ever seen that didn't involve Russian folk dancing.
Ugh.(Okay, after all that bitching, I have to say this: how unbelievable was that solo performance by the guy in chains during the results show? Tree trunks saw those things and got all self conscious about themselves.)11. So would the continued efforts by the choreographers (including Sonya with last week's "edge of the stage" routine) to come up with new and exciting ways to mask his inability to dance.4.
Adechike Torbert (last week: 3)Adechike was involved in both the best (the Nappy Tab hip hop with my girl comfort) and the worst (the ill-advised man-on-man paso doble with Jose) routines of last week.
How is Kent going to make it all the way to the end with all of his gymnastic moves and not once land on his face? (The answer is that Nigel loves to get lost in his eyes.)5.
Will Billy's extensions and leaps result in a pulled hamstring? Billy Bell (last week: 7)Also (finally) managing to move the meter on the give-a-shit-o-meter was Billy Bell, who turned in a pair of fun performances this week.
Adechike Torbert (last week: 4)Adechike continues to fall up, as more talented dancers succumb to injuries.