I thought Sabra & Neil had the two best solos, and I’m perplexed at the SO for Danny, since it seemed all technical and zero style (leap/leap/leap/leap, spin/spin/spin/spin). S&N are also my two favorites (in that order) at this point, though the only one I actually voted for was Sabra*.
I liked the foxes number–no, I wouldn’t have known they were foxes, but I would’ve known it was some animal-mother/child dynamic. It didn’t highlight their skills the best, but I thought it was a nice evocative piece, and leagues better than the Guys’ number, which struck me as lots of breast-beating and macho posturing, but very little interesting dancing.
I preferred Sabra’s cha-cha over Lacey’s waltz (both w/Danny). I really wish I would see a waltz where they actually did some sweeping 3/4-time rounds across the stage. Theirs had too much spinning and lifting and broke any propulsive momentum which is what I like the best about the waltz.
I did like Lacey’s lindy-hop over Sabra’s hip hop (both w/Neil), but I didn’t think the latter was bad at all, and Neil did appear to flub a couple times in the former (though I can forgive that given it was quite late in the evening by then).
I didn’t mind Nigel giving a shout out to the ladies, though he did acknowledge that he would personally be fine with any of the 4. The odds are definitely stacked against the women, and Neil seems to fit the dreamboat/boyfriend model better than Danny. I hate to say that’s why I’m predicting he will win, but it is.
Good Luck Sabra!
*the first time I ever called in to a TV show to vote for anyone or anything ever