Entertainment behind the scenes
The search for America’s favorite dancer kicked up a notch with the top 10 dancers now vying individually for viewers’ votes with three separate performances: a group number, a couples dance with new partners, and a solo.
Randi and Kupono’s Paso Doble by Melanie Lapatin & Tony Meredith was one of the weakest numbers from Wednesday night. Executive producer and judge Nigel Lythgoe said the partnership didn’t work for him in the routine and lacked authenticity.
“I’m not sure the dancing was as good as the choreography. Kupono, I don’t feel that you carried the strength…it was all a bit too light,” said Nigel. “I lost you about half way through the routine.”
This has been the strongest group of dancers in the show’s five seasons, something the judges have pointed out repeatedly. As a result, the slightest weakness in any given week can put a dancer in danger.