Did not the small contestants dance with songs from their year of birth to remind us how young they are and how old we are? Apparently not, as young people jump into the time machines and learn about different decades (it's fine and one is sent to the future). You know, faraway times like the 1980s! Shattering my ego once again, this is a perfect theme for children. The themes and stories surrounding their dances are a bit out of their comfort zones, and some of them are learning a bit of history. You know, like the fact that Angelina Jolie is not an actress from the 1940s. In addition, we can see Jordan Fisher and Frankie Muniz dance the Macarena with Honey Boo Boo to celebrate the 1990s and that's why you can never be grateful enough
Miles Brown and Rylee Arnold (50s)
Mentor: Lindsay Arnold
Jive, "Rock Around the Clock" by Bill Haley and his kites
Miles does his homework this week (watch the kids, even this guy who is dancing all week has time to do a homework) and learns some fun factoids from the 1950s that even surprise his mentor, Lindsay. Bless Miles for this exchange: when he tells his team that frozen dinners were invented in the 50s, Lindsay asks what people did before the frozen dinners. Your answer? "They cooked dinner." Apart from the great events of the 50s, Miles and Rylee make a I love Lucy Jive themed and it is easily one of your best dances. Miles is super strong in his movies and kicks, and his side-by-side sections are synchronized in a way that is crazy. I'm glad that Val gives a shout to Rylee for being a great partner, she kills him in this routine. With luck, Miles celebrated with a frozen dinner later. Or not. Those things can be questionable.
Judging score: 28/30
Mackenzie Ziegler and Sage Rosen (80s)
Teacher: Gleb Savchenko
Jazz, "Call Me Maybe" by Carly Rae Jepsen
All the incredible music of the 1980s and they go with … "Call Me Maybe"? Do not get me wrong, it's an excellent song and it has an 80's vibe (can not you see Debbie Gibson rockin 'this?), But like, pick an 80's song! I appreciate curly hair but it is not enough! Apparently, Gleb is also asking for a lot more of his team this week. Mackenzie is a great dancer (trained), so she pushes her to be better and more focused. He is hard, we know it. The routine is fun and looks like a box of crayons thrown up in the ballroom (v. '80s), but the judges also want more from Mackenzie. Adam and Val want to move emotionally, and the leg warmers are just not cutting it. Mandy points out some clumsy turns and takes wrong steps, but also complements her hooked kick. If you want someone to praise your punch, it's Mandy Moore.
Judges score: 26/30
Mandla Morris and Brightyn Brems (Future)
Mentor: Cheryl Burke
Paso Doble, "El Paraíso de Gangsta" by 2WEI
Okay, how long did it take you to realize the futuristic step of Mandla and Brightyn (what, nobody wanted to discover in the 70s?) Was it set for an epic orchestral version of Coolio's "Paradise of Gangsta"? What an amazing choice of song. Mandla's job this week is to be strong, imposing and aggressive: the step is the killer's dance, after all. It mostly accomplishes that! Val has some notes about wanting more "fight", but Mandy points out that Mandla had absolutely no dance training, so the fact that she can get the form and risk it so well is a real feat. Adam is also a big fan: "If this is what the step looks like in the future, I'm not angry about that," he says. I mean, here I hope that this is the future, right? At least, can the bright hooded cloaks be there?
Score of the judges: 24/30
Ariana Greenblatt and Artyon Celestine (1940s)
Mentor: Brandon Armstrong
Quickstep, "Classic" by MKTO
Another interesting option of the song for the assigned decade, but we really need to talk about Ariana naming Angelina Jolie as her example of "Old Hollywood". I know these children are young, how can they forget? – But this really hit hard. At least after the dance, she names Audrey Hepburn as her favorite actress. We are getting closer! Quickstep is a hard dance for a small dancer, so much of it needs to be framed, but Ariana and Arty make it look easy. Brandon's choreography is great and combines the modern with the 1940s intelligently (side by side when they pretend to be inside the box? I'm dead). The judges do not have much to say, mainly just agree that this is a difficult style to deliver, but how, thanks for attending, judges?
Score of the judges: 27/30
Church of Sky Brown and JT (1920)
Mentor: Alan Bersten
Charleston, "A little party never killed anyone (all we have)" by Fergie & Q-Tip & GoonRock
Now, this is the way to choose a modern song to go with a retro style. Sure, did Baz Luhrmann make it easy for him? Yes, but who cares? The Charleston is the perfect party dance and Sky and JT do not skimp on the party. The routine is fast but never chaotic, and Sky seems to have control all the time. The girl got her Charleston turning down. Mandy warns about getting ahead and delaying the pace a few times, but in general the judges are big fans of Sky and JT. How can you not be when you continue to tell children inspiring things like "If you want to do something, just do it". Sure, he stole it from Nike, but he does not know!
Score of the judges: 27/30
We're heading to the semifinals next week, so this is a tough cut, they're so close to winning the trophy! Unfortunately, this week we say goodbye Mandla and brightyn, as Team Cheryl It is sent home. Now that we have reached the last four, who do you think has a chance to take this baby home?