See, and I generally don't like any of the "street" styles. I just don't care.
Contemporary, Jazz, Ballet, etc. are all genres where the dancers have to be TRAINED. I care about great technique, so unpointed toes, weak extensions, bad arms, etc. just drive me insane. It's kind of like a friend of mine who's a trained opera singer and can't listen to popular music.
I like Eddie, but he was, BY FAR, the weakest dancer last night. I just don't think he's cut out for this show. He's a terrific tapper, but I don't think he excels in any other genre.
I like Benjamin and Anna, but there were points in the routine that seemed very clumsy and slow. That's probably due to Anna having nearly NO experience with partner work, but it stood out to me.
IMO, Madison and Ezra had the best routine of the night. I've seen some complaints about it being unfair that Madison got to dance in her own genre, but come on! With that many Contemporary dancers, it was bound to happen, especially at the beginning of the season when they tend to stick with the more "middle of the road" genres. I mean, they rarely bust out Bollywood or anything else beyond Contemporary, Jazz, Hip Hop and Ballroom - basically, genres that one or more contestants specializes in.
Bailey's a cutie pie, but his height is a real limitation when it comes to partner work. I think he's well-matched with Mariah though, so if they're together for a while, it shouldn't be as much of an issue.
About last week: I was THRILLED to see Melanie Moore back. She's my all-time favorite winner and she looks amazing. Sometimes the all-stars look like they're a bit off their game. I felt like that with Lauren Froderman last week. Melanie looks and dances even better than she did in her season. She's been killing in in NYC doing tons of stage work and it shows!