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Brandon Rogers and Janette Manrara perform hip-hop.Previous Page: Moody Judges and Hot TamalesIf we're talking hot tamales, we need to look no further tonight than Randi Evans and her hypnotic booty.

Randi and Evan Kasprzak â€" the amount of shared "evans" between them is staggering â€" were paired with Mia Michaels, who choreographed a routine where Randi's aforementioned posterior was the siren song to Evan's eager sailor.

Mia, who was channeling Andy Warhol through her eyewear tonight, described Randi as a kind of "poodle," which made me laugh and made all those bad feelings about her being so harsh go far, far away.

As their dance to "Koop Island Blues" by Koop started up, the intensity of Evan's stare at Randi's squirmy booty, as well as the tenacity of Randi's squirminess, really made the choreography come alive to me.

Randi seemed perfectly suited to play Roxie Hart in a revival of Chicago, equal parts vulnerable and attention-seeker, while Evan paraded around the stage confidently, as Mary put it, "grabbing hold of that leading man role." There was also something slightly sinister about the routine, which I think was what Mia was saying would take it beyond "cliché," which, in my opinion, it definitely was.

Nigel made a whole lot of butt jokes, but somewhere in the middle of all of them, complimented Randi and Evan on a successful, memorable, and vote-worthy routine, which the other judges echoed (with, of course, more butt jokes).

Caitlin Kinney and Jason Glover danced a paso doble, choreographed by Jean-Marc and France Généreux, who seem like a goofy and likeable couple.

Their rehearsal package focused on the force of silliness that is the Généreuxs, which was fun, but left me wondering exactly how Caitlin and Jason were going to handle such a difficult dance.

"O'Fortuna" from the opera Carmina Burana always sounds like the music that accompanies scenes from apocalyptic movies, which fit Caitlin and Jason's look: tribal, sparkly, and a little binding, as if Princess Leia's gold bikini was re-envisioned for the Coliseum.

But for me, the music and costumes were more interesting than the actual performance.

Nigel echoed this when he commented that Jason performed too much to the audience, and that the couple lacked interplay, while Mary critiqued some of Jason's form and carriage, but complimented their fearless ("yes, it was") performance.

Fearless or not, I worry that they didn't do enough with the routine to spare them from the bottom three again this week, which makes me especially sad for Jason, who I believe is a tremendous dancer and would like to see do well in the competition.The last couple of the night, Jeanine Mason and Philip Chbeeb danced a Tyce Diorio Broadway routine that sparkled with drama, fun, and a couch, as all good Broadway should, if at all possible.

Philip was given the task of clearing a six foot couch, which seemed pretty difficult, but Philip lept with ease during the actual performance, danced to "Moses" from the Singin' in the Rain soundtrack.

The problem for Philip was the rest of the moves.

While Jeanine looked and performed the part of a bonafide Singin' in the Rain era dancer, Philip looked, like last week, a bit out of his comfort zone, performance-wise.

Though there was light-hearted joking about the large rips in his pants, the judges were right that Philip will have to bring so much more to his performances in order to match Jeanine's.

Despite his large and passionate fanbase, I wouldn't be shocked if he and Jeanine were in trouble tomorrow night, which might continue to be a problem for Philip as the competition continues.

My favorite routine, hands down tonight, was Melissa and Ade's sexy rumba, though I had a lot of respect for Janette and Brandon's hip-hop routine and thought Randi and Evan did an excellent job with their booty-centric choreography.

My least favorite routine of the night was Karla and Jonathan's hip-hop routine and I expect, that along with Phillip and Jeanine and Jason and Caitlin, they will be composing tomorrow night's bottom three.

So what did you think of tonight's show? Was it just me, or was the dancing, like last week, a little lackluster? Did you notice Nigel's crankiness, Mary's strange repeating, which has become more and more prominent this season, and the massive amount of black eyeliner? Who was your favorite dancer and/or routine of the night, and who did you think just didn't bring it? Check back here tomorrow for prediction polls, as well as updated information about tomorrow night's episode, and then, check back tomorrow night for the results show recap!

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