The competition on CBS’ Live To Dance is heating up. On Wednesday’s show, the first six of the 18 semi-finalists competed for a chance to advance to the finals. First the audience vote revealed that White Tree Fine Art would be spared and given a chance to come back to compete for the $500,000 prize.
The live competition was full of excitement, cool moves and some pretty fabulous dancing. The first six semi-finalists to compete were – Chi-Town’s Finest Breakers, Jittin Genius, Bev and Hap, Austin Acevedo, The Vibe and D’Angelo and Amanda. After everyone competed, the experts would make their choice and then America would vote to keep another group.
Andy Günsberg started the show out introducing the judges and praising Paula for her return to TV. Paula said that she was humbled to have a show that celebrates the art form of dance because even though she was a recording artist, at the core of who she is, she lives to dance. Paula then went on to say something about cotton candy and something maple to describe the dancers in the competition. One thing is very clear, Paula is still pretty wacky. But because it is Paula, its is a good wacky.
The first act performing was The Vibe. The Vibe has 38 dancers. They explain that it is harder to perform with so many dancers because they have to deal with injuries. Paula is the mentor to all of the groups and she gives the vibes some pointers. During the live show, The Vibe dances to a symphony playing Michal Jackson’s Smooth Criminal. Their routine includes ballet, clean sharp moves, flips and a lot of individual acts that blend perfectly together. The Vibe receives a standing ovation from Paula and the judges give them 3 gold stars.
Next up was the Jittin Genius. He is from Detroit Michigan and has been Jittin since he was a little boy. His inspiration is his family, including his two children. Jittin’s routin is a fast-paced, high energy explosion where he jumps into a split and the audience roars. He also received three stars from the Live To Dance experts.
Chi-Town’s Finest Breakers danced next. They are the cutest family of brothers and sisters who say that if it were up to them, they would get the whole world break dancing with them. The expert judges were not as impressed with this routine as the last one and Paula is the only one who gives them a gold star.
Austin Acevedo from Orlando Florida has only been dancing for a year, but his performance was reminiscent of something from Billy Elliott meets a crunk video. The judges said he let go when doing the contemporary steps and he received 3 red stars. He should at least have received one gold star because his performance wasn’t that bad and his costume was quite chic, especially the mohawk.
The little dynamo couple of D’Angelo and Amanda were up next and they were amazing. They have been dancing together for four years which is hard to imagine because they are so tiny. The judges called the performance exquisite.
Bev and Hap ended the night. Though the duo’s combined age is 151 yet they moved like two teenagers and were quite entertaining. Apparently they were not enough for Kimberly and Travis because they both gave them red stars. Paula, as usual, had very encouraging words for the couple and she gave them a gold star.
When it came down to the judges choice, they picked The Vibe to move on the finals. America can then pick from the remaining five. These dancers make it very hard to choose.
If you missed the show, you can see reruns on www.cbs.com or check out the next live show on CBS Wednesday at 9p.m.