#8: “Hernando’s Hideaway” (Jessica/Zack Broadway)
After this point, I really like all the routines, and I’ve already rearranged them over 9000 times and I’m still not completely satisfied with the order I put them in. No matter what I put here, it seemed too low on the list, which I guess is a good thing. I eventually settled on this routine just because Broadway generally isn’t my thing.
But I love this routine. Zack reminded me so much of Spencer here and it was almost scary. Spencer did say last week that Zack danced his routines like he would dance it himself, but it showed here so much. He was so strong and he had so much character, and I think Kristyn was right when she said that if anyone should get that On the Town contract, it should be Zack.
And Jessica! She was on fire all night. I don’t know what she did beforehand, but if she’d done this from the beginning of the season (and, you know, not had crappy choreography and partner switching every damn week), there wouldn’t be so many people insisting that she didn’t deserve the finale. She looked amazing in that dress, and she drew my eyes just as much as Zack did in the side by side sections.
I just really loved the bits where the tempo picked up. I’m usually really weird about tempo switching, especially when it’s that quick and it kept going back and forth, but it was so seamless that I barely noticed. I think Spencer did a great job here. He was pretty hit or miss this season, but I’m almost willing to forgive him since I liked this so much and I think it was perfect in showing both of these guys off.
Also, Zack didn’t look like an asshole in that hat. That’s an accomplishment.