The pair received the first standing ovation from the judges that night.
Guest judge Kenny Ortega praised Travis as well as Audrey and Matthew.
Once again, Eliana, whose winged eyeliner and beehive give her an Amy Winehouse-inspired edge, outshines Cyrus.
William and Billy agree and tell the ballet dancer, “You would have me begging for mercy [after that routine].” However, Cyrus finds some moments to make his own as well, including a “ticking ripple action” as he gyrates against the door.
Additionally, guest judges Michael Nunn and Billy Trevitt, the Ballet Boyz, brought a completely new perspective to the show.
Having never seen the series before, the former Royal Ballet dancers have the freedom to give unbiased and constructive criticism on the contestants’ technique and performance quality—something the show sometimes lacks.
” The show’s executive producer, Nigel Lythgoe confirmed on October 15, 2009, Michaels’ immediate departure from the show.In an interview shortly thereafter, Lythgoe hinted at a format where each week's episode is ended with the revelation of the bottom three couples (based on the votes from the previous week) but after all dancers had performed the new week's routines, giving the judges an additional routine to take into account when deciding which dancers (from amongst the bottom three couples) to save and which to send home for that week.This contrasts with the season one format where judges would nominate a bottom three couples and home viewers would vote out two dancers, the results being pre-taped and shown at the beginning of the next week's episode.After a dark and twisted Mia Michaels group routine to Active Child’s “Hanging On”—in which the title of the song was taken literally with the dancers hanging and intertwining their bodies around suspended ropes—the competition begins with Eilana Girard and Cyrus Spencer taking on Mia’s bold “Mercy” routine.Originally performed by Season 4 finalists Katee Shean and Stephen “t Witch” Boss, this Season 9 couple are a great partnership to bring the number back to the stage.