Marina Mazepa's performance seemed to initially scare judge Nigel Lythgoe, who jumped in his seat when the dancer revealed her face for the first time halfway through the performance. However, Lythgoe was ultimately impressed as he told Mazepa, "I can't say I've ever seen anything like that before, Marina. It was like the birth of a dancer." Lythgoe also stated, "I'm stunned, to be honest with you. I found it amazing. The whole concept of it. I was thrilled with it."
On the other hand, judge Vanessa Hudgens was totally enamored from the very beginning. "Oh my gosh, my heart. You have my heart," Hudgens told Mazepa. "That was just so profound. I mean, it was like performance art. I adore the way that you use your body to turn yourself into this creature, and then the concept of shedding your skin. I'm just in awe of you."
Stephen Boss and Mary Murphy also agreed that Mazepa was amazing and, in the end, all of the judges just loved the fact that, after 14 seasons, Mazepa showed them something they've truly never seen before.