It’s a good thing we got to see great dancing from the Dancing with the Stars troupe at the opening of the show because YIKES – Wendy Williams and Tony Dovoloni’s Fox Trot was painful. She put in a lot of effort but it wasn’t very graceful!
Chelsea Kane and Mark Ballas, as I suspected, came out with a a bang doing a Cha Cha! She was very sharp and sold the dance from beginning to end! She needs to work on her latin hip motion for her next latin dance but, Ms. ‘Disney Adorable’ is a real contender!
Dancing a Rumba to “Let it be” by the Beatles was Chris Jericho and Cheryl Burke. He dedicated this dance to his mother who passed in 2005. Chris really connected to this dance emotionally, and because of this, I found his movements to have some lyrical quality. (I can’t believe I just said that!) He too needs work on his latin motion but with a descent score of 21, only 2 points behind Chelsea, he’ll be here to stay.
Kendra Wilkerson really stepped it up this week with a sexy Rumba with Louis Van Amstel. Her score of 23 was displayed through the use of her legs, feet, and hips which were the highlight of this dance! Next week she needs to work on conveying the dance through her face.
Romeo and Chelsie Hightower danced a Rumba to “I’ll be there” by the Jackson Five and unfortunately he may not ‘be there’ very much longer with sub-par performances like this. His feet were often turned in and they should be turned out. His score of 20 was high to say the least.
You could add the choreography together of Chris and Romeo and it still wouldn’t add up to the amount of jammed packed steps in the Samba routine from Hines Ward and Kym Johnson. He by far, had the most body movement of the men and was fabulous!
Petra Nemcova and Dmitry Chaplan danced a beautiful Waltz to “You raise me up” by Josh Groban. Her movement was graceful and her lines elegant. Carrie Ann…Were you so mesmerized that you missed the lift? Petra needs to also watch picking up her feet off the floor during her steps. Score…Hines 25, Petra 25. Top scorers of the night.
You know how you really want to like someone’s performance, but are left empty. This is how I feel each week after watching Sugar Ray dance. He’s the kind of champion you want to root for no matter how he does. He received a generous score of 20 solely based on improvement but I don’t think it’s going to be enough. His only saving grace was Wendy did worse with a dismal score of 15.
Kirstie Alley and Maksim Chmerskovky’s opening lunge left everyone in shock as they came tumbling down! Apparently his leg gave out and they quickly jumped back into the routine. He displayed true professionalism because you could tell by the look on his face he had to power through it! Kirstie only fumbled for a minute and continued with a sensual, controlled Rumba with great leg action. Though the judges gave her good comments, I do think her score of 21 suffered because of the fall! Bummer, Kirstie!
Another Rumba and another score of 21 from Ralph Macchio and Karina Smirnoff. Ralph amazes me with how well he extends and creates volume through his body. I have no idea where he gets that from. His body was a bit stiff at times and getting his hips to move more during the latin dances would help.
It turned out to be a great show with many ups and downs! What did you think of this weeks show? For me, Bottom 3 – Wendy, Sugar Ray, and Romeo. Bottom 1 – Wendy
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