Dancing with the Stars – Week #4

Dancing with the Stars had an amazing twist to the week, the dancers performed to a live 48 piece Orchestra playing Classical Music! Violinist David Garrett played while Romeo and Chelsie Hightower danced a mean Paso Doble.  It was an explosive combination.  His performance was much improved from previous weeks. Romeo’s movement was more committed, passionate, and strong!  His best score of 23.

Kendra Wilkinson and Louis Van Amstel danced a Viennese Waltz to Katherine Jenkins.  The singing was far better than the dancing.  Kendra did all the moves, but it ended up being more like dancing by numbers.  Arms were descent, neck was very stiff.  A deserving 18.

Dancing a Viennese Waltz were Sugar Ray Leonard and Anna Trebunskaya.  It took them nearly 35 seconds to actually start dancing.  Once they did, his timing was pretty good and  he did improve a little over previous weeks.  I didn’t quite get his over animated face for this classical dance.  Score 21.

Petra Nemcova and Dmitry Chaplin danced a Paso Doble that the judges gushed over.  I thought it was OK. Her body gets very disconnected and at times makes her dancing look awkward.  I do agree with Carrie Ann Inaba that she needs to work on her core strength.  Score of 23 was too high for me!

Dancing a lot of viable Waltz steps were Ralph Macchio and Karina Smirnoff.  It was theatrical and elegant! The judges couldn’t complain about his arm styling this week.  An amazing score of 25.  However, Ralph does need to work on not over doing it!

Hines Ward and Kym Johnson danced a controlled Paso Doble.  I really like how well he controls his timing and foot placement.  Next week he needs to work on his posture not being scrunched up.  The judges say 25, I’d give him a close 24.

A mystical, theatrical Viennese Waltz was performed by Chelsea Kane and Mark Ballas.  It was perfectly choreographed to the music of Harry Potter (though Len Goodman went on a rant about it).  Her Natural and Reverse turns, and everything traditional Viennese Waltz, she really danced well!  If you can do both classical and dynamic moves well, then go for it!   High score of 26.  Go Chelsea!

I like Chris Jericho more and more each week. Chris and Cheryl danced a very clean Paso Doble.  What I like about his dancing the most is his moves are very readable, clean, and detailed.  This is not the same guy we saw in week 1.  Score 23.

Can you believe another mishap for Kirstie Alley and Maksim Chmerskovky in their Waltz?  The beginning started a little odd with her coming on stage walking towards the two opera singers. Huh?  Part way into the routine, her foot came out of her shoe and she had a few more mistakes after that.  Steps were long, but she danced a bit aloof.  This week she got lucky with a score of 22.

Overall the cast is improving nicely.  The clear bottom isn’t so clear anymore.  My bet is bottom 3 – Kendra, Sugar Ray, Petra. Bye-Bye – Kendra

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