Tuesday, October 4, 2011
With scores only spanning from 17 to 23 last week, viewer votes became of the utmost importance. With Elisabetta Canalis and Val Chmerkovskiy landing at 21, you would think they would’ve survived another week. Now that we are at Season 13, the ‘Pros’ and the ‘Stars’ have fan bases, so that means Val and Elisabetta didn’t stand a chance. My vote was for Chaz Bono to leave, with his lack luster Quickstep.
The theme for this week was “The Most Memorable Year of Their Life”. Having the stars emotionally attached to the music really brought most of their routines to another level. It’s amazing how music and dance together can tell such an beautiful story.
However, this did not happen for Chaz and Lacey’s Rumba. They had the lowest score of the week, again, and for good reason. His dance wasn’t awful, but it was unforgettable. His facial expression made him look like his was lost throughout the routine. He got through the dance, BUT his technique better improve fast or he’s not going to last. For me, for sure, bottom 3. Score 18.
Rob Kardashian and Cheryl Burke danced a Foxtrot to, “Fly Me to the Moon,” dedicated to his late father. I’ll tell you what, his attention to detail is amazing at this stage and he had the best footwork I’ve ever seen for week 3! Rob also had great expression and pretty good posture. It wasn’t as smooth and natural as last week, but well done! Score 24.
Dancing an angelic Rumba were Chynna Phillips and Tony Dovolani. She danced to her own song, “Hold On”. She was gorgeous, her dress was gorgeous, and the lines her body made were gorgeous! Her legs did get stiff at times, but it didn’t matter much because she captivated you with her performance. Chynna received the first two 9’s of the night, though there are more to come so stay tuned. Total Score 26.
Celebrating the year she moved to LA, Kristin Cavallari and Mark Ballas danced a Samba to a booty shaking song by Beyonce. Len said he didn’t like the 20% of the routine that had the booty shaking, but thought the other 80% had great Samba technique. I completely disagree, for me it was exactly the opposite! She executed the poses, wiggles, and booty shaking quite well for a white girl, however, when it came to the Samba she got stiff and lacked technique. None the less, an overall good job. Score 24.
Carson Kressley and Anna Trebunskaya danced a Tango to celebrate the year that “Queer Eye For the Straight Guy” came out (no pun intended) and Carson finally felt comfortable in his own shoes. While the success of that show may have done that, the routine unfortunately did not. Len said, “He attacked the dance”. Well yes, but it was completely over the top and lacked in technique. He took toe leads where he should’ve been taking heel leads and his right arm was wrapped so far around Anna’s back, it looked like he was going to swallow her up. I do have to give him credit for keeping up with the difficult choreography, but two 8’s from Carrie Ann and Bruno – Really? Score 23.
David Arquette has a way of wearing raw emotion on his sleeve and this week it worked FOR him. He and Kym Johnson performed a Rumba and as you can tell, it was way better than last week. He was in the bottom for me and has now moved his way up to the middle of the pack. You’re not there yet David, but keep it up! Score 24.
Nancy Grace and Tristan MacManus danced a Waltz to the classic, “Moon River”. This was her wedding song and the first song she sang to her twins, who almost didn’t survive their birth. In casting Nancy for this show, I’m sure the producers thought they were going to get a shark, but the opposite has been true. While it’s nice to see the softer, lovely side of Nancy, but the routine didn’t measure up. Again, she needs to pull up her posture and her movements lacked strength. She’s one of my bottom 3, and I’m not sure she’ll survive another week. Score 21.
J.R. Martinez and Karina Smirnoff dedicated their Rumba to those who have lost their lives due to war. It was an emotional routine to say the least. Not only did it capture the emotion of the dance, but his technique was superb! His hip action mimicked those of a pro and his lines were exquisite! If you didn’t know this war hero, he has been touching the hearts of the American people every week. Standing ovation, two 9’s and, by far, my favorite! Score 26.
The top scorer of the night was Ricki Lake with another well executed routine. She too was emotionally tied to the music and looked gorgeous on the dance floor. Her hip action was not as good as J.R.’s , so I think he should’ve had the top score. She is definitely a real contender! Score 27.
Another underwhelming performance, for me, was Hope Solo & Maksim Chmerkovskiy. She danced a Cha Cha to her World Cup Finalist theme song. She started off with a bang, with a hot and sexy opener, and then left me flat after that. Her outfit was sooo much better and attempted to make her look girly, but she still has an awkwardness to her when she moves. Her best routine overall, but her score of 24 was too high for me.
My bottom 3 this week: Chaz, Nancy, and Hope.
Franchisee of Arthur Murray Dance Studio Woodland Hills
Arthur Murray Certified Adjudicator
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