Wednesday, October 26, 2011
The first time in weeks that someone who deserved to go home, actually did. Say goodbye to last week’s eliminated star, Carson Kressley.
This week’s theme is Broadway, and two dances for the couples, one of them being a group number. This should be interesting. The opening number isn’t from a star, but the Broadway show, Sister Act. What a fun way to get into the Broadway mood!
Rob Kardashian and Cheryl Burke danced a Cha Cha to “Walk Like a Man”. He was clean, precise, and his timing was great. He danced pretty naturally, but had no soul. Rob needs to get a little more earthy and sexy for his Cha Cha. He better step it up to make it to the finals. Score 22.
Dancing a Fox Trot to a song from the Broadway Musical, Spamalot, were Nancy Grace and Tristan MacManus. For me, the routine was mediocre, but she loosened up by the end. Her posture needs improvement and she needs to work on longer, gliding steps. I have no idea how she received a higher score than Rob, but she did! Carrie Ann gave her a 9. What? Score 24.
This Quickstep routine from David Arquette and Kym Johnson has me hot and cold. As they danced to “We Go Together” from Grease, my initial impression was how handsome he looked. As he continued his routine he had moments where he looked awkward and a bit geeky, but then would do an amazing step with great poise and posture. David needs to work on hitting all of his steps all of the time to make it to the finals. Score 23.
Next up, Ricki Lake and Derek Hough. Boy was I ready to see if they redeemed themselves from last week, and they definitely did! They danced a wonderfully balanced routine to “Luck be a Lady Tonight” from Guys and Dolls. It was energetic and fun to watch! My only critique is that Ricki needs to work on keeping her head position being left on rotational patterns. Score 29!
Dancing a not so dramatic Tango routine to a very dramatic “Phantom of the Opera”, were Chaz Bono and Lacey Schwimmer. Though Chaz did well executing the choreography, it was lack luster. His frame was much improved, but he needs to take heel leads in this dance. Overall, forgettable. He’s in trouble this week. Who am I kidding, I have thought that every week. Score 19.
Hope Solo and Maksim Chmerkovskiy danced a Rumba. The wardrobe department normally does well, but they obviously have not been personalizing Hopes outfits to fit her. The judges keep saying she needs to work on her femininity, and they put her in short shorts and boots. All this does is accentuate that she doesn’t have control of her leg lines, and it is really hard to get past her awkwardness. The best part of the routine was the end when Maks got into a confrontation with Len for saying, “This is your worst dance”. Len then preceded on to say how he has been in the business for nearly 50 years. Maks interrrupted, “Maybe it’s time for you to get out”. Score 20.
Ricki’s rival is last. Karina Smirnoff and J.R. Martinez danced a Quickstep and boy, he is smooth like butter. It is very difficult to move that quick and be so smooth. J.R. needs to work on keeping his right hand still on Karina’s back. I loved him the first week, and I have loved every week since. He really brings joy through dance and that is what Ballroom dancing is about! Score 29.
It’s group number time, and they are performing to “Money Makes the World Go Round”. It was fun. Unfortunately for me, as far as the competition part goes, it doesn’t add any real value. I, probably like you, find myself watching the pros. However, when they get to the individual lift portion, let me give you the run down. Chaz stood while Lacey spun and kicked her head. Derek hoisted Ricki to a lift, not so pretty. Nancy, if you can believe it, did a handstand up to Tristan’s shoulders and then flipped up. Very brave! J.R. did a descent lift. Hope and Maks both did a cartwheel attached at the legs with not so straight legs. Davids did a little Charleston and a lift. Rob did a 50’s style straddle and throw. Fun, but better for a results show.
With Ricki and J.R. tied at 29, they have made their mark week after week. To me, only the 3rd spot in the final is open. Right now it’s between Rob and David.
Bottom 3 – Chaz, Nancy, and Hope. Next to go – Chaz.
Franchisee of Arthur Murray Dance Studio Woodland Hills
Arthur Murray Certified Adjudicator
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