Tuesday, November 1, 2011
Last week after all his hard work, Chaz Bono was eliminated. This time the judges, viewers, and I, were right! Now only six couples remain for Halloween week.
David Arquette and Kym Johnson danced a Cha Cha to “Abracadabra”! The real magic trick here was David’s transformation since week #1. I would never have imagined him as a real contender, but now David looks very confident on the dance floor and hits some great lines. He got off time in a few spots and could have more hip action in certain parts, but overall well done! Score 24.
A spooktacular Tango performance from J.R. Martinez and Karina Smirnoff dancing to “Ghostbusters”. He danced one hard step after another, after another! This routine was jammed packed. J.R.’s frame looked great and he hit some great shapes. I agree with Len, his footwork wasn’t the best. When you move forward in Tango, you should take heel leads and he missed many. I still loved it! A low score for him, and the door opens for Ricki. Score 25.
Nancy Grace and Tristan MacManus danced a Devilish Jive to “The Devil Went Down to Georgia”. And what can I write about this performance? Oh Yeah, Lucille Ball was lighter on her feet while stomping in a vat of grapes! This was not the dance for Nancy, leaden footwork, slow, and very rarely on the beat with this one. On the upside, she had a smile on her face and looked like she enjoyed it. Score 21.
Rob Kardashian and Cheryl Burke danced a frightful Tango to “The Addams Family”. This was an interesting one. This was one dance in which having the correct music actually makes the dance better, both for the dancer and the audience watching. The music really helped the stompy nature of Rob seem appropriate by matching the character of the dance. Rob’s relatively basic routine was a steep contrast in choreography to J.R.’s complex patterns. This one I give to Cheryl for actually making choreography fit the dancer, not the trying to make the dancer perform like a professional. Score 25.
Ricki Lake and Derek Hough danced the Red Riding Hood theme, “Beautiful Nightmare”. As expected Ricki performed well and will shoot to the top of the leaderboard once again. Great shaping and character for the dance. She is interesting in that she almost fakes it so well she makes you miss her flaws. That being said, she needs to watch her footwork. It needs to be correct more often, and shows very little stability at times as you see them re-step throughout the dance. Score 27.
Hope Solo and Maksim Chmerkovskiy performed a scary Samba to “Werewolves of London”. And that was not a joke, it was scary! The judges are obviously trying to make amends from last week because they all kissed her butt. This was not a good routine, and nowhere in the league of the others. Hope’s shoulders were around her ears, leg action was non-existent, and she has this ungainly ability to look stiff and weak at the same time. I have no idea how she does that! Score 24.
Team Tango danced to “Disturbia” with J.R., Nancy, and David. Good overall in the group, but as soon as they danced individually it all fell apart. None of them performed particularly well, as Nancy was safe and boring, David’s posture was gross, and J.R.’s footwork was miserable. Score 23.
Team Paso Doble danced to “Together” with Rob, Hope, and Ricki. This performance beat team Tango all over the floor. Much better choreography in this routine than the Tango, it made you want to watch. Rob did appear to be too stompy and a bit weak in his solo, but stayed in good character. Bad chemistry and communication is obviously taking its toll on Hope and Maks, as their performance was tension filled and not fun to watch. Ricki is the cream of this crop and performed last, which was smart since she was the best performance of the group dances, and left that impression on the judges for the critique. Score 26.
Put the cuffs on Nancy and take her away, the judges have ruled on this one and she lost the case!
Who do you think will go home tonight?
Franchisee of Arthur Murray Dance Studio Woodland Hills
Arthur Murray Certified Adjudicator
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