Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Are you ready to rock? It’s rock week on Dancing with the Stars!
We’re going back to good old Quiet Riot! Sherri and Val danced an attitude filled Tango, which matched both of their feisty personalities nicely! She had nice poses throughout the dance; however, the short skirt with the high boots made not so good footwork stand out. The costume designers need to remember to have their outfits accentuate the routines, not distract from them. Score 21
Katherine and Mark danced one aggressive Paso Doble! You would think Katherine’s sweet, elegant demeanor would not match this intense dance. Well, being trained by a UFC fighter brought the fight out of her. Unfortunately, the judges all agreed, saying though the intensity was there, she lost the crispness of her moves. I think it’s easy to find something wrong when she set the bar so high last week. Score 24
Jaleel and Kym danced a Tango to The Rolling Stones’ “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction”. He had good posture and timing, but it didn’t rock! It was too smooth and safe. Jaleel has a way of making the routines look easy but this was the wrong dance for that. What goes up, must come down. Score 22
In typical Maks style, Melissa’s routine was intense and fast paced with step on top of step, without any breath. Maks has a way of pushing his stars to the “Maks”. It is a blessing and a curse. Melissa kept up well, but it made her look a bit hectic. I enjoy seeing speed in a routine, but it needs to be contrasted by showing control. I do have to say that I loved the costumes. These DID accentuate the routine and the dancers. However, this one did not pay off with a high score. Score 22
There we’re many things that distracted me while watching Donald Driver’s Paso Doble. First, can he dance with a shirt on? This isn’t Dancing with Chippendales. Second, I saw more tongue from Donald than the group KISS. Aside from that, his routine was strong and his feet were sharp. If you actually watched the dance, rather than his muscles, it probably was his best dance so far. This time the dancing prevailed! Score 27
Gladys and Tristan danced a Tango to Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody”. I don’t know if a longer skirt could’ve helped Gladys’ Tango, but it might have helped hide her terrible footwork. She had fire in her dance, but her frame was soft. For this season, it’s not going to be good enough. Score 20
William Levy has no clue who the American rock 80’s ban, Twisted Sister is, but on this Jive it didn’t matter. Now there were a few mishaps, they had a missed trick and he messed up his timing, but the parts he got right were great! I did not agree, but the judges couldn’t get past the mistakes and his score suffered. Score 22
Can the Michael Jackson impersonator do a distinguished Viennese Waltz? He stepped up big time! Chelsie and Roshon danced an elegant, lyrical, Viennese Waltz. Roshon had great extension in his arms and legs. His posture was pulled up tall and strong. This time, I only saw a few twisty feet. Tonight, the boy turned into a man! Score 26
Maria Menounos is being tough like a rock star. With stress fractured feet, Maria and Derek danced a Tango to “Schools Out for Summer”. Her top line and movement were great, but I didn’t think her facial expression matched the dance. Considering, her footwork was good, but it wasn’t her best dance. What is going on today? Score 26
The beginning of Gavin and Karina’s Tango started out strong! The hard part about the Tango routines, in comparison to the others, is the majority of the routine is in closed hold. This means the POSTURE is a major key to it’s success. As Gavin’s routine progressed, his shoulders rose and he began to lean forward. Gavin did a great job with the steps and for this week, that was enough to put him in the middle of the pack. Score 23
The dust settled, and there was a big spread between the stars. This week had a lot of firsts – Katherine is not in the top 3 and Donald is in the top spot. Bottom 3 – Sherri, Gavin, and Gladys. The one thing that remains the same for me is that Gladys should go home next.
Franchisee of Arthur Murray Dance Studio Woodland Hills
Arthur Murray Certified Adjudicator
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