Alright, let’s get down to it! Tonight on Dancing With The Stars I was thrown a bit off. Brooke Burke wore a normal dress….yes, you heard it here, it was a normal looking dress. How I can go further without having her dress to mock I don’t know, but for you my lovely Yakksters I will give it my best shot!!!
So tonight was classical night and the couples had to dance either the Paso Doble, Waltz or Viennese Waltz to classical music. No lyrics, no real beat at all. Basically, it was all about technique and interpretation of the music into the dance and the emotion.
Romeo and Chelsie danced first; they did the Paso Doble. They weren’t that bad, but it was a forgettable performance for me. Plus, kiss of death for Romeo where Len is concerned…he stripped his shirt off at the end! So, the judges were mixed on this. Len, as I predicted hated him taking the shirt off; however, all the judges agreed he’s improving with potential. Score was a 23.
Kendra and Louis danced the Viennese Waltz next and Kendra continued her classiness by making a gagging gesture during rehearsal when it came to the music. Then, she realized it was Italian and got excited because it reminded her of the mafia. Okay, so the dance…it was okay. It wasn’t fantastic by any means, but it wasn’t the worst dance ever on the show either. Just kind of there. Judges thought so too, gave them the lowest score of the night at 18.
Sugar Ray and Anna danced the Viennese Waltz as well and it was bizarre, yet cute. As one judge said, Sugar Ray was a bit cartoonish throughout the dance but it wasn’t silly. Was he off here and there in technique? Yes. But was he entertaining? Yes. They got their highest scores of the season so far on this dance, with a 21.
Petra and Dmitry did the Paso Doble and I wasn’t sure what to think at first about this. Petra had a fear of being aggressive as she isn’t aggressive by nature, however I thought she did quite well with that. There were a few missteps here and there as to technique but it wasn’t anything major, the ending is what got me. She seemed to roll around on the floor while Dmitry took her skirt off. The judges didn’t really mind it though, they gave them a score of 23.
My personal favorite dance of the night was up next, Ralph and Karina with the Waltz. I’ll just write what the judges said because it echoed what I thought of it…Bruno said it was achingly romantic, heartfelt, brilliant storytelling, thanks for continuing the lines…Carrie Ann says when he dances he’s so honest, such an honest connection to the emotions. She was swept in and carried through…Len says he’s been in the wilderness for two weeks and is back now. They got their highest score of the season yet, with a 25.
Hines and Kym danced a powerful and terrific Paso Doble after that. It had everything a Paso Doble needed to have at this stage of the game. The judges deemed it powerful, explosive, in the zone. Len also said that Hines seemed the most determined out of all the celebrities, and always gave it 100%. They also gave them 25 out of 30 points.
Mark and Chelsea tackled the Viennese Waltz and continued their tradition of modernizing the dances. It was set to the theme from Harry Potter (or at least how most know it) and personally, I thought it was insanely creative. Mark Ballas has a unique ability to throw incredibly difficult choreography out there, and with the right partner (hence, not his partner last season) make it hit just right. Len said, however, that this dance was 300 years old and even with Chelsea being 22 years old, her job is to learn the dance while Mark’s was to guide her through it. Carrie Ann and Bruno felt differently, and loved it. Didn’t matter because they got the top score of the night, with a 26.
Chris and Cheryl did their version of a Paso Doble next and I was impressed by this. I thought it was powerful and perfect with the music, BUT I also agreed with Len that near the end when the music picked up, the dance did not. The music overpowered him in spots, but it was still done very well. Len did like it overall, as did the other judges and they gave them a 23.
Finally, Kirstie and Maks danced the Waltz. Kirstie struggled with a bum hip, but refused to stop as well. The dance wasn’t terrible by any means, but they had another misfortune on the dance floor with Kirstie’s shoe coming off in the middle of it. Now, obviously they can’t help injuries or warddrobe malfunctions during the dance and last week showed that if you keep going you can still do good. However, the judges felt there wasn’t as much of a connection this week for Kirstie and it was more about her trying to get through the dance than go with it. I’m biased to her (and Maks, he’s incredible!) so I wasn’t upset at their score of a 22 however suspect that it could be viewed by some as too high.
Okay, the leaderboard:
Chelsea/Mark – 26
Hines/Kym – 25
Ralph/Karina – 25
Romeo/Chelsie – 23
Petra/Dmitry – 23
Chris/Cheryl – 23
Kirstie/Maks – 22
Sugar Ray/Anna – 21
Kendra/Louis – 18
My bet is the former Bunny gets the boot this week. What do you think? Tell us about it in our forums HERE!