Welcome back everyone! Tonight we had the second week of dancing, and Tuesday night has the first elimination. All eleven couples were back tonight, dancing either the Jive or the Quickstep. I’d say a changing of the guard took place, with last week’s standouts stepping back just a tad, while some of the lower scored couples stepped up.
Before we get to that, I left out my planned weekly commentary on a very important subject….that being Brooke Burke’s dress. Each week this former DWTS champ wears dresses that range from unique to weird to just Lady Gaga head scratching. Tonight’s dress falls in the unique category. It wasn’t that bad, but still bizarre and is thusly titled the Sparkly Black Condom. It was very form fitting and sparkly, but strayed into category of looking a bit too much like, you guessed it, a condom.
Back to the dancers. First up tonight were Sugar Ray and Anna dancing the Jive. Not much to comment on to be honest. I was bored and the judges didn’t remark much better, basically saying he could be in danger with that dance. They ended up giving him a score of 17, which totaled with last week’s scores gave him an end total of 34 out of 60.
Louis and Kendra were up next, dancing the Quickstep. Kendra’s main concern was that she was too much of a tomboy and couldn’t be a lady. I didn’t think she was bad really, and she didn’t seem tomboyish either, but the judges gave it a mixed review and she scored 19 out of 30, totaled with last week she ended up with 37 out of 60.
After that Chelsea and Mark danced probably the most unique Jive I’ve ever seen, I guess it could loosely be called a Jive. Seemed to me like they wanted to push the boundaries and be considered edgy. I actually liked it, but the judges are more schooled in this than I am and gave them 18 out of 30, with a total of 39 out of 60.
Chris Jericho and Cheryl Burke did the Quickstep next, and I was way impressed with how improved Chris was from last week. Technically he was incredible with a fantastic form and frame. The judges thought so too, giving him 23 out of 30, for a total of 42 out of 60.
Petra and Dmitry did the Jive and this is a very hard dance for someone to do when they’re that tall. Petra has Amazonian legs, which rival Season 2’s Stacy Kiebler. Petra was immensely afraid of one trick and particular, but pulled it off. I didn’t think it was bad at all; it wasn’t perfect and it wasn’t the best of the night, but it was good. The judges gave Petra 18 out of 30, for a total of 36 out of 60.
One of last week’s standouts danced the Quickstep next, Kirstie and her partner Maks. Kirstie isn’t a little girl, which she’ll freely acknowledge, but I was impressed with her ability to keep up with Maks as the Quickstep is the fastest paced dance out of all of them. However, at the end, she lost a bit of steam and the judges noted this in their critique, giving her 20 out of 30, for an overall total of 43 out of 60.
Last week’s low scorer Mike Catherwood danced the Jive next with Lacey. He did improve from last week, Len noted this too, but it was barely an improvement. The judges also inserted some interesting insect analogies and remarked that he seems to take his dances on in sections rather than as a whole, giving him a 17 out of 30, for an overall score of 30 out of 60.
Romeo danced the Quickstep after that, with Chelsea Hightower and I’d have to say that this was the standout performance of the night. A vast improvement over last week, although he seriously needs to get over his cool complex. Doesn’t matter though when it comes to his dancing because the judges loved it, giving him a total of 23 out of 30. Combined with last week he ended up with 42 out of 60.
Wendy and Tony did the Quickstep next and congrats to Wendy for waking up out of her ballroom coma! This was a serious improvement from last week, you actually saw personality and not nerves from her. You could tell the effort she put it into it, and the judges did too; although they did state that the choreography was a bit economical and she lost steam in places. She got a score of 17 out of 30, overall 31 out of 60.
Ralph and Kim were next, doing the Jive. The man who wowed the judges and danced his way to the top last week faltered a bit this week. I personally thought he did pretty darn good, but it was spastic as well and a bit too much in places, echoing what the judges said. However, he still managed to snag 21 out of 30 points tonight, for an overall total of 45 out of 60. Didja know? He named his son Daniel.
Finally, Hines and Kym danced the Quickstep next and he ranked right up there with Romeo as the standout of the night. He was clean, precise, handled all the technical elements with ease and injected personality into his performance. The judges really liked it and gave him rave reviews along with a score of 23 out of 30, overall 44 out of 60.
So, here’s your leaderboard. But first….the changing of the guards occurred for me in that last week I thought Kirstie and Ralph blew everyone away while this week I think that spot belonged to Romeo and Hines. The scores below are the combined scores from last week and this one:
1) Ralph and Karina – 45 out of 60
2) Hines and Kym – 44 out of 60
3) Kirstie and Maks – 43 out of 60
4) Chris and Cheryl – 42 out of 60
4) Romeo and Chelsie – 42 out of 60
6) Chelsea and Mark – 39 out of 60
7) Kendra and Louis – 37 out of 60
8 ) Petra and Dmitry – 36 out of 60
9) Sugar Ray and Anna – 34 out of 60
10) Wendy and Tony – 31 out of 60
11) Mike and Lacey – 30
Who do you think is in danger tomorrow night? Personally I think the bottom three is going to be just as it is on the leaderboard; with Sugar Ray, Wendy and Mike. Who’s going? I don’t know, but I hope it’s Mike because he’s just all sorts of bad.