This marks our first two-dance-per-couple episode of Dancing with the Stars. The strain of learning twice the routines can overwhelm even the most together dancer and the physical toll was too much on one star.
P.S. That singer in the band looked like a disco ball exploded and got it’s reflective innards stuck on her dress.
1. Marissa Jaret Winokur & Tony
Dance/Song: Tango – I don’t know the song but it’s delightfully appropriate
Marissa’s having a few issues separating the techniques of the Tango and the Rumba, her two styles this week, in rehearsal but she’s not having any problems during the performance. She looked good, hit some great lines, really had the character of the dance and didn’t seem as cartoonishly short as she sometimes seems. And no Muppet faces. I think this is her best dance so far.
Judges: All the judges really like it with Len saying that this is her best so far.
Score: 27 (all 9’s)
2. Cristian de la Fuente & Cheryl
Dance/Song: Viennese Waltz – "I’ll Make Love To You" by Boyz II Men
We get to see Cristian’s adorable daughter during his pre-dance package. Seriously, she’s super cute. There was something about this dance that made it seem like he was counting…or waiting for her to finish whatever she was doing before continuing with the dance or something. There was this nifty not-a-lift that they did – a floor sweep that changed positions. He has definitely improved with his body positions and fluidity.
Judges: The judges all enjoyed the performance but Carrie Ann said that it lacked a smidge of energy, which must be why it seemed like he was counting, and there wasn’t enough "content" in the dance for Len.
Score: 25 (8-8-9)
3. Kristi Yamaguchi & Mark
Dance/Song: Viennese Waltz – "I’m With You" by Avril Lavigne
Mark’s getting stressed out because of the whole two dances a week thing (his first time having to do that) so Kristi takes him to the ice rink to relax. He fell. A lot. They start out dancing with an umbrella with rhinestone water droplets. Mark is dressed in a white military uniform. There’s this cool part where Kristi does turns all the way across the floor diagonally where Mark slides on his knees to her and catches her in a dip. It had a nice vibe to it and they pulled off the umbrella bit without it being corny. And boo on Samantha for bringing up he and Sabrina getting booted when their scores dipped. How rude.
Judges: Len thought the beginning was too long and didn’t really like the prop, in opposition to Carrie Ann and Bruno. C to the A mentioned that her turns were a little off and Bruno agreed, but noted the difficulty of the move ("[turns] into a drop, you try it.").
Score: 26 (9-8-9)
4. Mario & Karina
Dance/Song: Foxtrot – "I’m Your Man" by Michael Buble
Mario’s pulling triple duty – two dances for the show and one for his music video – and hopes that he doesn’t burn out. He’s having a tough rehearsal week but trying to keep a good attitude about it. I’ll give it up to him, all the issues he was having with this dance he covered well with his stage presence.
Judges: Len said he’s not the most elegant of dancers but he did well. Bruno said that he brings great youthful exuberance but he needs to learn a little more control. Carrie Ann complimented him on the fact that they don’t shy away from difficult steps/routines and said to work on being less loose during the Ballroom dances.
Score: 24 (all 8’s)
5. Shannon Elizabeth & Derek
Dance/Song: Tango – More familiar yet unknown and wonderfully appropriate instrumental music
For the second time tonight, they bring up last week’s outbursts by the duo and Shannon apologized again for loosing control. Derek was less "friendly" in rehearsal to get her a little angry so she can channel it into the dance. Her footwork was a little sloppy at the beginning but she had good lines and had the character of the dance down very well.
Judges: Positive comments all around with Carrie Ann saying it was her best dance yet.
Score: 27 (all 9’s)
6. Jason Taylor & Edyta
Dance/Song: Quickstep – "The Dirty Boogie" by The Brian Setzer Orchestra
After having a Bottom Two scare, Jason never wants to be there again so he’s putting extra, extra effort into it. He starts the dance by leaping off the stage and over her head. He had a slight bauble with the footwork but was controlling the size of his steps and kicks very well. He also had great energy and personality. And, at the end of the dance, he ran over to the judges table, grabbed the papers of the desk and threw them into the air like confetti before doing a handstand over Edyta and landing gracefully on top of her. Awesome.
Judges: Good things from all with Bruno saying it was the dance of the night so far.
Score: 29 (10-9-10) – Maybe not two 10’s but the mistakes were so minimal, Bruno and Carrie Ann might not have been looking at his feet at that time.
7. Marissa & Tony
Dance/Song: Rumba – "Cuando, Cuando, Cuando"
It had a good vibe and she didn’t make any Muppet faces. She, again, looked taller than usual.
Judges: It wasn’t dirty enough for Bruno but Carrie Ann disagreed, complimenting her on her lines and fluidity. Len thought it was a little too careful but good.
Score: 25 (9-8-8)
8. Cristian & Cheryl
Dance/Song: Samba – I’ve never heard the song before it actually fit the dance
I’ll give it to him, he was shaking his hips like Chippendale’s. Unfortunately, about two-thirds of the way through the dance, something happened to Cristian’s left arm and it totally pulled his head out of the dance (but, to his credit, he kept going). Tom Bergeron threw it to commercial despite Cristian’s repeated assurances that he was fine. Back from the break, Cristian has ice wrapped around it and the EMT diagnosed it as a "severe muscle cramp" but I’m afraid it might be a muscle tear. Either way, ow. Tom asks Carrie Ann how the dance will be judged and she verifies that they will look at it up until the injury happened. And, thankfully, Samantha cuts the interview short so he can go get some medical treatment. Small favors.
Judges: The judges can’t really give him a critique but commend him for sticking it out through the rest of the dance.
Score: 21 (all 7’s)
9. Kristi & Mark
Dance/Song: Cha Cha – "Don’t Stop The Music" by Rihanna – and they were doing so well with music up to this point
Kristi has this big fluffy hair piece on and kind of looks like one of Gwen Stefani’s back-up dancers. It started out slightly eh (probably because of the heavy post-injury energy) but picked up speed quickly. It was a fun number and had strong choreography. And another boo to Samantha for bringing up the injury during the post-interview. Way to bring the room back down.
Judges: Carrie Ann and Bruno really dug it but Len, predictably, didn’t like the non-traditional choreography.
Score: 28 (10-8-10)
10. Mario & Karina
Dance/Song: Mambo – another familiar song that was appropriate, huzzah!
It was fun with good choreography. There was one little part where they got out of sync but still enjoyable. I kind of wanted him to be wearing a fedora during the dance.
Judges: All the judges liked it, even cranky-pants Len.
Score: 27 (all 9’s)
11. Shannon & Derek
Dance/Song: Mambo – "Ain’t Nothing Wrong With That" by Robert Randolph & The Family Band
Shannon’s wearing a giant fluffy skirt to help accentuate her hip movement. She starts out on the step in front of the judge’s table shaking her hips to each side and doing a roll. The side to side was fine, the roll…not so much. Between the bad cover of a great song and her stiff movements, I don’t really no what to say. The two highlights: Derek ripping open his shirt a third of the way into and their ending, Shannon laying backwards over the judges table while Derek hopped up and stood on it. Painful. Oh, and she put in some butt padding to help her out with her lack of posterior.
Judges: Carrie Ann really didn’t know what to say for a bit before telling her that, being so tall, she really has to work on her lines but she did a good job. Len and Bruno both agree that she needs to control the awkwardness in her movements, adding that she really improved with her hip movements. Notice Carrie Ann didn’t mention it.
Score: 24 (all 8’s)
12. Jason & Edyta
Dance/Song: Paso Doble – The Monday Night Football Theme Song – Hilarious
Jason is dressed in a modified football uniform while Edyta wears his team’s colors. He had really good intensity and it was a very entertaining number, complete with Jason holding his arms up to signal "touchdown" as the end pose. There was an unintentional lift on account of him being 6’6 and Edyta being…way less so there’s no telling whether they’ll get deductions for it. But they probably will.
Judges: All the judges found it entertaining and, as I thought, Carrie Ann of the Lift Police made an appearance (though somewhat reluctantly). Also, Len thought there was too much posing.
The Bottom Two: It’s getting tougher to figure this out. I’m going with Shannon and Mario. I think Cristian will get an injury pass (especially since he got taken to the hospital).
Who’s Out: Shannon. It’s her time.