“Dancing With the Stars” fans, we’re happy to report Chelsea Kane and Mark Ballas survived their instant dance.
What is the instant dance, you ask? The instant dance is where the couple doesn’t know the music they will be dancing to until 20 minutes before. No pressure.
Chelsea was particularly nervous about the instant dance as she usually learns her dance according to the beats in the song. Luckily, Mark and Chelsea’s salsa fit their music pretty well and the couple performed a high-energy routine with a high level of difficulty.
Tom Bergeron, the ever-observant host, pointed out the jumped cue in the beginning of their dance which didn’t throw Chelsea and Mark off. Five points to Bergeron for being awesome! While we thought the routine was pretty good, one of the judges did have a pretty negative thing to say about it, which united the other two judges.
Len Goodman: “Let me tell you something: You’ve done two dances tonight. I thought the waltz was cool. The salsa was hot!”
Bruno Tonioli: “Twenty minutes and you managed to put so many steps in there! What are you going to do next week?! You’re setting the bar very, very, very high because the difficulty was incredible. Fantastic job!”
Carrie Ann Inaba: “You did very well with your choreography and the execution of the choreography. I did not feel a connection to the music. You could have closed your ears and it was a fantastic dance. It felt like they were dancing above the music. Great performance!”
Carrie scored the couple with an 8, while Bruno and Len awarded their salsa with 9s, giving Chelsea and Mark a total score of 55 points for the night.