Last night’s DWTS had dances to musical icon’s songs and team dances. Two couples saw perfect scores (the first of the season), but the fun was short lived for two other couples who were sent home at the end of the night. Let’s get down to it!
Antonio and Sharna (Tango) – Rockin’ it to Rolling Stone’s “Paint it Black.” Antonio decided after last week’s high scores he is going to step it up and really put the work in. The attitude was there in the dance, but there were a few too many slip ups (including a near nip slip from Sharna that caused the cameras to cut away briefly). The tango itself was sexy and intense, just not the most technically sound routine. Carrie is right, the NFLer has some magic and if he can get the moves down he would be unstoppable. Score: 24/30
Von and Witney (Salsa) – Shaking their hips to Elvis Presley’s “A Little Less Conversation.” Does Witney really not know who Elvis is? She is kidding right? There were a few missteps here and there, but it was so much fun and full of energy, I was willing to forgive them. Unfortunately for the couple they were second to last and when compared to the dancers out on the floor before them, the routine wasn’t that spectacular. Score: 24/30
Jodie and Keo (Quickstep) – Dancing it out to Stevie Wonder’s “For Once in My Life.” Jodie is so stiff and sore from last week’s injuries and intense dance, but she is doing what she can to power thru. Their quickstep was amazing and managed not to fall into mania as some of the faster dances tend to do. The actress really looked like she was in the zone and I couldn’t take my eyes off of her in that gorgeous yellow dress. You know the competition is getting stiff when two nines have a couple sitting in the bottom three. Score: 26/30
Kim and Sasha (Samba) – Grovin’ to The Jackson 5’s “ABC.” I love that Kim has a personal connection to the group and the song since she grew up with the Jackson family. Somehow that always makes the dance more special to me. I really loved her fun and sassy attitude for the routine. Kim was not happy with Carrie’s comments from last week about the lacking of energy and was going to show them she could shake it off and shake her groove thang. Score: 27/30
Wanya and Lindsay (Foxtrot) – Dancing to Aretha Franklin’s “Say a Little Prayer.” Wanya’s commitment to Boyz 2 Men this past week interfered with rehearsals and frustrated Wanya. The singing trio’s manager is cashing in on the group’s popularity due to Wanya being on the show and it is becoming too much on the performer’s plate. He persevered and came out with a wonderfully sweet and jubilant routine that was so perfect for the song (which is one of my favorites from Aretha). I couldn’t quit smiling the entire time I was watching them. Score: 27/30
Nyle and Peta (Foxtrot) – Strangely enough to U2’s “Beautiful Day.” I could name about 10 other U2 songs that are more iconic and would have been a better fit for a foxtrot. The rock song didn’t mesh well with the sophistication of the routine in my opinion. Other than the mismatch song choice, the foxtrot was spectacular. Nyle didn’t want to engage with the camera crew this week because he felt his statements about he and Val as competitors was taken out of context. The top model was worried he would say something else that would make him look bad. Feeling like he embarrassed himself, Nyle had a hard time putting his whole heart into rehearsals. He put it aside and really showed he is a true competitor. Score: 28/30 (Bruno really needs to remember what number he writes down. That’s twice this season he tried to give someone a 10 when he really gave them a 9.)
Ginger and Val (Viennese Waltz) – Dancing to Whitney Houston’s “I Have Nothing.” After last week’s comments and scores the GMA meteorologist was really down. Val gave her his best “you can do it” speech to make her feel better. And his pep talk worked because Ginger really nailed it and brought the house to its knees in the process. It was such an elegantly stunning routine that made me forget how much I love that song (and all the middle school memories attached to it) and pay attention to the couple. She had all the extensions and lines that make a dance pop and look that much more stunning. Score: 30/30 (First perfect scores of the season, but they were not the only ones for the night!)
Paige and Mark (Jive) – Jivin’ it out to Tina Turner’s “Proud Mary.” Nearly being eliminated shook the MMA fighter’s confidence, but she channeled that nervous energy into getting the really difficult routine down. Paige burned up the dance floor because that girl was on fire! The jive was filled with so much content and was so high energy, it could have been a disaster if there was just one slip up. Leave it to my favorite competitor to nail it and get the season’s (and the night’s) second perfect score. Score: 30/30
After the ladies killed it in the individual performances, it was time to move on to the team dances. Men vs Women. Team James Brown vs Team Beyoncé. Both groups had issues to deal with. The men had to find a way to practice at times without the traveling Wanya and Nyle had a hard time adjusting to dancing with a large group. The women were a little intimidated by all of the pros working together to get involved with the choreography, but eventually stepped in and had some input on how the dance should look.
Team James Brown’s routine was full of energy and was so much fun to watch. The men looked like they were able to form a good comrade while working together. During each dancer’s solo, the men channeled their inner Godfather of Soul, but still managed to let their own personalities shine through. Score: 28/30
Team Beyoncé’s started out fierce, but had an odd moment in the middle when they had a slower dance to “If I were a Boy.” It looked great, but the transition in tempo was not as smooth as it could have been. Kim was off a couple of times and there was a minor wardrobe malfunction, but overall the dance was great. The choreography was so much more difficult than the men’s dance, so I applaud the ambition. Score: 25/30
I know the group scores are added to the individual ones and it is supposed to affect who is eliminated, but let’s be honest, it doesn’t. The team dances are a fun thing for the producers to put out there to break up any monotony heading into the home stretch of the competition. Speaking of elimination…
Endangered Couples: Kim & Sasha, Wanya & Lindsay, and Von & Witney.
Kim & Sasha and Von & Witney.
I was sad to see Kim and Von go. The two of them are such happy people and watching them dance is so much fun. They will be missed. But the competition this year is really amazing and we all knew that we are going to be saying goodbye to awesome dancers. Hope you voted for your favorites.
Next week, things are going to get even more intense for the final six couples and we as the audience are getting the chance to be the fourth judge!
What did you think of last night’s Dancing with the Stars? Were you excited to see two perfect scores? Did you think the right couples went home? Let me know what you think in the comments section below.