Due to the Presidential debate, last night’s DWTS was only one hour forcing the twelve competitors to go head to head with the winner of each match up gaining immunity from tonight’s elimination show. It was quick and dirty, but I loved it. With another two-hour elimination stretch, the truncated telecast was a nice change of pace.
After each duo danced it out, the show moved straight to the judges scores with critiques coming tonight. Instead of doing my normal lowest to highest recap, this time I’m just breaking it down by couples battling it out.
Singer vs Singer (Jive):
Babyface and Allison – Wanting to tap into what Babyface calls “black people dance,” the music producer needed to cut loose and be out of control. He didn’t accomplish that so much in his routine. Kenneth looked slightly stiff, like he still doesn’t quite know how to let it go and just move. Score: 25/40
Jana and Gleb – Knowing the steps and being able to perform them at the speed required for a jive had the country singer intimidated. That uncertainty didn’t show on the ballroom floor. Their dance was a bit more fun and loose. Even though there was a few beats out of step, the couple recovered and finished strong. Score: 26/40 and Immunity
Battle of the Texans (Paso Doble):
Rick and Emma – While in rehearsal, Rick’s ankle folded under him making it harder for him to move his feet. The former governor pushed thru and gave a decent performance. The paso might be his best bet for a decent dance. His stiff and awkward frame doesn’t stand out quite as much in the more traditional looking routine. Score: 23/40
Vanilla Ice and Witney – The rapper’s “paso boble” was the polar opposite in technique. Focusing less on the posturing and more on the chemistry between him and Witney. There was more content and a smoother feel to the dance. I think the judges were way too harsh on him because it wasn’t a more technically sound paso. Score: 23/40 but won immunity in the tie breaker
Racing for the win (Cha Cha):
James and Sharna – The race car driver is not used to moving his hips in a sexy way, but he figured it out quick and worked the hell out of them. James brought the sexy and was so enjoyable to watch. Score: 29/40 and Immunity
Ryan and Cheryl – The hips are an issue with him as well, so the dance bypassed most of those types of moves. The first half had the pro dancing around the swimmer, but come time to move his feet, Ryan was shuffling them. Score: 25/40
Sizing it Up (Viennese Waltz):
Terra and Sasha – The song picked for the couple spoke to the reality TV star. The lyrics talk about a person who is trying to hide from the world because they are different. Wanting to show she doesn’t have a disability with her stature, Terra danced a beautiful moving waltz that showcased size doesn’t matter. Score: 30/40
Calvin and Lindsay – Not used to being delicate, Lindsay had to teach the retired football player how to be gentle. Calvin made the judges pick difficult with his graceful and gorgeous waltz. Megatron has proved he not only has the moves, he has the poise to back it up. Score: 32/40 and Immunity
Shy vs Extrovert (Salsa):
Amber and Maks – Knowing she needs to step it up, the talk show host was happy to get to shake her booty. And shake it she did in a fun and sexy salsa. Nice to see her more comfortable in her skin, I just wish she could find a way of getting there while out of her element. Score: 25/40
Maureen and Artem – The former sitcom star is having trouble. Her body is starting to breakdown from the exhaustive training. The more conventional and technically sound salsa was not nearly as fun as Amber’s, but knowing the judges, they gave her better scores for the traditional moves. Score: 28/40 and Immunity
Youth takes on Experience (Tango):
Laurie and Val – The tango is on “a whole ‘nother level of woman” than the gymnast has undergone so far. Not wanting to be known as “cute Laurie” for the entirety of the competition, she dug deep and found some maturity she hasn’t needed to bring out just yet. Loved the darker look as well. Score: 21/40 and Immunity
Marilu and Derek – Knowing she has a few more life experiences on her competition, the actress really wanted to show she has some sex appeal. But that didn’t quite translate to her tango. While she did a great job with the dance itself, it was much more tame than I was expecting. I think that is what lost her the challenge. Score: 28/40
What did you think of last night’s quick head to head dance off? Did you agree with the judges scores? Who do you think will be going home tonight? Talk to me in the comments section below.