Last night saw our competitors dancing it out to different eras (always so much fun) and for the first time this season, the couples teamed up. Len came back and was just as delightful as always! I may have miss last week due to illness, but I’m back as well and ready to enjoy.
Three of couples had big breakthroughs over the last couple of weeks, but last night was a giant step back for them. Three stars who were on top of the world are now stuck in the middle of the pack. The two least likely dancers are dominating the ballroom.
Starting, as always, from lowest to highest:
Ryan and Cheryl (90’s Rumba) – After his breakthrough dance a couple of weeks ago, the Olympic swimmer has gone right back to his stiff and awkward ways. Len may have been happy there were no props or other dancers to take away from the routine, but I wish there would have been some to distract me from the boredom. He tried with that rumba, but let’s face it, Ryan is no dancer and should have been gone a couple of weeks ago. Score: 28/40
Maureen and Artem (80’s Tango) – Like Ryan, Maureen had a big development week and has taken a step or two back since. The stress of learning two dances got to her. While the 80’s theme and song worked surprisingly well with the tango (that denim, leather, and hair! Oh my!), too many small missteps and a big slip by Artem cost them big time. Score: 28/40
Marilu and Derek (20’s Charlston) – Such a great and fun start. Then it went downhill towards the end. It was like her batteries started to run low causing the energy and steps fizzled out. That wild abandon needed for the Roaring 20’s feel was not there, but she still gave it her all. That extra point Len gave to Ryan should have gone to her. Scores: 29/40
Laurie and Val (60’s Quickstep) – How freaking adorable was that prom set and dance? Such a great way to start the night. It kind of depressed me when Laurie said she never been to prom, but luckily she has Val to make her first one awesome for her. While Laurie had been pushed into womanhood in the last few weeks, this was a perfect way for her to step back and be “Cute Laurie” once again and it not feel like she is backsliding. Len can be such a grump, those scores should have been a little higher. Score: 34/40
Terra and Sasha (30’s Foxtrot) – This is how you pick yourself up and dust yourself off, people. Such a glamorous and elegant routine. The reality TV personality shinned like an old Hollywood starlet. While that dance and look may not be what I think of when it comes to the 30’s, that is definitely what I think the foxtrot should look like. What I don’t like was how low the judges scored her after giving Terra so much admiration. Her dance should have been given at the very least all nines if not maybe one ten. Score: 34/40
Jana and Gleb (70’s Samba) – A wonderfully funky and colorful dance from the country singer. (Unfortunately Black Mirror took the shine off that song for me) While the routine may not have been as show-stopping as last week’s steamy Argentine Tango, it was a great outing. The first dance after reaching perfection is not easy. But I do agree with Len (angry rant aside), more samba content needed. Score: 34/40
James and Sharna (40’s Jitterbug) – It was not the Indy Car driver’s best dance in the competition so far, it sure was a hell of a lot of fun. Some of the lifts didn’t have that “wow” factor they were supposed to and it wasn’t in sync as it should have been (poor Sharna). But if you weren’t paying attention, it was easy not to see some of those things. You know you are damn good when a few slip ups don’t phase you. And where can I get that James/Sharna ’16 T-Shirt he was wearing during rehearsals? They have my vote! Score: 36/40
Calvin and Lindsay (50’s Jive) – It never ceases to amaze me how a giant of a man like Calvin can move with such ease on the floor. He conquered that jive like he had been doing it for years. It was bright, happy, and full of life, exactly how nostalgia lovers think of that era. WHY WAS HE NOT GIVEN STRAIGHT TENS????!!!! Score: 36/40
Team Past (Viennese Waltz) – Am I a bad person for laughing when Ryan was picked last? The athlete getting picked last cracks me up every time. That performance looked like something straight out of a movie. It was simple, yet intricate in how they moved together, and so beautiful. Not bad for the team with the two dancers that struggle the most. Score: 38/40
Team Future (Freestyle) – The all-female team struggled with accommodating Terra and her size as well as everyone’s very busy schedules. My heart broke when Terra realized Sasha was speaking in Russian to the other dancers to not hurt her feelings with what they are saying. The dance itself was very interesting to watch and had a lot of ambition to it, but it didn’t resonate with me as much. Nowhere near as clean and inclusive as Team Past. That fall Marilu took was hard to watch. Score: 35/40
Endangered Couples – Maureen & Artem and Jana & Gleb (?!?)
Eliminated Couple – Maureen and Artem
While I’m sad to see the TV star go (such amazing spirit and positivity), I think she went as far as she could when it comes to learning dance.
Let me hear your thoughts. Do you think the right couple went home? How shock were you when Jana and Gleb were in jeopardy? Who do you think is going home next week (please let it be Ryan)?