This week’s Dancing With The Stars gimmick was the “Instant Dance”, wherein the contestants must perform a choreographed routine to music they’ve never heard before. Or, I guess they get to listen to it 20 minutes before they hit the stage.
In years past, the “stars” have struggled with this concept because they never learned to count while dancing. Funny how that whole “I’ll just listen to the music” thing catches up with you in the end. Isn’t it?
We are finally down to the top 5 which means that the dances are expected to be good. There shouldn’t be any cringing going on while we watch from home. Please believe I tried my best not to make faces last night. Believe it, even though it didn’t happen. Even if the judges told each and every couple that they performed their best dance to date. Each and every one of them.
The Needs To Go Home Tonight:
Nancy & Tristan -
Listen. I love listening to Tristan talk and was willing to keep these two on the show longer than they needed to be because of that accent. But… the time has come to say goodbye. Their Tango was “dry”. It just felt awkward and I can’t even put into words why it felt that way. Maybe her knees were bent wrong? Or she didn’t “own” her sexy? But it was an improvement over the last few weeks. I’ll give dear Nancy that much.
The So Perfectly Average I’ll Split My Votes Between You:
Rob & Cheryl -
Their Quickstep was all over the place in the beginning but he managed to pull it together by the end. To quote host Tom Bergeron, Rob was, “having the best week of the Kardashians”. I’ll leave it right there.
Hope & Maks -
Visiting Maks’ parents house (although I’m not sure he doesn’t also live there) for dinner was the perfect dose of comedic relief to the show’s video package segments. The heart can only take so much of the professionals getting frustrated with the “stars” for goofing off in rehearsal. Their Quickstep was… better than Rob’s in my opinion, but still not a “wow”.
The Hotdamn That’s What I’m Talkin’ About:
Ricki & Derek -
Watching Ricki Lake Waltz last night was like watching Margot Fonteyn dance. If it were your job to simply watch her feet for technical disparities, you’d have to say her Waltz wasn’t that great. If you were anyone else watching you’d be moved to near tears. That was a performance!
J.R. & Karina -
Standing ovation. So well deserved. Gorgeous. Stunning. Emotional. FIRST PERFECT 30 OF THE SEASON. Also so well deserved. There isn’t anything else to say about their first dance, except… do they really need to compete next week to get into the Finals? Really?
Now about those Instant Jives:
Of Nancy’s, head judge Len Goodman says, “It’s like Cinderella at the ball but it’s midnight and it’s time to go home.” Yep.
Rob looked lost and confused and mostly just stood about watching Cheryl dance. Which is great, except the point is for him to be dancing. But it wasn’t terrible. A for effort?
Ricki Ricki Ricki… I had so much hope for her Jive but once she got out there it was strange. Her feet sorta didn’t move very frequently for her to be saying she’s dancing the Jive.
Hope and Maks turned in a GREAT Jive. And in fact if it hadn’t been for Hope’s hands being completely left out of every move she made it would have been near perfection to watch.
J.R. said his goal was for the instant dance was for people to think “are you sure he didn’t practice to that music all week, ’cause he just KILLED it.” And of his dance, I will say this…
ARE YOU SURE HE DIDN’T PRACTICE TO THAT MUSIC ALL WEEK, ‘CAUSE HE JUST KILLED IT.
No surprise that they got another perfect 30 for their instant dance. I smell a mirrorball in their very near future.
Tune in tonight for the results show where we’ve been promised Andrea Bocelli, Flo-Rida and Michael Jackson. It’s too much.