One Sentence Summary: We head into the semi-finals with two individual rounds of Latin Dances (One a mandatory Argentine Tango) and then a Cha Cha Relay.
Rachel: I have no idea what a Cha Cha Relay means, but it sounds like something they would have done on Battle of The Sexes back in the day. Yes, I’m showing my age… again. All I know is that as we edge closer to the end, I am wanting Maks out more than Rob. I know my partner will disagree with me strongly, but his arrogance is just too much for me to take. I cannot even handle that smug smirk another week. I have a friend who works in the ballroom industry who insists that Maks is a sweetheart. (She does acknowledge he hasn’t done himself any favors this season.) I just don’t see it. I really don’t. I see glimpses of him being a cool dude but they are so few and far between that I think they’re for the cameras. But I am excited for the Argentine Tango round. It’s definitely my favorite dance of the bunch. We’ll see who can pull off the super sexy and sultry dance. I’m still Team J.R. all the way, so here’s hoping he rocks it!
Hope has 13 anchors in her shoulder from an injury… Yikes. Doesn’t even seem like you can fit 13 anythings in your shoulder. So she gets a shot the size of an elephant tranquilizer to help numb the pain. Yeow. Oh look another dance where Maks tries to make Hope sultry and sexy. This dance is not good. She just looks so… awkward… when she tries to do the serious dances. Honestly, I thought this song was “Can’t Be Saved” before I looked it up (Not the world’s biggest Miley fan), which would seem more apropos. It’s driving me crazy that Len is suddenly pandering to her every time she’s up there, but he does say she lost control and finesse. Bruno says it was unchained and untamed but lacked artistry. Carrie Ann says she nailed the character of the dance but the hold was out of synch. Brooke says we love Maks this week. No, Brooke. No, we don’t.
Oh no! J.R. twisted his ankle in rehearsal! No, not J.R.!!!! This makes me very sad. I don’t want him to potentially be at risk for going home due to a bad ankle. Hmm… This isn’t his best dance but it’s not bad for someone who’s injured, although he is limping again. Ruh-roh. Here’s hoping the judges pander to him too. Bruno says the role play was great but the posture wasn’t quite there. Carrie Ann gives him credit for attacking the dance with a hurt ankle, but she agrees the posture wasn’t there. Len says this dance didn’t suit him. It was more zero than Zorro.
Rob says he needs to be more of a man than J.R. this week. Never ever ever will happen. Seriously, the closer we get to the end, the more he bugs me. And I couldn’t be more sick of hearing about his butt. I do think he suffers from my disdain for all things Kardashian and it’s not even him necessarily… Well, yeah it is. Did he really just come in on a float? Ugh, he did a good job in his dance. He actually is improving and it’s really ticking me off. Oh look! Bruce gets to sit with his wife in the front row this week. Good for him. Carrie Ann says Holy Cow it’s a booty booty booty.. and then I stopped listening. Len said he started off “oh no” but he was all “yes” on the dance floor. Bruno says once he starts shaking there’s no stopping him. Carrie Ann gives him a 10… Grumble.
Another Ricki rehearsal and I still have nothing much to say. I like her but there’s nothing all that interesting about her background scenes. Oh my… She killed Big Bird, skinned him and made a costume with way too much illusion netting. She did a great job with the dance even though I was partially blinded by the brightness of that outfit. Derek really choreographs to her strengths. Maks should take a lesson from him… mostly because it would be entertaining for me to watch that go down. Len says no shtick, all dance… Fabulous fabulous fabulous. Bruno says sizzling, hot, bright and brilliant. Carrie Ann says she really paid attention to her shoulders and that shows technique, which is what makes a great dance.
You all know how I love to bitch about time wasters but I do love an Argentine Tango and the fact that they’re doing it to a Tom Waits song makes it all the more fabulous. A tip of the top hat to them. It is really a dream of mine to go to Argentina and learn to tango. Parissa & Sandor are amazing.
Wow, that story is no joke. Didn’t see that one coming. I do remember the scandal about her getting kicked off the team, but never heard the back-story. Talk about a comeback – from disgrace to the Olympics. Her tango was pretty good. A few awkward moments but we expect those. I think she held her own though. Len thought it was far far better than the first dance. Bruno said much better. She was sexy and it was much more controlled. Carrie Ann said there was much more fluidity, but the lifts were not graceful. She gives Maks some crap for smirking. I wish she would have reached out and smacked him. Of course, Hope defends him and says the judges have wanted her off from day 1. Just when you pull me back in Hope, you kick me right back out.
Ah, how I love this kid. The world truly needs more people like him. Badly. I think we are all better off having “met” J.R. I know I am. Argh, damn waterworks. I’m like a leaky faucet this season and I don’t like this kinder gentler me. Thank goodness, I still have the Housewives to keep me cynical. Ok, twisted ankle, twisted shmankle! That was awesome! Great lifts and he didn’t look like he was in any pain. Beautiful and sensuous. Loved him! Judges? Bruno says he was strong, fearless and it was incredible. Carrie Ann said there was a true fire burning between them and he commanded the lifts. Len said it had mood, intensity and it was well done.
I seriously have a visceral reaction to Kris Kardashian. I literally can’t stand to look at her. Uh, did he ever consider using his college to degree to get a job? Eh, whatever. We’re here. Let’s see him tango. Well, say what I will about him, he did a really good job. That kid can dance…. regardless of how I feel about him and his fam-dam-ily. Carrie Ann says there was no faking involved. That was good strong dancing. Len says it’s not where you start. It’s where you finish and he is finishing strong. Bruno says he’s looking great!
I do like Ricki and admire her fight for sure. She actually seems like a genuinely kind and good person. Wow, she did a great tango. Really well done. Derek is a great choreographer. They really were on point on that performance. Len said she doesn’t know how good that was but it was really really good. Bruno says the woman was on top the whole way through. Yeah, ok Bruno. Carrie Ann says she sees her core strength developing which has brought the pop and shine to her dancing.
Cha Cha Relay
Well, Hope and Maks were definitely the worst. The rest is going to be interpretation as they all did pretty darn well. And can someone tell me why they keep putting Ricki in tan illusion netting that is nowhere near her skin color? Len thinks the whole night was going out for a great meal and this was dessert. Bruno says it’s very difficult because everyone delivered tonight. Carrie Ann says it was interesting to see who did well and who struggled.
Hope & Maks – 4 pts; Night Total 49
J.R. & Karina – 6 pts; Night Total 56
Ricki & Derek – 8 pts; Night Total 67
Rob & Cheryl – 10 pts; Night Total 65
Rachel: I’m watching this late and hoping you all got the vote out for J.R. and Karina! I’m gonna be really pissed if the hideous Miami traffic (1.5 hours to go 17 miles) prevented me from voting (I know, I know. I never vote.) sends J.R. home.