"Dancing With the Stars" Recap: Bollywood comes to Hollywood
This week we saw dances rarely seen, or never seen on DWTS before, that were chosen by the stars competitors last week. Did they pick strategically? Were the All-Stars frazzled? Were the pros thrown off? Did the fact that guest judge Paula Abdul (a hip-hop master) judged the hip-hop routines add pressure? Let's see how they did:
It's never fun to go first, but, it's always fun to watch Kirstie and Maks dance, and dancing the Charleston is no different. She popped out of a cake, and she even did a cartwheel! Len exclaimed, "You turn Monday into a fun day." That girl has sass, and the dancing was better than in previous weeks. Her scores were too low, and I have no idea why unless it is because she was first.
Scores: (Carrie Ann-7.5, Len-7.5, Paula-7.5, Bruno-7.5) Total—30
You know it's a bad sign when in the pre-package Bristol is asking for a more simple routine. Assigned Rock n' Roll the previous week, Mark is clearly not happy about having to change the choreography. As expected, the routine is basic, so it appears that she does a good job, but compared the other dancers, she doesn't compare. Carrie Ann gave her a high five, and Len said it was her best. Paula encouraged her to push herself more. I think the problem is, she has pushed herself as far as she can. Her scores are way overrated. Sigh.
Scores: (Carrie Ann-8, Len-8, Paula-8, Bruno-8) Total—32
A disco routine is next from Sabrina and Louis, with horrible costuming. It was supposed to be a throw-back to Studio 54, and then Sabrina kind of looked like Cookie Monster. She shed the outer layer soon and started dancing, and though it was a fun dance, (who doesn't love disco?!), there were errors in her timing and clear missteps this week. She could easily find herself back in the danger zone. Her scores were also too generous this week. Are the scorecards upside down or something? They criticize, and then score opposite of what they say.
Scores: (Carrie Ann-9, Len-9, Paula 8.5, Bruno-9) Total—35.5
Not only is Emmitt out of his comfort zone with Bolero, but, so is Cheryl. To help her, she brings in four dance instructors to assist. It always amazes me to watch this big guy, bring out his charm and grace when he dances, and this was a nice dance. I didn't find anything exciting about it, but, nothing wrong with it. Paula called it "exquisite."
Scores: (Carrie Ann-9, Len-9, Paula-9, Bruno-9) Total—36
Gilles and Peta brought Bollywood to Hollywood. Neither one of them was familiar with this dance, and Gilles was as determined as ever to get it perfect. You can't help but compare him to Aladdin when he comes out in costume. Dancing to "Jai Ho", (think "Slumdog Millionaire"), these two looked like they have been dancing Bollywood for years. Paula said it was "smoky and spicy." He really looked like he enjoyed it this week, and that makes it more fun to watch as well. Great dance, and the first tens of the season, I knew they were in there somewhere!
Scores: (Carrie Ann-10, Len-9.5, Paula-10, Bruno-10) Total—39.5
The award for the most flips this week goes to Melissa and Tony, dancing a Jitterbug. For some reason Melissa believes she has to live up to Shawn, that she is being compared to her in some way. I don't think it's true, and this could be her downfall, if she continues to feel this way. This is a couple that connects so well, dances great together, and they are their own power-couple. They did a little too much and wobbled on one dismount, but, the rest was spectacular. At least they are going for big things, and doing them very well.
Scores: (Carrie Ann-9, Len-9, Paula-9.5, Bruno-9.5) Total—37
Shawn and Derek did a Mambo this week that was incredible. We saw Shawn dance more than ever, without all of the tricks and gymnastics, just fantastic dancing, and in high heels too! Her lines and form that make her the Olympian that she is, make her a great dancer as well. A few stunning flips, of course and she nails it. Again.
Scores: (Carrie Ann-10, Len-9.5, Paula-10, Bruno-10) Total—39.5
Apolo and Karina did Hip-Hop and I was really looking forward to this routine! You know that Apolo could knock this out, he is made for this. This whole routine disappointed me, it was boring, the outfits were bad, and then Karina slipped and never recovered. Judging is based on his dancing, not hers, but the whole routine is bad. The judges talked Apolo up, and tried to soothe Karina. Tonight we will find out how many fans they really have, they will need them.
Scores: (Carrie Ann-8.5, Len-9, Paula-8.5, Bruno-8.5) Total—34.5
Bringing the night to an end were Kelly and Val dancing a Contemporary dance. I have to admit in the promos, they looked pretty campy. I expected them to be "dancing" on a bed ala Maks. Kelly was either in pain, or in love, I guess it's that Soap Opera acting. Come to find out, she broke her toe earlier, and she will be dancing barefoot. Ouch. It was a passionate dance; these two have the passion all right. Len called her, "this season's biggest revelation."
Scores: (Carrie Ann-9, Len-9.5, Paula-9.5, Bruno-9.5) Total—37.5
My two favorite dances of the night were Shawn and Derek, and Gilles and Peta. My least favorite was Bristol and Mark (she is not capable of dancing as well as the others), and Apolo and Karina, and Sabrina and Louis. Apolo and Sabrina had bad nights, but are stellar dancers, Bristol is not. However, with the overwhelming too high scoring it is hard to tell who may go home. Is this about dancing, or fans? What do you think?
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Melissa Perrine is a married mother of three boys. In recent years, she has returned to school to get degrees in Grief Counseling and Substance Abuse Counseling, graduating this past May. When not leading the hectic life of a typical mom (with coffee on an IV drip!), she loves writing (encouraged by a former teacher) and reality shows…a perfect match! Read more of Melissa's writing about DWTS each Tuesday, and watch Dancing With the Stars on Tuesdays at 8, only on WRIC TV8!
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