Monday, November 3, 2008

Dancing With The Stars: Week 7

Last Week: Cloris finally went home. I guess that means that there’s less crazy left on TV.

We’re quickly reminded that Cody is paired up (indefinitely) with Edyta. We also have two teams for the group dances: Brooke/Warren/Maurice vs. Lance/Cody/Susan and they will get team scores.

Warren & Kym – Warren had a few missteps last week will his foxtrot this week be good? Kym wants to make sure that the technique is on, so she brings him to Nick to see his lines. As they dance, I feel as though his pants are too long. I don’t know, but I feel as though he’s still kind of stiff. I like their spirit, but spirit can only get one so far. Kym’s choreography is a good thing though. A returning Len liked Kym’s personality, but he didn’t think it was the best. Bruno, after playing with a boa, didn’t like it all. He points out a going backwards. Carrie Ann wants to know what’s wrong and Warren complains about his shoes not being right. The scores are: 7, 7, and 7.

Susan & Tony – Was the mambo a breakthrough? I don’t really know. They practice in the “All My Children” rehearsal room and Tony really wants the passion. Susan gets frustrated. Tony wants emotion. With traditionalist music for this Paso, it is at least one good thing. I still think that Susan is a little too tactical in her performance, but she definitely is moving up the ladder. Bruno makes some analogy of Susan riding a bull. Carrie Ann makes Susan stare at the camera and say “I’m doing good.” Len liked it as well. The scores are 8, 8, and 8.

Maurice & Cheryl –
After a questionable Viennese waltz, this week Maurice has the Cha Cha. He’s stressing out again. During the group rehearsal, Maurice hyper-extended his leg and he definitely is fighting through pain. I can’t believe that they started him off on top of the stairs with the leg problem. Cheryl is busting out of her dress this week. For any injury, Maurice showed nothing on his face. Carrie Ann called it a good mix. Len called it “cheap jewelry” and still calls it his best dance. Bruno likes the natural sense of rhythm, but he wants him to hone it. The scores are 8, 9, and 8.

Cody & Edyta – Cody was successful from the Samba, but this week with a new partner we’ll see what happens. They have the Viennese waltz. They visit Julianne, and she hints how Cody is good at being a character. They look like they are finding their bearings. As they start their dance I’m almost shocked by the better choreography that Edyta created this week. It clearly shows that she was given a dud with Jeffery. It almost goes by too fast. Len thought that Cody looked uncomfortable. Bruno compares him to a little bird that falls out of the nest. Carrie Ann thought it was good and she likes the extensions that Cody made. The scores are: 8, 7, and 7.

Lance & Lacey –
Last week showed a strong showing from Lance. This week they have the Rumba and Lacey wants to do the dance barefoot. Lance broke his toe and it’s not working. Lacey throws a little hissy fit because of his foot. She apologizes the next day for being rude. They start off a bench and dance to John Mayer. I actually understand the organic idea that Lacey wanted. It’s very smooth and I applaud the fact that they are creating points with their feet without shoes on, especially Lacey who would have had a heel to help her. Bruno called it seductive and romantic; he liked the contemporary spin. Carrie Ann loved the risk for going barefoot. Len didn’t get the barefoot-ness. He calls Lance flatfooted and says that Lacey shouldn’t use the nonsense. Bruno and Carrie Ann try to argue back to no avail. The scores are: 9, 7, and 9.

Brooke & Derek – Brooke fell off of the top of the leader board from a disappointing Rumba. They have a little regroup moment discussing their Foxtrot. Derek really wants Brooke’s gracefulness to emerge in this dance. The dance is very playful in an MGM performance way. It’s quite smooth and Brooke is definitely graceful. They spin quite gracefully to end the performance. Carrie Ann thanks the welcoming of the leader. Len loved all the elements. Bruno loved the whole thing as well. The scores are: 10, 10, and 10. The first perfect score of the season.

Team Cha-Cha:
Cody gives a pep talk to the team about being good actors. Each team has a solo piece. Susan talks to a video of Cody. I guess technology got to her. Susan makes sure that she’s not the weak link. Everyone is quite nervous. Also, although it seems obvious, Lacey was the choreographer for this dance. I do realize by using some close-ups it shows a little less of the mistakes. I also like the fact that the guys unbuttoned their shirts. Cody’s solo is oddly sexual, it’s a little gawky. Susan on the other hand still has that controlled sensuality to her dancing. Lance and Lacey are the strongest team, maybe due to Lacey’s interesting choreography in their solos. Susan again in a group still struggles, which is odd because she was great in her solo. Kathy Griffin applauds in the audience. Len liked the formation and Lance/Lacey did the best. Bruno thinks that Lance/Lacey saved everything. Carrie Ann called the unison brutal to watch. If Lance/Lacey could get a separate score, they would do better. The scores are: 6, 7, and 7.

Team Paso Doble: Team “Super” gets all hyped up. Cheryl puts her team in the middle, just in case they mess up. Not the best of signs. They all practice sliding and solos. Warren gives a big team motivational speech. The Paso gets the natural advantage of being more dramatic. Also Warren and Brooke were good the last time they had Paso. Warren is still good. I do love Cheryl’s emotion in her dancing, but she was right to sandwich herself in the middle because Maurice was a little bland. Derek is always passionate in his dancing and he gets a lot from Brooke who hits everything sharp. The group work in the end is quite synchronized. Bruno loved it because they looked like a team. Carrie Ann agrees. Len understands that the lines were easier than the Cha-Cha, but he wants to point out that marching is easier than cha-cha-ing around. The scores are: 10, 9, and 10.

High (Team Paso):
Brooke – 30 + 29 = 59
Maurice – 25 + 29 = 54
Warren – 21 + 29 = 50

Low (Team Cha-Cha):

Lance – 25 + 20 = 45
Susan – 24 + 20 = 44
Cody – 22 + 20 = 42

Who’s going home? Well we’ll have to wait an extra day to find out. Knowing that Cody has a new partner, I feel as though he gets a little bit of buffer votes. So that means Susan is going home.

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