Last night was Latin Night on Dancing With The Stars. It’s always my favorite night as we get a lot of my favorite dance, the Argentine Tango. And it just so happened that the three Argentine tangos were the three highest-scoring dances of the night so I was very excited.
Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas danced the Argentine Tango first. It was technically superb but lacked a little passion for me, but I sort of expected that from these two. Perhaps Mark wasn’t feeling all that passionate after rehearsals where Katherine kept kicking him in the ‘naughty bits’ with her flicks. Their lifts were amazing.
William Levy and Cheryl Burke also performed an Argentine Tango. They did incredibly well, especially as William had a torn ligament. This routine was much hotter than the first. “Pulsating passion! Throbbing intensity!” said Bruno.
Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd also danced the Argentine Tango.This was slower and more sultry but nonetheless beautiful. And Donald’s lifts were just amazing. The finale of flinging Peta into the air after a sexy dip which was after another lift was just a great sequence to end on.
Maria Menounos and Derek Hough danced the salsa…and they kissed! Not even at the end. Right in the middle of the routine. In the middle of the dance floor. They kissed! They said they planned it as a bit of fun and it really was. “Was it legal? Want me to get you a room? CAN I JOIN IN?” Bruno wanted to know afterwards. I suppose we all wanted to know. It was a good routine so it was a shame Maria came off as such a drama queen in rehearsal footage. Len said he undoubtedly has talent and I was more interested in seeing that than Derek’s body.
Roshon Fagan and Chelsie Hightower danced a salsa last night that was only “sexy in a Disney way,” according to Carrie Ann. The judges were complimentary on Roshon’s sense of rhythm but they advised him to slow down a little. I didn’t particularly like this one but they judges gave it an OK score.
Jaleel White and Kym Johnson danced the samba. It was a little awkward at the end when Kym was pretty blatant in moving Jaleel’s hand from her rear.
Next to dance the samba were Gladys Knight and Tristan MacManus. The samba?!! Ths woman is 67 and toured four different cities last week! How does she do it? The dance was “simple, but effective,” said Len. There were not an awful lot of samba steps here, but she had plenty of bounce action and I love how she whipped up the audience into the party atmosphere. Please, please, please let the Empress of Soul be around for Motown Week next week.
Melissa Gilbert and Maksim Chmerkovskiy danced a “rough and untidy” salsa but at least Melissa seemed recovered from her concussion which she sustained by banging her head on Maks’ leg in last week’s performance. I loved the crystal-studded neck brace and helmet idea for this week’s rehearsals. Their routine, though, needed some sparkle.
Gavin DeGraw and Carina Smirnoff needed even more help with their samba. “More like a sham-ba,” said Len. The hammock was a fun bit of staging but that’s it as far as this routine was concerned.
So far from the amazing scores we have been used to this season and with a lot less heat than we may have wished for on Latin night. But some great performances at the top end of the leader board.
Who do you think will be headed home this week? Who deserves to have danced their last dance?