It was classical week on ‘Dancing With The Stars’ last night as the remaining seven couples competed to get one step closer to that coveted mirror ball trophy. Serial score board leader Katherine Jenkins was confident, given that classical music is her genre, but who stole her leader’s place by one point with a perfect score of 30?
It’s important, because tonight is the final dance duel, and not only that: next week is a double elimination.
Let’s have a look at the performances.
First up, Katherine Jenkins and…is it a bird…is it a plane? No, it’s a shirtless and caped Mark Ballas dancing the rumba. They did amazingly well, although their rumba was more romantic than sexual and of course Bruno wanted more raunch. Carrie Ann did too, as she didn’t see their chemistry. Well, that bare chest perhaps distracted her. But despite the criticism, the judges rated it highly. It was “the embodiment of the power of beauty!” “Like a frieze in the Getty Villa!” (whatever the last part means it was from Bruno so was probably rude.)
Next up were Melissa Gilbert and Maksim Chmerkovskiy dancing the Argentine Tango, my favorite of all the dances…except maybe not when danced by these two. Maksim was injured, too, so my expectations were lowered. There was a lot of lifting and tugging Melissa around in this routine. No wonder she looked scared! Bruno picked up on Melissa’s constantly terrified expression and had major issues with the routine. “Cirque du Soleil gone terribly wrong” Carrie Ann called it.
William Levy and Cheryl Burke danced a sophisticated Viennese Waltz next. The fog machine helped cover up some dodgy footwork but it was pretty romantic and Bruno liked seeing William’s vulnerability…which is probably something we didn’t need to know on prime-time TV. The ladies loved it though. Carrie Ann gushed, as she always does, over William’s ability to find the story in the music – “and it’s always a story of romance, which is what ballroom dancing is all about.” Can these two please get a room, already! Somehow he scored the same as Katherine and Mark. No idea how. Absolutely no idea…
Wow, I didn’t think it was as good as Katherine, but whatever. I see the judges are all synced up tonight.
Roshon Fegan and Chelsie Hightower danced the Argentine Tango after Roshon took lessons from Val Chmerkovskiy on how to be a man. I kid you not. And the orchestral ‘Bad Romance’ was serious too, apparently. Carrie Ann loved it, but as Bruno said, it was a bit “wobbly.” The wheels completely came off at the end. Still, Carrie Ann gave Roshon a hug and a kiss and told him “welcome back into the competition,” while Bruno admired Roshon’s slick lines and clean lifts. “So, you see, size is not everything.”
Donald Driver even tries to beat his kids at marbles so did he and Peta Murgatroyd have the grace and sophistication for the Viennese Waltz? Well, they started on thrones and Carrie Ann called it “regal,” so yes, I’d say they did. The scores said so too.
Maria Menounos and Derek Hough danced the Paso Doble as a tragic vampire love story. It…was…stunning! 10s all across the board. The first perfect score of the season!
Jaleel White and Kym Johnson danced the Viennese Waltz next. Yes, it had the bad footwork and the mistakes Len pointed out. But it was also somehow kind of beautiful to watch.
Then it was time for the Team Tango with Katherine and Mark, Maria and Derek, Jaleel and Kym, Roshon and Chelsie. Katherine and William got to pick their teams, schoolyard style, and it’s worth noting Roshon was the last one to be picked. The dance was great and scored 27 points.
William and Cheryl, Donald and Peta, Melissa and Maksim danced the team Paso Doble. The guys were shirtless, which apparently offended hunky William.The performance itself was as powerful and masculine as you could want, but sloppy and uncoordinated. Bruno loved it and overall it scored 26 points.
So, the leader board looked like this:
57: Maria and Derek
56: Katherine and Mark
55: William and Cheryl
55: Donald and Peta
52: Roshon and Chelsie
51: Jaleel and Kym
47: Melissa and Maksim
So expect the dance duel (the final one!) to be between two of Melissa, Roshon and Jaleel.
Classical Night was a classic ‘Dancing With The Stars’ and I loved it.