Last night's Dancing with the Stars really marked the dividing line between the contenders and those that don't have a shot. It's a double elimination tonight but there are at least four that need to go before this show can move into high gear. Aren't the group dances coming soon? I'm afraid.
Shawn Johnson and Mark Ballas fell down a few pegs with their silly, trick-filled Lindy Hop that didn't wow anyone. Their costumes were unbecoming, the dance was too frenetic. Shawn lost all sense of dance and performance -- it was a huge mess from a duo that usually sails through at the top of the pack. Ironic since Shawn was happy to have a fun dance that didn't require her to act like a grownup. Maybe she didn't take this week seriously enough.
She looks slim and trim and so sexy doing that Argentine Tango with Derek. Trouble is, I don't see him as sexy so I had difficulty buying into the feel of the dance but that totally wasn't her fault.
Melissa and Tony wow'd us again with a bouncy and wild Lindy Hop. They got to show off their fun personalities and it was a joy to watch. Tony is one of my favorite pros and I love seeing him with a partner that kicks butt. Straight to the top, you two!
Then there's Gilles Marini and Cheryl Burke. Not surprising that this Frenchman can pull of the romance but who knew he would make such a powerful Latin lover.
This dance had all the elements, the sex, the sizzle, fast moves, slow moves, they really delivered that struggle that epitomizes this Tango. They got the first 30 out of 30 and I was cheering, after I finished swooning that is.
The biggest surprise was Ty Murray and Chelsie Hightower. Their Lindy Hop to a Big Bad Voodoo Daddy song was their best ever. Ty really got into the character of the dance and he was so fun to watch. Who knew!?
Best dress: Melissa's pink polka dot flippy dress was adorable. I love her to pieces.
Worst dress: Lacey's Lindy Hop outfit looked like a badly fitted gym suit from Junior High. Ugh.
Best song choice: David and Kym's Bandstand Boogie
Worst gimmick: Shawn and Mark spent most of the night in tracksuits, which they removed to reveal equally awful gym clothing. I'm guessing they were playing off her being an Olympic gymnast, but it took away from the dance.
Tune in tonight for the first double elimination of the season along with plenty of music and dance! It's Dancing with the Stars tonight at 9:00 on ABC.
All photos: ABC/Kelsey McNeal
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