I’ve said it before, at least I think I have, and I’ll say it again. There isn’t as much talent this season of Dancing with the Stars as there has been in past seasons. Everyone is so mediocre that I had forgotten what a truly great dance number looks like until I saw Derek and Brooke perform last night.
Their Foxtrot was like a glimpse into an old Hollywood movie. It had style and grace and it should assure them the win with little competition from anyone else. Lance and Lacey performed a Rumba that was more suited to So You Think you Can Dance than Dancing with the Stars. Done in bare feet with a park bench prop, it was a lovely theatrical number but not a ballroom performance as it should have been. Len dinged them hard and they dropped on the leader board yet again.
Maurice and Cheryl tied with them for second with a fun Cha Cha while Warren and Kym fell from grace with their so-so Foxtrot.
Poor Cody had the task of taking on a new partner this week and I think he really rose to the challenge. Edyta taught him the Viennese Waltz and I thought it was lovely despite complaints from the judges. Again, not as elegant as we’ve seen in other seasons, but certainly a winner compared to the others in this round.
Susan and Tony again scored higher than I thought they deserved with a Paso Doble that lacked fire. She still looks too timid to me and that really doesn’t work in a dance like this. I’m hoping she’s the next to go, especially in light of the group dance which she totally blew.
The team dance is something new they’re trying, dividing the dancers into teams, each getting the team score added to their own. This can really help a bad solo dancer or crush a top team depending on who they’re partnered with. Cody and Lance got stuck with Susan in a Cha Cha that was a mess. Lance and Lacey’s solo, however, was fabulous but it wasn’t enough to get them anything but a dismal score.
Brooke, Maurice, Warren and partners took on a team Paso Doble and it was really excellent. It had fire and passion and the unison work was exciting to see. Gorgeous costuming, too! High marks for all, which, added to Brooke and Derek’s perfect score for their solo performance left them only 1 point away from perfection. How is anyone going to beat that?
Remember, this week the results show will be on Wednesday due to the election coverage. Lionel Ritchie will perform Dancing on the Ceiling as well as his new single Good Morning and It’s the return of Kenny Mayne and Jerry Rice with their insightful Dance Center commentary.
Catch Dancing with the Stars the performance show every Monday at 8 p.m. on ABC with the results show on Tuesday at 9 p.m.
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