Life is “back to normal” after vacation – laundry, cooking – all that fun stuff. I did get lucky. My husband had a meeting at church tonight, so I got to watch Dancing with the Stars on the “good” TV for a change. No competition from the hockey games.
The cast is down to 5 couples this week. They each had to perform 2 dances that they had not yet done. I thought the judges were a bit stern this week after building everyone up last week. I agree with the point they made that, with the semi-finals close at hand, they need to be pickier. Frankly, I sometimes think they aren’t picky enough all the way through.
So how do I think the couples did? Hmm……
Jennie and Derek have so much potential. You see flashes of it off and on. But Jennie doesn’t believe in herself and it shows on her face. They even brought in motivator extraordinaire Richard Simmons to give her a pep talk. They danced the Jive (24) and the Foxtrot (26) for a total of 50. The dances were okay but Jennie just can’t seem to move to the music. I did feel bad for her daughter, who loved her performances but seemed confused by the judges critiques.
Marie and Jonathan have probably peaked. I think part of it is everything that Marie has been through on the outside as well as the work it takes to be part of the show. Jonathan even had his wife (Anna Trebunskaya) give her assistance to Marie. They danced the Rumba (24) and the Jive (25) for a total of 49. The Jive was a little too “country” for my taste – very similar to that done by Sara Evans. The one thing Marie has that Jennie does not is that she feels the music.
Mel and Maks are still hovering near the top. This week they got Mel’s husband to come in to “motivate” her so she could make the Tango work. They danced the Tango (27) and the Mambo (29) for a total of 56. Mel gets the music but I don’t think she gets the nuances of the dances. The motions are almost always emphatic; there is very little subtlety.
Helio and Julianne really blew me away this week. Julianne is an incredible choreographer. Their dances were the Paso Doble (27) and the Quickstep (30) for a total of 57. Julianne brought in a team to work with Helio – a kind of dancing pit crew. The Quickstep was fabulous – energetic, fun and technically excellent. They got a standing ovation from the audience. I have to say I’ve been pulling for Helio from the beginning and I can definitely see him in the finals.
Cameron and Edyta have also peaked. They danced the Viennese waltz (27) and the Cha Cha (24) for a total of 51. I think Cameron has the same problem as Jennie – he dances from his head and not from his heart. He doesn’t lack confidence as much as Jennie, but he doesn’t connect his moves. I think his votes are from the soap fans who are voting on his looks and his day job. I really don’t see him in the finals.
Tomorrow’s results show will feature Gloria Estefan. Jimmy Kimmel will make another appearance. Next week will be the semi-finals. Every dance, every step can really make a difference now.
Tonight’s encore dance was Helio & Julianne’s Quickstep. I enjoyed it as much the second time around.
1st couple safe: Marie & Jonathan (thanks to the many Osmond fans)
Gloria Estefan performed a Latin number in Spanish which was very well done. I’ve seen her in concert and she is an incredible performer. She’s one of those singers who can have the audience eating out of his/her hand.
We had the typical audience response segment and Jimmy Kimmel’s skit looked at host Tom Bergeron’s two shows. They need to find something a little more entertaining to fill space.
2nd couple safe: Helio and Julianne (I could have told you that one!)
Famous (according to the narration) dancer/choreographer Fatima Robinson did a dance number on TV for the first time in 6 years, just for us. It wasn’t my cup of tea – a lot of hip hop, so I can’t really be critical. I used the time to rinse my cereal bowl.
3rd couple safe: Mel and Maks (duh!!)
Last 2 couples got to hear the “scary” music and finally Cameron was eliminated. Jennie will continue to the semis. Cameron was gracious in defeat. He said he wished he could keep competing, but there has to be a part of him that is grateful he doesn’t have to keep flying back and forth between coasts and jobs.
Next week will be semi-finals week with Jennie, Helio, Mel and Marie. The couples will do both a ballroom dance and a Latin dance of their own choosing.