Lance & Lacey (9/10)
Fantastic. As close to a 10/10 we could give without totally picking this team outright. Lacey has a way of leading while she follows and she has Lance picking up a huge number of small tricks. They were quick, fun, smiling, winners. The judges stupidly underscored at 21. This was a 24 or better. Doesn’t matter now, but we hope the judges improve. They are supposed to know what they are doing, and we would hate to see them ruin the final. This was at least an 8/10 dance.
Misty May & Maksim (9/10)
Nice start with a Misty solo. Misty shows that part of dancing is athletic as she could move her legs and swing with the pros. Some moves she made would be hard to do without strength. Lacey has that athleticism from dance, but Misty has it from volleyball, and it is Olympic quality. Add one more attribute to Misty…the competitive spirit. Misty is in this to win, because she hates to lose. We cannot believe we gave her this score; but she earned it. One thing to truly consider here, Misty was the star, not Maxim. How often does that happen? Not one missed move and legwork that gave us a chill. The judges again showed their weaknesses. Another 24 dance goes off as a 21.
Maurice & Cheryl (8/10)
They didn’t thill us last night, but Cheryl has it so if anyone can save Maurice, she is it. Cheryl was stunning in this outfit. There are few that could pull off her look, but this is not about her, it is about Maurice. Cheryl did everything she could do to make her partner stand out. It worked. It was more Cheryl than Maurice and she reminded us of what a spectacular dance star she is. She is up right up there with Lacey. She brought energy to the dance and she was awesome. She brought Maurice to the party. The judges must have been playing blackjack. Another 21. This time closer to reality though.
Brooke & Derek (7/10)
Pretty start. Good leg movement on Derek, but he is already the pro. Brooke does not have the same leg movement and the long gown conceals it only a bit. Nice ending. The judges had us laughing on this one, giving then a 26. This was no 26. They were the weakest of the groups so far. No idea what the judges were thinking here.
Cloris & Corky (3/10)
They were horrible last night. Could they survive tonight? They didn’t come in last, which is surprising except for Jeffrey. Once Again Cloris’ dress made her look like a pig ready for slaughter. The movements were clumsy and slow. They attempted comedy, but it doesn’t work. This is dance, not comedy. The audience cheered, we jeered. Judges gave them a generous 16. Our equivalent score is 9.
Toni & Alec (10/10)
Toni looked a bit nervous at the start but grace was all we saw from there on. Fast feet, beautiful presentation. In sync, in time, and in the show. The ending move was killer. OK, we have to rethink our scoring. The judges gave them a 23. This was idiotic compared to Brooke and Cheryl. We hope the judges buy glasses before they get to the finals.
Kym & Warren (8/10)
Warren had trouble with his size, but was better than many would be without it. His outfit hid the tummy better this time. He had the leg movement, and Kym was so killer that it offset any weakness from Warren. We don’t think Warren can win, but with Kym, anything is possible. We wrote Warren off last week. This week, he changed our minds. The judges gave them a 22. Nice, near our score.
Ted and Inna (6/10)
Ted started off with a truly goofy facial expression, which distracted us right off the bat. He seemed looser than last night, but the goofy faces are for a sitcom, not here. Ted was fun, but not loose still. He needs Yoga or something. The judges gave them a 19, which isn’t far off from our guess.
Cody & Julianne (6/10)
Nice energy at the beginning, but some childish expressions from Cody. Middle of dance was boring. Nothing special in the moves. Foot work then got better, which is what the quick step is about. They needed more of it. It wasn’t all that. The judges were absurdly generous at 23.
Rocco & Karina (6/10)
Rocco needed some sauce, because he needed to accent the dish he offered and had little in the main course without it. His moves are awkward and not in the same league as the best in this crowd. It was all Karina, and that ain’t gonna win. The 21 they gave this couple demonstrates the judges have no concept of dance. To place this dance on par with Lance and Lacey brings the judges’ abilities clearly into question.
Susan & Tony (6/10)
Susan was way too rigid last night, let’s look to see if her stiffness and slowness would change tonight. Susan kept up on the foot work, but was being dragged around the floor for most of the performance like a rag doll. Still, much better than last night. The judges now revealed they aren’t only blind, they are stupid. How you could even compare this in any way to the first two performances was laughable. And they scored it higher with a 22. An insult to dancing, but it won’t matter. Susan won’t win.
Kim and Mark (6/10)
OK, Kim left little doubt with her outfit who the most beautiful woman on the dance floor is, but that isn’t the point here. Let’s see if grace follows beauty. They tried something very risky, doing a fast step to a hip hop tune. It was rather bizarre. It wasn’t working for us early, even though Kim has the attributes to bounce her way to the top. The timing was off. The dance was all wrong for the music. Hate to say it, it wasn’t good. Kim has the booty working, but had to be faster in the hips, so even with her booty, it wasn’t happening. Cute, but a no go. The judges got this one right with an 18.
Jeffrey and Edyta go home. Surprise. It was down to Cloris or Jeffrey. They were both horrible. Cloris is next.
No tough decisions for the first two eliminations.
Toni & Alec (10/10)
Misty May & Maxim (9/10)
Lance & Lacey (9/10)
Elimination for Cloris on the way.