This time they only have a week to learn their dances. VO: “Tonight another couple must go” (spoken to dreary background music that is supposed to convey the impending doom that is elimination).
Tom & Lisa have toned it down a bit, it seems.
The two dances the couples will be performing this week are the Tango and Jive. This will either be extremely entertaining or extremely painful. *crosses fingers*
The couples each make their way down the staircase and onto the stage…Kelly is once again wearing a very revealing costume to take away from her lack of dancing prowess. She smart, that Kelly.
Okay, they’ve changed the format this week and I must say it’s a HUGE improvement. Now, the viewers at home are treated to a visual example of what the dances are supposed to look like. Fantastic idea! It makes much more sense to explain it AND show what a 'good' tango or jive should look like instead of leaving it up to Len to explain the dances in two seconds before his comments. Props to the production peeps (I have a major beef in another production area, however...I'll get to that later).
The tango is a passionate dance (once banned for being too erotic) - in it, the judges will be looking for slow deliberate walks and sharp headsnaps (not to be confused with fingersnaps...oh no you didn't).
A successful Jive has heaps of energy, it's a fast-paced rock & roll extravaganza born in 1920s…couples should incorporate the jive leg lifts with pointed-down toes and fast turns.
Tom makes some comment about the couples performing live after just one week of practice/training and there’s some “dun dun-dun dun duuuuuuuuuunnn…” music. Good lord, is this a cheesefest or what?
Evander & Edyta
Evander and Edyta are first up this week. They have really cute costumes. I like the yellow on both of them.
Last week it was not good…the judges showed no mercy. “It’s impossible for me to lose” (Evander). He said the jive is like the dances his mother used to do. We can only hope his mother was a better dancer than Evander!
Edyta says “Evander loves to joke around and make me laugh.” They go to a jive club to learn some new moves. "He’s a natural jiver," says Edyta. I think we'll just let the dancing speak for itself, mmkay?
Dancing the Jive to “Reet Petite” by Jackie Wilson
WOW! First this is a fantastic music selection! Perfect song for the Jive. He’s about 5 thousand times better than last week… he still makes totally bizarre movements with his mouth, but this is a lot better (he’s still behind on the counts on the faster moves, but it’s far less noticeable than in the past…). This is much harder choreography than he’s ever done. Mad props to Evander!!!
Len: Like a bowl of custard…you’re not a good dancer CA: I appreciate that you gave a crowd-pleasing piece…as much as you were lighter on your feet - moreso than ever - you’re still very heavy on your feet Bruno: you’re a cool guy and it shows…in this dance you have to be sharp, the synchronization has to be razor and it wasn’t there Evander
Evander: “I feel good…I did the best with the ability I have”
5 - 4 - 4
I’d have given them a 6 based upon the scores they’ve given them in the past and based upon the relative difficulty of the choreography. It was definitely his best performance dance-wise - and they just look so cute together. I hope they don’t go home tonight, though there’s a good chance that they will.