Posted: Wednesday, October 22, 2008 by Travis Cody in

Cue that theme music! Live from Hollywood...

Last night we had unprecedented head to head challenges between pairs as the remaining eight couples tackled four dances never seen on the show before. We had West Coast Swing, Hustle, Salsa, and Jitterbug.

The Hustle from Warren and Kym lacked technical perfection, but it made up for that lack by being wonderfully entertaining.

Maurice had a breakout moment with Cheryl in a terrific Salsa.

The Jitterbug was the dance of the night. Brooke and Derek were fantastic and the judges rewarded them with a nearly perfect 29.

Now the judges scored Cody and Julianne one point behind B&D at 28. But the more I watch, the more I'm convinced that the two pairs should have been tied. This dance is as good as the one from Brooke and Derek.

The thing we loved about both those Jitterbugs was that they were wildly controlled. The best Jitterbugs look the dancers are about to fling and jump right off the dance floor. And both pairs pulled off that feeling.

Let's check our leader board from performance night.

29 Brooke and Derek
28 Cody and Julianne
27 Maurice and Cheryl
25 Warren and Kym
22 Toni and Alec
22 Susan and Tony
21 Lance and Lacey
21 Cloris and Corky

We're a bit worried about Lance and Lacey. She took some big time criticism from the judges for perhaps dancing more for herself instead of showcasing her partner. We thought the judges were wrong in their review of Lacey. But we do think that Lance did not measure up.

Len gets a break next week. Michael Flatley will join the judges' table. Yes, the Lord of the Dance will judge the dancers!

The judges have chosen as their encore the Jitterbug from Cody and Julianne.

The Brian Setzer Orchestra is in the ballroom performing Rock This Town accompanied by Louis van Amstel and Karina Smirnoff. WOW! That was terrific!

Oh...first results. Warren and Kym are safe, as are Cloris and Corky. Oh my.

It's ballroom kids now! First up we have Anthony, who is 11, and Alisa, who is 12, dancing Jive. They have been together for about a year and a half. That was a fast Jive with the quick flick kicks. Very well done. Len thought it was fantastic and full of energy. Bruno said it was sharp and clear, and he noticed the ballet training for Alisa. Carrie Ann thought they were adorable and that they have what it takes.

Now it's Mitchell, who is 12, and Maria, who is 13, dancing Paso Doble. They have been together since they were about 6 years old and it really shows. They were precise and dynamic, and very professional in their approach. Outstanding! Carrie Ann said they were fantastic with incredible fluidity and she praised Mitchell as a lead. Len loved the beautiful shapes they made, and said that they captured the flavor of the dance. Bruno praised the power and sophistication, and the excellent Spanish lines.

Do we have to choose again? No I say! You remember what kitty said last week.

But yet again, the judges must choose. They select Mitchell and Maria to join Kirill and Hannah from last week to dance for our votes later in the season.

The Macy's Stars of Dance is a true spectacular tonight with 26 dancers in a number called Dancing Through the Decades. The dance was made by Rich & Tone and showcases dancing from the 1930s, 1960s, 1980s, and the future. The ballroom was transformed into a huge playground. The choreography, set, and costumes took 6 months to pull together.

And why not? This piece is celebrating the 150th birthday of Macy's.

That was clearly taped because of all the set changes, but who cares?? It was WOW!

It's been awhile since we had some results. And with Cloris and Corky already safe, somebody who maybe shouldn't be going home at this stage is going to be out.

OK. Here we go. Cody and Julianne will return next week. Joining them are Maurice and Cheryl, Brooke and Derek, Lance and Lacey (WHEW!).

That means the bottom two is Toni & Alec and Susan & Tony.

Susan and Tony are safe, so Toni and Alec are out.

Next week, in addition to the individual dance, the pairs will come together in a group hip hop number. And remember, Michael Flatley sits in for Mr Cranky Pants on next week's judging panel.

Later gang!


  1. Julie says:

    Bwhahahaaha! You brought back the indecisive kitty! YAY!! Great review Travis.....sad about T and A but oh! What did I just say?

    **runs off blushing**

  1. DrillerAA says:

    Man, I didn't see that coming. I thought Maurice might be in trouble, but the judges have liked him the past couple of weeks and he may be building a fan base. The question still remains, how long will Cloris last? She's obviously on borrowed time, much like Jerry Springer from a previous season. Personally, I think it's time for her to go and let's get on with the real competition.

  1. Anonymous says:

    I remember learning the Hustle in 7th grade gym class.

    Still can't dance.

  1. Marsha says:

    I was a bit surprised that it ended up being Toni that was gone because it's really past time for Cloris to be gone.

  1. Dianne says:

    I was shocked but very pleased that Cloris was safe. I foget exactly how the judges put it at the their round table chat but while Cloris is technically lacking she is entertaining.

    Toni was neither. I've always wondered why her career didn't take off bigger - she has such a great voice. I think it's because she is incredibly lackluster.

    My #1 remains Warren.

    thanks for another 2 days of great re-cap and building suspense and video clips!!

    and of course the kitty ;)

  1. Love the kitty picture Travis. Cute as heck. Have fun and a great day too. :)

  1. Rhea says:

    I haven't watched at all this year.

  1. yay cloris! one more time!

    smiles, bee

  1. Jamie says:

    Love the poor dithering kitty. I wonder if Flatley will dance. That might cut down on the obnoxious score.

  1. Bond says:

    Did not shock me, I thought Toni would be in trouble...

    TRAV! I watched the guest artist this week...did not zoom through it! Well it was Brian and I LOVES me some Brian!

    I also enjoyed the Macy's dance...what an incredible feat that was.

  1. Akelamalu says:

    I just watched both jitterbug videos and I love them both. I'd have found it hard to choose between them.

  1. Ivanhoe says:

    Looks like Cloris is hanging in there. Good for her :o)

  1. Did you hear that Julianne had to go to the hospital after the show last night?

    I thought Lance and Lacey were goners, but I'm glad they didn't leave!

  1. Lancey is awesome. Yes I just did a horrible name combo thing to Lance and Lacey but what can I say. I see where the judges are coming from. Maybe the complexity and the speed made them decide to downplay Lance. Dunno. But it is a bit silly, he is a great dancer.

  1. BeckEye says:

    I hear on VFTW that Susan Lucci is mighty pissed over their backing of "Clorky."

  1. Travis says:

    Julie: I think that kitty could be quite useful. T&A? **snicker**

    Drilleraa: There will be a point of diminishing returns for Cloris. We see it as there are fewer votes per phone.

    Lois: Just remember, dancing should be fun!

    Marsha: The judges should begin to throw the very low scores soon, but Corky is doing an excellent job of giving her just enough content that she can actually perform.

    Dianne: Toni definitely struggled with her dance this week. Warren is one of my favorites too!

    Sandee: Poor kitty!

    Rhea: It's always entertaining.

    Bee: At least one more week.

    Jamie: Well, I'm certain that he doesn't wear the cranky pants. But I'm curious about his judging qualifications.

    V: This week was definitely a good week to watch the musical guest. Sezter rocks! And the show is really getting some top flight guest choreographers to make professional dances each week.

    Akelamalu: It was a tough choice for sure.

    Ivanhoe: She's doing enough, but I did wish that she would have left the kids alone to have their moments.

    CWM: I didn't know that. There has been a lot of trouble with injuries and the health of the dancers this season.

    Starr: I can't believe you made a name combo. But I'll forgive you. And I've always felt that the pro can't make a celebrity look good unless the celebrity invests themselves in the dance. It seemed like Lance didn't do that this week.

    Beck: I didn't even know that VFTW was interested in this show.

  1. Kimmie says:

    I am happy Cloris is still in. As usual I fell asleep at the end and had to call my sister to find out who was voted off. Seems I cannot make it through the results shows! I am always nodding off. lol.

    Great recap Trav. You know I appreciate all that you do for us.