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Best wishes to folks on the east coast as Sandy the Super Storm wreaks all kinds of havoc.
When we last looked in on our 8 remaining pairs, they were dancing individual routines plus a first ever group team free style. Scores were combined with viewer votes for the two dances, and nobody was eliminated.
Here's a reminder of our leader board after last week's performances.
58.5 Sabrina and Louis
56.5 Gilles and Peta
56.5 Shawn and Derek
56.5 Melissa and Tony
56.5 Apolo and Karina
56.0 Emmitt and Cheryl
52.5 Kirstie and Maks
51.5 Kelly and Val
Now it's Country Week and scores will be added to the current totals with this week's viewer votes. There's also a group dance involving all 8 pairs, which will apparently also get scores.
But before we get to all that, we've got a performance by Little Big Town to kick off the show, accompanied by our Dance Troupe. Nice.
Now we have Big and Rich with Cowboy Troy performing for the group dance. Two bonus points are awarded to the couple that is judged to be most entertaining. The piece is choreographed by Kevin Maher. That was a terrific performance! I thought everyone did well. If I were judging, I'd give the 2 bonus points to either Shawn and Derek or Sabrina and Louis. Judges award the points to Kirstie and Maks.
So here's our final leader board after two individual and two group performances:
88.5 Sabrina and Louis
86.5 Apolo and Karina
86.0 Melissa and Tony
84.5 Shawn and Derek
84.0 Gilles and Peta
82.5 Emmitt and Cheryl
82.0 Kirstie and Maks
78.5 Kelly and Val
We have not been voting. But we did this week. All of our votes went to Shawn and Derek because of what we thought was Len's unfair scoring. This is for you, Mr Cranky Pants.
Yeah. It's only TV. But still. Kelly and Val, Melissa and Tony, and Shawn and Derek all used stylized props to open their routines. But Len only squawked about it when S&D did it. So I say that the scores Len threw were biased in favor of what he liked over what he didn't, rather than based on the quality of the dancing. That's when I get annoyed and throw the stink eye.
You know the drill. Tune in tonight for results. Then check back here for my encores and recap post.