It's live from Hollywood!
We're down to 6 couples left, which means we're almost done. We've got an individual dance and then a trio dance.
Let's have round one.
Here's our leader board after round one.
29 Aly and Mark
28 Zendaya and Val
28 Kellie and Derek
27 Jacoby and Karina
24 Ingo and Kym
21 Sean and Peta
Alrighty then. Let's have the trio round.
Zendaya and Val dance Salsa with Gleb Savchenko. It's Princess Zendaya with her security Russians. LOL. I know I can't use sexy for Zendaya...way too young and it's just creepy to think of her that way. But I don't need to. This was a high energy, modern take on Salsa. They had a lot of side by side by side work that really showed off how terrific Zendaya is as a dancer. They had plenty of Salsa passes and good content. Val and Gleb framed Zendaya so well, keeping her the center of the attention and activity. All of the movement flowed from one section to the next and never stopped or slowed. The performance was fun and I really enjoyed it. Well done. Judges say 10s across for a total of 30. Finally from Carrie Ann.
Sean and Peta dance Jazz with Sharna Burgess. So it's a magic show. I liked the choreography and the idea Sharna and Peta were going for. I think Sean did OK. But the quicker the tempo of the music, the harder time Sean had keeping up. The choreography was a little too ambitious for what Sean can do. He just doesn't have the musicality to dance that way. At this point it isn't about technique for Sean. It's about overcoming basic awkwardness, or at least overcoming awkwardness enough to not look silly. Since Sean isn't going to overcome his innate lack of rhythm, then I think the dance has to be made so he can have a reasonable chance to succeed. Unfortunately this was not that success and it did end up looking silly. He knew it too. Judges say 7s across for a total of 21.
Jacoby and Karina dance Paso Doble with Cheryl Burke. Good choice. Oh my those turned in feet. I'll give him props for the effort. I liked the aggression and attack. The dance definitely had flavor and character. The problem I had with the performance was that it wasn't controlled. Jacoby had plenty of power, but it was much too raw for my taste. I didn't see any Spanish lines or posture. His backside sticks out, which would be find if he led with his chest or his hips. But he doesn't. I don't want to be overly picky about technique because of my earlier comments about the way Zendaya earns a pass on some small things due to the level of her performance. But lack of the correct Spanish line and completely turned in feet and no demonstrated control over the power of Paso kind of ruined this performance for me. Judges say 8,9,8 for a total of 25. Call it personal preference. I didn't like it.
Ingo and Kym dance Jive with Lindsay Arnold. This is another really good choice for a third. I like the feel of this right from the jump. It's purposely silly and fluffy, which really does make all the difference because Ingo can pull faces and overact it to cover some minor technical blips. A Jive should have lots of energy and this dance had that. I would have liked a few more flicks and kicks and I would have liked the kicks there were to be a bit more crisp. I didn't really see anything that I would call a mistake. I thought the main issue was that some of the movement lacked precision. But the performance was fun and frivolous, and you have to get points when you manage full on energy and conquer the frivolity of Jive. Well done. Judges say 8s across for a total of 24.
Kellie and Derek dance Paso Doble with Tristan. I really like the concept of the light to dark tie in with both of their dances. This is so intense and dramatic. The choreography is stunningly good. And they never missed a step. Kellie was incredible as she channeled the power of the Paso style. The entire performance was mesmerizing. I don't know what Len's problem was but his reaction and harsh commentary requires an apology to the performers and to the fans. There was more than enough Paso content in that choreography. It had the full flavor and character of Paso and it was performed flawlessly. Judges say 10,7,10 for a total of 27. Len's score is beyond ridiculous and his behavior is not to be tolerated. That's crap and it's not why I watch this program. I have been disappointed with comments from the judges before and I will be again, just as some scores will puzzle and baffle me, but after that uncalled for tirade, I nearly turned the entire program off without watching the end.
Here's our combined leader board after both rounds.
58 Zendaya and Val
56 Aly and Mark
55 Kellie and Derek
52 Jacoby and Karina
48 Ingo and Kym
42 Sean and Peta
I can usually get beyond what any of the judges might say or how they might score a routine pretty quickly. Not after this. Len's meanness turned me totally off the show.