Welcome to Week 6.
The opening Jive/Lindy Hop/Jitterbug/Swing to Sing Sing Sing was off the hook gang! Lacey and Benji Schwimmer choreographed that piece.
We've got two rounds of dance, individual and a challenge twist. More on the challenge later.
Let's have our individual round first.
Jack and Cheryl dance Paso Doble. Jack is channeling the Val Chmerkovskiy/Robert DeNiro angry Paso face. No wait...I know what it is! It's the Grumpy Cat intensity face for Paso Doble! I like the nice stomping quality on the opening march. Jack has the strong attitude and intensity for Paso.. He seems to have every step organized. I don't think he quite got there with his Paso posture. He didn't have his chest drawn forward enough and he didn't quite lead with his hips, so there wasn't a strong Spanish line. There was great content within the dance and he really didn't make any glaring mistakes, except for a couple of balance issues. I did like the performance. Paso isn't a style that suits Jack, but he portrayed the attitude and aggression needed for Paso character. He just needs to work on his Spanish line and keeping in time with the Paso rhythm. Judges say 8,9,8 for a total of 25. There's another score from Len that I'm not sure I get.
Let me just be clear about my issues with Len. It isn't that he wants proper ballroom and Latin rules followed. It's simply the inconsistency with which he applies those rules and scores. To an untrained eye such as mine, it comes across as capricious. It makes him seem like no more of an expert than me, deciding what I like and don't like.
Here's our leader board after the first round:
30 Elizabeth and Val
28 Amber and Derek
28 Brant and Peta
27 Nicole and Sasha
27 Leah and Tony
25 Jack and Cheryl
23 Bill and Emma
23 Corbin and Karina
We have a performance from a couple of people called Mika and Ariana Grande. Not my kind of thing. But I can be distracted watching our Troupe.
Next round is called a Switch Up challenge. Four couples dance at the same time, with the music constantly changing. There is no specific style. They'll just have to be prepared to interpret the music as it comes up and transition from one dance to the next. First couple tapped out gets 1 point, then 2 points for the next, 3 points for the next, and 4 points to the last couple standing.
First up are Jack and Cheryl, Corbin and Karina, Bill and Emma, Nicole and Sasha. Bill and Emma go out first for 1 point. Jack and Cheryl go out next for 2 points. Nicole and Sasha go out next for 3 points. Corbin and Karina win for 4 points.
Second up are Elizabeth and Val, Amber and Derek, Brant and Peta, Leah and Tony. Leah and Tony go out first for 1 point. Elizabeth and Val go out next for 2 points. Brant and Peta go out next for 3 points. Amber and Derek win for 4 points.
That was actually pretty good. I think the winning strategy was to practice basic ballroom and Latin styles and be ready for the appropriate tempo for those basic moves. I like this challenge.
Here's our final leader board after the Switch Up points are added.
32 Elizabeth and Val
32 Amber and Derek
31 Brant and Peta
30 Nicole and Sasha
28 Leah and Tony
27 Jack and Cheryl
27 Corbin and Karina
24 Bill and Emma
Now results...Elizabeth and Val are safe. Amber and Derek are safe. Brant and Peta are safe. Leah and Tony are safe. Corbin and Karina are safe. Nicole and Sasha are safe. Jack and Cheryl are safe. Bill and Emma are safe.
Uhm...that means everybody is safe?
Evidently the wrong phone numbers were shown last week, so all viewer votes were thrown out and no one goes home. Scores will carry over to next week and we could see a double elimination.
Cool! This is a good group and I don't mind seeing them all dance again next week. Team dances return as well. Excellent!
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