It's live from Hollywood!
It's another high octane performance from our pros and Troupe to lead off the show. The piece was choreographed by Mandy Moore.
We've got team dances plus our regular individual rounds. And since no one was eliminated last week due to the voting snafu, we're adding scores from this week to last week's totals.
Here's a reminder of the leader board after last Monday's performances.
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
You'll recall we had those points added for the Switch Up challenge.
Now that we're all caught up and settled in, let's have some dancing!
Elizabeth and Val dance Quickstep. Val is working hard on frame...head position, shoulders down, proper facial expression. I don't like the set up for this piece. They have a lot of space between them in hold, and it makes Elizabeth looks like she's leaning into him. I like the choreography once they got into the piece, but I think they had some trouble with execution. I was really conscious of her height this time because it looked like she was leaning way forward. It was very fast and the choreography was full of content. But I didn't really care for it. Hold, frame, body contact...all of those things were sub par for me this week. I think I prefer a slightly slower tempo in a Quickstep so the celebrity can master the technique. I enjoyed this overall performance, but I think it was a miss in terms of technique for Elizabeth. Judges say 9s across for a total of 27.
Brant and Peta dance Jive. I like this tempo for Jive. It's quick but it's not too fast. I like the way Peta introduced the character and flavor with the staging. And there wasn't too much introduction, which I appreciate. I think Brant did a credible job with the kicks and flicks. I think he was a little behind the music even at this tempo. Then he slipped on Peta's costume, which was unfortunate. He recovered well and kept going, but the timing was even further thrown off at the end of the dance. The choreography was challenging, and forced Brant to go full out without worrying about the steps. I think that helped, and also hurt just a little. I thought the transitions could have been a little cleaner. For me, I thought Brant's performance was strained due to all of the content. But that's just a personal impression. Overall I enjoyed the performance. Judges say 9s across for a total of 27. I'm not sure about the the 9s across.
Leah and Tony dance Salsa. I like to see her dance with confidence...the real kind of confidence, not the acting kind. She threw herself into this Salsa. Tony didn't hold anything back and Leah attacked every movement. She looked fantastic. She had her Latin hips going. She had her attitude. She had her feet hitting every step. Her musicality was excellent. Salsa is supposed to be a dance of continuous flow, and they never stopped moving. Seriously gang. That was outstanding work. I couldn't spot a flaw. Tony gave her such a difficult piece and she delivered. She was fearless. Judges say 9,8,9 for a total of 26. She apparently has a rib injury, but you couldn't tell by the way she performed. Those lifts were quite tricky and she went for it.
Oh for Pete's sake Len. This is for you for that 8.
Here's our combined leader board after the individual dances.
61 Amber and Derek
59 Elizabeth and Val
58 Brant and Peta
57 Nicole and Sasha
56 Corbin and Karina
54 Leah and Tony
54 Jack and Cheryl
47 Bill and Emma
Team round is up. It's freestyle, so pretty much anything goes. I'm not sure I like this idea. At least with previous team challenges, there have been specific Latin styles so I knew what to expect. With freestyle, there's a risk of the routines being too tricky or gimmicky. We'll see how these groups approach it. Each pair shares the score, so the leader board could flip again.
The teams look pretty even to me. You never know how they'll do until you get them in the groups.
Elizabeth and Val are captains. They select Nicole and Sasha, Leah and Tony, Bill and Emma. They have selected a Halloween zombie theme. Wow that had a lot of energy. I thought they did a great job. I loved the concept. Very entertaining. Well done. Judges say 9s across for a total of 27.
Amber and Derek are captains. They select Jack and Cheryl, Brant and Peta, Corbin and Cheryl. The team embraced that song literally. They had fun with it. It was silly and creative. It was bizarre and wild, and it worked in a totally weird way. The fox was in the details, I'm telling ya. Judges say 10s across for a total of 30.
I think the only difference in the two teams was the quality of dance. Both concepts were excellent and both routines were entertaining. But the second group was slightly better overall in execution.
Here's our leader board after all scores from last week and this week are added up.
91 Amber and Derek
88 Brant and Peta
86 Corbin and Karina
86 Elizabeth and Val
84 Jack and Cheryl
84 Nicole and Sasha
81 Leah and Tony
74 Bill and Emma
Results...Amber and Derek are safe. Brant and Peta are safe. Corbin and Karina are safe. Jack and Cheryl are safe. Elizabeth and Val are safe. Leah and Tony are safe. Bill and Emma are safe.
That means Nicole and Sasha are eliminated.
I'm actually surprised by that result. I thought she had a solid fan based to keep her going, and I didn't see how Bill could overcome the deficit. But that's the way this show goes.
Tune in next week for a treat. Len goes back to the UK for Strictly Come Dancing. Cher will join the panel as a guest judge, and she'll also perform.
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