Monday, April 20, 2009

DWTS 8 - Week 7

This week the dancetestants participated in a 60's group dance and performed a dance they haven't done yet.

Melissa Rycroft & Tony Dovolani

Argentine Tango

Score: 10/9/10 = 29 (last week 27)

Critique: Intense, passionate, and precise. The judges were pleased and praised her dancing and Tony's choreography. It was beautiful to watch.

Lawrence Taylor & Edyta Sliwinska

Dance: Waltz

Score: 7/7/7 = 21 (last week 22)

Critique: Edyta was completely covered! She usually wears skimpy costumes to show off her perfect body. She removed that long coat and now has on a ballgown that still covers more of her than usual. Then dance was graceful and elegant, and LT did pretty well. Bruno said it wasn't terrible but not brilliant. Edyta said she was wearing so many clothes she got tangled in them.

Lil' Kim & Derek Hough

Dance: Rumba

Score: 9/8/9 = 26 (last week 28)

Critique: Derek tried to tone down Kim's sexiness this week and really worked on his choreography. The judges thought they went too far and that she needs to be herself. Bruno said it was a good rumba but that taking the raunch out of Lil' Kim was like having a Margarita without tequila. It was as if they were being too careful. Sorry, Derek, back to the ol' drawing board!

Chuck Wicks & Julianne Hough

Dance: Samba

Score: 9/9/9 = 27 (Last week 23)

Critique: Well, Chuck! They were both in red, and this might just be Chuck's best performance! Wow! He won't make it to the finals, but Julianne is so popular, and they are a couple who are so cute together that it will help them stay longer. Len said it was by far his best dance yet! Bruno and Carrie Ann loved it! All right!

Ty Murray & Chelsie Hightower

Dance: Waltz

Score: 8/8/8 = 24 (last week 18)

Critique: Ty was having trouble with the romance part of the waltz because he said Chelsie was like his adopted daughter. Jewel came to rehearsal to help Ty be romantic during the waltz by telling them to tap into the sincere feelings they have for each other and not try to make it more than it is. He said this waltz was for Jewel. It worked. The waltz was sweet. Ty had good posture and some smooth moves. I like him. Bruno said it was a bigger comeback than Mickey Rourke. Len and Carrie Ann also liked it.

Shawn Johnson & Mark Ballas

Dance: Cha-Cha

Score: 9/9/10 = 28 (last week 26)

Critique: Shawn was on the road and had to learn the dances with Mark teaching her the group dance on her own. She got tired and stressed out which made her have trouble learning the steps. Mark was dressed like Michael Jackson with the sparkly socks. Their cha-cha was energetic and happy. Carrie Ann said she brought the dance to life. Len liked it, and Bruno said it was flamboyant and vibrant like a young Debbie Reynolds or Mitzi Gaynor. Wonder how many in the audience besides me know who they are?

Gilles Marini & Cheryl Burke

Dance: Viennese Waltz

Score: 9/9/9 = 27 (last week 26)

Critique: Cheryl took him to a synchronized swimming coach to learn how to move during the dance. All I could think about was how he looked getting in the pool. Their dance was elegant, smooth, and graceful. It was also sexy. I will say every week that I hope he wins that tacky mirror ball. He is sooooo fine!! The judges praised his performance and Cheryl's choreography.

The group dance was a 60's homage. Ty came out dressed like a hippie for rehearsal, bu they said that was the wrong era of the 60's since that part didn't happen until after JFK's assassination in '63. That era was mostly between '65-'75. Early sixties when I was in high school and college was what they had in mind with go-go dancing, the mashed potato, the twist, and the swim. I did some of those dances when I was in school.

The group dance costumes were the Mary Quant style of go-go boots, mini skirts, heavy eye-liner, and long straight hair. Ah yes, I remember that! They all wore black and white. It was entertaining and fun. I couldn't stay still in my chair and wanted to dance!! Cool! Len said it took him back to '64 when he went clubbing in London. It made me miss dancing because it was such a part of high school, college, and several more decades of dating and going out. It can be so sexy and romantic to dance with a man, moving together to the music, anticipating, hoping, and enjoying. Maybe it's time to make some more memories. ;-)


Berry Blog said...

It was a pretty good show I thought. all the couples were sexy. So hard to tell who's the best. Love your recaps with picts and scores as well as commentary.

mistress maddie said...

Alright, since Lil'Kim is getting closer to the finals I may have to start watching now. Thank God for your excellent recaps Joy. Now when I watch I'll know what's going on.

Chris said...

I really like Melissa the best and hope that she wins.

I don't like Lil Kim though she has had some stellar moments.

LT & Ty haven't a prayer.

Gilles annoys me.

The gymnast is spirited if nothing else - even convincing at times but ultimately I never see anything but a 17 year old kid out there.

Chuck has improved but not at the same level of Melissa or Gilles/

Joy said...

If you were a woman, Gilles wouldn't annoy you at all but would disturb you in a very good way, though! He's fine!!

Joy said...

That's great, Mistress Maddie! We can discuss!

Joy said...

Thanks, Charlie! As always you brighten up my day!

Jimbo said...

Joy, a stellar recap as always, we seem to be on the same page at this point. Today at work, those of us who keep track re-did our picks now that we're down the final 6. A couple of people we all thought would make it this far are gone, and since that usually happens, we always have a re-do. I've got Gilles for the win, with Lil' Kim second, and Melissa 3rd. We'll see...

LOVE that picture of you on the car. So cute! Was that from prom? :)

Rhea said...

I know some folks are addicted to this show. I've seen a few episodes. Will have to try again.

Joy said...

Jim, I have Gilles winning and am not sure if Lil' Kim or Melissa will be second. It could be either one, but LK improves every week. I think I'll go with your choices. Cute about the prom! :-)

Rhea, I have never gotten into American Idol. All of these aren't for everyone. I love DWTS, Project Runway, Top Chef, but those are the only competitive shows like that I don't want to miss. I sort of begrudgingly watch Celebrity Apprentice and vow I'll quit but don't.

I watch mostly fictional shows on TV and look forward to those. Friday Night Lights is favorite, and I also watch The Mentalist, Criminal Minds, Lie to Me (fascinated with the ability to profile), The Big Bang Theory, House, Desperate Housewives, Grey's Anatomy, Private Practice, Brothers and Sisters, In Plain Sight, The Closer, NUM3BERS (which Craig Ferguson calls Num-Three-bers), L&O, and will watch anything Aaron Sorkin and David E. Kelley write. There are others but this list is already too long! LOL