Here's a dance-by-dance recap of Week 7 on "Dancing With the Stars" in order of their performances:
Jerry Rice Wannabe - I don’t doubt his statement: “I have never been mistaken for Fred Astaire.” But this foxtrot was cute and smooth, and it looked like they were having fun with it. And they saved the props for the end - much to Len’s liking. For once, all the judges agreed on his performance. Bruno’s words to live by: “Remember the nickel.” LOL at Tom: “If Barney looked like Anna, I’d still be watching without my kids.”
Donny - Who needs a posture bar or Tamiflu or even sound technique? Not light-on-his-feet Donny. He sold this full-on, error-riddled, crowd-pleasing quickstep and came away with three 8s. BTW strange outfit for Kym. A fashion designer Donny is not.
Kung Fu Chef - Maybe he should’ve danced with Tony. Just kidding. I actually liked this samba. While it had more of a club feel than a Brazilian flavor, this high-energy dance was interesting to watch. I didn’t hate it, not like the judges. Bruno’s recap: “Kung Fu Panda does the samba on Planet of the Apes.” Need we remind everyone of Bruno’s dancing in Elton John’s “I’m Still Standing” video? It’s a shame about Lacy getting sick. I think he was coming into his own. Now in all likelihood he’s going home.
Mya - I don’t know if I agree with Carrie Ann that “Len is officially smoking crack” but I will say he hates Mya. This foxtrot was cute yet glamorous. Actually liked the Frau Phyllis cameo. It’s much, much better than having her being a contestant. BTW didn’t Mya look a little Jessica Rabbitish?
Backstreet Boy Wannabe - “My 11-year-old daughter can move as fast you are right now.” That might have been true in practice. But on the dance floor, he brought the SPEED! What a workout with this jive. Wow! Agree with Len: There was “enough energy to light up Hollywood.” And I’m glad he was “tempted to dust off me 10 paddle” because this dance deserved it. Amazing.
Ozzy’s Brat - Don’t call her beige. Or may you should. That little comment fired up her and Louie, and produced an entertaining salsa that brought the judges to their feet, even if they only awarded 8s. Good effort, with a lot of content. The routine actually seemed long.
Younger Swimsuit Model - When did they have time to film that beach skit? Liked it, though. Could Hollywood be in Derek’s future? IMO he can act just as well as Zach Efron. As for their rumba, they obviously didn’t need any more practice because this dance had all that a rumba should, and wasn’t as boring as many are. Well scored with the three 9s.
Team paso doble - Lots of basic paso moves and good solos, with a dramatic and powerful showing at times. Very intense … and entertaining. Thought the judges underscored this a tad - three 9s more appropriate.
Team tango - Liked the leg-kick part. Did Carrie Ann really spank their butts? Whichever team got Derek was going to win. That was a foregone conclusion. No other pro is as good of a choreographer as he is. If his sister Julianne was on DWTS this season, there might have been more competition. BTW I didn’t realize Bon Jovi’s “You Give Love a Bad Name” was a tango. T-A-NGO, T-A-NGO, T-A-NGO.
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YOUR TAKE - Another double elimination tonight (yeah!). So who goes home? IMO Kung Fu Chef gets booted first, then Rice Wannabe and Ozzy’s Brat have a dance off, with … Ozzy’s Brat surviving (barely). As for an encore tonight, how about Backstreet Boy Wannabe’s jive? Or should it be Team Tango? Or won’t they do an encore (like last week, when it should have been Kung Fu Chef) because of the dance-off? Please share your thoughts.