Now that’s what I’m talking about! The second half of “Dancing With the Stars” on Monday, with the Latin dances of the decades, produced the best string of dances all season. I watched four of the five a second time — and I may watch them again tonight, thanks to the DVR.
Since those dances were so good, I’ll lead them with them in my celeb-by-celeb recap, in order of performances:
Mya - Incredible 70s samba. All the core moves peppered with disco tricks, set to a great Donna Summer’s tune. Best dance of the season thus far, so it fittingly earned the first 30. BTW great 70s look with Dmitry. Classic. As for her quickstep, it had a lot going on. They were moving the whole time, and their feet seemed to be in sync. LOL at Tom to Marie: “I almost fainted when I heard that,” referring to Len’s positive comments about Mya.
Back Street Boys Wannabe - His 90s samba was cool. High-energy and fun to watch. Noted the boy band moves at the end. Should’ve earned higher than three 9s, but it followed another incredible samba, which was a bit unfair. (Too bad they didn't perform in order of the decades.) LOL at Tom’s quip about the near-puke episode: “That would be our over-sharing moment of the evening.” As for his flu-less foxtrot, it was just OK for me. Wasn’t awesome, but didn’t stink. Not too old, not too young. Len’s got his back, though. “Who’s your daddy!”
Younger Swimsuit Model - If anyone else would have drawn the futuristic paso doble, it wouldn’t have been as good. Derek absolutely nailed it with his choreography, and she delivered with her execution of it. Incredible musicality. Amazing. As Bruno said in reference to Blade Runner, “a masterful reinvention of a classic.” Shocking that Carrie Ann didn’t follow suit with a 10 like Len and Bruno. LOL at her blonde line: “I’m so confused my brain is hurting.” As for her quickstep, it didn’t wow me. It was fast, but I too noted the technical problems.
Ozzy’s Brat - For me, her 60s jive was a let-down compared with the other four dances. It was just OK. The judges liked it more. Her foxtrot, though, was captivating. It was elegant and light. And it looked like she was enjoying it, once she dropped the tango face. Maybe Louie should remove her distractions more often. BTW what was up with those moving fluff balls?
Donny - This 80s paso was fun, fun, fun! Mesmerizing at times. Looked like Adam Ant dancing with Stevie Nicks. I got the gender-bending thing they were going for with the Dead of Alive “You Spin Me Right Round” tune. Not sure if the judges completely did. Guess I liked it better than the judges. As for his waltz, it was elegant and graceful. Donny’s Sister gave it two thumbs up. LOL at the Lifetime Original comparison.
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AFTERMATH: Someone has to go tonight. Who’s it going to be? Despite Donny being tied for the bottom spot in terms of judges’ scoring, BSBW and the Brat seemed to be the most in jeopardy. The fact that last week BSBW scored the highest mark of the season, then competed in the elimination dance-off reveals his weak fan base. Still, he’s a superior dancer when compared with Brat, so I’m hoping her enjoyable time on DWTS comes to an end tonight.
If there’s an encore, I’m torn between wanting to see the 70s samba or futuristic paso. My guess is the judges will pick the paso.
Looking forward to seeing Sabrina aka Cheetah girl perform again (with Mark? - my guess). That is tonight, right?
Really looking forward to “Dance Center.” Kenny Mayne is hilarious.
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YOUR TAKE - Sooooo … who do YOU think will get booted tonight? Who will perform that encore. And finally, who is your pick to win it all? Please share by posting your comments below.