'Dancing With The Stars' - 'Performance #2' Recap
by Michael Pascua, posted Apr 6th 2010 8:52AM
(S10E04) 'Dancing with the Stars' continues this week with three dances: Waltz, Quickstep, or Paso Doble. Along with the dances, each contestant had to create a storyline that would be told through the dance.
There was a slight readjustment of voting for the rest of the season for online voters, the voting cutoff is now 11am Eastern/8am Pacific the next day. I've never met anyone who actually voted the day after, but it is now one hour less than previously.
Professionals performance - We get an example of the three dances we see tonight, with Jonathan, Anna D., Lacey, and Dmitri. After watching the four perform, I already miss Lacey's hips. She could have had an interesting challenge with Chad or Aiden. Val, Maks' brother, also performs, and we'll probably see him on tomorrow's results show.
Evan & Anna - Quickstep - I forget how cool Anna is until she stands next to someone as bland as Evan. The two have a story about a husband and wife that is always late. The performance starts off cute with Evan alone trying to quickstep by himself. Luckily the props disappear after the first few bars. While there wasn't much emotion in Evan's face the whole routine other than a big smile, they move quickly around the floor without too many obvious mistakes.
Len understood the story and it cheered him up. He suggests working on footwork. Bruno agrees about the feet and mentions also fixing posture. Carrie Ann likes how energetic the performance was and how he understood the character. Score: 26(9,8,9).
Buzz & Ashly - Waltz - The story is a post-war homecoming. Ashly really wants to get higher scores so Buzz continues to study in different ways including recording video. The beginning is cute, but Buzz continues to lumber around the floor. No matter how much the audience can applaud and how beautifully Ashly can spin, Buzz is still walking into place and doesn't hold his arm out straight.
Bruno compared him to a dignified king, but a bit too statue-esque. Carrie Ann believed the story, but the dancing was stiff. Len saw the charm, but the technique was too simple. Score: 13 (5,4,4).
Jake & Chelsie - Quickstep - Jake has an Egyptian theme and with less time Chelsie is tougher on Jake. Jake starts to shut down and walks away from Chelsie. As the couple starts, I have to say the opening was funny and Jake's funny faces really worked throughout the dance. Jake has really captured the storyline even though his performance felt too lifted.
Carrie Ann loved the storyline combined with the quickstep. She thought that Jake's knees were off. Len wants to make sure that his posture will be better, but it was good entertainment. Bruno loved the production value, but his feet got muddled. Score: 21 (7,7,7).
Nicey & Louis - Waltz - Their story is a 1960s cross-racial relationship. Both get choked up since Louis is still living the problem of an unacceptable love. The dance had a lot of emotion. The spin was a bit awkward and there were slight stumbles, but the biggest improvement was probably the fact that Niecy wasn't mouthing the words.
Len thought it was brave not having props, but he suggests making sure Niecy's technique would improve. Bruno thought she acted it well, but she stumbled in the beginning. Carrie Ann knows the story is important, but was confused by the ending. Score: 21 (7,7,7).
Chad & Cheryl - Paso Doble - Chad wants to re-energize himself and finds out that their story is about seduction. While Chad is excited, his technique is horrible during practice. As the dance starts Chad slips in his first spin and it was awkward from there. It could possibly be his large frame. The rest of the dance went strongly.
Bruno sees the return of presence, but he was a bit all over the place. Carrie Ann thought the dance was miles away, but he needs to fix his shoulders. Len suggests working on posture, but loved the dominating power of the dance. Score: 20 (7,6,7).
Pamela & Damien - Paso Doble - Pam is a gypsy/flamenco dancer trying to seduce Damien, but she wants to point out that she is against animal cruelty. Charo visits to teach Pam about passion and still amazes me how cool she is. Damien tried to add some difficulty to his choreography by letting Pam do some aggressive spins. I really liked the solo section, but Pam was a few seconds off of Damien. The ending was weird since Pam continued to move after the music finished.
Carrie Ann gets the story and she likes how her body moved. She was a bit off. Len knows that she coped with her nerves and had intensity, but needs refinement. Bruno sees a very good performer and really wants to see more. Score: 21 (7,7,7).
Aiden & Edyta - Quickstep - We get a shot of Aiden vomiting in a garbage can; now that's a way not to get voters. Aiden's story involves a painter painting his dream woman. Aiden gets quite exhausted in practice, but Edyta brings his family for his birthday. While the dance has speed, there is still something awkward about the way he lifted his knees. I was heavily distracted by the cracking voice of the singer and couldn't really focus on the dance.
Len thought the performance wasn't carefree. Bruno thought that he was happier this week, but it was too skippy. Carrie Ann sees an increase in confidence, but he may have been too light on his feet. Score: 20 (7,6,7).
Erin & Maks - Waltz - Erin's story is about trust, so Maks pulls out a blindfold. Erin is nervous, but decides to dive in. The waltz starts off separate, but soon the blindfold goes on. Maks fumbles a bit with the blindfold but they continue dancing without a hitch. Without sight Erin does a great job letting go, showcasing her leg work. She trusts Maks and gets some good results.
Bruno likes the hold, but the side-by-side movements weren't linked enough. Carrie Ann loved the storytelling and prop, but her hand grip was still too tight. Len thought the start was boring, but the waltz section was good. Score: 23 (8,7,8).
Kate & Tony - Paso Doble - The story is obviously about paparazzi. Tony tries his best to get character out by getting an acting coach. Kate realized that she's hiding behind her mask so the coach got her to use emotion. While the beginning was really creative, Kate is still a bit awkward. The dancing has improved a little, but it still isn't anywhere near as it should be. She benefited from a slower paced Paso but was still like dragging a shopping cart.
Carrie Ann thought it was odd and was really hard to watch. Len thought she overcame some nerves, but it was pedestrian. Bruno thought that she actually played the character, but it needs to translate into movement. Score: 15 (5,5,5).
Nicole & Derek - Quickstep - The two have a story about sailors that are slacking off. Nicole is excited about the vaudeville style, but loses count and stresses out in practice. The dance was a lot of non-quickstep skills with silly movements. The side-by-side was really strong, but from what I recall the quickstep isn't supposed to break hold. Nonetheless, I like the scene ended how they started.
Len understood the story, but it wasn't a quickstep. There was no hold and a break. Bruno thought that as a performance it was great, but it wasn't a real quickstep. Carrie Ann pointed out the two rules broken that Len cited, but loved the performance. Score: 23 (8,6,9).
Evan & Anna - 26
Nicole & Derek - 23
Erin & Maks - 23
Niecy & Louis - 21
Pamela & Damien - 21
Jake & Chelsie - 21
Chad & Cheryl - 20
Aiden & Edyta - 20
Kate & Tony - 15
Buzz & Ashly - 13
Seeing how last week's elimination went, I have a good feeling that Kate & Tony will be safe. I'm still hoping that Buzz & Ashly will be going home because it's almost as painful to watch, but he seems to have one of the biggest fanbases. The five contestants in the middle should be worried. It's possible the female viewers don't like the idea of voting for Pam, but that holds true for Chad as well. I could see the two of them being the bottom two with Chad going home.
One final thought: I believe that the judges are over scoring Nicole. Especially Bruno who gave her a 9 when he admitted that there was several mistakes. Do they know that Nicole isn't getting as many votes as she should be and trying to save her? Who do you think will be going home? Leave comments below.
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