Dancing with the Stars 8: WriterMarie426’s Recap

May 4, 2009 at 7:56 pm | Posted in ballroom dance, Dancing with the Stars, So You Think You Can Dance, Uncategorized | 6 Comments
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Hey Everyone,

Tink here! I’m more than a bit under the weather, so Marie has been kind enough to write us another awesome recap. Don’t forget to vote!

Good evening ballroom dance lovers, and welcome to Week 9 of Dancing With The Stars. We are at the point in the competition where our five remaining couples each have two individual dances to perform – one Ballroom Style and one Latin Style. In addition, during the Latin round each of our celebrities will need to perform a 15 second solo in their routines.

We open tonight’s show with a group pro dance choreographed by Louis Van Amstel, which showcases three of the Ballroom dances. Tom announces that the group will be back later to show us the Latin dances.

All of our couples descend the staircase with smiles on their faces, especially Melissa and Tony, who are back after last week’s injury. After everyone makes it safely down the stairs, we see a segment featuring our three judges breaking down what they need to see from each couple in the Ballroom round.

Our first couple to dance are Shawn and Mark with the Quick Step. Shawn states that at this point 8’s are no longer enough, they need to go for 10’s. Mark concentrates on teaching her the quirky movements, while also getting her to make it graceful. Shawn stresses about this week, knowing it is make or break. Their Quick Step is done in a fun, quirky style, with great footwork and big movements.

Len likes that it was fun, joyful, and carefree, but says they broke a rule…the couple can be apart at the beginning or end of the dance, but they broke their hold in the middle of it. Bruno says Shawn came across like Sporty Spice, and agrees with Len but also calls it great fun. Carrie Ann believes it was their best dance ever, but has to take a point off for breaking the rule.

As they wait for their scores backstage, Mark says he takes the blame for the rule violation, he just wanted to put on a great show for the audience.

Score: 27 (9,9,9)

Ty and Chelsie are up next with the Argentine Tango. Ty says during rehearsal how much he loves a good challenge, and he likes that in the A-Tango he can be strong and serious…and do lifts. Chelsie tells him to think about the hard work and dedication he has put into this competition and incorporate it into the dance. Ty has some solo footwork at the beginning of the dance, which he performs well, and they stay in serious character throughout the performance. They show off their excellent footwork and strong lifts.

Bruno says Ty shows strength and determination like a Power Ranger and likes the dance but would like more subtlety. Carrie Ann commends Ty for coming so far in the competition, but says she saw a stumble and that he lacked breath in motion. Len believes they captured the flavor and essence of the dance, calling it their best dance ever.

Score: 25 (8,9,8)

Our next performance is a Waltz by Lil’Kim and Derek. Kim feels the pressure to stay on top, especially when everyone’s scores are so close together. Derek realizes that Kim struggles on the slow dances, because she’d rather be wild and just break out. He works on making her the complete ballroom package. Their waltz is full of beautiful spins and really nice extensions.

Carrie Ann thinks Kim needs to extend her hands more and saw some missteps. Len says he knows that the Waltz is hard for her to learn since it is such a pure ballroom dance. He also saw the missteps, but is shocked at the quality of their dance. Bruno says Kim is trying to be a lady, but she is more comfortable being a tramp. After boos and groans from the audience, he says of course he means that in the nicest way. He also believes Kim didn’t look as comfortable as she usually does.

Score: 25 (8,9,8)

Gilles and Cheryl are out next with the Foxtrot. Gilles knows that his scores have gone down a little in the last couple of weeks, and he wants to finish strong. Cheryl works on creating memorable dances to keep the audience happy. Gilles has some trouble keeping his head up the right way…he needs to come across as elegant, not arrogant. Cheryl takes him to the Emerald Ball so he can see what a perfect Foxtrot looks like. They perform a Foxtrot that is sexy yet remains elegant, complete with Gilles blowing a kiss to Carrie Ann.

Len says it was very musical and he enjoyed the interpretation, but Gilles needs to straighten his legs more often for the proper rise and fall of the dance. Bruno likes the great sense of theater, saying the dance is in a class of its own. Carrie Ann thinks Len is crazy, and that performances like this get you into the semifinals.

Score: 29 (10,9,10)

After Gilles and Cheryl receive their scores, we are shown a preview of tomorrow night’s results show…the latest installment of DanceCenter with Kenny Mayne.

Our final dance of the Ballroom round is a Viennese Waltz from Melissa and Tony. Melissa was very disappointed that she couldn’t dance last week because of her rib injury. The new treatment is working well; she still feels pain but it is manageable. Tony takes it slow with her to start so she doesn’t make the injury worse, then works with her on footwork because he knows Len is watching that closely. Their Viennese Waltz is sweet and elegant, complete with wonderful leg extensions and smooth turns.

Bruno calls Melissa an ethereal vision, saying that her balletic moves are great for a waltz. Carrie Ann praises Melissa’s fluidity and natural grace, but says she needs to work on her upper body. Len likes the romance and musicality, but is still not crazy about her feet.

Score: 27 (9,9,9)

Backstage, Melissa says pain management is the key. Tony states that he knows how important it is to Melissa to dance well so she doesn’t let down the fans who are supporting her.

Before we get to the Latin round, Tom announces that the three remaining pros in the pro dancer competition for next season will dance tomorrow night with celebrity partners who are former DWTS contestants. We watch clips of their rehearsals with the celebrities: Cody Linley, Maurice Greene, and Lisa Rinna.

Our pro dance group led by Louis Van Amstel comes back out to perform a Latin dance medley before our couples start their Latin round. We also see another segment with the judges telling us what the couples need to do to score well in their Latin dances.

Shawn and Mark come back out for their Paso Doble. Shawn is worried about her solo, and Mark gets her to focus on being intense and aggressive by telling her to put on her Olympic face. Shawn does a great solo at the beginning of the routine, and keeps the character and intensity throughout the dance. Their Paso is filled with strong movements.

Carrie Ann says they had a difficult song to dance to, but they delivered the drama and nailed it. Len likes Shawn’s solo and the twist turns, but says the dance is not overly exciting. Bruno tells Shawn she had the killer instinct. Shawn comes over and kisses Bruno, then kisses Len and Carrie Ann as well.

Score: 29 (10,9,10) TOTAL FOR THE NIGHT: 56

Ty and Chelsie are up next with the Rumba. Chelsie tells Ty to let his pride and hard work show through the dance. Ty says he has his work cut out for him, but they will prove that they belong in the semifinals. They do a pretty good job with the quick turns in their Rumba, but the song is kind of fast for this particular type of dance. Ty looks a little nervous this time. The dance finishes with his solo, which he performs in right in front of his wife Jewel.

Len says they are charming and sweet, but in the first dance Ty was like a peacock and now he’s more like a feather duster. Bruno states that Ty is one of the most likable celebrities that have ever been on the show, but he just doesn’t have enough ability to go further. Carrie Ann wishes she could score them on the amount of improvement since the first week, but to her their dance was a little wooden.

Score: 21 (7,7,7) TOTAL FOR THE NIGHT: 46

Our third Latin dance comes from Lil’Kim and Derek with the Salsa. Derek says that normally he doesn’t go for putting too many tricks into a routine, but he feels that they really have to bring it with this dance. Kim says she will bring the heat and shake her bionic booty for Bruno. They perform a strong, sassy Salsa with a lot of passion. The tricks Derek put in the dance are great, and Kim does an amazing solo.

Bruno says that Kim is in her element and her booty can do no wrong, but he did see a little mistake. Carrie Ann states that she has never seen a booty shake like that before. She likes their energy, but thinks it got a little out of control. Len calls the dance delicious, but agrees with Bruno about the mistake.

Score: 27 (9,9,9) TOTAL FOR THE NIGHT: 52

Gilles and Cheryl bring us our second Rumba of the evening. Gilles says that his ultimate goal when he entered this competition was to be able to do the Rumba. Cheryl tells him the Latin lover in him needs to come out. He has a little trouble working on his solo, but Cheryl has him use his acting experience to get it right. Their dance starts with Gilles’ solo, which is very sexy. The entire dance is as well, with beautiful extensions and romantic moves.

Carrie Ann says that it was very hot, but the solo was a little odd for her and it looked like Gilles was trying too hard. Len calls the dance fantastic but agrees with Carrie Ann about the solo. Bruno likes the dance, saying it was very good but a bit uneven.

Score: 27 (9,9,9) TOTAL FOR THE NIGHT: 56

Our last dance of the night is Melissa and Tony’s Samba. Melissa likes that it’s a fun, crazy party dance. Tony notices her struggling when switching from the V-Waltz to the Samba, and Melissa gets nervous about her solo. Their dance begins with Melissa’s solo, which she performs well with a lot of great hip action. There is a fun energy to their Samba, with a good bounce and beautiful Samba rolls. At the end of the dance, Melissa has to cover up her top with her hands because her costume begins to give way, but she handles it well.

Len states that Tony and Melissa should 100% be here next week. Bruno says their Samba is everything anyone would want and more, and he was happy to watch it. Carrie Ann says she is there to point out flaws…then states that it was flawless!

As they wait for their scores, Melissa gives a big shout out to their fans, thanking them for keeping her on. She was glad they danced well so they could prove how much they want to be there.

Score: 30 (10,10,10) TOTAL FOR THE NIGHT: 57

Tony is excited, telling Samantha that he hasn’t seen scores like that since Season 2!

Our evening ends with a recap of all of the dances and a reminder to vote. No matter the scores, no one is safe…so please go vote for your favorites! Good night everybody!

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SWTS Week 9 by Sammi T.

May 4, 2009 at 6:56 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Hello, and welcome to week nine of Dancing With The Stars. Last week, we said goodbye to Chuck and Julianne, three weeks shy of the finals. This week, each couple will have two chances (and a chance at a solo!) to prove that they are worthy of winning that coveted mirror ball trophy.

The show opens with a dance medley with several dancers, including Louis, Lacey, Kym, Dmitry, Anna and Jonathan. Their dances include the quickstep and Argentine tango.

The couples come down the stairs, looking gorgeous as usual. I love the color of Shawn’s dress. Didn’t Cheryl wear a similar dress a couple seasons ago? It’s cute though.

After the judges talk about what they are expecting from each dancer, we finally get down to business. Shawn and Mark kick off the ballroom round with the quickstep. She knows it will be a crazy week, but is willing to work for that perfect score. Their quickstep is not only technically amazing, but also fun, exciting and almost has an old Hollywood/vaudeville feel to it. I absolutely love it!

Len thought it was fun and really showed off her personality. He adds that they spent too much time out of hold.

Bruno loves it, comparing it to Sporty Spice.

Carrie Ann thinks this was her best week ever, saying she needs to take a point away for them breaking a rule.

Score: 27 (triple 9s)

Ty and Chelsie take the stage with their Argentine tango next. He says this week is do or die, and is determined to do whatever it takes to get to next week’s semi-finals. He has some incredible hip work and did a fabulous lift! I have to say this was one of their better dances.

Bruno says he won’t let anyone down with this strength and determination and compares him to a Power Ranger. He wishes it was a bit smoother though.

Carrie Ann commends him for coming so far, but wishes there was more breath in his movements.

Len thinks he captured the flavor and essence of the dance and thinks it was his best one so far.

Score: 25 (8,9,8)

The next couple to take the stage for the ballroom round is Lil Kim and Derek. They have the waltz this week. She says she is better at Latin, but ready to bring it. The dance is smooth and very elegant—with just a splash of her sassy side.

Carrie Ann nitpicks that there were missteps and needs to make her moves bigger.

Len says he was shocked by the quality of the dance.

Bruno thinks she is more comfortable being a tramp and that is why she had trouble tonight.

Hey, Marlee and Fabian are in the audience! YAY!

Score: (8,9,8)

Gilles and Cheryl have the foxtrot and want to make it perfect. It was a very nice foxtrot, a little stiff, but still a very good performance overall.

Len calls it very musical and says he loved the interpretation. He calls him out on his legwork.

Bruno thinks it was in a class of its own.

Carrie Ann thinks this will take him into the semi-finals.

Score: 29 (10,9,10)

Melissa and Tony are the final couple to dance in the ballroom round. They have the Viennese Waltz and it seems as if she is completely recovered from last week. Glad you are better girl! They look so dreamy out there, it is almost like watching two angels dance. So beautiful and floaty!

Bruno gushes over it.

Carrie Ann thinks it is natural, but wants her to work on her upper body.

Len loves it, but wants her to work on her feet.

Score: 27 (9,9,9)

The three celebrity couples are Afton and Cody Linley, Anna and Maurice Green and Lisa Rinna and Mayo.

After a Latin medley featuring the pros from before and more expectations from the judges, we get to the Latin round.

Shawn and Mark have the paso doble with a small solo from her. I didn’t see a solo, but the rest of the routine was incredible. She seems to really have a flair for the Latin dances.

Carrie Ann says she really delivered tonight.

Len says it was clean and precise, but not over exciting.

Bruno jumps up and down, SCREAMING over how wonderful it was.

Score 29 (10,9,10)

Total: 56

Ty and Chelsie are up once again, this time with the rumba. It is a bit stiff (It PAINS me to say that, I LOVE him!) but it is a decent performance and the ending where he dances for Jewel and kisses her is PRICELESS!

Len thinks it was decent, but calls him a feather duster.

Bruno compares him to Kenny Mayne.

Carrie Ann says she would give him a 10 for effort, but not on his actual performance.

Score 21 (7,7,7)

Total: 46

Lil’ Kim and Derek have the salsa for their second dance. They are on FIRE tonight, they really are working it, shaking it and BOY was her solo smokin’!

Bruno keeps screeching over how much he liked it.

Carrie Ann says she never saw a booty shake like that, but it was a bit out of control.

Len says she and salsa go together like spotted dick and custard and that he liked it.

Score: 27 (triple 9s)

Total: 52

Gilles and Cheryl also have the rumba tonight. The opening solo was a bit odd, and it seemed a bit fast for a rumba, but overall, it was a good, solid performance.

Carrie Ann thinks they delivered, but thought the solo was odd.

Len nitpicks on parts of it, particularly the end.

Bruno compares it to the movie Showgirls in the beginning, and thinks it was good overall.

Score: 27 (triple 9s)

Total: 56

The last dance of the night is Melissa and Tony’s samba. HOYL COW! They knock it out of the park tonight. I think this is the best samba in the history of the show, she NAILED it and those samba rolls were fantastic! I love her parents’ reactions!

Len tells her thinks she 100% deserves to be there next week.

Bruno says it has everything everyone could possibly want in the samba.

Carrie Ann calls it flawless and gives her a hug.

Score 30: (triple 10s)

Total: 57

Tune in tomorrow night for our pro competition, musical guests, DanceCenter and of course our results. Goodnight everybody!

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