In a shocking turn of events last night, famed rapper Romeo appeared to bribe fans for votes by promising that Justin Bieber would be involved in the finale if he “made it all the way.” To say the least, we are talking about providing him an unfair advantage over the other contestants.
Doesn’t DWTS have rules against that sort of thing? If not, maybe Kirstie can earn some votes with promises of a John Travolta dance number.
In a night full of drama, with classic music, a 46-piece orchestra, opera singers and lots of controversy, Romeo’s announcement sort of set the tone for the evening. But was it fair? Was it true? Can he deliver? Should we want him to? Those are all questions that regular fans are probably still pondering.
Last night was classic music night and it was bolder, more dramatic and better than ever. From the inclusion of the world’s fastest violinist, David Garrett, and the beautiful mezzo soprano operatic voice of Katherine Jenkins, everything was first class.
Romeo and Chelsie (Hightower) started off the evening with a swaggering paso doble that pleased the judges and viewers alike. Carrie Ann Inaba called it fantastic, powerful, passionate and confident. However, she said she would deduct a point for an unexpected lift. Bruno said it was powerful and action packed. Judge Len Goodman said it had passion, attack and intensity.However, Goodman also added that Romeo still needed to work on his precision and finesse.
I side with Goodman. The dance was a bit stilted in some areas and didn’t flow as well as I thought it could. Still, the couple’s scores add up to 23; a good start for the night.
Up next were Kenda Wilkinson and her partner Louis van Amstel. They performed a Viennese waltz. I found it uninteresting and hard to watch. It was obvious that Wilkinson messed up more than once. It showed not only in her feet but on her face as well.
Judge Bruno Tonioli noted there were a lot of technique problems. Carrie Ann agreed, saying Wilkinson was trying hard but afraid of the elegance of ballroom. She called her a beautiful dancer but said she needed more confidence. Strangely, usually grumpy Goodman defended the star as a beginner. He said the dance still had flow and movement.
In the end, the couple received the lowest score of the night. Their three 6’s left them with a score of 18.
Sugar Ray Leonard and Anna Trebunskaya also danced a Viennese waltz that I found a bit too comedic. Still, it was fun to watch and there is something about Leonard that is joyful.
Judge Len Goodman said Sugar Ray had turned into a sugar plum but that he couldn’t stop smiling while watching him dance. He called the performance wholly entertaining. Bruno said it had cartoonish charm, which was oddly effective. Carrie Ann said it had sparkle, was entertaining and made her fall in love with it.
The couple finished with their highest score ever. Three 7’s earned them a 21.
Lovely Petra Nemcova and her partner Dmitry Chaplin did a lighter version of the paso. I liked it but found it oddly unassertive.
Carrie Ann Inaba said the model was “on a roll” and complimented her gorgeous dance lines. Bruno called her Carmen and went off on one of his silly rants. Len said he was more impressed than depressed and said Nemcova had good feet and legs.
The duo got their second 23 of the season. That puts Nemcova near the top of the leader board going into elimination.
Ralph Macchio and Karina Smirnoff were determined to be sexy with their Romeo and Juliet waltz. The star worked hard to improve his hands and it showed. The dance was beautiful to watch; had lovely flow and was both sexy and romantic.
Bruno called the performance brilliant storytelling and said it was heartfelt and romantic. Carrie Ann said Ralph’s dancing was honest and emotional. Len said Macchio had been in the woods for two weeks but now he was back.
The couple earned a well-deserved 9 from Tonioli and a total score of 25. That put them in second place going into elimination.
Football great, Hines Ward and Kym Johnson also chose the paso doble. Their performance was strong and sharp with great lines.
Len said his dance was the most determined and that he delivered it well. Bruno said that Ward had killer instinct was truly explosive. Carrie Ann Inaba said Ward was “in the zone” and had made a touchdown.
The duo earned the second 25 of the evening. This time Carrie Ann delivered the lone 9.
Chelsea Kane and partner Mark Ballas took another risk this week with their waltz. The contemporary choreography was masterful but unexpected.
Judge Len Goodman said there was no doubt that Kane was a great dancer or that Ballas was a great choreographer. However, he took offense to their interpretation of a 300-year-old dance. Bruno disagreed. He called it magical, fabulous and the best dance of the night. Carrie Ann sided with Bruno, calling the performance fantastic.
They couple earned two 9’s from Inaba and Tonioli, while Goodman delivered only an 8. With 26, that made them the highest scoring couple of the evening.
Up next were Chris Jericho and his partner Cheryl Burke. They also danced the paso doble. It was powerful but elegant.
Len said the beginning had menace and strength but that didn’t build throughout the performance. He said the music conquered Jericho and not the other way around. Tonioli called Jericho the god of thunder and complimented him on his accents. Carrie Ann said the song chosen was difficult but that she felt he and Cheryl were well connected. She said Jericho had good technique and form.
Goodman held out with a 7. Tonioli and Inaba both awarded 8’s for a total of 23.
Last, but never least was Kirstie Alley and Maxsim Chmerkovskiy. They danced a waltz that began strangely but suddenly took hold; that is until Alley lost her shoe.
Bruno said she recovered well once again. He found the dance both erotic and ethereal. He also said Alley was light on her feet and had good musicality. Carrie Ann called Alley the queen of mishaps. Goodman said the dance was okay but that Alley needed to work on her posture and footwork.
In the end, the couple landed close to the bottom with a score of 22. That could put them in contention for elimination.
Here is the ranking as it currently stands:
Chelsea Kane and Mark Ballas – 26
Ralph Macchio and Karina Smirnoff – 25
Hines Ward and Kym Johnson -25
Romeo and Chelsie Hightower – 23
Petra Nemcova and Dmitry Chaplin – 23
Chris Jericho and Cheryl Hines – 23
Kirstie Alley and Maxsim Chmerkovskiy – 22
Sugar Ray Leonard and Anna Trebunskaya – 21
Kendra Wilkinson and Louis van Amstel – 18
If the audience gets it right, Wilkinson should be on her way out the door after tonight’s elimination. However, chances are that she has a stronger fan base than wrestler Jericho or boxer Leonard. Therefore, wrong or right, it is possible that one of them will bite the dust instead.