I really enjoyed the concept of last night’s show. The judges’ team dances definitely went down well for me. Bruno’s dance in particular caused a stir of conversation in the room where I watched it! Once again, the producers and the professional dancers (and I include the troupe in that) have shown expert innovation this season with an unparalleled level of brilliance.
Nobody is settling for “standard” anymore on DWTS. Everyone is pushing the boundaries with unique ideas and concepts. Wow, I’ve just noticed that I truly loved everyone’s dance tonight! At this point in the season, the routines and celebs have gotten so good that each performance is highly enjoyable and has its own great quality. It’s just down to personal preference. I’ll share with you now the couple I’m rooting for this season.
First off, Happy belated Mother’s Day to all you beautiful mums out there! We all owe you literally our lives — I love you mum! Second off Happy Birthday to Sasha! He turned 33 years young though he might as well be 18 because he certainly has the energy of a teenager. Tonight, I flew back from Vegas early after filming a music video just to surprise him with a MASSIVE chocolate cake (see my Instagram!) So I think he’s happy enough. That’s what everyone wants for a 33rd birthday, right?!
Here’s my thoughts on tonight:
I’m rooting for Wanya and Lindsay, because I get the most enjoyment watching them together, over any other couple. I think they are matched together perfectly and Wanya is an incredible dancer. You can’t deny it. The man has skill, and he’s got the will. I always love their temperament which goes a long way because let’s face it, we vote with our hearts first and our phones second.
First to dance was Nyle DiMarco and Peta Murgatroyd, after being told they were safe — nothing beats that feeling! They performed a very impressive paso Doble and I felt as though I was watching art.The contrast from the rock and roll type song to the silent section was dramatic. It was unique and refreshing to get a feel for Nyle’s experience on the show. The dancing on a whole was very strong, I knew it would be. I’m a fan of Nyle’s lines and particularly on this dance I appreciated his growth in movement.
I was in love with the jive Jodie Sweetin & Keo Meotsepe performed — the best dance ever for her! I’m really really happy we got to see this. She shone, and I agree fully with Len: the whole dance made me feel happy. Jodie showed us expert turns and beautiful legs and feet during the jive kicks. Her chemistry with Keo seemed to be better than ever and her body weight was perfectly over her toes which is A MUST for Jive. Most definitely this was her dance, and the judges agreed. Jodie & Keo received a perfect score tonight. She clearly takes information very well. I can see in her rehearsal footage that she’s a strong woman. It was a high that would be their last in the completion as Jodie & Keo were eliminated tonight. During the interview afterwards with Tom, Jodie gushed about how grateful she was to be apart of the show. You can clearly see how genuine she is, all I wanted to do was hug her and tell her how much I enjoyed watching her. Congrats Jodie and Keo on entertaining so many people, I really enjoyed watching your journey. She was a special force this season, I think a level of fierceness will be lost in the show now that she’s gone. Sasha’s tells me she’s the loveliest person which honestly, you can see. So genuine and down to earth. This quarter final tonight saw some of the best performances yet and cemented in my mind that this season is truly one of the toughest we’ve had, in terms of actual competition.
I don’t know what was eating grumpy Len — tonight he seemed to go straight into technical criticism without any regard for the effort each couple put into their numbers this week! Paige VanZant and Mark Ballas had a fantastic Viennese Waltz. I was so intrigued, I don’t think I blinked. I love feeling like that while watching a performance! It was mystic and wistful. Paige played an ice queen character and I think that drama and use of role play actually helped her performance, and enhance it further that previous weeks. She clipped the timing so perfectly, showing lots of depth in her dancing. If anything, the flow of the dance could have been compromised at parts due to the heavy concept and the intense choreography. But it was worth it in my opinion, Paige absolutely nailed it. Her stretch and athleticism was showcased and looked like a dancer more than ever.
Ginger Zee definitely earned her perfect score again this week. Val Chmerkovskiy worked a lot on delving into the character of the Argentine Tango. For someone with as sweet a disposition as Ginger, grasping the character in itself can be a challenge but it is absolutely vital in this dance. Turns out Ginger is quite a temptress, she completely acted the part and challenged/complimented Val during the dance as his able partner. I was particularly fond of her tele-spins (I’m not even sure how to spell that! I know how to dance it but never had to spell it!). Her posture was pulled up from the spine and straight, her lines have started to nature more using angles and settling. It’s all the weeks of training she’s had that are now paying off! I’m glad that these too are in the semi finals, I loved watching their reaction to the news that they were safe! It makes it so wonderful for us to watch that immense investment. As always, Ginger’s husband was there to support tonight — love that.
Nice work to Antonio Brown for being the last footballer left standing in the competition and for his Viennese Waltz tonight. It was full of attention to detail, something Sharna Burgess is very big on. I agree with Len, it was way more “yes,” than it was “no,” and his foot work in particular improved leaps and bounds from last week. That was by far his biggest Everest. Perhaps it’s the commitment during the rehearsal week that helped Antonio gain all 9’s this week. Practice pays off! With Antonio applying himself a lot more, I did see a vast improvement tonight. It was a passionate VW (perhaps a bit more aggressive than what they intended!) and we got a glimpse of some sexy moments between Sharna and Antonio whilst still being tasteful. I love his smile don’t you?! I’m pleased to see that every week he’s gaining more love for the competition. I can totally see it!
Now for my favorites (everyone is allowed favorites and these are mine. I’m such a Wanya fan!) This is difficult to write about because on one hand, the jive content and caliber that Wanya and Lindsay produced tonight was mind blowing. The difficult part is this dance would have been a total home run were it not for a slip towards the end. It felt like it happened in slow motion, Wanya slipped on Lindsay’s bandana which had fallen on the floor. This threw him off for a fair chunk of the kick group choreography that followed but after a few seconds of trying to find his footing, he managed to pick it back up. Lindsay kept him on time and he was able to follow her lead in order to catch up. It was quite obvious though that he missed a chunk and I think everyone was crushed a little watching this. It’s just something that makes you scream “Noooooooo!!!” at the TV. The dance was AWESOME aside from the slip; it seemed so unfair! And it wasn’t even in his control — he slipped on a bit of wardrobe. After this, I had to text Lindsay to tell her, “Please don’t worry about it.” Her face during the judges comments got to me. I think she felt like it was her fault because it was her bandana that fell on the floor and she apologized for that but it wasn’t at all her fault, these things happen all the time. I personally think the audience love these two and I can’t see the final without them. I just don’t think a little slip like this will change the fact that Wanya is a great dancer. Keep your chins up, guys.
Round two this week was a dance performed by two couples together, choreographed by one of the judges — a fun little twist! It’s nice to see a different take on the dances and not just two couples dancing together. Bruno made me laugh so much during his rehearsal. He chose a dramatic tango routine and wanted girls dancing with girls and boys dancing with boys. It was a first on DWTS! I loved the beginning with the four couples. It was nicely choreographed and the unison was pretty good for such a big group. I really thought it was brave. Keo lead Nyle into some zig zags and then a lift and the risk paid off! Then to top it off, Jodie and Nyle danced together and actually finished the number! So good, I loved watching it, very entertaining and for me it was significant because it marked the first highlighted moment of same sex partnering on DWTS. I don’t think it’s something that we should be afraid of just because it isn’t traditional. It completely worked here. It had me in stitches in places as it was very Bruno!
Len called his team the “dream team,” and I expected a nice traditional, preppy type of routine from him, especially as he states the last time he danced Samba was in the 1970’s! But alas, he ended his dry spell tonight making a triumphant cameo in this dance as the samba ring leader! First off, I love the song! The Wanya/Val boat at the beginning was a cute idea, these two had such a fun chemistry! In terms of the dance, nice and clean opening choreography at the top of the routine and throughout. The two couples clearly rehearsed this well, it was sharp and together therefore easy for us to watch. I don’t think it was quite a 10 for me so I’m with America (you guys decided a 9). It just lacked the punch that the other two team dances had, maybe that was down to the lack of drama. It was definitely more light and fun compared to the others. Again, my eyes went to Wanya, especially during the section when he danced with Ginger. He’s such a natural mover, and actor too which is one of his advantages. Not blown over with the dance in general so I think a 10 score is pretty high but still entertaining.
The highlight of the entire episode for me was the TREMENDOUS lift that Antonio and Paige did together during their team dance — two celebrities, two athletes. Their competitiveness played perfectly off each other and I think this team was my favorite by far. It was a shame the scores were the same as everyone else’s team! I felt it deserved to be separated. It was the dream team for me, including Carrie Ann. Carrie Ann, I have a lot of respect for you especially after this dance, I loved the creative thought behind this. Hauntingly beautiful. It was so structured and intense right down to the costuming and use of powder at the start. Bags of impact. The beginning choreography was slow and dramatic, a risky move as the intensity could have slipped away from them but this choice paid off for me personally. It highlighted the suspense. Great group guys, especially Antonio & Paige, you should be so proud of this.
Semi finals are next week, plus Tom dropped the “double elimination next week” bomb — such a killer! I’d be so mad at that news! That means the dream of the final is dashed for whoever finishes in 4th place. Urgh. That’s big news. Jodie was all smiles and hugs at the end of the show. It was lovely to see her connect with so many people (now friends) this season. It really is a family unit. Speaking of units, of course it’s also trio week on DWTS next week! Let me know who you’d like to see dancing together, and of course your thoughts from the episode; I always have a read of the comments and try to connect with all of you. You make my day! As always, have a super week my lovelies!