Week 3 Review Summary
Please note! This is only a summary. For the full review, go to http://emotionsdancesport.com/dancing-with-the-stars-professional-reviews.htm and click on “Week 3 Review” for a fuller critique of the dancers, as well as the pros and even the judges!
This week’s Dancing With the Stars was called “Story Night”, where the stars were given the chance to choose a song that meant something special to them, and use the song and the accompanying dance as a vessel to tell a story. It’s a fun idea, and it’s always interesting to see what the pros come up with.
In addition to the judges’ scores, I’ve also provided you with the ranking I would give the couples. It is based purely on the objectivity of my experience. Instead of offering scores, as the Dancing With the Stars judges do, I will judge them as if they were dancing in a real dance competition. They will get a ranking from 10th to 1st.
Wendy and Tony
Score: Carrie-Ann=5, Len=5, Bruno=5 for a total of 15 and a grand total of 46
Foxtrot, as I mentioned in my first review, is one of the hardest dances of all 10 competitive dances. It requires grace, a fluid transfer of movement from foot to foot, and an understanding of swing within the body and within the partnership. The partnership must know the difference between a rotary movement versus a curvilinear movement, and the difference between swing and sway. Needless to say, Wendy has none of the above, and the choice of Foxtrot as the “Story Night” dance seems an odd one to me.
Especially since the song itself wasn’t a Foxtrot.
Romeo and Chelsie
Score: Carrie-Ann=7, Len=6, Bruno=7 for a total of 20 and a grand total of 62
I was very disappointed with Romeo this week. I agreed with Len 100%, he took a major step backwards. Maybe Rumba was a bad choice. I suppose he could have danced Foxtrot if he wanted. He had no hip action, unfinished leg lines, and terrible heel leads. A heel lead, for those who don’t know, is when the step is taken with the heel first, instead of the toe. In Latin dancing, generally, the steps should be taken with a toe lead. All of our Rumba dancing gentlemen were guilty of heel leads, but Romeo’s was by far the worse.
Sugar Ray and Anna
Score: Carrie-Ann=7, Len=6, Bruno=7 for a total of 20 and a grand total of 54
Dance: Paso Doble
Paso Doble is a rather easy dance, once one understands how to perform it. You must dance on angles, in diagonal lines, and with a wide silhouette. I don’t think Sugar Ray did any of those things. His posture, as well, was unacceptable for Paso. Although his posture has improved since the beginning of the competition, Paso requires you to carry your centre of gravity in the upper sternum; as a result, the hips should be carried forward, though the front should never be collapsed. I saw no difference in Sugar Ray’s posture from last week to this week.
Chris and Cheryl
Score: Carrie-Ann=7, Len=7, Bruno=7 for a total of 21 and a grand total of 63
Chris is improving a lot. This is the first week I think I can see his cowboy legs disappearing. His posture is getting better, his chin higher, and his legs better coordinated. However, Rumba was a difficult dance for him, and it showed on the floor. At the beginning of the dance, he did a basic step called a Cucaracha, which involved stepping to the side on one foot, then replacing the weight back to the other foot, then either bringing the legs together or stepping forward. The point of the step is to move your hips. In actuality, the step was invented as an exercise for learning to move one’s hips. The Cucaracha was the first recognizable step in Chris’s routine… and he failed miserably.
Ralph and Karina
Score: Carrie-Ann=7, Len=7, Bruno=7 for a total of 21 and a grand total of 66
I said it last week, and I’ll say it again: something more is going on behind the scenes than simply the judges’ scores. Yes, Ralph has things to work on; no, he wasn’t the best one out there tonight. But neither was he as bad as Romeo, or Sugar Ray, or Chris. But the judges are scoring it that way.
I watched his dance many times through. Right off the bat, I was impressed by his leg lines and his stretch across the body. He is by far the most advanced of all the boys out there. If the dancing isn’t enough, just listen to the judges’ comments!
Kirstie and Maks
Score: Carrie-Ann=7, Len=7, Bruno=7 for a total of 21 and a grand total of 62
I am continuing to be impressed with Kirstie. She is a great dancer and has so much ability. Her knees were straight, her feet turned out, and she strove to point her feet even more than before. She is also beginning to understand how to articulate her hands and fingers, which results in added depth to her dancing.
Yes, Maks fell at the beginning of the dance; sometimes those things happen.
Kendra and Louis
Score: Carrie-Ann=8, Len=7, Bruno=8 for a total of 23 and a grand total of 60
To me, Kendra was the most improved of the night. Her knees are getting straighter, her posture is improving, and her hips are beginning to settle behind her ribcage, instead of being carried in front as if she was pregnant. She looked miles better tonight.
That said, there were a lot of things that were simply ugly.
Chelsea and Mark
Score: Carrie-Ann=7, Len=8, Bruno=8 for a total of 23 and a grand total of 62
Dance: Cha Cha
I really like Chelsea, and she grows on me with every week. It’s her partner and his choice of choreography that I’m not so fond of; but I’ll talk about him in a moment. Chelsea is a great performer; whatever Mark gives her, she goes out there and does it at maximum volume. Mark, I will say, is doing a great job with her technique, as well.
Hines and Kym
Score: Carrie-Ann=9, Len=8, Bruno=8 for a total of 25 and a grand total of 69
I like Hines, plain and simple. He’s fun to watch and he picks things up quickly. He always has a great expression while he’s dancing, which draws you in and makes you enjoy him. His smile is adorable. His posture improved tenfold since the premiere, and he had surprisingly good hip action for Samba! While Foxtrot is the hardest dance for the Standard, Samba is definitely the hardest dance for Latin, and I think Hines pulled it off really well! So did he deserve the score he got? In a word, no.
Petra and Dmitry
Score: Carrie-Ann=8, Len=9, Bruno=8 for a total of 25 and a grand total of 61
Waltz is one of my favorite dances, and Petra looked beautiful in this dance. The dress was gorgeous, her expression was perfect, and the choreography suited her wonderfully. Her improvement is huge, her posture is far better than that first Foxtrot, and she is finally learning how to comport herself with grace. She danced beautifully, except in frame.
Listening to the judges’ comments and seeing their scores has reminded me why I stopped watching this show in the first place. Their scores seem completely arbitrary. The judges don’t seem to have a value assigned to the numbers they flap up. Take the instance of the three boys dancing Rumba. Their scores were almost identical, with Romeo scoring 20, and Chris and Ralph both scoring 21. Yet the differences between the three boys are vast. Ralph is undeniably the better of the three, whether or not he happened to perform a boring Rumba. Are you going to tell me Romeo or Chris were any less boring than Ralph?
Remember, this is only a summary of my review. For my full review, including critiques of the judging and the pros, go to http://emotionsdancesport.com/dancing-with-the-stars-professional-reviews.htm and click on the link entitled “Week 3 Review”. Have any comments? There’s a comment form on the main page. Let us know what you think!