Remember, this is only a summary! The full review can be found at http://www.emotionsdancesport.com/dancing-with-the-stars/week-6.htm.
Week 6 Review Summary
This week the theme was Guilty Pleasures… or so it was titled. I’m not sure what the point of this theme was. When I see “Guilty Pleasures”, usually think of something lustful, licentious, more carnal and crude. What we got was… “Don’t Stop Believing” and “Dancing on Sunshine”. Neither of those strike me as guilty, or particularly pleasurable in a physical sense. I think the title of “Guilty Pleasures” was a little misguided.
What I said last week concerning the song choice and that relation to the dance choice still applies. There were a number of songs that simply didn’t match the dance they were paired with. And once again, it is the stars who suffer as students of dance. Romeo’s Waltz, for instance, was not a Waltz.
Kendra Wilkinson & Louis van Amstel
Score: Carrie-Ann=8, Len=8, Bruno=9 for a total of 25 and a grand total of 125
I was very impressed with her Samba. Of course, the choreography took advantage of the things Kendra can do well, namely shake, shake, and more shake. Louis did a great job. Her posture has improved a lot, and we didn’t have to subject ourselve to watching her bent, ungainly legs tonight because, luckily, bent legs are required for Samba!
However, she still had a few problems. First of all, you could tell she was counting at the beginning of the dance. Not only did she nod her head to each beat, but she also snapped her fingers.
Kirstie Alley & Maksim Chmerkovsky
Score: Carrie-Ann=8, Len=9, Bruno=9 for a total of 26 and a grand total of 133
She did so much better this week than any other week I’ve seen her since the beginning. Len was right on when he said that finally, Kirstie fulfilled the potential she showed in the season’s premiere. I agreed with him 100%.
I thought Maks put together a very nice piece of choreography, with a lot of recognizable figures that she actually performed well. The choreography was very appropriate, both to the song and to Kirstie’s ability and personality. Speaking of personality, I think she really brought it forward! I thought last week’s was pretty good, she seemed to have fun with the “American Woman” theme, but her personality in this Samba was so much stronger!
Chris Jericho & Cheryl Burke
Score: Carrie-Ann=7, Len=8, Bruno=7 for a total of 22 and a grand total of 134
You know, I felt really sorry for Chris the entire time I watched his dance. It really felt like the odds were stacked against him. First of all, he was given such a boring song for a dance solo. “Don’t Stop Believing”? Really? Nothing against it as a song, which I think is a rather good song, but not for a dance show.
Honestly, I thought Chris deserved a higher score than he got. It’s not his fault the song sucked and Cheryl let him down, just like it wasn’t Chelsea’s fault when Mark gave her inappropriate choreography.
Ralph Macchio and Karina Smirnoff
Score: Carrie-Ann=8, Len=8, Bruno=8 for a total of 24 and a grand total of 137
Dance: Paso Doble
I still like Ralph, what can I say? And I especially loved his karate-chop in the middle of his Paso. Sweeeet.
As far as his dancing went, he did really well. His overall attitude for Paso was great, and he was so precise with everything. His arms were right on and perfectly timed with Karina’s. And once again, Karina capitalised on the fact that Ralph can spin. Where did he learn to spin like that? I am so impressed with Ralph’s spins.
Romeo & Chelsie Hightower
Score: Carrie-Ann=10, Len=9, Bruno=9 for a total of 28 and a grand total of 139
OVERSCORED, OVERSCORED, OVERSCORED!! Okay, his posture is pretty good, although his frame does get a bit loopy from time to time. I seriously disagreed with Carrie-Ann, I did not get “swept away” at all. Maybe I’m missing something, being that I’m watching it on the television screen versus live, but it just didn’t take me away.
He did have some major problems that failed to get mention. First of all, he was off-time. Part of this was his fault, an even bigger part of this was the producers’ faults, and biggest part was Chelsie’s fault.
Chelsea Kane & Mark Ballas
Score: Carrie-Ann=10, Len=9, Bruno=9 for a total of 28 and a grand total of 142
This was such a cute routine! For the second week in a row, my favorite routine. Chelsea had everything down, from the character to the footwork, to the posture. She came onto this show already a good dancer, and now she is turning into a good Ballroom dancer, which is much more difficult and technical. Mark is doing a good job with her.
That said, her frame was a little stressed, but I would have to blame that on Mark. He held his left arm too wide, pulled her right arm out until it was almost straight. This caused the stress I saw.
Hines Ward & Kym Johnson
Score: Carrie-Ann=9, Len=9, Bruno=9 for a total of 27 and a grand total of 148
Dance: Viennese Waltz
It’s so funny that everyone made such a big deal about Hines dancing with a pillow. If only they knew how many hours my students spend dancing with pillows, purses, beach balls, you name it! Dancing with inanimate objects is a great way to reinforce those basic principles of frame and posture. So now that we know what Hines did was nothing out of the ordinary, let’s continue with the critique.
I thought overall he danced very well tonight. As I’ve said before, I like Hines. He’s very good and has great stage presence and wonderful connection with Kym. It’s obvious they get along really well. He also has beautiful posture and a more than acceptable frame. However, his flat feet still bother me.
The dancing is getting better week by week, and that means the standards are going up. In the reviews of the upcoming weeks, I am going to be much more harsh and discerning, as the scores creep higher and higher into the 9s and 10s. And I will not just be critical of the dancers, but of the judges themselves. After all, what good is a score if there is no value attached to it? The competition is getting close, and only time and longevity will tell how it will all pan out.