In between rounds, Tom Bergeron gives us an update about the ongoing professional competition. Last week, Genya Mazo was voted off of the competition, so now there are only three dancers left: Afton DelGrosso, Anna Demidova, and Mayo Alanen. Tomorrow night, instead of dancing with each other, they'll be teaching a new routine to a past contestant on Dancing with the Stars
. Afton will be dancing with Cody Linley, Anna is paired with Maurice Greene, and Mayo has the task of teaching Lisa Rinna. Oh, it's nice to see all of these old faces back on the screen. Samantha has all six of them backstage, putting everyone on the spot and mangling her questions.
The Latin Round
Before we get to the beginning of the Latin round, six professionals come out onto the floor to demonstrate the various Latin styles that the couples will be dancing. The medley begins with an awful, awful and way too fast rendition of Queen's "We Will Rock You." Yuck.
Just like earlier, the judges give their two cents about each of the remaining celebrities. Melissa has the samba and needs to "get her bum in gear." Gilles needs to be smooth and soft for his rumba, rather than being hectic. Ty needs to work on his hips, hips, hips! Shawn needs to be aggressive and over-the-top. Lil' Kim has to bring the fire if she wants to make it to the semi-finals.
Just a reminder that each dancer must perform a solo of at least 15 seconds in this routine.
Shawn Johnson and Mark Ballas - Paso doble
In rehearsal, Mark tries to inspire aggression and passion in Shawn for the paso doble, but she has the problem of not being able to not laugh. She promises to bring the Olympic face out.
Love Shawn and Mark's outfits, and I'm also so impressed with Shawn's focus and determined Olympic face. I absolutely love the choreography of the parts where Shawn and Mark are dancing in parallel. And she gets another standing ovation.
Carrie Ann says, "Girlfriend, you delivered the paso!" Len also loves the solo part, and appreciates the clean footwork, but he admits that it wasn't as exciting as it could have been. He gets showered by boos from the audience. Bruno yells that Shawn proved that she has the killer instinct tonight, and Shawn runs over to give him a hug. Then, like any well-mannered Midwestern girl, she gives the other two judges gratuitous kisses too.
Carrie Ann: 10
Total: 29 out of 30, their best score yet! They have a total of 56 out of 60 for the evening.
Ty Murray and Chelsie Hightower - Rumba
Ty's got his work cut out for him this week with the rumba. He doesn't have a whole lot going on for him in the hip action department, but I have faith that Chelsie can whip him into shape.
Their baby blue outfits tonight are super-cute, but Ty's motions are so awkward. Oh my, he has that cheesy smile going on again too. But you know what? Ty has improved so much. Oh gawd, his solo is just about the worst thing I've seen. At the end of it, he pulls Jewel up to her feet and gives her a kiss.
Len thinks that the routine had charm, but he has to say that he might have been a peacock in the ballroom round, but he has turned into a feather duster. Bruno compares Ty to Kenny Mayne, but he can't win by likeability alone. Carrie Ann also wishes she could give him a 10, but you know, can't.
Carrie Ann: 7
Total: 21 out of 30, which gives them an evening total of 46 out of 60. (Cute, Ty makes a little joke about getting somethin'-somethin' from Jewel at home, if you know what I mean.)
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