Melissa met up with Terry Hatcher from Desperate Housewives to help bring out her inner man eater. She looked wonderful tonight in her red and black outfit that Tony designed for her. She has great long legs and the fancy footwork definitely helped show them off. Beautiful lifts as well, you can tell she has great trust in Tony. I don't know if I would call her expressions necessarily man-eater quality, it was more just sexy. But I loved it. Nice way to start off the evening.
Scores: 10, 9, 10
Lawrence had a tough week traveling around to Miami and learning two dances. He designed a long, royal blue coat for Edyta that was rather pretty. Lets see if what is underneath matches--it's a gorgeous, flowing dress with multiple shades of blue. Carrie Ann called the dress "beautiful." But at one point the sleeve became caught on Edyta's head. As for the dancing, I never see much chemistry between the two and there were a few missteps in the waltz. Len commented that Lawrence was off balance when he took off her coat and Bruno thought Lawrence looked uncomfortable with his turns.
Scores: 7, 7, 7
Lil' Kim performs the rumba this week and Derek tries to tone down her sexiness. I think he's one of the best choreographers on the show and he was having a hard time, second-guessing his choreography in rehearsal. When they performed it looks like he over thought it. They stayed in one place the entire time instead of moving throughout the space. Unfortunately, toning down the sexiness didn't work either. The judges thought she was second guessing her character throughout the performance. Derek didn't look pleased with the judges comments, he was looking off into the audience and rolling his eyes. Lil's costume looked like a loose, sheer towel wrapped over a pink bathing suite. Not a good night for these two. But hey, the scores are still high.
Scores: 9, 8, 9
Chuck and Julianne performed the samba in what looks like red silk pajamas on him. Although his hands definitely still needs work, he looks much improved from other weeks. Julianne needs to continue focusing on his technique and he could last another week. The judges saw the improvement too, Carrie Ann even did a little dance for him and gave him a kiss. They're hoping Alabama saves them from elimination. Oh my, they beat Lil' Kim with their scores.
Scores: 9, 9, 9
Ty and Chelsie try to find romance on the dance floor with the waltz. Jewel came into rehearsal to help them find that connection. He definitely looks better holding onto his partner than he does when they are separated from each other. He's a ballroom guy. You can tell from the way he holds her that he's a gentleman and a sweet person. Bruno said after this performance that Ty's "back in the game."
Scores: 8, 8, 8
Shawn and Mark had a rough week because Shawn had two awards to accept and she had to learn the group dance by herself. But these two work well under pressure. Even though she's had limited rehearsal time Shawn looks confident and cute. Loved the Michael Jackson moves! Carrie Ann said they brought the dance to life tonight. Len thoughts she found the rhythm of the cha cha. And...a 10 from Bruno! Her first of many 10s I would think.
Scores: 9, 9, 10
Gilles and Cheryl try to reclaim their top spot in the competition after dropping to 3rd place last week. Gilles goes to a synchronized swimming coach to find the fluidity in the movement. Let's put Gilles in a bathing suite more often on this show shall we! It will keep up the ratings. He looks like James Bond and she looks like Belle from Beauty and the Beast in her yellow gown. Their movement and chemistry is lovely, but this is not their best piece.
Scores: 9, 9, 9
Okay, the big group number is up next. Lets compare these performers side by side. Since Shawn couldn't be at rehearsal, Mark brought a cutout of her to move across the floor. Christopher Perry choreographed the piece. Christopher separated the partners and the celebrities had to dance by themselves unlike in other seasons. The pairs did get to choreograph their own '60s moves for the piece though. Ty's bucking bull move with Chelsie particularly is amusing.
Quick thoughts throughout piece:
-Lill Kim looks awkward up on the stand
-Poor Ty got out of sync with the other men in the straight line
-I like Melissa's Wilma Flinstone outfit
-Wow Melissa's death drop move was crazy-great lifts tonight from these two
Fun finish to the evening! Who will be kicked off? Probably, Lawrence.