Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Dancing With the Stars S28E09: Boy Band & Girl Group Night


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DWTS preps for Semi-Finals with Boy Band & Girl Group Night
By Kim Krober

Dancing with the Stars dusted off some familiar favorites for the star-studded opening of Boy Band and Girl Group Night, but the best thing was seeing guest judge Joey Fatone dancing and lip syncing to an *NSYNC song (right before he split his pants in an ambitious jump). Scheduling conflicts prevented Baby Spice from appearing. The Semi-Finals are next week, and everyone found themselves scrambling to learn two routines this week. Let's see how your favorites did during this ninth week of competition:

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James Van Der Beek & Emma Slater, Jive
James set an enthusiastic pace for the evening with his opening Jive to "I'm So Excited" by The Pointer Sisters. Len thought the kicks were sharp and aggressive, while Joey admired how easy he makes it look week after week. Bruno loved the frenzied excitement, but he did note it could have had more pumping in the legs. Carrie Ann said he once again achieved a smooth excellence, but she thought he was a hair ahead of the music.
Score: 36

Sean Spicer & Lindsay Arnold, Argentine Tango
Jenna (filling in for Lindsay) was back with Sean to dance an Argentine Tango to Destiny's Child's "Bills, Bills, Bills". I think he looked better this week, striking a serious facial expression for a serious dance made him look less goofy. Joey said his frame was good from the waist up, but his feet could use work. Bruno said it was more of an Argentine straggle than an Argentine Tango. Carrie Ann appreciates his hard work, but she said the artistry and storytelling through the nuances of the dance are missing. Len said the best thing about it was that it wasn't very long.
Score: 26

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Hannah Brown & Alan Bersten, Salsa
Hannah's Salsa to TLC's "No Scrubs" looked difficult to me, but she seemed to be enjoying herself. Bruno said it was good to see her confidence continuing to grow, but her timing was off. Carrie Ann called it fierce, but noted the lifts were out of sorts. Len liked the lifts, but he could tell she was ahead of the beat. Joey could tell the tricks were a bit sloppy, but felt she did a great job overall.
Score: 32

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Ally Brooke & Sasha Farber, Samba
Ally channeled her inner Spice Girl for a Samba set to "Wannabe". I really hope she isn't in the bottom two again! Carrie Ann said being in a girl group paid off, although she called Ally and Sasha "The Wonder Twins" for dancing perfectly in sync. Len said there was plenty of recognizable Samba and fantastic technique. Joey told her she did an amazing job, while Bruno said he wanted more of that - a proper, technically right Samba. It was another perfect score from the judges!
Score: 40

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Lauren Alaina & Gleb Savchenko, Quickstep
Lauren and Gleb got to do an adorable Quickstep to The Supremes' "Can't Hurry Love" and Mary Wilson was back to show support. Len loved the spin turn and some other special steps though the dance wasn't perfect, while Joey thought the energy was good but the frame wasn't quite right. Bruno said she captured the joy of a timeless classic perfectly, but the precision of the Quickstep just wasn't there. Carrie Ann called it fantastic, saying she loved it. It was enough to garner two 8's and two 9's from the judges.
Score: 34

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Kel Mitchell & Witney Carson, Paso Doble
Kel's Paso Doble to "Free Your Mind" by En Vogue was full of attack. Is there anything Kel can't do? I wasn't aware that he was also a youth pastor. Joey thought it was an awesome job. Bruno said he set off the seismographs in California with the power of the performance. Carrie Ann told him he needed to free his arms and dance bigger, while Len told him it had too many gimmicks and not even Paso Doble content for his world.
Score: 34

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James Van Der Beek & Emma Slater, Jazz
James used to hang out with *NSYNC when they were underage? I loved his Jazz routine to "Bye Bye Bye". Len said it was too much of a Boy Band routine with too much aggression and too much solo dancing. Joey said if he could give it a 100, he would. Bruno loved it and the body language, though he did admit he could've paid a little more attention to Emma. Carrie Ann admired his perseverance, although his elbows didn't quite match everyone else's. It was a mixed reaction from the judges. Thankfully, Joey was there to give him a 10.
Score: 36

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Hannah Brown & Alan Bersten, Tango
I've never heard of the current Boy Band that Hannah's Tango was set to, but I thought her dance turned out well. Joey thought it was the best dance of the night. Bruno was purring like a kitten afterwards, calling it pure, undiluted pleasure with elegance and passion and old school glamour. Carrie Ann could feel the pressure of the competition, thanking her for bringing back her "A" game, while Len said it had great frame.
Score: 39

Sean Spicer & Lindsay Arnold, Foxtrot
Sean and Jenna attempted a Foxtrot to One Direction's "Story of My Life". I loved their costumes. Bruno said his dancing always goes in one direction, but it was a bit clumpy instead of fluid. Carrie Ann could tell he lost his step, but she knows he's doing the best he can. Len said it flowed, and then splattered with a few drips, before flowing again and then ultimately stopping. Joey admires his ability to keep going and that he's been on a journey.
Score: 24

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Lauren Alaina & Gleb Savchenko, Rumba
Lauren and Gleb did the Rumba to Backstreet Boys' "I Want It That Way". Carrie Ann was blown away by how much she's grown during the competition, admiring her vulnerability and artistic explosion. Len liked the surefooted movement. Joey said he would give it a 0 based on the song choice, but all joking aside, told her she did a great job. Bruno called it smoldering, saying if you were ordering a hot Rumba, call Lauren because she delivers.
Score: 36

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Kel Mitchell & Witney Carson, Viennese Waltz
Kel looked debonair for his Viennese Waltz to Boyz II Men's "I'll Make Love to You". Len thought it was terrific, calling it a polished performance. Joey said it was amazing, while Bruno told him he danced like a perfect gentleman with a soft touch and musical phrasing. Carrie Ann agreed, admiring how he incorporated her comment about his arms from the first dance into this dance.
Score: 40

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Ally Brooke & Sasha Farber, Jazz
A Jazz routine to New Kids on the Block's "Step by Step"!? Yes! Joey said their energy was amazing and he loved the fun storytelling. Bruno called it "pure pop delight" and praised Ally for channeling his friend Paula Abdul. Carrie Ann felt it was flawless, while Len could tell her bubbly personality was reflected in the fun routine.
Score: 40

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Lauren and Sean were in the bottom two. To the surprise of no one, the judges saved Lauren and Gleb, although they admired Sean for being a good sport. Finally, Sean went home! How is it time for the Semi-Finals already? How did your favorites fare this week?

Dancing With the Stars S28E08: Dance-Off Week

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DWTS continues to derail on a crazy train
By Kim Krober

Dancing with the Stars didn't seem to have a theme this week, other than each contestant had to dance their usual round followed by a special dance-off with another competitor. I think I was more excited about the Frozen II and The Little Mermaid Live! previews than any of the dances this week, but maybe that was just me. Let's see how your favorites did during this eighth week of competition:

Sean Spicer & Lindsay Arnold, Jazz
I felt bad for Lindsay who couldn't compete this week because her mother-in-law passed away unexpectedly. Jenna was available to fill in for her for a Jazz routine with Sean set to Styx's "Come Sail Away" that was more campy than anything else. Len hit the nail on the head when he remarked how the judges keep trying to throw him out of the boat, but the viewers keep throwing him a life preserver. He made me laugh when he said the mermaid had better footwork than Sean. Bruno said Dory in Finding Nemo has a better sense of direction, while Carrie Ann said what I've been saying for weeks: he looks like he's doing the same dance week after week. However, she complimented him for learning to dance with someone new, and so quickly. He gave it his best ... I think. It was enough to earn two 7's and a 6. Maybe if the judges could refrain from being so snarky, Sean would stop getting sympathy votes. Just a thought, as this train wreck goes on and on and on...
Score: 20

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Lauren Alaina & Gleb Savchenko, Jive
Lauren and Gleb's Jive to "Hound Dog" by Elvis was everything I could have asked for and more. Her dress was adorable! The Jive suited her bubble gum personality perfectly and came at a pivotal moment for her in the competition. Bruno said it was an authentic performance with a bright, optimistic '50s feel fit for The King ... except for a few mistakes. Carrie Ann noted she looked to be in her power, but she pointed out that she had a major setback. Len said she deserves to stay in this competition and he hoped it won't be a Heartbreak Hotel moment later. Even with a seemingly flawed performance, she still received three 8's. I loved it, but I'm not as picky as the judges.
Score: 24

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Kel Mitchell & Witney Carson, Salsa
Kel and Witney brought the nostalgic factor with a Hip Hop Salsa set to Montell Jordan's "This Is How We Do It". I can't begin to speculate how many times I used to listen to that song on repeat in the '90s. Kel also took Witney to see the set of the new All That, which he is an executive producer on. Carrie Ann loved watching him as a leading man, calling it "all that and a bag of chips". Len told him he was on a roll with plenty of junk in the trunk, saying he was large and in charge. Bruno complimented him for being the main attraction, which isn't easy to do when you come out with several dancers from the troupe in tow. The first 10 of the season went to Kel (courtesy of Bruno)!
Score: 28

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Ally Brooke & Sasha Farber, Paso Doble
Ally got to do something not many on DWTS get to do - dance a Paso Doble to her own song "Higher" and give back to her alma mater. I thought the opening with her singing felt a little long, but it was a nice touch to a routine that was on fire. Len said it was a mix of good technique and high performance. Bruno called her "Miss Silver Lightning", saying it was a Paso Doble full of beauty, power, and artistry. Carrie Ann complimented her for being a superstar and for commanding all of the ballroom's attention. It was the first perfect score of the season for Ally. Long overdue?
Score: 30

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Hannah Brown & Alan Bersten, Quickstep
Hannah admitted she has felt disconnected to the dance and herself in a moment of truth before taking Alan back to Sweet Home Alabama to reconnect with her roots. Was her Quickstep to Tom Petty's "American Girl" enough to keep her around in the competition? Bruno said it was a game-changer, admiring her footwork and command of the floor. Carrie Ann hugged Hannah, praising her for letting her true self shine in the "comeback of the season". Len admired the clarity, calling it a fabulous dance. Two 10's and a 9 from the judges? Maybe Hannah will come out of her shell more often now.
Score: 29

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Kate Flannery & Pasha Pashkov, Jive
Kate dedicated her fun and fancy-free Jive to Linda Ronstadt's "Heat Wave" to her sister Nancy who passed recently and who was a huge Ronstadt fan. I enjoy watching her progress in this competition. Carrie Ann felt the celebration of her sister's life, saying she was smiling down upon Kate. Len said the two of them are an absolute joy to watch every week, but he admitted it wasn't Kate's best dance. Bruno loved the clever choreography and the playfulness of the steps, though he did notice she was out of step a few times. Kate found herself in the middle of the pack again.
Score: 24

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James Van Der Beek & Emma Slater, Contemporary
Because James and Emma have the highest cumulative score this season, it was revealed they weren't going to participate in the dance-off round (fair). Set to Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'", his Contemporary was absolutely brilliant. Len likened it to a good book with something for everyone to hold their interest from start to finish, saying to expect a happy ending. Bruno admired the emotion driving the motion, saying the fluidity of the lifts was flawless. Carrie Ann also praised the lift that was executed with finesse and beauty, calling it pure artistry in motion. James finally received a well-deserved perfect score (I don't understand how the judges held out this long)!
Score: 30

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Kel & Witney vs. Ally & Sasha, Jive
A Jive to Queen's "Don't Stop Me Now" seemed to be evenly matched between Kel and Ally, though I was more entertained by Kel. Len thought it was fantastic, calling it a "Jive to survive" with fast, full-on footwork. Bruno said it was almost impossible to call because they both had a lot of content and personality. Carrie Ann said they didn't make their job easy. That was one of the more difficult dance-offs to judge! Carrie Ann and Bruno both picked Kel, while Len was the sole holdout for Ally.
Winner: Kel

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Sean & Jenna vs. Kate & Pasha, Cha-Cha
Sean thinking he could "crush" anybody really gave me a good chuckle. They had their work cut out for them with a Cha-Cha set to "Gonna Make You Sweat" by C + C Music Factory. I think the producers strategically handed an extra two points to keep Kate in this competition after her bottom two scare last week. Bruno said it was very entertaining, noting that someone grabbed his attention and someone noticeably improved. Carrie Ann had respect for one couple doing the Cha-Cha, while she said the other couple had fun faking it. Len thought both couples did a good Cha-Cha with plenty of hip action and movement. It was unanimously Kate!
Winner: Kate

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Hannah & Alan vs. Lauren & Gleb, Salsa
"The Battle of the Southern Belles" was another even match. Dancing a Salsa to "Rhythm Is Gonna Get You" by Gloria Estefan, I couldn't even proclaim a winner so I didn't envy the judges. Carrie Ann called it a girl fight with the A game brought out, especially amazing considering neither of these couples had danced the Salsa yet. Len said it was fantastic and he wished he could award them both the same points. Bruno had steam coming out of his ears as he praised them both for being sexy. It was unanimously Hannah!
Winner: Hannah

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After such an exhausting but fun dance-off round, it was difficult saying goodbye to anyone. The bottom two were revealed to be Ally & Sasha and Kate & Pasha. I sound like a broken record, but I don't care - neither of these couples deserved to go home this week. Carrie Ann and Bruno both voted to save Ally and Sasha, and Len made it unanimous. Farewell, Kate. I will miss your sense of humor and strong personality! Baby Spice and Joey Fatone will be guest judges next week during Boy Band and Girl Group Night. Why should I bother watching if Sean never goes home? How did your favorites fare this week?

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Dancing With the Stars S28E07: Halloween Night

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DWTS Had a Frightfully Fun Halloween Night
By Kim Krober

The opening for Halloween Night on Dancing with the Stars called upon many horror favorites, ranging from an eerie old-time hotel with bellhops to Frankenstein and a zombie group dance. Halloween is always a frightfully fun time on this program. I enjoyed seeing everyone's costumes, including the judges. Bruno brought out his inner devil, while Carrie Ann channeled everyone's favorite evil queen, Maleficent. I'm not sure what Len was supposed to be, but when he called out Tom Bergeron for not dressing up, Tom quipped the perfect response (as always) back, saying he came as a gray-haired Ryan Seacrest. Let's see how your favorites did during this spooktacular seventh week of competition:

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Kel Mitchell & Witney Carson, Jive
A Jive to "The Time Warp" from The Rocky Horror Picture Show? What a fantastic start to Halloween Night! Len told Kel he was rockin' and it left him reelin'. Bruno loved that he and Witney took a cult classic and re-imagined it with original choreography. Carrie Ann thought it was incredible, saying Kel was off the hook. I agreed for the most part except I wasn't sure about the snake makeup...
Score: 27
 
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James Van Der Beek & Emma Slater, Viennese Waltz
James was just as unsettled by Len's "tutti frutti bootie" comment last week as the rest of us. This week, he and Emma brought out their inner demons for a haunting Viennese Waltz to "I Put a Spell on You" by Annie Lennox. Bruno called him the Prince of Darkness, pulling all the strings in a powerful performance that was perfection until he made a misstep. Carrie Ann spoke for America when said she was falling for him for his flawless execution. Len thought the dance was terrific with lovely movement and great footwork. All three judges had to rub it in that it would have been a perfect 10 if not for that one mistake. Talk about tricks and treats.
Score: 27
 
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Ally Brooke & Sasha Farber, Tango
Ally had a long list of fears, but she looked fearless during her Suicide Squad-inspired Tango with Sasha to Ava Max's "Sweet But Psycho". Carrie Ann called it another on-point dance pushed to the edge with a visceral feel, while Len enjoyed seeing Ally come back to life after being in the bottom two last week. Bruno said it was a premier Tango with a wicked attitude, full of content and done correctly for the most part. Is everyone destined for all 9's tonight?
Score: 27
 
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Hannah Brown & Alan Bersten, Jazz
Hannah and Alan came back with a Jazz routine set to "Bad Girls" by Donna Summer. I loved her dead beauty queen costume, but disco seemed like such an odd choice for Halloween Night. Len told her she's a terrific dancer, saying he enjoyed her performance. Bruno said nothing was scary about that because it was lively and theatrical, but he called her out on her technique. Carrie Ann agreed with Len that it was crisp and clear, but she also agreed with Bruno that something's missing and Hannah's still disconnected with her movements. Alan said he got what the judges were saying, admitting that he thinks Hannah is still a little unconfident in her abilities though she needn't be.
Score: 25
 
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Karamo Brown & Jenna Johnson, Paso Doble
"Survivor" by Destiny's Child seemed like a fitting choice for Karamo - and his reaction to dancing to a Beyoncé song was priceless. Can we talk about his amazing transformation this week in fierceness and intensity? I didn't even recognize him in that makeup! Bruno said there was no lack of power or focus during that performance that left the studio shaking. Carrie Ann called him a sonic boom, appreciating that he opened up and let loose this week. Len congratulated the hair, makeup, and wardrobe department and said the dance had plenty of power and intensity, though it needed more shaping. I swear, I don't think I've ever seen anybody more genuinely thrilled to be there.
Score: 25
 
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Lauren Alaina & Gleb Savchenko, Argentine Tango
Lauren made a beautiful vampire seductress, dancing a steamy Argentine Tango with Gleb to Sarah Vaughan's "Whatever Lola Wants". Carrie Ann loved it, praising her for a true transformation in this competition. Len saw plenty of what he wanted with full-on Argentine characterization and a spirited performance. Bruno wanted a bite, saying it was sexy and that it reminded him of watching Marilyn Monroe crossed with Madonna playing a vampire. Hmm, I think that was a good thing. I can't believe she danced that intensely with three broken ribs!
Score: 27

Sean Spicer & Lindsay Arnold, Jive
The producers finally found a purpose for Sean this week. I may not enjoy watching him dance, but he made a helluva Frankenstein monster with the character being the perfect mask for his stiff movements. I loved the monsters in the coffins, Lindsay's adorable Bride look, and that it was a Jive set to perennial favorite "The Monster Mash". However, is it just me or does Sean seem to dance the exact same dance no matter what he's supposedly doing? Len said Halloween is all about the supernatural, but this wasn't super or natural, lacking Jive content. However, he once again told him that he appreciates that Sean comes out and tries his hardest. Bruno thought the monster part was perfection, but remarked that the Jive was about six feet behind, telling Sean that timing is not his strong suit. Carrie Ann said it was a dance only his mummies could love. She said it was not his best dance, but she continues to admire his spirit. Did 6 6 6 take on a new meaning on the judges' paddles this week?
Score: 18
 
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Kate Flannery & Pasha Pashkov, Rumba
I loved Kate's Little Red Riding Hood-inspired costume and Rumba set to Chris Isaak's "Wicked Game". Bruno called it beautiful and haunting, admiring her ability to tell a story and capture the audience's attention. Carrie Ann agreed with Bruno, noting a tiny misstep, but complimented her for feeling so good about the choreography that she shines brightly in the competition. Len loves Pasha's choreography, taking the time to give credit where credit's due. He also told Kate she came out confidently with a knock-out performance. I love Pasha too - I hope he sticks around on the show past this season.
Score: 24
 
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Team Trick (James, Hannah, Lauren, and Ally)
The pressure is always on when the celebs have to learn a second routine in a week. James, Hannah, Lauren, and Ally managed to make Rockwell's "Somebody's Watching Me" have a creepy vibe I never really got while listening to the song or watching the campy video. Len thought it was a lovely touch of Viennese Waltz, Paso Doble, and more with interesting choreography. He was full of nothing but admiration for the celebrities. Bruno loved its elegance and drama, saying it brought out everyone's personality. Carrie Ann loved seeing everyone in sync. It was a triumphant performance with a trio of 9's from the judges.
Score: 27
 
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Team Treat (Kel, Karamo, Kate, and Sean)
I loved the opening sequence with the Pennywise costumes from It! Kel, Karamo, Kate, and Sean's dance set to Beyoncé's "Beautiful Nightmare" (that's twice the Beyoncé! for Karamo) was a thing of beauty to behold. Bruno said it was nightmarishly entertaining, though not everyone was always on time (gee, I wonder which dancer that was). Carrie Ann loved the concept, giving Kate the most valuable player award for reigning in the men when the celebs had to dance without their pro partners. Len liked the fun of it, congratulating them on a job well done. However, Team Treat fell slightly behind Team Trick with a trio of 8's from the judges.
Score: 24
 
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The bottom two were revealed to be Karamo & Jenna and Kate & Pasha. Carrie Ann chose to save Karamo based upon his pivot in this competition. Bruno said it was almost impossible, but chose to save Kate based on her consistency. It was up to Len saying neither couple deserved to be in this position, but he had to save Kate ultimately. You could tell he sent Karamo home with a heavy heart, though Karamo went out with as much flair and enthusiasm as he brought every week. I will sorely miss him, and I'm starting to hate America for voting for Sean.

How did your favorites fare this week?

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Dancing With the Stars S28E06: Week 6

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DWTS Fills the Ho-Hum Halfway Point with a Shocking Elimination
By Kim Krober

Dancing with the Stars reached the halfway point in the competition. It felt like another ho-hum filler episode, sandwiched between the two most popular themes: Disney Night and Halloween Night. I did enjoy Kel Mitchell's debonair polka dot suit and Karamo's and Lauren's vulnerable Contemporary routines. There was also a promotional pro-led dance halfway during the episode to entice people to buy tickets for the DWTS Live Tour next year. There was a time when I wanted to go to that, but I feel like it's sadly past its prime now. Maybe I'm losing some of my love for the show because it's been on too long. Maybe it's because most of the dancers are married to each other now and there's no longer the chemistry of watching people "fall in love" in each other's arms. It's losing some of its sparkle for me. Let's see how your favorites did during this sixth week of competition:

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Ally Brooke & Sasha Farber, Quickstep
Ally was riding high after receiving the top score of the season for her Contemporary last week. Her Quickstep to A-Ha's "Take on Me" was colorful and energetic, though my inner '80s diva didn't love it as much as I should have. Len called it full of energy and first class with a good frame. Bruno said it was so bright he needed sunglasses, but he noted it was so fast that they lost some of the synchronicity in the footwork. Carrie Ann agreed with Bruno, but said she loved the challenging concept of the choreography.
Score: 25

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Kate Flannery & Pasha Pashkov, Viennese Waltz
I was inspired by Kate's story about being a waitress in Beverly Hills for many years before she was able to make her acting dreams come true. Her Viennese Waltz to "I Have Nothing" by Whitney Houston was beautiful - she appeared to glide across the floor in that gorgeous dress. Bruno loved it for being in the best taste, while Carrie Ann was left speechless. She said it's obvious Kate is learning and putting the hard work into it every week. Len admired a turning step called the fleckerl that made it into the dance because it's a forgotten Viennese Waltz step he rarely sees.
Score: 27

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Kel Mitchell & Witney Carson, Quickstep
Kel was ready for his Quickstep to "Part Time Lover" by Stevie Wonder after Witney's unconventional boot camp in which everybody played an impromptu round of dodge ball with him. Carrie Ann complimented their synchronicity and flair. Len thought the routine was terrific, but he had to point out an incident (and made a mountain out of a mole hill, resulting in Witney tearing up a little). Bruno called Kel a full-time dancer, saying it was light, fast-paced footwork executed excellently regardless of the mishap. They were a delight to watch, and I hope they stick around awhile.
Score: 26

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Karamo Brown & Jenna Johnson, Contemporary
Karamo's Contemporary dedicated to his father and their re-connection set to Lewis Capaldi's "Someone You Loved" catapulted him to another level in the competition. Len called it a fluid, well-constructed dance with a lovely feel and lifts. Bruno complimented his focus and intention, calling it truthful and expressive. Carrie Ann could feel his love, passion, and connection to the dance. It was a really smart move halfway in the competition at a crucial time to peak.
Score: 25

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Hannah Brown & Alan Bersten, Samba
Hannah was starting to feel a little homesick for Alabama, having spent so much time in LA. Her Samba set to Carrie Underwood's "Southbound" seemed to reflect her Southern roots. Bruno told her she brought Brazil to Nashville, liking the combination of country with the Samba. Carrie Ann called her a phenomenal dancer, while Len noted it wasn't an easy routine. He enjoyed the flair and content, but cautioned her about her feet and hip action.
Score: 24

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Sailor Brinkley-Cook & Val Chmerkovskiy, Jive
I enjoy watching Val push Sailor to step out of her shell each week. It was an interesting technique to make her dance her Jive in the middle of a crowded sidewalk. Dancing a Jive to Wham's "Wake Me Up Before You Go Go", I didn't see any trace of stage fright left during her fun-filled routine. Carrie Ann said she found her groove this week, noting it was a blast watching her. Len admired the full-on taste and flair of their Jive, taking the time to point out how much Val seems to be enjoying this season as well. Bruno teased her for playing up the star of the show factor and walking all over Val.
Score: 27

Sean Spicer & Lindsay Arnold, Viennese Waltz
Sean dedicated his Viennese Waltz to "Somebody to Love" by Queen to his wife, Rebecca. Sean appeared slightly less robotic this week, but it's more than slightly annoying to me that he's never been in the bottom two. Len admired his tenacity and hard work, saying he's still giving it his all. Bruno said it was the smartest he's ever looked and a brave attempt at a difficult dance. Carrie Ann liked the tenderness but felt distracted by his bizarre footwork.
Score: 21

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James Van Der Beek & Emma Slater, Samba
I enjoyed the color and playfulness of James' Samba set to the song "Light It Up". What I love about him is he always looks like he's living his best life out on the dance floor and his little (well, maybe not so little) family is always there cheering their hearts out for him. Bruno was excited by the hip-chain reaction, saying it was flexible and rhythmical. Carrie Ann called it off the charts. Len just uttered, "tutti frutti, what a booty", which was his oddest critique yet.
Score: 27

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Lauren Alaina & Gleb Savchenko, Contemporary
Lauren dedicated her Contemporary dance to her song "The Other Side" to the memory of her stepfather who died of cancer on this date and who was also the inspiration behind the song. It was a high note for the program to end. Carrie Ann commended her bravery and for touching everyone's hearts. Len echoed her sentiments, saying it was worthy of her stepfather, Gleb, and her many talents. Bruno admired so much truth, love, and honesty in the expression of her dance. When she started to cry, I also got swept up in the emotion of the moment.
Score: 26

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It was revealed that Sasha & Ally and Sailor & Val were in the bottom two. Neither of these couples deserved to go home this early in the competition. Carrie Ann and Bruno were unanimous in saving Sasha and Ally, but it was a super difficult decision. I felt so bad watching Sailor cry. If next week wasn't the special Halloween and Team Dance Night, I'd almost stop watching at this point. Who the hell out there is voting for Sean Spicer? The man can't dance and is not even remotely entertaining to watch, and this is nothing to do with politics. It looks like we will continue to watch talented people go home from here on out. The halfway point is always where it starts to get tougher, but it's just becoming ridiculous this season.

How did your favorites fare this week?

Monday, October 21, 2019

Dancing With the Stars S28E05: Disney Night

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DWTS Disney Night was full of magic, romance, and swashbuckling adventure
By Kim Krober

Every season of Dancing with the Stars, I look forward to the magic of Disney Night. This year didn't disappoint with that Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious opening number choreographed down the Main Street of Disneyland. Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Daisy, Pluto, and Goofy were all in the ballroom to cheer on the contestants, and we also got occasional glimpses of Tinker Bell and a special Frozen II dance from the pros. But can we talk about the fact that you can build your own custom droid at Galaxy's Edge because I'm seriously geeking out about that!?

Let's see how your favorites did during this fantastic fifth week of competition:

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Sailor Brinkley-Cook & Val Chmerkovskiy, Viennese Waltz
A Viennese Waltz set to "A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes" from Cinderella? My jealousy for Sailor grew as I watched her ride in a glass pumpkin carriage at Disney down to that gorgeous dress she wore during her dreamy waltz with Val. Len thought it was as light and fluffy as a souffle, while Bruno called her the belle of the ball. Light, fluid, and elegant were all words he used to describe her dance. Carrie Ann got emotional watching her full-body performance, saying the magic of Disney was definitely at work.
Score: 24

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Karamo Brown & Jenna Johnson, Samba
I still can't believe Karamo was in the bottom two last week. Seeing him dance a Samba to "I Just Can't Wait to Be King" from The Lion King was total redemption. Bruno wanted to hear him roar, telling him he attacked it like a leader even though he lacked elasticity. Carrie Ann enjoys watching him radiate joy, but she could tell he lost his balance. Len called it fun and joyful but said it was too stompy and that Karamo took a while to recover in spots. How cute was Karamo as the proud dad though?
Score: 21

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Kate Flannery & Pasha Pashkov, Jazz
Mary Poppins is my all-time favorite Disney movie, and I was excited to see Kate and Pasha dance to "A Spoonful of Sugar" in a Jazz routine. I loved, loved, loved it - everything from her entrance down from the ceiling to her cheeky disposition and all the chimney sweeps dancing around her. Carrie Ann loved the Quickstep beginning and admired them for being in sync, but then she fell out of her chair in one of the most bizarre moments I've ever witnessed on this program. Len liked the Polka and Charleston bits, calling it a sweet and delicious routine. Bruno said the medicine worked wonders, enjoying all the personality and content. Pasha is really growing on me too!
Score: 24

Sean Spicer & Lindsay Arnold, Quickstep
Sean and Lindsay looked like they were having a great time dancing a Quickstep to "You've Got a Friend in Me" from Toy Story, although I'm not sure you could call it quick exactly. Len liked the heel leads and his frame, complimenting him on his hold and for not taking the easy route. Bruno said it was a better effort, giving him credit for improving. Carrie Ann called it his best dance in the competition, saying they're not skimping on the choreography or character.
Score: 19

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Ally Brooke & Sasha Farber, Contemporary
Ally and Sasha were tasked with a Contemporary dance set to the titular "Beauty & The Beast." It was as beautiful as her sparkly yellow dress. Bruno thanked her for one and a half minutes of pure happiness, commending her for throwing herself into every feeling and moment. Carrie Ann loves her authentic shapes, saying she can tell she dances from her heart. Len said it was as smooth as butter on a hot muffin, admiring the lifts, emotion, and passion. It was enough to earn Ally the first 9's and the highest scores of the season!
Score: 27

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Lauren Alaina & Gleb Savchenko, Samba
Ariel is my favorite princess too! Lauren and Gleb danced an adorable Samba to "Under the Sea" from The Little Mermaid. Where can I get colorful jellyfish like that for my ceiling? Carrie Ann recognized how hard the Samba is, praising her for having the right timing and movement. Len liked the content among all the frivalry, while Bruno called it fabulous. The reactions seemed a bit mixed, so when Carrie Ann and Bruno pulled out 8's, I was a little surprised.
Score: 23

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Kel Mitchell & Witney Carson, Jazz
I'm not a fan of High School Musical, but I am a fan of Kel and Witney. Their Jazz routine to "We're All in This Together" was high-octane fun from start to finish. Len called it a dance that was well-suited to Kel's strengths. Bruno said he's graduated to the top of the class but cautioned him about carrying that energy over to the rest of his dances in this competition. Carrie Ann said he led that number like the champ he is. It was enough to earn him two 9's and an 8 from the judges and to catapult him to the upper half of the leader board!
Score: 26

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Hannah Brown & Alan Bersten, Foxtrot
"A Whole New World" is one of my favorite songs from my childhood and Aladdin. Hannah's Foxtrot was mesmerizing thanks to the starry, foggy backdrop and colorful costumes, but not as amazing as watching their package from Galaxy's Edge! Bruno said it was radiant and enchanting, likening it to a magic carpet ride he wanted to go on forever. Carrie Ann called it a stunning showcase. Len said she's fantastic in hold, but he was not a fan of all the swooshes. I would have to agree with host Erin Andrews who quipped that Len could use some pixie dust. Is he trying to boost ratings by being more cantankerous than ever, or is he just getting sick of doing the show?
Score: 25

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James Van Der Beek & Emma Slater, Paso Doble
James channeled his inner swashbuckler for a smoldering Paso Doble inspired by the Pirates of the Caribbean. Carrie Ann loved the drama, dynamics, and energy exchanges. Len called it aggressive but noted certain movements could be stronger. Bruno said it was a big hit for him, echoing my sentiments about the dance. It was amazing seeing Mr. and Mrs. Leery from Dawson's Creek in the crowd rooting for Dawson (James) this week!
Score: 26

After such a fun-filled night, it would have been tough to see anyone go home short of their dreams. Luckily for us, nobody went home on Disney Night! But that probably spells a heartbreaking double elimination in the cards next week. How did your favorites fare this week?