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Dance War, Episode 3: A Little Less Conversationby Jill Jones -- 01/22/2008
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Last week on Dance War: Bruno vs. Carrie Ann, Maxx and Corina were eliminated from the competition. Tonight, uh, something is going to happen. I’m not sure how this is going to play out or what is going to happen, so why don’t we just get started.
Drew opens the show and immediately the two teams begin to dance together to “Spice Up Your Life.” The women blend together nicely, but the dancing seems a bit basic. I want more, darn it.
Drew reminds us that after the show, we the viewers get to vote for our favorite team. The coach of the team with the lower number of votes will eliminate one performer. I’m assuming that will take place next week.
Drew, who is one busy man, walks us through a review of last week’s action. If you missed it, why don’t you read my article instead? I’ve eliminated as much of the cheese from the show as I can.
Included in the very lengthy recap is a summary of the teams.
Team Carrie Ann:
Finally, the show goes live again, and Bruno and Carrie Ann join their teams on stage. The crowd goes crazy as Drew asks the coaches questions. After only three weeks, I’m tired of the screaming.
We’re only in live mode for a short period of time as clips of practice are shown. Bruno has his team practice in a red room. He tells them red is hot. Phillip isn’t able to sing; he lost his voice. Mauli the vocal trainer works with him. Bruno is worried Phillip has already burned out his voice.
Team Bruno is now ready to perform to “A Little Less Conversation.” Zack’s voice comes across as being very natural. Phillip makes it through the performance without losing his voice. The girls don’t get to do much singing other than backup vocals. Overall, the dancing is fine, but it could be a bit more polished.
Bruno tells his team the performance was strong. He gives props to Tony for his opening solo. Carrie Ann is impressed with the team.
Next, we’re treated to clips of Team Carrie Ann in training. She welcomes the group to its studio and puts everyone to the test; she wants the performers to sing the lyrics to the songs she gave them the night before. Yikes.
Carrie Ann’s team performs to “Running.” When Qis sings, the crowd is so loud I can barely hear him. Also, something happens to Chris’ microphone and he can’t be heard for most of the performance.
I think the song is a difficult one to really show off a singer’s talent. Basically, I don’t like the singing or dancing. It isn’t horrible; it just isn’t my style. However, if it is yours and you enjoyed it, don’t forget to vote after the show ends.
Carrie Ann is proud of her team. Bruno thought the performance lacked dancing and featured too much prancing. He and Carrie Ann argue.
Again, back at practice, Bruno’s team sings while exercising in order to strengthen its vocals. His choreographer also has the team members say something nice about one another. Bruno gives the performers a lesson on how to hold their hands.
The team performs an Asian-inspired version of “S.O.S.” Hmmm. I think I’ll just come right out and say I’m not impressed. The women’s vocals are weak and the choreography is too over-the-top. I know I asked for more earlier in the show, but this is too much.
Bruno says the performance was difficult, but everyone pulled it off. He’s almost speechless. Yeah, I’m also at a loss for words, but for different reasons. Carrie Ann tells Bruno he didn’t bring out the lead in the routine. Now he’s found his voice.
Back at Carrie Ann’s team’s practice, Jason the choreographer works with the performers. Bradley tells the team that he feels like he’s letting it down. Mariel struggles during practice, so Carrie Ann has her call her grandmother for a boost.
Team Carrie Ann now performs “Call Me.” For me, this is the best performance of the night. The vocals are strong and the dancing is a bit provocative, but not cheesy. The only annoyance for me is that the women’s voices are featured and they are all three different. Other than that, the performance is memorable.
Carrie Ann and Bruno give the team credit for doing a great job. Bruno would have liked to have seen cleaner dancing from the guys.
The coaches and team members plead their cases and ask not to be sent home. When the pleading ends, the teams perform “Don’t Stop Me Now.” Poor Bradley hits a couple of stinkers. They are quickly forgotten, though, as the whole performance turns into one big stink fest.
I’ve been tough of the performances tonight, but let me clarify something. I think everyone on both teams is very talented. I just don’t think the singing and dancing styles of the individuals always fit the routines that are thrown at them.
With that, I bid you farewell until next week. Don’t forget to vote for your favorite team and tune in next week to see who is eliminated. Hey, don’t make me suffer through this alone!
Jill is an east coast mama who loves Michael Kors, Bea Arthur, and Maksim Chmerkovskiy. If she were in a room with the three of them, she might explode. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss these individuals and other topics.
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