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Dancing With the Stars 6, March 18: Oh Yes, It’s Ladies NightPage 2
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Up next is Priscilla Presley, who is not only known as The King’s wife, but as the star of many Naked Gun movies. Please don’t shoot me, but she sort of looks like she’s been under the knife a few times. I wish Hollywood would let these ladies grow old gracefully. They’re beautiful and don’t need a scalpel to look better. Anyhoo, Priscilla is excited to be back out participating in the media again. She will be led by the chiseled, Latin American dancer, Louis van Amstel, this season. He’s excited and intimidated by her. She’s scared. She’s full of questions and is another perfectionist. She’s the first woman tonight to say that she wants to win this competition and with as well as she’s doing in rehearsal, I think she could do it!
Priscilla looks lovely in a bright green dress for her foxtrot. I’m impressed with how smoothly they dance and I think she’s the most advanced of the night so far, even with a death spiral. The only complaint I have is that they don’t’ seem to connect as a couple. This may come as they get to know each other.
Len is very impressed and is thrilled that this was a classic foxtrot. He’s a stickler for this particular dance, so he is giving out good praise. Bruno calls it smoking hot and tells her that she has star quality. Carrie Ann tells her that age is just a number. It was elegant.
During all of that there was a brief shot of her daughter, Lisa Marie, who is pregnant with her third baby.
Well the judges are consistent at being consistent. They all give her eights, popping her up to first place with a score of 24. Although it’s easy for adding, I hope the judges start varying in their scores, just to make it interesting.
Two ladies are left. Next up is Olympic skater Kristi Yamaguchi and her partner Mark Ballas. Much like Apolo Ono, I think Kristi could really do well in this competition because of her athleticism and her grace on ice. She is just so dang cute, too! As her rehearsals go on, she seems to progress well.
Kristi comes out looking stunning in a gold dress and hair pulled back exactly right for a foxtrot. Holy cow, not 15 seconds into their dance, I already like them the best tonight. She is a pure entertainer and her years on the ice transcend well to the dance floor. She is graceful and adds perfect touches with head bobs and arm movements. They are spectacular. I’ll bet money that they’ll get at least one nine from the judges tonight. I think we might be looking at our winner this season.
Bruno is beside himself. He says that the performance was beautifully executed and in synch. He thinks it’s the best first performance he’s ever seen. Carrie Ann says that she made it look effortless. Len says that the ice maiden has melted his heart. He is clearly impressed. I have to laugh as Kristi holds up her hand to show us how much she’s shaking with nerves.
The judges give her a slew of nines and she’s just bumped Priscilla out of first with a solid 27 out of 30 points. This is an amazing feat for the first time out this season.
Last up is Academy Award winning actress Marlee Matlin and her partner, Mambo champion Fabian Sanchez. Through a sign interpreter she tells us that just because you’re deaf, it doesn’t mean that you can’t dance. She quickly adds, “I hope,” with a sweet, sheepish grin. At their first meeting, she tells him that she has to communicate with her body every day, so she doesn’t think this will be much of a stretch to learn to dance with him.
Fabian seems patient and is aware that teaching a deaf person to dance will be a huge challenge. He tests her to see how much she can hear (ummm… that would be nothing, Fabian!), by putting on some music and tapping on her hand to the beat of the cha-cha song they’ll be using. She says that Fabian is her music, so she’ll rely entirely on his body and face to portray the music for her.
She seems like a real character, so this could be fun watching the two of them and “listening” to her interviews through the season.
Marlee is just stunning in her red dress and beautiful makeup. The two are synched well and I only notice one time where they are a touch out of step with each other. She does a fantastic job staying with Fabian and with the beat the rest of the time. You would really never know she was deaf by the way she dances. What an amazing job. At the end, you can see she’s clearly relieved it’s over.
Carrie Ann tells her that she was so inspiring, but that she will be judged as the others are. That being said, she says that Marlee moved fluidly and did a great job. Len says that they did an amazing job, but she needs to control her arms a bit. Bruno is equally impressed and tells her that even though she can’t hear the music, it’s flowing through her blood. I smell a triple seven coming her way.
Next week the Jonas Brothers will perform.
The judges come back with their scores. And as it starts to look like a triple seven is coming their way, Bruno throws us a curve ball and gives them an eight. Their total of 22 puts Marlee and Fabian solidly in third place for the night.
Kristi was by far the best of the night, but I can’t help but love the exuberance of Marissa. Next week the vote results will be announced and one male and one female dancer and their respective partners will be eliminated. Stay tuned and Jill will be back with her fabulous recaps!
Kari has dancing skills much like an elephant. Fortunately for you all, she enjoys writing and reality TV much more. You can send her comments at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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