Dancing With the Stars 6, May 12: Out of This Worldby Jill Jones -- 05/13/2008
Last week on Dancing with the Stars, the remaining couples performed a ballroom and Latin dance. After the judges’ and viewers’ votes were tallied, Karina & Mario were eliminated from the competition. Tonight, the dancing duos take to the dance floor one last time before the finals. Let’s see who is on their way to the top and who’s on their way home.
Tom and Samantha welcome us to the semi-finals. They also introduce the stars. Edyta’s dress is gorgeous. Samantha appears to be wearing a spaceship.
Tom tells us that lifts are not allowed tonight. Why were they permitted for one week? The show has a formula that works, so the producers should stick to it.
Up first are Edyta & Jason. The couple chooses its dances from a large disco ball that looks just like the trophy everyone is vying for. Their selection includes the foxtrot and paso doble. Edyta gives Jason a pep talk during practice. She even has Dan Marino support him via a videotaped message. I love all of these references to people associated with Pittsburgh.
They’re performing the foxtrot to “Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off.” Jason is poised and elegant; however, he still seems to watch Edyta a lot while dancing. The dance is fluid and beautiful.
Len says Jason glided on the dance floor the way a dolphin glides through the water. Bruno tells the couple the dance had plenty of movement. He also appreciates the showmanship Jason displayed. Carrie Ann refers to the dance as beautiful. I think I already said that.
Carrie Ann and Bruno give the dance a nine while Len gives it a goober. Edyta & Jason have 28 points so far.
The next couple to dance is Marissa & Tony. They draw the rumba and quickstep. Tony’s former Dancing with the Star partner Stacey Keibler stops by. The two women pick on Tony.
They’re doing the quickstep to “Around the World.” This time, the dance isn’t as safe as it was when the couple first performed it. Part of the reason is that Marissa is more comfortable and skilled, and it shows. The dance ends with Tony giving Marissa a kiss on the cheek.
Bruno tells Marissa she missed a move and can’t do that during the semi-finals. Carrie Ann refers to Marissa as the unlikely contender. She also says she did a great job. Len says that Marissa did a great job with such a technical dance.
Carrie Ann and Len award the couple with a nine. Bruno gives it an eight. Marissa & Tony have 26 points.
Up now with their ballroom dance are Cheryl & Cristián. They’re the Viennese waltz and samba tonight. For those of you who have forgotten, the samba is the dance Cheryl & Cristián were performing when he was injured. The couple takes to the street and asks for votes.
They are dancing the Viennese waltz to “Satellite.” This is probably my favorite dance from this couple. It’s mesmerizing and beautiful. Cristián does his best with one arm and the results are great.
Carrie says Cristián looked like he was having fun. Len promises better marks. Bruno commends Cheryl & Cristián for playing off of one another.
Tom takes a moment to tease Cheryl about her dress. Forget my comments about Samantha’s getup; Cheryl is the one who looks like she is wearing something from outer space.
All three of the judges give the dance a nine. So far this evening, Cheryl & Cristián have 27 points.
Ready with the final ballroom dance are Kristi & Mark. They select the jive and tango for tonight’s dances. Kristi promises more emotion in her tango. She and Mark receive help from a group of people taking professional lessons.
They are performing the tango to an instrumental piece. Kristi’s movements are sharp and crisp. She makes good on her promise and shows a wide range of emotion. Her footwork is also fantastic. The crowd goes wild.
Len says the dance was too hectic. Bruno goes nuts. Well, he goes nuttier than he usually is. Bruno screams something and pounds on the desk. I think he likes it. Carrie Ann stands up to say, “Welcome back,” but she has to first pull her dress or slip or something up!
Carrie Ann and Bruno give the couple a goober. Len defiantly gives it a nine. Kristi & Mark have 29 points after the first round.
We’re now treated to clips of Len working with each of the couples. He takes on a James Bond persona. At practice, he works with each of the stars and teaches them a new move. Cristián even flirts with him. The segment ends with Len riding in the back of a limo with Kym Johnson.
The first Latin dance is courtesy of Edyta & Jason. They’re doing the paso doble to an instrumental piece. Jason’s movements are crisp and clean. He also does a lot more this time. In the words of Christian Siriano, the dance is fierce… until the couple performs a lift.
All of the judges like the dance, but nobody mentions the lift. Maybe I’m just seeing things.
All three of the judges give the dance a nine. Edyta & Jason has 27 points and 55 points total.
Up now are Marissa & Tony. They are dancing the rumba to “Just the Two Of Us.” Marissa works the sexiness of the dance, but I’m not sure if the judges will appreciate the hip movement; there could have been more. The dance is sensual in a quiet, reserved kind of way.
Carrie Ann tells Marissa she wasn’t excited by the dance. Len says Marissa did a very good job. Bruno calls the dance sexy. Carrie Ann argues with Len and Bruno. She had her turn to speak, so now she needs to zip it.
Carrie Ann awards the dance an eight, while Len and Bruno give it a nine. Marissa & Tony have 26 points. Overall, their total is 52 points out of 60.
The next couple to perform is Cheryl & Cristián. They’re dancing the samba. Cristián does a nice job, but I’m a bit bored by the dance. At the end, it gets a bit more exciting when Cheryl & Cristián shake their butts on the stage. Yeah, butt shaking does it for me every time.
Len tells Cristián he overcame the problems with his arm. Bruno says Cristián made the samba fun. Carrie Ann compares Cristián to Emmitt Smith, who happens to be in the audience. Uh, no way!
Carrie Ann and Bruno give the dance a goober. Len gives it a nine. I shake my head. Cheryl & Cristián have 29 points for their Latin dance and 56 overall.
The final dance of the evening is from Kristi & Mark. They are performing the jive to a song I totally space on. Kristi’s dress is adorable while Mark’s shoes are hideous. The dance is lively and energetic. I think Kristi misses a step, but other than that, the routine is executed well.
Bruno tells Kristi she can perform. Carrie Ann calls the dance extremely difficult and says Kristi was a bit out of sync. Len feels Kristi was a bit stiff. Oh, but he didn’t have a problem with Cristián holding his arm stiffly. Wow, I’m in a mood tonight.
Carrie Ann and Len give the dance a nine. Bruno gives it a goober. Kristi & Mark have 28 points and 57 overall.
Tom and Samantha review the performances and current standings. Note that I’m not as enthusiastic about Cheryl & Cristián as the judges are.
Join Yoko and me tomorrow night as another couple is eliminated from the competition. I’ll do my best to be in a better mood.
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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