It's a Fox Trot Paso
Doble World - January 26
The crowd is packed with capacity, and it's about to
become a mad hot ballroom tonight as another sold-out
crowd will witness 7 couples trying to master the paso
doble & fox trot as we get set for another week of
competition on "Dancing With The Stars." As always, it
goes like this: Couples perform the routines, judges
will mark the scorecards and when it's all over, you
vote for who's staying, and if tomorrow night comes,
the viewers will hear who is getting the boot. Last
week, Giselle & Jonathan were yesterday's news, but
who's getting the short end of the stick tonight?
Let's rock the house!
George & Edyta are first. They took Giselle &
Johnathan out to elimination. This week, they'll paso
doble to "Matador Paso," and when the song started,
George came out in his Zorro mask, and wowed the crowd
with his matador skills, while Edyta came out like a
senorita, and danced just like it with her routines
including a split. When it was over, the judges marked
up the comments that were good including Bruno who
chimed in as "a bit more like Antonio Banderas." Now
let's get our first glance of the scoreboard:
CARRIE ANN: 7
Good way to start.
Tia & Max will go next. Last week, she put the T in
terrific with her tango. Will she topple the
competition. Earlier this week, they went to NYC for
an appearance on Regis & Kelly, and then they went to
Max's ballroom school to show his students how they
do. BTW, if you picked up a copy of "Mad Hot
Ballroom," you'll know that it was shot in NYC and
featured 5th graders. Wish I had one. Back to LA, and
they'll do a foxtrot to "Dream a Little Dream" by Mama
Cass. To start, Max did some solo moves while Tia was
sitting in her chair, and later got up. They both went
around the floor, and Tia made up with a leg spin.
Getting near the end, both did a arm-in-arm move. When
it ended, Tia walked & did a fan gesture while Max
stayed there. Now we go to the judges: Carrie said she
didn't see the blender, Len said it blended early on,
and Tia had beautiful grace, and Bruno saidit was full
of grace and the interpretation was radiant. Now let's
chop & puree the numbers:
And it's first place for them.
P. & Ashly take 3rd. Last week, they ended up
last...again. Can they get out of it...for real? For
practice, P. couldn't cope with it, so Ashly took him
to Utah to meet her parents. They are not as acting
smart like Ken Jennings the past 3 weeks, but can they
bring up jazz like Karl Malone this week? They'll paso
doble to "Please don't let me be misunderstood" by The
Animals. P. took it with some stomps, but Ashly made
up with some spins & a leg hold. She dazzled up some
fancy footwork, did a leg lift, and by the end, a leg
squat. Let's see if P.'s moves were improved or
declined by the judges: Carrie Ann said it was the
best dancing Ashly brought, Len said the viewers were
being cruel to him, and Bruno said it was like a
nightmare. P. & Ashly have got to wake up. The scores
will know, for sure:
CARRIE ANN: 4
Another trip to the cellar for them.
Now up on deck, Stacy & Tony. They kicked it into high
gear for 1st last week. Can they do it again? Over at
practice, they went to a spa after hectic hours.
Tonight, they are rejuvenated and will be doing a
foxtrot to Norah Jones' "Cold Cold Heart." Throughout
the routine, it worked out well, and Stacy made some
moves by doing a leg lift, another in the later
seconds, and a back bend by the end. Now we get to the
judges for commentary: Carrie Ann said it was elegant,
Len said it was absolutely gorgeous, and Bruno said it
was the best legs he's ever seen. Now let's kick teh
scoreboard machine, and spit out numbers:
CARRIE ANN: 8
1 point out and they take the lead.
Drew & Cheryl are 5th up. Last week, a 1st place tie
was becoming a rivalry with Stacy & Tony. Over at
practice, Drew took some notes with a real matador
named Dennis Borba. Let's see how his moves pay off as
he paso doble to Michael Jackson's "Thiller." To
begin, Drew swooped up a cape, and then Cheryl did a
floor spin. Drew throws a cape away, and then he did a
knee-bend squat. Cheryl did up a squat and did a fast
dip to end the song. Now we speed over to the judges:
Carrie Ann said it was fantastic, Len said it gave it
everything, and Bruno said he's smells the blood & the
sun. And me, I smell 1st place coming. Let's go to the
CARRIE ANN: 9
Another lead is taken again.
Jerry & Anna are up. Last week, their jive didn't get
spark. Will they recharge for this week? Over at
practice, he took ballet classes to help him with his
leg work. Must be the next Lynn Swann. Now, they'll
foxtrot to "Why don't you do right" by Julie London.
To start, Jerry was sitting, and Anna went downstairs
to the floor, asking Jerry to get up. Anna also did
some fine footwork, and both did an arm-in-arm move.
Anna ended this thing with a squirm-through. Now we
head on over to the judges: Carrie said it had a
breakthrough, Len said it came back stronger, and
Bruno said the competition is back on track. Will that
help? Only the scoreticker will know:
CARRIE ANN: 8
And they soar ahead in 4th place.
Last to dance for the people at home is Lisa & Louis.
Last week, they fired up a good jive, and this week,
they'll make fire by doing a paso doble to Europe's
"The Final Countdown," so fire up those Jock Rock CDs
to track 2 and let's go! Both walked towards each
other to start it off, and they did some head moves
along the way. Lisa did a 1/2 dip and a kick to wow
the crowd. Lou did a squat, and pushed Lisa to the
ground to end the song. Now, we get a final say from
the judges: Carrie Ann said they nailed it, Len said
it was equal to last week, and Bruno said it went into
like a woman possessed. Now, we get the final numbers:
CARRIE ANN: 9
And they tie Stacy & Tony for 1st place.
With that, the dancing clock is on zero. Let's see how
everybody did: Drew & Cheryl take top honors with 28,
Stacy & Lisa share 2nd with 26, Tia & Max have 25, 24
goes to Jerry & Anna, George & Edyta have 21 points,
and way down in the basement is P. & Ashly with 8.
This turned out to be an affair. 6 of the 7 couples
have all scored in the 20's, but will P. be eliminated
forever? Tune in tomorrow & see. We're on a 23-hour
break. See you tomorrow when we dance with the stars.