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If at first you don't succeed.... - March 26

If you were wondering where the 7 couples were last week, it was scoring below 20 because of the average and ugly moves seen by the judges. That's about to change as our 11 couples still standing master the mambo and the quickstep, and if 1 couple can't make up any lost time, they got to move out by tomorrow. The stars bring out their partners as they always do and we're ready to start.

Leading off is Apolo & Julianne. They skated to a tie for 3rd place, now they must quickstep to "2 Hearts" by Phil Collins. Both did an arm-in-arm move, followed by flick bounces, a jump hurdle and a foot drag by Julianne. Now we get first glance at the judges. Carrie Ann said the whole footwork was good, Len said they'll stay for weeks and weeks, and Bruno said it was so uplifting. Now the numbers:

CARRIE ANN: 8
LEN: 9
BRUNO: 9
Last week: 21
Week 2: 26
Overall Score: 47


And up second is Shandi & Brian. Last week's comments by Bruno can erase this week that a better score has no time going to a toy store. As they mambo, Shandi did a split. a back bend to the floor, some arm moves, and a dip over Brian to end it. How did that go? Carrie Ann said it wasn't anything special, Len said it was very difficult choreography and Bruno said she needs to forget about Barbie and turn into a brat. Oh well, I guess it's the toy store. Numbers, please....

CARRIE ANN: 7
LEN: 7
BRUNO: 7
Last Week: 19
Week 2: 20
Overall Score: 39


Now up is Clyde & Elena. They practiced at a basketball court to show him why he's a pro, not a joe. Now they'll quickstep to "higher & Higher" by Jackie Wilson. Clyde does a running start and both did flick bounces. Elena did a floor spin and put his hands up to see if he's done. Now it's done. To the judges...Carrie Ann said it was a crowd-pleaser, Len said it was a case of "we shall overcome," and Bruno said it was better than Goliath. Let's throw the sling shot at the scoreboard:

CARRIE ANN: 6
LEN: 6
BRUNO: 6
Last week: 16
Week 2: 18
Overall Score: 34


We're ready for Leeza & Tony. With a 2nd worse score, a milestone made her feel better. As she celebrated 50, she took a cue from "My Super Sweet 16" and turned it into a "goddess party." Now they'll celebrate live my doing a mambo to "Independent Women, Pt. 1" by Destiny's Child. Leeza does a leg hold, a split a few twirls and a back dip to end it. Now the judges have it. Carrie Ann wished her the big 5-0, Len said it was very precise and Bruno said it was a proper mambo like a debutante on a first date. Now I know why it's "Love Connection." Let's se what the audience picked, er, saw on the number board.....

CARRIE ANN: 7
LEN: 7
BRUNO: 7
Last Week: 15
Week 2: 21
Overall Score:36


Ian & Cheryl has been called up to quickstep. Let's see if they keep that up. Both did flick bounces, a kick & drag move, and a spin & a dip by Cheryl to end it. Let's see how the judges fared it. Carrie Ann said it had so much more potenial, Len said it was an all-around good performance, and Bruno said it was too skimpy. Let's dive in on the numbers:

CARRIE ANN: 7
LEN: 8
BRUNO: 7
Last week: 21
Week 2: 22
Overall Score: 43

Paulina & Alec are ready to mambo to "La Bamba" by Ritchie Valens and improve on last week. Paulina did a jump over and a leg lift followed by a big dip to end it. So how did that happen? Carrie Ann said she had great extension, Len said it came out having fun and Bruno said it was like a mambo on 5th avenue. Let's turn into the scoreboard now:

CARRIE ANN: 7
LEN: 7
BRUNO: 7
Last week: 19
Week 2: 21
Overall Score: 41


Billy Ray & Karina belonged in the weirdness dept. last week for a song, a dance and a worse score. That's about to change. They'll quickstep to "Ring of Fire" by Johnny Cash. Both did flick bounces, Karina did a kick and Billy Ray went solo before Karina copied it. Let's copy the numbers after the judges say....Carrie Ann said he's the most improved dancer, Len said it came out and Bruno said it went the right way. Let's peek at their scores:

CARRIE ANN: 7
LEN: 7
BRUNO: 7
Last week: 13
Week 2: 21
Overall Score: 34


Now it's time for Heather & Jonathan. You saw what she did overcoming her plastic leg, now she'll do it again to "mambo Italiano." Heather did a dip & flip over and both did arm pumps and a shimmy move for the mambo routine. Now the judges: Carrie asked what in the world over that back flip, Len said it was much better than last week and Bru nosa id it was in a warm drive. Let's see if the scoreboard is heating up.

CARRIE ANN: 8
LEN: 8
BRUNO: 8
Last week: 18
Week 2: 24
Overall Score: 42


Now, It's John & Edyta. His cha-cha surprised us all, but can a quickstep do better? Find out as they dance to "The Lady is A tramp" by Frank Sinatra. John flicks with a thing in his hand, and as he throws it away, both do flick bounces, and Edyta did a kick followed by a slide-through. How did that go? Carrie said it was off to a slow start, Len said it came out & got on with it and Bruno said it's plenty of blood in the old wolf. Now let's see if a score can not be out of the first round like the Timberwolves:

CARRIE ANN: 7
LEN: 7
BRUNO: 7
Last Week: 17
Week 2: 21
Overall Score: 39


Only 2 more and Laila & Maks are up. As they mambo, Maks did a wipe off sweat off Laila's forehead gesture, and Laila did a shake-through. Well? Carrie Ann said that was hot, Len said it had great rhythm and Bruno said it was simply irresistible. With the numbers now:

CARRIE ANN: 9
LEN: 9
BRUNO: 9
Last week: 23
Week 2: 27
Overall Score: 50

Top scorers Joey & Kym will close this thing out as they quickstep to "Tell Her About it" by Billy Joel. Joey did a "IGAS-like" secret gesture and did a silly dance. Kym did a kick and both did kicks. Joey did some punk shaking and Kym sat on Kym's knee to end it. How did that go? Carrie Ann said they did it again tonight, Len said it was fast-moving and bruno said it took off like a rocket. Let's end with a big score, shall we?

CARRIE ANN: 8
LEN: 8
BRUNO: 8
Last Week: 24
Week 2: 24
Overall Score: 48


It's been 14 days into the season and our scoreboard looks like this: Laila gets a big 5-0, Joey has 2nd with 48, 3rd is Apolo with 47, Ian has 43, Heather has 42, Paulina has 41, Shandi & John have 19, not too far behind is Leeza with 36, and way last is Clyde & Billy Ray with 34. That wraps it up, but the week's not over yet. Tomorrow, one will be the first to go. You'll see who. We're on a 23-hour break. See you tomorrow when we dance with the stars.

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