'Dancing With the Stars' recap, Is a comedian going home next?

April 16, 2013|By Amy Watts

The show opens with Tom and Brooke alone on the stage, acknowledging the tragic events Boston today. I understand the need to address it, and I'm also glad to have my silly dancing show to distract me from the awfulness.

The show opens with the pros in an enclosed corridor offstage and then they all come out for a group dance, joined by the former pros that will presumably dancing with the couples tonight.

That's tonight's gimmick: this season's couples will be doing their routines alongside a pro couple. Is this when the show admits that we're actually more interested in watching the pros we've gotten to know over several seasons than the "stars" they've dredged up for this one?

Speaking of this season's stars, it appears we're getting introduced to them via solos rather than the typical staircase descent. Of note: both Mark and Derek are wearing spats and Aly is barefoot. Also, Peta's hair is like a bobbed version of the light socket look Glenn Close sported in "Fatal Attraction." Oh, and the opening number was choreographed by Lacey Schwimmer.

Each dance will start with the professional couple "setting the standard," and then the competing couple will dance alongside the pro couple. The routine will finish with the competing couple dancing by themselves. While the two couples are on stage, both couples will be dancing the same choreography.

All of this information is delivered by Len standing next to Len, thanks to filming tricks. Is that Len Goodmans or Len Goodmen?

Ingo Rademacher & Kym Johnson
Dancing with Tony Dovolani and Emma Slater
Cha cha
This is Ingo's first Latin dance and he's finding moving his hips "that way" to be a "nightmare."  Based on comments being made during this rehearsal, I think the side-by-side section is only going to be 15 seconds long.

It's perhaps a little cruel to have the pro couple dancing their bit first because I can't help but think most of the pro/am couples will suffer trying to follow. Ingo certainly falls short of Tony's hip actions, even if his pelvic thrusts are enthusiastic.

Len thinks Ingo had good stamina and energy but needs to work on his details, "You've got the flair, now take the care." Bruno says he got out of the routine through pure willpower. Carrie Ann points out that the pelvic thrusts were a hit with the audience.

When Carrie Ann says that his "below the belt" needs some work, Tom chuckles. Carrie Ann cluelessly says she doesn't know what Tom's laughing about and he explains that he's "doing another show in [his] head." Hee hee. She keeps saying it, though, and Tom keeps laughing and she can't help but join in.

Scores: Carrie Ann: 7; Len: 7; Bruno: 7

Jacoby Jones & Karina Smirnoff
Dancing with Maksim Chermkovskiy and Anna Trebunskaya
During rehearsal, Jacoby has trouble with some of the moves, and claims that Karina forgets that he's a man and some moves just won't work for him. Maks gives him some solid advice for his hands during the jive, to keep them up above his waist and out of the way.

They're dancing to Little Richard's "Long Tall Sally," which contains some of my dad's favorite lyrics in all of pop music: "Saw Uncle John with long tall Sally / They saw Aunt Mary comin' / So they ducked back in the alley." And in double checking those lyrics, I learned something new: Those lines were written by a girl who gave them to Little Richard's producer. She sold them to get treatment for her ailing Aunt Mary. Well. I feel edumatated.

Maks and Anna are high flying, as to be expected, but when Jacoby and Karina come out, they more than manage to keep up. I love Jacoby's knees during their side-by-side choreography. Maks looks like what he is: and Eastern European ballroom dancer who's doing a technically great jive. Jacoby looks like a kid who grew up in New Orleans and saw some great non-professional dancers growing up.

As Maks and Anna exit the routine, Jacoby rips off his jacket and those of us who like a well-muscled man cheer.  Jacoby continues to have these great, loose, bandy legs that are a delight for the jive.

He's still pigeon-toed as all heck but I can't care because he's having as much fun as the song's lyrics promise. Before the routine ends, Jacoby takes a running leap and jumps over a standing-at-her-full-height Karina. WOW.

As Jacoby and Karina catch their breath and make their way over to Tom, he comments that he'd certainly like to see that again tomorrow night, alluding to Jacoby's stated goal during rehearsal to get picked for the encore dance.

In the audience, Jacoby's mom is jumping up and down with excitement and she's wearing a strapless dress. Be careful, lady!

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