'Dancing with the Stars' recap, Elimination on all-Latin night

September 24, 2013|By Amy Watts | For the Baltimore Sun

First off, congratulations to Derek Hough for his Emmy win Sunday night in the choreography category. 

The show opens with a routine from the pros, and there's Derek front and center. I guess unlike football players he doesn't get the night off.

They appear to have done away with the grand staircase entrance for each couple, introducing them in groups of three as they stand on the dance floor.

There's a quick shot of the leaderboard with last week's scores and we're told it's all-Latin tonight and they immediately go to the first couple.

Elizabeth Berkley Lauren & Val Chmerkovskiy — Samba
Val calls Elizabeth "adorable" during rehearsals. It's cute. Elizabeth is wearing long sleeves on her dress and it's really cool because it highlights her long arms and graceful extensions. She's really getting into character for this dance and I think you really see her years of dance training coming out.

Len says it was "so close" and then says it was "absolutely fantastic." Which is it, Len? Bruno praises the speed and the accuracy, especially considering the number of steps and that it's only Week 2. He points out that there were a couple of stumbles in some of the passes and Val turns away from the judges and then turns back and admits that they were his fault. Carrie Ann says Elizabeth is in control of her movement throughout the dance.

Judges' Scores: Carrie Ann: 8; Len: 9; Bruno: 8

Brooke congratulates Derek on his Emmy win and then has inane conversation with Derek & Amber and then Christina & Mark. Brooke congratulates the latter's costume choices, which confirms my suspicions about her taste level.

Christina Milian & Mark Ballas — Paso Doble
They're dancing to Lady Gaga's "Applause" and Mark has decided to take it Goth, with the costuming and thrones on the dance floor. It's kind of Glitterball Goth, though. Which really should be a thing.  I'm never really sure what a good paso doble should look like if it's not to a traditional paso doble song, so I'll have to defer to the judges.

Bruno liked the twists they gave the paso doble. He thinks they might have missed a step, but he was blinded by the spotlight and couldn't tell.  Thanks to the magic of DVR technology I can tell you that she appeared to MAYBE have an extra step in a turn, but it didn't look like a stumble. Christina says she carried Carrie Ann's admonition that she's better than she thinks she is all week. Carrie Ann replies that it showed. Len liked their paso doble with a modern twist.

Judges' Scores: Carrie Ann: 9; Len: 8; Bruno: 8

Oh, wait. Tom tells their score combined with last week's score. I'm confused - last week's fan vote counts toward tonight's elimination but tonight's fan votes counts toward next week's. So does that mean next week's elimination will be fan votes on tonight's performances combined with judges' scores of next week's performances? If so, that's screwy. And only reinforces the idea that fans vote based on favorites and not the routines. Which I don't think is entirely true.

Bill Engvall & Emma Slater — Jive
Bill didn't feel like last week's scores correlated with the commentary from the judges. Emma's accent cracks me up - her "couples" sounds like "coo-pulls." 

Bill's feet may not always be turned exactly right, but he's quick on his feet, especially that he's no spring chicken. (Even if Emma is kind of dressed like one… She's also wearing more fabric on her arms than her torso.)

Carrie Ann calls it entertaining and filled with fun. She says it was jam-packed with steps but the footwork was a little "funky." Len says there were a lot of basic recognizable jive steps in there. Oooh, Len likes it when you go back to basics.

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

Well, that's a point up from each judge from last week.

Brooke is backstage with Jack and Cheryl. Jack's satin shirt is highlighting his manboobs. And then they show a clip of him berating himself in rehearsal footage. It's not as funny as the producers think it is.

Jack Osbourne & Cheryl Burke — Rumba
Jack keeps the bleeper/blurrer busy during rehearsal footage.  His mom Sharon shows up and cheers him on.

There's so much dry ice on the ballroom floor that I'm not sure Cheryl and Jack even HAVE feet much less what they might be doing. The lighting is also super dim. I think if Cheryl could get away with it, she'd put a screen in front of the judges' table. Jack attempts a very tortured descent into a split that makes me fear for his hips, knees, and ankles.

Len says it had great control, great lines and fluidity. Really, Len? But he adds that he did do some crazy things with his hands. I'm completely distracted by CHeryl's costume which is so sheer I can see her navel, which isn't in itself scandalous, but since I CAN see her bikini bottoms and not her bra, I'm now too concerned with what's shielding/supporting her bosoms.

Judges' Scores: Carrie Ann: 8; Len: 8; Bruno: 8

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