The stars threw Bhut Jolokia peppers in the Dancing pot last night, bringing the heat index up to record highs. For the first time this season, one of the stars took home the gold with a perfect score (guess who...). Another star raked in one 10, while the two top men scored three 9s apiece. Samantha Harris is back, taking back her reins from fill-in host, Drew Lachey. She looks incredible for having a baby less than a month ago. High five, mama.
Week four introduced us to two very different dances: the Viennese waltz and the paso doble. One is smooth and sensitive, the other is robust and tangy like Jack Daniels barbeque sauce. Both were gorgeous and fun to watch.
As the competition continues to steepen around Mark Cuban, he’s still dancing a few beats behind. Even though he and Kym received their highest score yet dancing the Viennese waltz, their best dance yet, they still found themselves in last place. Mark is fun to watch, and Len was right: Kym is chipping away at him, making him a more well-rounded dancer. However, this season is arguably (and obviously) the best season ever. With these B- and C-list stars bringing nothing but their A-games, there leaves very little wiggle room for B- or C-grade performances. Unfortunately for Mark, I think his wiggling days might be numbered (maybe the numbers in his bank accounts will soften the blow...).
It was only a matter of time before Sabrina Bryan and her partner, Mark Ballas, got a perfect score. The fact that it happened in week four is pretty impressive, regardless of her dance background. As a dancer myself, I know how hard it is to switch from one style to the next. Sabrina’s hip hop background does give her an advantage over the others, in general, but ballroom is a completely new monster to tame, and is hard for anyone unfamiliar with it to master. And master it she has, I think it’s safe to say. Mark spun her “right round,” all right. Sabrina was able to stay in her cape-ish character throughout the entire dance, making their paso doble powerful, passionate and perfect. They received the only triple 10 yet.
Of course Jane Seymour danced the Viennese waltz, it is an elegant, romantic dance, just like her. I have to say, proper people who follow the rules and try to be perfect all the time get under my skin, probably due to the fact that I am not one to conform to the standards of prim and proper lady (shocker, I know). Pristine Ms. Seymour falls into that category and last night I was a little annoyed by her. I can’t quite pinpoint it, maybe it’s her slow, deliberate, accented way of speaking. Anyway, the canvas dancing she did with Tony for practice was very creative- they could see every painted step. And I have to admit, irritating as I found her, Jane’s performance last night was beautiful. She looked like one of those wind up ballerinas, flowing skirt and all. She was the “queen of fairies” for sho. Carrie Ann was Little Miss Snootytootysnottypants last night, getting all up in everyone’s faces (and all over their points) about lifts, starting with Jane and Tony. Playing the surprising role of savior last night was Len who, being in a “generous mood,” decided this week would be a “lift-free zone.” Jane and Tony were upset Carrie Ann docked them a point, but whatever, they’re not going anywhere.
I was excited to see Floyd Mayweather and Karina last night. Last week, I think it was Bruno who said he couldn’t wait to see how Floyd would interpret the dance of the bullfighter He is a figher, after all. A strong, fast, character-driven dance, the paso doble was it for Floyd. I thought he looked a wee bit stiff at first, but as the dance progressed, so did Floyd. He was strong and entertaining and did a “bloody good job.” Floyd and Karina finally broke free of 7s at the judges table, catching two 8s. He is not the weakest link in this competition, nor is he the strongest, but he is the strongest man and I would not want to be the one to face him after he inevitably gets sent home (whenever that may be). That said, when Dancing with the Stars was over last night, I flipped over to HBO in time to catch a little blurb on Floyd and his upcoming fight. Boring, boring, boring, then hello! Floyd and Karina dancing. If Ricky Hatton thinks dancing makes Floyd a sissy, he’s got another thing coming (a.k.a. a beat down).
Mel Brown and Maksim also did a “bloody good job,” sweeping Bruno off to Wonderland with their romantic, elegant Viennese waltz. (I suppose if they weren’t romantic and elegant it would defeat the whole purpose). There is never a shortage of squabbling between those two during rehearsals or backstage, but once they hit the dance floor, it’s like they were meant to be there together. She really does transform from when she’s talking in her jarbled, cockneyish Leeds accent to when she shuts her mouth and focuses on the dance. She’s not going anywhere either, except to London to film a Spice Girls video (God, help us, they’re back) starring none other than her dark dashing dance partner, Maks.
Super Cameron! I really hope Cameron Mathison’s playing up this whole Superman/Clark Kent thing ends with his paso doble. The glasses last week, and the cape and super “c” emblem this week were cute, but enough is enough. He did happen to be super last night, though, he even helped Edyta figure out some of their moves. And those moves were sharp and well-executed, the choreography was complex and the music was out of this world (it was the Star Wars theme, right?). Cameron literally gets better and better. He tied Helio this week... who will lap who next week when the shirts (I hope) come off and the Latin rumba and samba heat up the floor?
Marie Osmond really has it in her to succeed in this competition. Not win, but succeed. She works really hard and truly trusts Jonathan and it shows in their performances. They looked like two star-crossed lovers during last night’s Viennese waltz, totally in tune and in rhythm with each other. Bruno thought she was like Sleeping Beauty still asleep, but Carrie Ann said this was a nice change from the overactive performer they see every week. (Apparently the others got to her, because Carrie Ann became progressively less and less aggressive throughout the show). Carrie Ann also said Marie’s head rolls were “stripperish,” but I thought they were perfect, not to mention deceptively difficult. I’m surprised Marie didn’t get dizzy and fall over!
I love Jennie Garth. She seems to be coming out of her shell more and more as the weeks go by. Last week was a feisty tango and this week was the dramatic paso doble. And she is obviously becoming more comfortable with Derek, I love the way she seems to dominate him all over the dance floor. I thought the music was a little too upbeat for the somewhat serious dance, but Jennie and Derek worked it. Their performance was sharp as a tack. I don’t know why Bruno mentioned Nicole Kidman because I do not see that bean pole dancing even half as well as Kelly Taylor.
I look forward to Helio Castroneves every week. I was blown away by his first two dances, the mambo and the fox trot. Last week’s jive left something to be desired, and this week he was back on track (tee hee, pun intended) with the Viennese waltz. Although I think he looks better dancing with Julianne than alone dancing towards her, Helio really is amazing for having no real dance experience. He and Julianne are so in tune, a few times last night I though they might kiss (all part of the performance, I know, but still, very convincing). Helio is a cutey, and at this point the man to beat, so gentlemen, rev up your engines, because this is could be a race to the finish line.
Who will be packing up their dancing shoes and going home? I’m going to say man, although I quite predict who... Who do you think will be bidding the ballroom adieu? Tune in tonight to find out.