Welcome back, Dance fans! We're down to the final four and all of the couples have something to prove on their way to the finals. Doesn't it seem like so long ago when Leeza Gibbons was trying to let out her tramp? Then again, maybe some things are best left in the past. With Billy Ray now out of the picture, all four couples are pretty solid contenders -- but who is going to go all the way? And who is going to get the boot this week? Take our weekly poll: And now ... on to the dancing!
1) Apolo and Julianne start the night off with a bang, taking the dance floor with a sharp and dazzling quickstep. Julianne's dress was beautiful and this couple seems to continue to amaze the judges and crowd alike. Nothing to find fault with here and the judges were extremely happy to see the first dance set the bar high for the rest of the night. Apolo and Julianne receive perfect tens from all three judges, setting the stage for a great night ahead. In the Latin round, Apolo and Julianne come back with a cha cha cha routine to "Push It' -- which seems a little odd, but their youth and energy could carry it. Still, it is a bit much for the ballroom and Julianne's royal blue stripper-esque outfit probably doesn't help matters much. The crowd goes wild, but I'm sort of unimpressed. Carrie Ann and Bruno are blown away by the sexiness, with Bruno shouting over the crowd "You are like a shot of adrenaline!" Len thought the footwork was improved, but ... was turned off by the "raunch". Len's distaste cost them a point, leaving them with a slightly less than perfect score of 29 out of 30.
2) Up next were Ian and Cheryl, who were spared the shame of the dreaded "bottom two" last week, apparently due to their fanbase, because it sure wasn't because of their scores. Ian has struggled a bit, but seems a bit more on target tonight, connecting with the dance and complimenting Cheryl's super swiveling hip action in the tango. The judges are a bit more reserved, with Carrie Ann and Bruno enjoying the dance but feeling like something was missing. Len, on the other hand, thought it was superb and their best dance yet. He hands out a 10 to upstage the 9s from Carrie Ann and Bruno. The couple returns for their second dance a little more animated ... and with a wig. Ian dons an Elvis 'do for a King-inspired jive to "All Shook Up". It's a cute routine but feels a bit hokey to me. Sort of like Ian is concentrating more on the Elvis impersonator part than the dancing. Still, the energy and style is on target, earning them a perfect score from the judges. Ian is so happy about this that backstage he jumps into Joey's arms.
(At this point, it may seem like it's the night of 10s and you're right ... so much so that it starts to feel like they're just casually handing them out at the door. But maybe that's just me.)
3) Before there was Ian as Elvis, there was Laila as Cleopatra. She and partner Maksim strutted their stuff in a quickstep to "Walk Like an Egyptian". Although I think this song is fairly annoying, the performance was anything but. Carrie Ann starts off the comments by telling Laila she brings something all her own to the competition, Len loved the movement and Bruno shouts out that Laila is "totally fascinating". They score a perfect 30 out of 30 for the ballroom round. In the Latin dance, they keep the energy going and wow the judges with their cha cha cha to "She's a Lady". It seems sort of slow for me at this point in the show, but again, Laila is giving it her all. Bruno claims it's a knockout and they once again earn a perfect score giving them 60 out of 60 possible points from the judges for the evening.
4) Who doesn't love Joey and Kym? Last week they were shocked to be in the bottom two, but someone's gotta do it. I think this only made them work harder, as they came out with a dazzling foxtrot in all white. The performance was light and bubbly, but solid. Bruno calls it a "foxtrot with perfect Hollywood credentials" and Carrie Ann flat out tells them that they "won the ballroom round, hands down". Almost predictably, the pair scores a perfect 30 for their first dance. Taking the floor for the final dance of the night, it's hard to imagine another sizzling performance, but Joey and Kym deliver with their jive that sent the studio audience into near hysterics. It was a fun routine, complete with kicks, jumps and Joey doing the splits. Not to mention his yellow pimp suit. Bruno gushes "You have more flash than Vegas and more tricks than Houdini!" which in Bruno-land, translates to "I am in love with you Joey Fatone!" Len takes it a step further and tells Joey "You've got something than everyone's got -- but yours is bigger -- your personality!" Easy there, Len! Of course they earn another perfect score for their Latin dance, ending the night on a high note.
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