While I do appreciate the color red, I don’t appreciate Redfoo as a guest judge. Redfoo is the youngest song of Berry Gordy, Jr. Yes…the guy who founded Motown Record Company. That guy. He’s a hometown boy–born and raised in Los Angeles, graduating from Palisades Charter High School.
What does this guy know about ballroom dancing? This kind of guest judge appearance is just jumping the shark in a hip-hop way. So not even jumping the shark, hopping over the shark.
What does fit is that Redfoo looks like a guy who could dance like one would at house parties to a party anthem.
NeNe Leakes & Tony Dovolani were first on the floor. Leakes looked fine in her yellow dress, but she needs to polish her footwork and her arm movement needs to transition better. They were doing salsa and that demands fluid movement.
Candace Cameron Bure & Mark Ballas were next performing a cha cha cha and I thought she needed to get her legs closer together and coordinate her hip movement to her arms better, but head judge Len Goodman thought her leg action had improved. Her silver dress was gorgeous.
James Maslow & Peta Murgatroyd have a lot of pressure on them. They received the first perfect score, but for a contemporary routine. Contemporary doesn’t exactly have rules to follow. This week he has the quick step and I’m not sure if he ever straightened his legs and that was very obvious in his tight black pants. He also sickled his feet a little and didn’t straighten and point his toes. Len Goodman gave him an eight and I agree because he specifically criticized his flexed legs.
Danica McKellar & Valentin Chmerkovskiy were hot. I loved her turquoise outfit that began with a full skirt, and revealed dancing trunks with sparkling fringe. I think she had a little stumble at the beginning, but otherwise, she was fun and flirty and that’s what the song calls for.
Meryl Davis & Maksim Chmerkovskiy are an interesting couple. We’ve seen Maksim wax tender and protective as he was with Kristi Alley and here we see Maksim being given pep talks from his celebrity partner. Davis has the kind of grit you’d expect in an Olympic gold medalist, but in a nice person package. She and Kristi Yamaguchi are role models here. Davis can really push Maksim and the expectations are high. Her sexy lace jumpsuit wit wide palazzo pants show that you can be sexy, but classy. That is Davis and Maksim has had to up his game considerably. This is the couple that really deserves to win.
Drew Carey & Cheryl Burke decided to do a pimped out tango. I loved Cheryl’s outfit which used stripes in the middle. Carey still leans forward and doesn’t always keep his shoulders down. I think Goodman’s 7 is a better reflection of Carey’s performance.
Charlie White & Sharna Burgess needs to work on his frame a bit. He still leans forward as if he was on ice.
Amy Purdy & Derek Hough are a couple that you want to win. He’s learning and she’s learning. They are portraying a bride and the groomsman that she should marry instead of the guy she is supposed to marry. She missed a few steps that she did better in practice and after the music ended they repeated that segment to show she can do it.
Goodman caught the “incident in the middle” and deducted for it.
Bruno Tonioli called her a “real live super hero.” I agree. She is amazing. Hough is amazing.
Meryl Davis & Maksim Chmerkovskiy
Amy Purdy & Derek Hough
Danica McKellar & Valentin Chmerkovskiy
- 36 (9, 9, 9, 9)
- “I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)“—Whitney Houston
Charlie White & Sharna Burgess
- 36 (9, 9, 9, 9)
- “Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)“—C+C Music Factoryfeat. Freedom Williams
James Maslow & Peta Murgatroyd
- 35 (9, 9, 8, 9)
- “You’re the One That I Want“—John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John
NeNe Leakes & Tony Dovolani
Candace Cameron Bure & Mark Ballas
Drew Carey & Cheryl Burke :
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