Dancing With The Stars Conjures Up The Silver Screen
Couples perform a film genre-themed dance and compete in a dance-off before two couples are sent packing.
It's movie night and the opening number is all '30s and '40s glamour. I kind of wish they combined Movies Night with Decades Night. And the '90s and '00s and '10s weren't allowed as any of the decades. I'm old and I like old shit is what I'm saying.
Tonight is also a double elimination. I wish this came earlier in the season. Like, did I need a few more weeks of Mr. T? Not really. Mandy Moore (the choreographer, not the singer/actress) is the guest judge. The team with the highest score in their individual dances will be exempt from the dance-off and also can't be eliminated. The remaining six couples will pair up in a dance-off which could add points to their scores. Here are your rankings:
7. Bonner Bolton and Sharna: Paso Doble
Bonner has the Western genre, and they could not be propping him up any more. Like, if he can't succeed with a Western genre and the paso doble, just go home. As with last week, I am really confused by Bonner. Did he just seem good by comparison at the beginning of the season? Because I thought he was decent, but his dancing here is not good. Also, he has a really boring personality. I'm done with him. I'm sure he's a nice person and I wish him well, but I don't want to see him dance anymore. The judges have some compliments, although Bruno thinks he was a little stiff. Scores: 29/40.
6. Nick Viall and Peta: Argentine Tango
Last week, these two had the lowest score so they are going all out this week, hoping it won't be their last. Peta brings Maks in to show Nick how to move. Their genre is action, so they are pretending to be spies doing the Argentine tango and yes, we all saw Mr. & Mrs. Smith. Nick has the same problem with this routine that he has with every routine, namely that there's a ton of content and he's not a good enough dancer to handle it. The judges told him this in like Week 2, but it hasn't been corrected. He's adequate. He doesn't miss any moves. But his technique and the details are not great. The judges are impressed because they think Nick has shown improvement. Scores: 34/40.
5. David Ross and Lindsay: Salsa
Wow, I didn't notice how close David came to dropping Lindsay during the lift last week. The judges mentioned it but I guess I was typing at the time or something. They somehow have to make the salsa sci-fi and they decide to have fun. And the way they have fun is that Lindsay accidentally farts in David's face. I mean, take your fun where you can get it, I guess. This routine is actually pretty good! I wish Lindsay would choreograph more opportunities for David to show off the dad groove thing he's got going, because when he gets into it, it looks good. But I liked this routine. The judges want a little more hip action but they had fun and were entertained. Scores: 32/40.
4. Nancy Kerrigan and Artem: Tango
Nancy was up for elimination last week and it scared her, because she likes dancing with Artem. Her challenge this week is to do a tango to "Pretty Woman." Artem thinks Nancy has a much better attitude this week. I think being up for elimination last week freed Nancy up because her dancing is much better this week. She doesn't seem like she's in her head; she's just out there having a good time. Her technique has always been fine, but she seemed too anxious. Carrie Ann says the same thing I just did; the other judges are also fairly positive. Scores: 36/40.
3. Simone Biles and Sasha: Charleston
Thanks to a tornado warning in the area (no worries, it never materialized), I missed their roll-in package, but I'm going to imagine there was a lot of acrobatics during rehearsal. I love this style of dance for Simone because it's athletic and cute, and fits her personality and strengths perfectly. The only complaint I have is that she seems to be behind the beat a few times, but other than that, it was really perfect. The judges also loved her attitude and felt that her performance was better than usual this week. Scores: 37/40.
2. Rashad Jennings and Emma: Paso Doble
Rashad and Emma have horror this week. Rashad made up a backstory where he is a serial killer who used to strangle people in the woods and then dance with the bodies and now there is an urban legend where people go in the woods and summon him, and he dances with them and then kills them. Wow. That's a bit much for the family hour. But his technique in this routine is amazing. The shapes he makes with his entire body are artful. I really loved this. The judges were also impressed, although Carrie Ann notes a small problem with his posture. Scores: 37/40.
1. Normani Kordei and Val: Argentine Tango
Their theme is foreign film. Normani is physically feeling the results of all this dancing. She's like twenty. She'll be fine. One day off and she will totally heal. I would need four weeks minimum. Normani dances beautifully but there is something missing from her technique and I can't pinpoint it. It's something to do with her legs; maybe her knees are bent too much? But it's a lovely emotion-filled routine and they perform the hell out of it. The judges didn't see any problems with it and award it a perfect score. Scores: 40/40.
And here are the dance-off pairings:
Simone & Sasha vs. Nancy & Artem: Cha Cha
These two couples were very even, although the camerawork made it tough to judge them because they kept showing the couple who wasn't dancing. I liked Nancy's more traditional movements better than Simone's. The judges and America both choose Simone & Sasha, but based on their comments, it really could have gone either way.
Rashad & Emma vs. David & Lindsay: Jive
I would've thought David would excel at this routine because it's such a dad wedding staple but Rashad kind of kills it. David looks stiff while Rashad looks like he's dancing at someone's backyard barbecue. Unsurprisingly, the judges and America all vote for Rashad and Emma.
Nick & Peta vs. Bonner & Sharna: Rumba
Neither couple has much chemistry, which surprises me. The mystery of what happened to Bonner and Sharna will continue to confuse me. I think Nick has better hip action and passion but Bonner has better choreography. The judges and America all choose Bonner and Sharna. I had no idea Bonner had such a big fanbase.
Once they get down to three couples left on stage, Tom gets right to it and announces that David and Lindsay are safe. That means Nancy and Nick are going home. Nick deserved it; Nancy didn't. She was way better than Bonner or David. Sorry not sorry.