Here are the weekly Recaps from the Top Thirteen Couples to the Final Three:
Ciao, come siete, amanti del ballo!!
A little touch of Italian for you this week: Dance Lovers! Dr Matt will ever stretch your linguistic skills . . . so stick around, if you want to be that wonderful!
Running out of weak dancers, now, it survival of the fittest!
Here's my Less to Best Ranking for Week Number Seven:
6 - CODY LINLEY — Edyta Sliwinska ( J-Score: 8 + 7 + 7 + G-20 = 42, J-Rank #6 )
It's clear to me that Julianne Hough could have got MORE out of Cody, compared to Edyta. Julianne knows Cody's strengths and limitations better, from previous weeks of experience. Even though his score is the lowest among all the competitors, I'm guessing that his Hanna Montana Fan Base will save him for at least this week!
Of course, Edyta is filling in for Julianne, until Miss Hough can recuperate from her appendectomy. If Julianne is NOT back next week, Edyta will need to put together great choreography and a great performance to keep Cody alive.
5 - SUSAN LUCCI — Tony Dovolani ( J-Score: 8 + 8 + 8 + G-20 = 44, J-Rank #5 )
It was a solid, strong perfomance by Susan Lucci. She put some passion into her Paso! Actually Susan's Paso was better than Warren's Foxtrot. But Warren kicked butt in his group Paso, . . . and that is why I am ranking him higher here.
4 - WARREN SAPP — Kym Johnson ( J-Score: 7 + 7 + 7 + G-29 = 50, J-Rank #3 )
Three "7" scores seem about right. It was a good performance, by not great. Big Boy looked "good" in this performance. All his practicing is making him NOT look terrible. So, there's my compliment to Warren Sapp: Your dancing wasn't Terrible!
Because I am a trained, objective social scientist, I was able to watch Warren apart from his ever-appealing partner. Lately, I'm really appreciating was a fabulous dancer, and dance teacher, Kym Johnson is.
3 - LANCE BASS — Lacey Schwimmer ( J-Score: 9 + 7 + 9 + G-20 = 45, J-Rank #4 )
Lance and Lacey are inovative and fresh! This week they perform a rumba in bare feet. Crazy Lenny, the Judge, has a problem with doing a rumba in bear feet? I'm tellin ya, . . . Lenny boy is ONE OLD DOG that will just NOT learn a new trick. He's one very stiff old man!
Lacey and Lance put in a fantastic performance. Lance's arm styling was exceptional. But Crazy Lenny docks them two points for going bare foot. Here a message to Looney Lenny: Dance is about footwork, and NOT about footwear.
I admit, traditionally, ballroom dancers wear shoes. But loosen up Lenny. I think you're underwear is a size too small, it choking the blood to your brain—making it hard to think and reason clearly.
Lenny boy, let me show you how to do it! It called . . . creativity:
Here's my creative conclusion: Even though Team Cha Chas was clearly NOT up to the same standard as Team Paso Doble, I'm NOT docking Lance and Lacey for the poor performances of their fellow team mates. The Judges all openly acknowledged that Lance and Lacey's Cha Cha contribution somewhat saved an otherwise disasterous performance.
Hey, WATCH ME LENNY . . . I don't HAVE TO penalize L&L for the sins of their teammates. On the other hand, I admit, Len, it's your prerogative to be a stick in the mud, an old fogey, a completely stiff old man, an inflexible personality who is lacking sufficient oxygen to the brain! Remember, I'm a social psychologist. These are insights from an expert!
Wise up, Lenny!
2 - MAURICE GREENE — Cheryl Burke ( J-Score: 8 + 9 + 8 + G-29 = 54, J-Rank #2 )
I continue to NOT expect much from Maurice. I'm learning that Cheryl is an excellent Ballroom teacher and coach. She is whipping Maurice into shape, and to his credit, he is responding!
Their Cha Cha was fun to watch. Maurice hit some real crisp and clean lines. A lot of practice is paying off. In previous weeks Maurice was looking awkward. Again, props to Cheryl for great coaching!
This dance is performed to the music the "Cupid Shuffle," and I hear this tune virtually every week when I go dancing. I like to call it the . . . "Stupid Shuffle."
1 - BROOKE BURKE — Derek Hough ( J-Score: 10 + 10 + 10 + G-29 = 59, J-Rank #1 )
Three perfect "10" scores from the Judges. WOW! Brooke is dancing like a pro. Fantastic Foxtrot. Here's the couple to beat! If Crazy Lenny will quit penalizing Lance and Lacey for creativity and a fresh edge, . . . then Brook & Derek will have legitimate competition in the finals.
The Team Competition is a new wrinkle that adds an interesting twist. Team Paso Doble was clearly superior to Team Cha Cha. As crazy Lenny point out, having to dance a syncopated rhythm is more challenging, compared to dancing the "marching" rhythm of the Paso Doble.
Before they danced, I would have predicted that the "entertainers" would have had the edge: Cody, Lance, and Susan. But it was the team of two male athletes and one female model that prevailed.
Plus, I'm thinkin that Cheryl Burke, Derek Hough, and Kym . . . were the better set of coaches. Even if you switch dances, I think Cheryl, Derek, and Kym would have coached their Stars into excelling with the Cha Cha.
Who SHOULD Go? On the basis of dancing, Cody should be kicked to the curb! But, I predict Fan Base will save him. That leaves Susan Lucci with the next lowest score, and she may be in jeopardy of going home.
It's not about the quality of dancing, although the Judges scores do weigh in; instead, Fan Base will either save, or send the next couple packing!
Results Show Recap:
First competitors to be saved . . . All of Team Paso Doble: Maurice, Brooke, and Warren! Leaving Team Cha Cha to sweat out the elimination process.
First to be saved among the bottom dwellers was Lance and Lacey! I'm very happy that Len's Lunacy about dancing bare foot, did not cause this couple to be eliminated.
That left Cody and Susan in the bottom two. As I predicted, Cody was saved by his Fan Base. And though she did not deserve to go home, based upon her dancing, Susan Lucci get kicked to the curb, anyway.
That's just how the cookie crumbles.
P.S. Here's the Review for DWTS Week #8—the Five Couple Recap
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