Here are the weekly Recaps from the Top Thirteen Couples to the Final Three:
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Last week, Misty May had a season-ending injury, so Misty and Maksim were the couple eliminated by default—all the other competitors survived. BUT last week's scores carry over to this week, which means that Rocco & Karina are in deep do do!
If Misty had NOT been injured Rocco & Karina would have been kicked to the curb . . . which, I suspect will be their fate this week.
Holy Boogaloo Batman! Maurice and Cheryl totally took me back to the 70's:
Here's my Less to Best Ranking for Week Number Four:
9 - ROCCO DISPIRITO — Karina Smirnoff ( J-Score: 18, J-Rank #9 )
Rocco is such a nice guy, and such a terrible dancer. The saying goes: "nice guys finish last." That is how it should be for Rocco. Unless the TV Viewers decided to vote outside of their usual popularity patterns, Rocco has roasted his last turkey on Dancing with The Stars.
Beyond this, Warren Sapp suggests that "you can't trust a skinny chef"—that pretty well sums it up.
8 - WARREN SAPP — Kym Johnson ( J-Score: 22, J-Rank #5 )
The first time watching this performance, I didn't even notice Warren. Aussie Kym completely commanded the stage. But on the re-play, Big Boy was a Big Mess. I admit, Samba technique is MORE challenging for a beginner to GET, compared to Tango. And Warren Sapp didn't GET IT, and he wasn't close either.
He did a lot of Frankenstein-like Clomping through the routine, while the Kim played the Samba seductress, distracting most viewers from noticing Big Boy's bloopers.
7 - MAURICE GREENE — Cheryl Burke ( J-Score: 20, J-Rank #8 )
Maurice continues his "wild untamed beast" ways, with a pretty sloppy Samba. But, I LIKED IT. The FUN quotient was HIGH for this 70's throwback routine.
6 - CLORIS LEACHMAN — Corky Ballas ( Judges Score: 22, Judges Rank #7 )
Cloris was determined to put some technique into her dancing, and NOT just get by with her comedy act. Even though her movement were very small, . . . she showed proper technique in many of her movements. Considering that she's 82 years old, . . . you gotta give her credit for pretty competent performance—small and clean.
5 - CODY LINLEY — Julianne Hough ( J-Score: 23, J-Rank #4 )
The good news, Cody kept his top line up. His frame was solid throughout. The bad news, Cody was as stiff as a Corpse while doing the Tango. Even though his frame was up and solied, his body looked tense. I'm thinking that his performance was feeling the effects of rigor mortis BIG TIME.
4 - TONI BRAXTON — Alec Mazo ( J-Score: 22, J-Rank #6 )
Toni has more natural dancing ability compared to other competitors found at the bottom of my rankings. She does well with her samba. But her partner, Alec Mazo, has a like-ability problem: he fails to project a fun personality (he's on the quiet side), this will ultimately impact viewer voting.
Alec and his partner captured the Mirror Ball trophy in season one, but he has not been very competitive since. And has exited the competition early a few times.
3 - SUSAN LUCCI — Tony Dovolani ( J-Score: 24, J-Rank #3 )
As usual, a tidy performance; and this time, Susan was able to infuse the performance with her ample acting abilities: She put on a pretty passionate Tango pout . . . throughout! But, she's still dancing small--which may be a function of being 60 years old and only standing 3 foot 8 inches tall.
2 - LANCE BASS — Lacey Schwimmer ( J-Score: 26, J-Rank #2 )
Lance and Lacey return to their edgey interpretation of ballroom dancing, with a Zombie-like Tango. So You Think You Can Dance Fans should love this routine totally! Why so? Because the Zombie-Dance Theme is one of SYTYCD's most popular approaches, especially when Wade Robson is the choreographer.
Anyway, for their kinky creativity they got docked a point by the prudish prune, Len Goodman. Scores from left to right: Carrie Ann "9" . . . Len "8" . . . and Bruno "9."
1 - BROOKE BURKE — Derek Hough ( J-Score: 26, J-Rank #1 )
Four weeks in a row, Brunette Barbi and Ken Doll deliver the best performance! If Brooke didn't have a large Fan Base going into this competition, she's gaining Fan Base every week!
Who will Go? It should be Chef Rocco. Cloris Leachman's two week total was tied with Rocco's for the lowest scores from the judges; but Cloris appears popular with the fans, so she will survive! That's my call.
Results Show Recap:
The Results Show starts off with a performance from a bunch of over-hormoned Spaniards, doing a Flaminco Dance. The performance was a cross between a Sleezy Chippendale Strip Routine and Michael Flatley's River Dance on Steriods.
First to be saved: Susan Lucci & Toni, as well as Lance Bass & Lacey. Both of these couples were in the top half of my rankings. This week, for the first time, DWTS is going to reveal the REAL bottom two—great idea. It's alway good for the viewing audience to get a REAL sense of how their votes effect the elimination process.
It also gives the 2nd to the Bottom couple, as week to save themselves—it they can! They announce Rocco & Karina as being in the REAL Bottom Two.
More entertainment: DWTS features two youth performances: A very HOT Cha Cha Cha by Jessica & Mitchell from San Deigo, Calif. Then Hannah & Kirill from Staten Island, New York perform a Spicy Samba. Both girls are 10 years old and the boys are 11 years old.
* DWTS Kids Competition = Mitchell & Jessica — Cha Cha starts @ 1:13
Whoopeee! Next week DWTS introduces four new styles that have never been danced before on the show: Jitterbug, Salsa, the Hustle, and West Coast Swing.
Could they drag the Elimination Process out any slower? Next to be saved: Brooke & Derek, then Cody & Julianne, Toni & Alex, Warren & Kym, and finally Maurice & Cheryl. That leaves Cloris & Corky in the REAL Bottom Two.
Suspense over: No surprise, GONE is Rocco & Karina. Just looking at their body language and their faces, immediately prior to the elimination announcement, you could tell they were totally expecting the BOOT.
Next on the chopping block: Cloris & Corky.
P.S. Here's the Recap and Review for DWTS Week #5
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Penn Jillette, Magician & Kym Johnson — 12th
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Josie Maran, Model & Alec Mazo — 12th
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Paulina Porizkova, Supermodel Alec Mazo — 11th
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Tucker Carlson, Political Pundit & Elena Grinenko — 10th
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Kenny Mayne, ESPN Sports Anchor & Andrea Hale — 10th
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Trista Rehn, The Bachelorette & Louis van Amstel — 6th
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