Well, I love Viennese Waltz and I actually like Paso Doble but just hate watching the latter on this show for some reason. Probably because they usually completely destroy the Latin flavor and set it to heavy metal music or something ridic. Anyway, here goes:
Chuck and Julianne’s VW: Aw, sweet! Love how it ended with him on one knee before her 🙂 I guess lifts are now allowed?
I liked the first one at the beginning where he just picked her a couple inches off the ground. Pretty. I thought he did really well. He wasn’t a pro and wasn’t completely polished but he was really putting his all into it and was really gliding across the floor and trying really hard to make it look smooth and effortless. Haha — I’m commending him for trying really hard to make it look effortless 🙂 But for an amateur it is a commendation! Bruno’s right — he was really performing tonight. It looked like he threw his arms a bit out of line during some of those promenades. Oh, Carrie Ann’s calling them on the lift, so I guess they’re not allowed, unless it’s Lindy or Argentine Tango…
Lawrence and Edyta’s PD: Whoa, that was excellent! He was so powerful! Had the character of the dance down Perfectly! In places he needs to keep his legs together a bit more to make it look more polished, but who cares the way he performed that! The music was beautiful — loved the classical sound of the strings — the violins alternating with the bass to create that kind of feminine / masculine or light / dark contrast. Len’s right — both that “the dance quality’s not really all there”, and that it was Lawrence’s best dance so far. He’s a football player doing quite well at ballroom dance, which is what this show thrives on. I have no doubt he’ll do well despite the judges’ lowish scores.
Did he say his teammates were going to make him do laps or lap dances if he got booted? Someone on Twitter heard lap dances. She said, “NOW tell me men’s sports isn’t homoerotic.” HaHA!
Shawn and Mark’s VW: I love the lift they did at the end — the “pick me up and carry me over the thresshold”, as I call it. I thought it was really perfect, but to me it lacked the spark of Chuck and Julianne’s. It was nicely simple, and the footwork was difficult and excellently executed, but I wish they would have separated more and not danced in close handhold for so much of the dance. I’m sorry, but that can get really boring! …perhaps why they don’t do VW at Blackpool…
Tony and Melissa’s PD: This is exactly the kind of Paso I hate, to poppy music. You take out the Spanish flavor and the dance just seems silly. I mean, you put it to popular / social music and you wonder who the hell is going to dance like that at an American night club, you know! She did beautifully though. Lovely full ronde de jambes and kicks and she had beautiful shaping in the arms and upper body. Very difficult partnering, and she looked a bit nervous in parts, but she did wonderfully with it. Flying colors. Costume-wise, did she look like a belly dancer to anyone else?
Kym and David’s VW: Oooh, love the sexy bluesy music — brings out the kind of dangerous intoxicating quality of the Viennese Waltz. I thought he did very well — very dapper, very classy. I liked the tricks — his arabesque was lovely. The double back kicks on the stairs up front was a nice idea choreographically but his knees were bent and it made it look a bit sloppy. But then that arabesque was lovely. And the ending trick with her jumping onto his back — wow — not easy on the back! He looked like he was a bit worried about it too. It’s one of those routines that was a bit above his level, but it’s also a lot of fun for amateurs to try some of those things — the little lift, the arabesque, the kicks.
Cheryl and Gilles’s PD: Uh-oh, the son is going to break a lot of hearts — does that mean he’s married? Okay, is he shirtless? What is this Joaquin Cortes? Hehe, he IS Joaquin Cortes as it turns out! Wow, that was beyond breathtaking. That was stunning. That was … eee, wordless. Technically, his butt was sticking out in places, so his form from the waist down wasn’t entirely proper, but who cares! I like what Carrie Ann said about their bringing it back to the heart and soul, the core of the dance. Very true. I LOVE the music — was it live? The singer was singing in French?
Jackass and Lacey. I mean SteveO and Lacey’s VW (practice session with his friends got me confused 🙂 ) Well, it was a cute idea. Cute music (what’s with the French tonight?) and cute routine and cute caricature. He did okay, but he’s just not that polished. And nothing tremendously difficult in that routine, and music was slow for VW. So she didn’t give him anything over his head at least. He didn’t knock me out, but I’m still rooting for him, can’t help it!I really liked her dress, with the lacey bordello-like pinks and purples all the multi-tiers.
Ty and Chelsie’s PD: More music I hate for PD: Heart’s Barracuda. Hmmm. He looked very nervous. His posture wasn’t right — his pelvis wasn’t tucked under enough and it looked like he lost some of the footwork and then got off rhythm-wise. It wasn’t powerful and fierce enough. Just wasn’t his dance — especially with that music!
Lil Kim and Derek’s VW: That was sweet. Nice dancing, nice arabesque and developpe. It didn’t really knock me out but it was pretty and well done. Derek’s not a natural VWaltzer — he’s a better Latin man.
Hmmm, don’t know who’s gonna go tomorrow. Maybe Steve-O? What do you guys think?