SURPRISE SURPRISE … NOT

Joanna Leunis and Michael Malitowski won the Latin Pro Championship tonight at Blackpool (for the second year in a row now). Riccardo Cocchi and Yulia Zagoruychenko came in second, Franco Formica and Oxana Lebedew in third, Sergey Surkov and Melia fourth, Maurizio Vescovo and Melinda Torokgyorgy fifth, Markus Homm and Ksenia Kasper sixth.

Am fairly pleased with the results I guess… though unsurprising of course. At least Michael and Joanna didn’t win across the board; Riccardo and Yulia placed first in Jive. I like Joanna and Michael and think they’re an excellent pair; I just don’t want the judges to make all others wait until they retire to advance.

photo of Leunis and Malitowski taken from here.

Expecting a bit of commentary from Eleanor and Becca soon!

Update: Eleanor says:

“Last night was the best comp I have ever been to! Although the result is never gonna be what I want it to, there is something that made me very happy! Riccardo and Yulia placed 1st in the Jive! If I were to have my way then Maurizio wouldn’t be there but what can you do? The only other bad thing about the whole thing was that Riccardo and Yulia were in the same heat as Sergey and Melia so I usually had to choose between the two! Otherwise it was absolutely the best comp I have ever seen. Now I have to drag myself out of bed and hope I still have a voice. Xx Eleanor.”

[I personally like Maurizio though he can be a real ham :) Not my favorite, but I am always very entertained by him. I haven’t seen him and Melinda dance in a while. And I don’t think I’ve ever seen Markus Homm and Ksenia Kasper?… Also, I wonder what happened to Peter and Kristina Stokkebroe? I guess that’s how Homm and Kasper got a place on the winners podium. Will be very interesting to see what happens next year when Slavik and Anna join the fracas!]

9 Comments

  1. Tonya, how old are Joanna and Micheal? Do you think they will retire soon? I would love for Yulia and Riccardo to win Blackpool just once!

  2. Peter and Kristina are taking some time off, they're having a baby!

    Where did Markus Homm and Ksenia Kasper come from? I've never heard of them before. Were they in the top 10 last year?

  3. SwanLakeSambaGirl

    Hi Susan — I think they are really young. I'm not sure what their exact ages are, but in person they look like they're in their early to mid twenties. I don't think they're going to retire anytime soon.

  4. SwanLakeSambaGirl

    Aw, sweet about Peter and Kristina. I figured as much :)

    I don't know anything about Homm and Kasper. I don't remember them from last year at all.

  5. Julia and Riccardo are so beautiful together and I would love to see them in first as well.

  6. tango_americano

    you all seem to know not a lot about the dance scene. :))

    Markus and Ksenia dance together for one year. Last years blackpool was there first competition they placed all 5 dances in the semi. Very happy seeing them being almost 5 all over.

    I was very please seeing franco being 3. Even that i really like sergeys dancing but melia just doesnt dance at all!! the couple is not balanced.

  7. Michael is 29 years old this year. (He said so in last year's Blackpool interview.) I think Joanna is about the same age. Have you seen their show dances from this year's Colorado Star Ball? It's very enjoyable.

  8. Michael is 29 years old this year. (He said so in last year's Blackpool interview.) I think Joanna is about the same age. Have you seen their show dances from this year's Colorado Star Ball? It's very enjoyable.

  9. peter and kristina won the showdance competition last may 1 but there's talk about them retiring

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