Kardashian Wows as J.R. Slips a Bit in the Semifinal Performances
It’s the Semifinals on “Dancing With the Stars”! It was a tough night because the final four had to perform three dances a piece.
First up in the first round were Hope Solo and Maksim Chmerkovskiy. Poor Hope was having a lot of trouble with her shoulder and had to get some medicine injected just to make it through the rehearsals. The danced their Paso Doble first. It was full of fire and chains in the beginning and had a great but kind of slow start. It seemed like a full minute almost went by before they started actually dancing. Maks also danced around her quite a bit. The parts that Hope did dance, she gave it her all and did very well. There were a few little trouble spots in the middle to the end but she fought through it and gave a pretty solid performance. Len said that he thought it was incredible that they all had to learn three dances. He loved the attitude, but thought it was lacking in control and finesse. Bruno thought she was unchained and untamed. He added that it was lacking some artistry. Carrie Ann said that she nailed the character of the dance, but thought that the hold was a little out of sync and she lost her shaping at some points.
Their Scores: Carrie Ann – 7, Len – 7, and Bruno – 7, for a total of 21 out of 30. Brooke said Maks you look unhappy and he said, “No I love it, thank you everybody for everything you ever said or ever did.” Yikes! I would have given them an 8, I think the 7’s were a teensy bit low.
J.R. Martinez and Karina Smirnoff were up next with their Paso Doble. J.R. is fresh off an ankle injury. They danced to a song from “The Mask of Zorro”. I liked how they got right into the dancing right away. It was full of passion and a lot of fun to watch. I loved the pacing of it. For the most part it was very smooth, but there were a few parts that seemed slightly clunky to me. The crowd loved it and J.R. and Karina got a standing ovation. There was a part where J.R. slid on the floor and he actually twisted his ankle again! Ouch! Bruno said that he could feel the thrill and excitement in the dance, but he did pick on his posture a bit. Carrie Ann said that she gives him a lot of credit for dancing with a hurt ankle the way he did and she noticed his slouchy posture as well. Len said it is what it is; he thought that the dance didn’t suit J.R. at all. He called it “more zero than Zorro”.
Their Scores: Carrie Ann – 8, Len – 7, and Bruno – 8, for a total of 23 out of 30. Wow the judges are being harsh tonight! That dance was in no way a 7!
Rob Kardashian and Cheryl Burke came out shaking maracas with their Samba and riding on a parade float! He shook that famous Kardashian toosh! Their timing was a little off in the beginning but I didn’t even care because this was so much fun to watch. He did a fantastic job bringing a great amount of energy to the dance. His footwork was fast and furious! Overall it was amazing! He really shined in this performance! Carrie Ann said who are you and what was that?! She thought it was amazing and that he was light on his feet and a fantastic dance overall! Len said that as soon as he was on the floor he said “Oh yes!” Bruno said, “That’s how you turn a handicap into an asset” in regards to his butt!
Their Scores: Carrie Ann – 10, Len – 9, and Bruno – 9, for a total of 28 out of 30. That’s their highest score this whole season!
The last performance in the first round was Ricki Lake and Derek Hough with their Samba. They looked like two bananas in yellow! Ricki seemed to be lacking the spunk that Rob had in the last dance. She also messed up her steps once or twice. It just seemed to be lacking a little of the pop, but they did have few sequences that were really amazing as they danced across the floor. I think the audience enjoyed that a little more than I did. Len said that it was fabulous and that they’ve taken a giant step into the finals. Bruno said that it was sizzling hot and it was brilliant from the beginning to the end. Carrie Ann thought that Ricki did a great job keeping her shoulders down and that she did a fantastic dance. I guess they saw something I didn’t!
Their Scores: Carrie Ann – 10, Len – 10, and Bruno – 10 for a total of 30 out of 30. Seriously? I would say a 9 at best! Ricki apparently thought she did badly, and so did I!
Then the DWTS Troop and some of the world’s best Argentine Tango dancers came out to show what the Argentine Tango looks like at its best. Get ready for some lifts!!! At last!
Hope & Maks were up first with their Argentine Tango. It was sultry and full of sexiness! She looked absolutely beautiful and dance was really good! It had much better flow than the last one. She also did great job in working with Maks on all of the lifts. She was actually able to make the very hard moves look quite easy so I think they did a great job! Len said it was far, far better than the Paso Doble. Len called it a buffet of tasty morsels laid out before him. Bruno said it was much better and said that she had more control. Carrie Ann said there was more fluidity to their movements. She said that her feet and the movements into the lifts were a little bit abrupt. She also took a dig at the way Maks was smiling and I don’t think Maks was smiling any way, and Hope defended him and Maks tried to cover her mouth. This whole Maks fueding with the judges thing is getting really old, I think the judges need to just get over it already! He's really on his best behavior, don't provoke him!
Their Scores: Carrie Ann – 8, Len – 8, and Bruno – 8, for a total of 24 out of 30 and a score of 45 so far. Those scores were ridiculously low! They should have had three 9’s across the board. I think the judges want them to leave.
J.R. & Karina followed with their Argentine Tango. It started off with a lot of passion and a lift right off the bat. It was also much smoother than their last dance. The shapes were really amazing that they were able to make with their frames. I thought their footwork was really fantastic as well. There was one lift where he spun her around and I totally though her face was going to smash into the ground, but it was good! Thank goodness it didn’t! J.R. didn’t seem too happy at the end of it; he’s clearly in a lot of pain. Bruno said that it was an incredible job! Carrie Ann thought there was a true fire of passion burning between them. She thought they did a great job with some very difficult lifts. Len thought it had mood and intensity and said that’s the way to go!
Their Scores: Carrie Ann – 9, Len – 9, and Bruno – 9, for a total of 27 out of 30 and a combined score of 50 out of 60. I would have given that a 10!
Rob and Cheryl tried to beat their personal best with their Argentine Tango. There’s a new ease that Rob has on the dance floor and it’s just stunning to watch! He took command of the dance and seemed to cope well with the lifts. Those can’t be easy, plus their footwork was really, really good. The end scared me a little when he was spinning around at the top of the stairs with Cheryl in a lift! I was so worried that he would have a little misstep and they would both go tumbling down the stairs. Carrie Ann said that there is no way to fake good dancing and she said that’s what she wants to see in the finals and that they did good strong dancing! Len said that they are finishing strong! Bruno said that he started out as a goofy outsider and that now he’s looking great.
Their Scores: Carrie Ann – 9, Len – 9, and Bruno – 9, for a total of 27 out of 30 and combined score of 55 out of 60!
Ricki & Derek started the dance off with a very sexy pose which exposed a lot! There was some body bending moves that I don’t know how Ricki pulled off! I liked this dance much better than their earlier one; it had better flow and just a better performance value all around in my opinion. Now THAT deserves a 10! Len said that there was lovely contrast of movement and that he liked how the lifts swept in and swept out. Bruno said that he was totally transported into the world of Buenos Aires. Carrie Ann told Ricki that she sees the core strength developing and now it has added a pop and shine to her performances.
Their Scores: Carrie Ann – 9, Len – 10, and Bruno – 10, for a total of 29 out of 30 and a combined score of 59 out of 60. Seriously Carrie Ann? You give their last dance a 10 and this one a 9? Are we watching the same performances here? That was a 10!
Now it was time for the Cha Cha Relay! Each couple danced a portion of an Enrique Iglesias song. Ricki and Derek went first and they did a great job! I loved Ricki’s shimmery dress! Hope and Maks went second and she almost tripped on one spin, but quickly recovered. J.R. and Karina followed with a sultry Cha Cha! It was full of spunk and energy. Rob and Cheryl went last and Rob just loves to pop his arms! Their footwork looked really good and I thought they did great!
1st place (10 points): Rob & Cheryl
2nd place (8 points): Ricki & Derek
3rd place (6 points): J.R. & Karina
4th place (4 points): Hope & Maks
So overall for the night, Ricki & Derek lead the pack with 67 points, Rob & Cheryl are in 2nd place with 65 points, J.R. & Karina are in 3rd place (gasp!) with 56 and Hope & Maks are in last place with 49 points.
Another couple will be eliminated tomorrow night at 9 p.m.!