Latin Week!! Interesting that William got dealt Argentine Tango. William’s got to get his butt pulled in and find better posture. Donald and Argentine Tango?? Oh boy. This will be an interesting week. Not sure how Maria is going to do with a Salsa although Derek talks about creating new tricks in order to work around her rib issues. Not sure how Melissa is going to handle that one either, but Roshon will likely knock it out of the park – and to be honest, he NEEDS to, obviously. Jaleel drew Samba which is much more difficult, so we’ll see. Gladys drew that one too – I’m scared for her. Actually, Roshon is the only dancer I’m fairly confident about right now. The dances seem to have been handed out somewhat against the dancers strengths. William would do better probably with Samba, Maria would probably do better with AT, Jaleel might have been better with AT…although I’m not sure if any of these dances will be a perfect fit for Katherine. She’s an excellent dancer, but she definitely will excel in the ballroom, I think. Maybe she will surprise me. If she got called out for being not aggressive enough in Paso, she didn’t have much time to pull it together. Although it could benefit her. I waffle.
As I was saying to someone in the comments, a lot of people think the Argentine Tango people are lucky – I’m not so sure I agree. That dance is amazing when done properly – the key words being “done properly” and it ain’t that easy. I’m not positive that any one of the three will be fantastic at it. Of the three dances, IMO, it will be the easiest one to look like you’re doing it wrong. The others, Salsa and Samba, there seems like there would be easy ways to cover flaws. I guess we’ll have to wait and see. Of the three, I’m most interested in seeing what Donald will do with it.
Interestingly, Derek says on AfterBuzz TV that he “got” a song he didn’t quite like, so he went to the music people and asked for a different one – for those of you who didn’t believe that they get handed songs most of the time. Just sayin’ – I didn’t start watching this show and all the media surrounding it yesterday. It was at least the day before yesterday. Anyway, another interesting thing in this video, right at the end, Derek says that he instructed Maria to listen to what the judges were saying to the other couples so she could incorporate that into her dance – and she did. Another HUGE benefit to going last…provided your pro tells you to listen to the judges.
ETA 1: Katherine fan twitter with a good track record (per Angela, one of our readers) says that Katherine is going fourth. If this is true, I find it somewhat…surprising. With 9 dancers and an opening dance by Louis and Anna (I believe), that MIGHT be the top of the hour. But I’m really surprised they haven’t given her the pimp spot yet. I’ve reorganized with my guesses on dance order.
ETA 2: Totally not surprised that Donald is in the pimp spot again. He seems like he’s very popular. Legitimately popular and not “pimped to be popular”.
ETA 3: Called William’s dance order right, oddly enough.
ETA 4: Maria’s third time in the first hour in five weeks. :::sigh::: Although, it could be later in the first hour than normal, depending on what they’ve got going on a the beginning of the show. But still.
ETA 5: Called Roshon and Melissa (I think). Question marks indicate a degree of uncertainty due to source.
ETA 6: Louis reported that he and Anna are dancing in the “middle” of the show tonight. Depending on what they call “the middle” (after the fifth dancer or after the fourth dancer), Katherine and Maria’s positions just got worse. Wait, hold the phone, the troupe is opening the show. I think it’s safe to say that the dance order is allllll messed up. Just assume no one is safe like you would any other time.
Jaleel and Kym – Samba; Dancing 1st (??)
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Melissa and Maks – Salsa; Dancing 2nd
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Maria and Derek – Salsa; Dancing 3rd
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Katherine and Mark – Argentine Tango; Dancing 4th
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Gladys and Tristan – Samba
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William and Cheryl – Argentine Tango; Dancing 6th
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Gavin and Karina – Samba
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Roshon and Chelsie – Salsa; Dancing 8th
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Donald and Peta – Argentine Tango; Dancing 9th
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P.S. I’ve not seen anything that indicates for sure that Gavin and Karina got Samba. If you have, please give a link in the comments so that I can take way the question marks. -Heidi