As always, I agree with some stuff, roll my eyes at other things. From Parade Magazine – click the link to read her thoughts on all the dancers:
Alek Skarlatos had a very good night as well. Having the waltz and the Argentine tango with Emma and Lindsay was a lucky blessing for him. He’s so incredible in hold and he’s so incredibly strong and solid that partnering two dynamic women who could be totally secure in his frame and base, made these dances shine brightly. Yes, perhaps he is not the most fluid dancer, and we can see that in certain performances—namely the salsa, samba and some of the Latin dances but he did raise his game last night with the cha-cha. There is something to be said about performing the moves with clarity and proper technique. This is what he has accomplished so well. His training shows up in every dance. I can see the attention he has put into learning technique. He didn’t start out as the most expressive dancer, but he’s found his own unique performance style and I find it very exciting. He places his feet so clearly, so precisely, there is no doubt in his performances which creates a dramatic energy that is fantastic. There is an artistry in his perfection of movement. And it’s exciting to see him in the finals. I didn’t expect it…I don’t know if anyone did, but isn’t it great, that he continues to strive for perfection and attains new levels of performance every week? His steadiness and his power worked well in his Argentine tango. He provided the strongest base for a trio I have ever seen. It was quite stunning. And because Alek may not be good at all the dances, we judge one dance at a time, separately. And last night he had some stunning performances.