What a great night of dancing last night. I was “wowed” by all the couples in some way, but, more on that in Courtney’s new Power Ranking post coming up in a bit. Be watching for it as always and get your reviews ready. For now, let’s review the scores…
Jana Kramer and Gleb Savchenko (Waltz): 10-10-10-10 from the judges for a perfect 40.
Laurie Hernandez and Val Chmerkovskiy (Argentine Tango): 10-10-10-10 from the judges for a perfect 40.
Terra Jole and Sasha Farber (Charleston): 10-10-9-9 from the judges for a total of 38.
Calvin Johnson, Jr. and Lindsay Arnold (Waltz): 9-9-10-9 from the judges for a total 37.
James Hinchcliffe and Jenna Johnson (subbing for the injured Sharna Burgess) (Jazz): 9-9-9-9 from the judges for a total of 36.
Marilu Henner and Derek Hough (Samba): 9-9-9-9 from the judges for a total of 36.
THE TEAM DANCES:
James & Calvin Team Dance (Paso): 9-9-10-9 from the judges for a total of 37.
Marilu & Terra Team Dance (Jazz): 9-9-9-9 from the judges for a total of 36.
Jana & Laurie Team Dance (Contemporary): 10-10-10-10 for a perfect 40.
For Media starters, People has a few recaps and interviews up. Be sure to read what they have here (and they may post more later). Note that Sharna is still unsure if she will be back next week. I hope she takes all the time she needs to heal up. We want this girl dancing for a long time to come (we are with you all the way on this, Sharna!xx).
But with two weeks left in the season, Burgess is still unsure what her future on the ABC reality dance competition will be.
“I want to say 100 percent,” she said of her chances of being back next week. “But I genuinely thought I 100 percent would be back this week, so it’s hard for me to throw that number out there.”
“I just have to take it day by day and continue to make the right decision for my career,” she continued. “But it’s really difficult. I love every single thing about this season with James. It’s my favorite season and I don’t want to miss out on any of it.”
Then there is this from Glamour:
James wants nothing more than to have his leading lady back, but also knows she has to do what’s best for her long-term health. “Every step I’ve ever taken on a dance floor up until week 8 was with this woman. Every thing I’ve ever learned about dance was from this woman. Losing your rock essentially is incredibly difficult. It helps having her there for rehearsal, but it’s not the same. It isn’t. It’s an extra element we’ve had to deal with as a team. Jenna stepped in and has been great, and no doubt helped out a lot, but I want [Sharna] back on the floor as soon as possible. But I understand. I’m really proud of her because she had [the clear] to dance tonight, but she took care of her knee.”
Added Sharna: “I made a mistake 16 years ago to continue dancing when I shouldn’t, and I ended up with an ACL reconstruction. I wasn’t about to make that mistake this season and be out the rest of this season, out for the tour, out for next season. I, as much as every bone in my body wants to dance on that floor with James, I have to play this right. [Still] it sucks being an adult and making grownup decisions!”
Let’s hope and pray Gleb will be ok too and that he’s not over doing it….
Gleb Savchenko went to immediately ice his knee after the show, but Jana stuck around. “Gleb’s in a lot of pain, but he didn’t want me to dance with anybody else, and that means the world to me.” What about Jana’s rib injury, which viewers haven’t heard much about since earlier in the season? “It still hurts, honestly, but it’s one of those things where it gets better every week. Gleb knows now to touch me there.”
With only two weeks left in the competition, what’s next for Jana after the show? “I’m really looking forward to the holidays. It’ll be my first holiday with my baby girl.” On the career front, “the winter time is a slow time in the business, so I’ll be able to…think about what my next steps are. There’s a lot of moving parts right now, so I want to make the best decision for my family.”
More at Glamour including some really cute photos.