Wish I could say I had a blast watching the show tonight, but unfortunately, I found myself counting down the minutes until it was over :-( With the exception of a few bright spots, I was left with an overall feeling of “meh” tonight, and there were a few cringeworthy moments. But I will say this: I commend all of the stars tonight for actually looking like they had FUN :-) Seriously, it seemed like every single one of them enjoyed themselves out on the floor, even if things weren’t so rosy off the floor.
Thoughts on the group dance: First off, a shout-out to Amanda, a fellow Blockhead who reminded me that Kevin Maher, the guy who choreographed the group routine, has also worked with NKOTB, namely choreographing their video to “Single”. Instant points in my book :-) Anywho! I think I enjoyed this dance more than any of the other group dances in the past, for the simple reason that it felt more theatrical and also less-obviously structured – the ones in the past have always driven me nuts with the whole “Ok we’re dancing as a group, in unison – now here’s this couple doing a solo bit, and then this couple, now this couple, etc etc etc”. Nancy stood out for me – loved that she seemed to be having a ball. But really – how could any dance go wrong with Carson as the creative director? ;-)
1.) TIE: Ricki & Derek and JR & Karina – Obviously they’re tied in terms of score, but there were specific things I enjoyed about each performance. I thought Ricki & Derek’s was a bit cleaner and better-executed, but I thought JR & Karina had the more eye-catching, theatrical choreography. Loved Ricki’s fearlessness in just attacking the dance head-on; loved JR’s fun-loving, energetic attitude. I really love both of these couples, and I’d be fine with either winning…although I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t pulling for JR a bit ;-) I think it would take some pretty eye-popping voting going on by fans of the other couples to topple either one of these couples this week, but Martinoff & Drickilous fans beware: the judges could try to pull the ol’ storyboarding act in the weeks to come in order to keep things “interesting”, and it could be to the detriment of one of them. Keep voting!!!!
3.) Nancy & Tristan – FINALLY! We get a routine out of these two that’s equal parts meat-and-potatoes choreo and carefree fun :-) Definitely the cutest, most upbeat routine of the night – and Heidi got her Spamalot! wish! :-D It was the most relaxed and uninhibited I’ve seen Nancy, and I loved it. Loved the little hop-steps Tristan threw in – a nice, very Monty Python touch. I’m glad these two were finally able to get out of the funk they’ve been in the past few weeks. I’m thinking they’re probably going to be safe, given that they’ve had a breakthrough week and got a comparatively good score. Read more..