DWTS Season 23, Week 6 – Who’s Dancing What…and When?

It’s Latin Night!!  I’ll be very curious to see how everyone does. For my own thinking purposes, I listed which contestant has done which latin dance (per Wiki). I didn’t remember DWTS including Jive in the latin dance category so I did a bit of research to see what DWTS typically calls “latin”. All the way back to season 17, it was A.Tango, Paso, rumba, Salsa, Samba and Cha Cha. In season 17, the included 3 Jives, but no salsa or Cha Cha. Season 16 included a Jive dance off in Latin week. In season 14 they ONLY did Samba, Salsa and A. Tango. Seems that would gave been better to replace either Salsa or Samba with Cha Cha for a bit of obvious variety. I don’t expect we’ll be so lucky to only get 2 or 3 styles so they can compare the couples. Nah. That’s all the research I had energy for, so I included who did Jive in my list.

Laurie – Cha Cha, Jive, Paso
Calvin – Cha Cha
Marilu – Jive, Paso
Maureen – Salsa, A.Tango
James – Paso, Cha Cha
Jana – Jive
Ryan – Cha Cha
Terra – Samba
Amber – Salsa, A.Tango, Samba

Interesting that they gave Terra Paso Doble – I think that one will be a bit more difficult than, say, a Cha Cha or Salsa. Amber got the easier Cha Cha…although I’m not sure about Maks’ Cha Cha Choreo. I expect that Laurie will get the easier Salsa over the Samba or A. Tango, as they’ll want her back at the top of the leader board again. I expect Marilu getting salsa or Cha Cha is too much to hope for – I’ll expect to see the Samba. Or worse – A.Tango which could look too much like Tango or Paso for the unwashed masses. Calvin will be interesting as well. James can likely handle anything at this point, but another more social dance like salsa would be interesting. Maureen – I think she was overscored on her salsa, and A.Tango is quite different from a cha cha or a Samba.

ETA: Here’s all the info from the ABC press release. Pleasantly surprised by Marilu’s dance for something different…but can we talk about Calvin’s song?? That’s got to be a joke, right? And seriously…Selena Gomez? Ugh. As per usual, Laurie gets the easiest dance of the night and allows her to dance right in her wheelhouse….whereas her main competition James is doing rumba. Pretty much called that one.

ETA2: Well, well, well – per George, the Laurie favoritism continues. (He didn’t say that, he gave the order – I’m saying the Laurie favoritism is continuing 🙂 ) But, amazingly, they did manage to get Calvin in the second half of the show and Terra and James OUT of the second half of the show. Why they have to play in the fairness game but Laurie doesn’t…bah.

Ryan and Cheryl –  Salsa – “La Negra Tiene Tumbao” by Celia Cruz
Dancing 1st

Terra and Sasha – Paso Doblé – “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood” by Santa Esmeralda
Dancing 2nd

Amber and Maks – Cha Cha – “Bla Bla Bla Cha Cha Cha” by Petty Booka
Dancing 3rd

James and Sharna – Rumba – “Need the Sun to Break” by James Bay
Dancing 4th

Marilu and Derek – Cha Cha – “Echa Pa’lante” by Thalia
Dancing 5th

Jana and Gleb – Argentine Tango – “Hands to Myself” by Selena Gomez
Dancing 6th

Maureen and Artem – Samba – “Mas Que Nada” by Sergio Mendes featuring The Black Eyed Peas
Dancing 7th

Calvin and Lindsay – Argentine Tango – “Hotel California” by Eagles
Dancing 8th

Laurie and Val – Salsa – “Light It Up” by Major Lazar featuring Nyla & Fuse ODG
Dancing 9th