Dancing with the Stars Season 29, Week 7 – LIVE BLOG

So, what kind of craptastic bottom two are we going to get this week? Who’s going to be drastically overscored besides Monica?? And does AJ have any hope in hell of living up to the previous Psycho Tango? (Doubt it).

T-Minus 30 minutes…

Just ruined my salad for dinner with my neighbor’s banana pudding. Which I never ever tried before this past summer. It is awesome.

I like the scary opening…too much Tyra as per usual. Haha Bruno as Betteljuice. Tyra looks good for a change, but of course this show ISN’T ABOUT HER. Why don’t we get to see the much more talented judges?? I want to see Derek’s outfit, dammit.

Jeannie up next with her Hannibal Lecter…acting like she got to choose her villain. I love seeing Len, miss the old guy.

Jeannie is back in her sweet spot, playing a character that she can act and she’s doing quite a good job. curious to see if she will get low balled like Johnny did last week. I do love this song. She didn’t get a lot of spin on that…spin. She’s dancing a bit forward too, it seems like. But all in all, good job.

Derek doing a decent Jeckle/Hyde. ๐Ÿ™‚ I think he liked it? ๐Ÿ™‚ Mentioned her shoulders coming up. Bruno is incomprehensible as usual. But then says she has to work on extending her lines through her hands. CAI is a clown…literally and figuratively. Says Jeannie’s lines are off, she needs to tone down the energy because it’s making her hectic or something.

Scores: 8, 9, 8 for a 25. Definitely not lowballed but I don’t disagree with it.

Johnny up next! As Dracula…they’re showing the Bella Lugosi version. I wish I could say I was surprised by his story, but I’m not. So sadly common.

V. Waltz should be right up his alley…and Dracula’s. Off to a great start. Beautiful in hold the first time. Oh yeah, I”m loving this…..whoa the fog is out of control. Love his jacket….can I get one? Well, I thought that was excellent!

Bruno says it was very, very good. He ruled the dance floor. Has wonderful sweeping motion, gothic romance. He balanced it extremely well. CAI agrees, floated through it like a dream, great interpretation of the music. Derek says that’s what the show it about. Loved the whole thing, the theme, everything, says it was fantastic.

Scores: ….after the break. Do you suppose that Tyra is just incompetent at doing the whole “after the break” thing or are the producers just without a clue of what they’re doing.

Scores: 9, 9, 9 for a total of 27 Agree!!

Chrishell is up next as Maleficent – she does look a bit like Angelina Jolie when in the make up.

Love how Gleb always choreographs himself all the hard work. Not. That turn just below the stairs was weird. She’s just not doing much in this dance. She’s a bit off time and robotic. Not in a good way. color me unimpressed.

CAI is raving…which I don’t get. Then says it was simple, but executed beautifully. Derek says it was cinematic, there was sparseness, there was space. He says there were moments where she was off balance. Bruno loves her when she’s bad, says it was mesmerizing. She lost then fluidity some times…says she was “terminator” aka robotic.

They worked pretty hard to make “simple and sparse” sound like it’s a good thing.

Scores: 9, 9, 8 for a total of 26. I think that was overscored by two points. Like Gleb needs that ego stroked any more.

Oh for fucks sake, I just saw a Christmas commercial.

Monica up next. I fully expect her to get all 10s since Johnny got three 9s.

The box thing is funny…these people aren’t horrible actors. ๐Ÿ™‚

Anyway, Monica is next…she looks good in that green. It’s starting to seem like “most memorable” is every fucking week…and not just for Monica, but for everyone. And of course she got the easiest dance of the week.

Starts off a bit awkward, but she starts to get more into it…Val can’t choreograph a jazz that doesn’t look like some odd ballroom amalgamation. Okay that was a good lift, takes a strong core. She finally does a pretty good dance so I expect she’ll get a 30. Even though it’s only worth a 27.

Derek likes the musicality, the transitions and the lifts. Says tonight it’s about the character, which she lost a bit in the side by side. Bruno got a mild chill from it, because the jazz has to come from the body, not the eyes. Has to come out of every part of her body. I guess they decided they didn’t need to protect her anymore? CAI agrees with Bruno – says the intention behind the movement wasn’t there.

I thought this was her best dance…can’t figure out their motives, although Derek is still on the Monica train. Weirdness. She’s so monotone and usually rather boring.

Scores: 7, 8, 7 for a total of 22 and absolute whiplash. They definitely decided that they didn’t need to protect her anymore. Perhaps the whole Johnny thing shocked them?

AJ up next with Psycho. Okay, if he’s dressing as the mom they should be far enough away from what Derek did. Wow, that fall was brutal. But of course she’s dancing. Spare me the faux drama.

The dance it’s self is remarkably similar to what Derek did, but there’s not much choice with that music. After the half way point she changes it up quite a bit…a whole lotta weird choices in the choreo. Can’t say as I’m a fan, but then that would have been impossible.

CAI says she’s amazed, he brought light and shade. She says he needs a bit of work on the posture. Derek loved the intro, nice and creepy, says the foot work was good, intricate. Says he’s muscling it a bit in the sharp turns. Needs to be from the core not the arms. Bruno raves. But says both CAI and Derek are right. Sort out the frame.

Scores: 9, 8, 8 for a total of 26…I would have gone with a 25, but it’s not too bad.

Numbers Update: Of course, a lot hinges on the rest of the dancers, but I do wonder if the judges have convinced the audience that Monica is a great dancer and she doesn’t fall into the bottom two this week. ย Could be her and Skai and ย they save Monica. Depends on if Skai can shake off her stage fright. ย In any case, there aren’t currently huge numbers to overcome

Monica vs. Jeannie 0.80% 8,032
Monica vs. Chrishell/AJ 1.20% 12,048
Monica vs. Johnny 1.61% 16,064

LOL…I have to say, the Bruno bit is amusing. ๐Ÿ™‚ Tyra has changed clothing into another number that isn’t too horrendous.

Nelly and Daniella up next and he looks scary. Wow, his gf is gorgeous.

Daniella is stunning as usual. And she gives him work. He’s got his chest out! Good. Little too much swag, but damn he’s doing really wall at this dance!! Good job!

CAI – by far your best dance. Dramatic, urgent, the dynamics, the footwork, great. Derek says that was not a nightmare, good partner to Dani, would have liked a bit more AT footwork (or Hyde did). Bruno says he looks awful. ๐Ÿ™‚ Says he killed that AT. His whole stance was different tonight. I’m going to have to add some votes for him.

Scores: 9, 9, 9 for 27 out of 30. I’d agree with that.

Justina up next….and they both looks scary!! Dancing Tango.

Dig the set and the costume/makeup. Like how Sasha has her doing a solo (opposite of Gleb). Love Bruno’s reaction to that scream. This seems kind of soft for a tango. And she got off step after that second scream, I believe. Not horrible, though!

Derek says it was awesome, loved the screaming, says her frame is great, travels across the floor great. Watch the turns at the end, keep the legs close together. Bruno says she stormed through it like a woman possessed. Be careful about being hoppy or steps, can’t shuffle. CAI agrees with Bruno, one of the best dancers, like how she uses the space. Goes small sometimes.

Scores after the break.

Scores: 9, 9, 8 for a total of 26 out of 30.

Nev is up next with Black Swan (goooood movie) Paso Doble.

He’s doing a great job, although his arms look weird from time to time. Very good job, although I think the music made it seem too soft. Well done!

Bruno says it was perfect. He loved it. CAI says he exceeded expectations, his lines, changing characters were excellent. Derek says it was too good, his shaping was excellent. He’s going to get a perfect score, I think.

Scores: 10, 10, 10 for a perfect score! I’m not mad at it!

Skai Jackson has to follow that with Bride of Chuckie? Also, there must have been a sale on the hard core halloween contact lenses – every couple has been wearing them, just about.

Numbers Update: This could be interesting. Well, it has been almost every week. Right now, it all hinges on Skai. I’ll be curious to see if it really is Monica and Jeannie or if Skai finally lands in the bottom. How many weeks can have tons of mistakes and still stay out of the bottom. Next week could spell doom for some combo of Skai/Jeannie/Chrishell/Monica – everything depending on scores so I don’t think that many people vote anymore.

Monica vs. Jeannie 0.78% 7,843
Monica vs. Chrishell/AJ/Justina 1.18% 11,765
Monica vs. Johnny/Nelly 1.57% 15,686
Monica vs. Nev 2.75% 27,451
Jeannie vs Chrishell/AJ/Justina 0.39% 3,922
Jeannie vs. Johnny/Nelly 0.78% 7,843
Jeannie vs. Nev 1.96% 19,608

Two dances to go with the double elimination next week!

Come on, Skai, kill this AT! Starts okay. Great lifts. Perhaps too many of them. But she’s doing the in hold parts well. DAmn, high lift and the exit is great. Wow. She did very, very well on that dance. That last lift was clunky but damn, well done. Happy for her.

CAI is proud of her, she came back stronger. Did a great job, one little wobble, but the power was mesmerizing. Derek says he feels her this week, she was on a mission, killed that routine. Amazing lifts. Gorgeous. Bruno says there was not a bad step in that tango. Extended the shapes. Best placement she’s had.

Scores; 9, 9, 9 for a 27. I would agree with that score…but now all bets are off for the elimination. ๐Ÿ™‚ Kaitlyn looks great!

As for the elimination, I feel like it could be any of the bottom 5 except AJ. I really should have done a numbers post this past week because Skai was the low scorer but didn’t see the bottom.

Kaitlyn as Cruella is dancing Paso Doble. Wow…what she does for these dogs is so awesome. Speaking of babies…has everyone seen pictures of Artem’s baby? I swear that is the most beautiful child I’ve ever seen.

I love Kaitlyn and I think over all she’s doing a great job with this dance but her attack could still be a bit stronger. Same for Skai and all the women though, really.

Derek says Kaitlyn is reliable, always dancing her butt of with so much content, he thanks her for that. Good job. Bruno is with Derek. Bruno is feeling his makeup. Bruno says it was a bit rushed and it wasn’t as refined as it should be. CAI says she’s a good dancer, lift didn’t go well, and she’s not resisting enough – I think that’s what I mean by it being too soft. Has a moment of chaos. This is still a better dance that the first 6 that Monica did and that got raved over.

Scores: 7, 9, 8 for a total of 24. Not sure what that does to the numbers. I would be surprised if she was in the bottom due to Bachelor Nation.

Well, I was going to have a last numbers update, but there is a problem with my spreadsheet that I probably won’t be able to figure out fast enough.

Numbers Update: Here’s part of it anyway. Figured out the problem, but can only give the low tier

Monica vs. Kaitlyn 0.38% 3,831
Monica vs. Jeannie 0.77% 7,663
Monica vs. Chrishell/AJ/Justina 1.15% 11,494
Monica vs. Johnny/Nelly/Skai 1.53% 15,326
Monica vs. Nev 2.68% 26,820


Tyra killing a bit of time instead of talking to the bootee.

SAFE: Nev and Jenna
SAFE: Johnny and Britt
SAFE: Skai and Alan
SAFE: Nelly and Daniella
SAFE: Chrishell and Gleb
SAFE: Justina and Sasha
SAFE: AJ and Cheryl
SAFE: Kaitlyn and Artem

Monica and Jeannie in the bottom two. Imma be pissed….

Bruno: saves Jeannie
Derek: saves Monica (you are dead to me Derek)
CAI: saves Jeannie

Just kidding about Derek being dead to me. I’m sure they discuss this ahead of time. Last week CAI was the dissenter, this week it was Derek. But the right person (finally) went home. Should have gone home weeks ago so we could still have Vernon. But that’s the way the cookie crumbles.