Last week, I felt certain that Tom Delay would be eliminated. Perhaps his fans took pity on the man who danced with a stress fracture of the foot. If that was the case, Delay will need their support once again after dancing last night with stress fractures in both feet.
Although both the producers of the show and assigned doctors recommended he withdraw from the competition, Delay was not going to give up that easily. In the end, the performance was actually very charming. His partner Cheryl donned the blue of the Democratic Party while Delay, of course, sported red for the Republicans. The costuming was perfectly planned as the couple danced a samba to “Why Can’t We Be Friends.”
While the judges were impressed with his attitude, they must not have been watching him dance. Otherwise, his scores wouldn’t have been quite so low. He gave it his all, albeit with simple steps and, the audience cheered loudly. The couple scored a 16, which wouldn’t be the lowest one of the evening.
Up first was Mark Decascos and his partner Lacey Schwimmer, dancing a rumba. While it was good, it was by no means great.
The judges said it was “too hard” and had “no connection.” They complimented his quality of movement and lines, but said his dancing lacked real sensuality. The final score as 18.
Hoping to regain her lead after falling in the polls, Joana Krupa and Derek Hough performed a sexy samba. It was good, but didn’t floor me.
The judges remarked that the model seemed unsteady in her footwork in a some places, but that she had “great rhythm and quality.” They called her “sexy and fearless.” That awarded the couple two 8’s and one 7 for a total of 23.
One of last week’s front runners, singer Mya, and her partner Dmitry, performed a sexy rumba that was unbelievably good.
The judges said it had “chemistry and romance” and called Mya “the supreme seductress.” The couple received the first 10’s of the season, along with one 7, for a total of 27.
It was a tough act to follow for perky Melissa Joan Hart and her pro partner Mark Ballas. Still the actress gave it all she had and managed to pull off a decent samba.
The judges said there were “good parts in there” and that she was definitely “the most improved dancer” of the season. Nonetheless, their scores didn’t match their remarks, garnering the couple only 19 points.
Cute couple, Louie Vito and Chelsie Hightower, went for a romantic rumba to “Total Eclipse of the Heart.” I thought it was pretty darn good and so did the judges, who awarded the couple 20 points.
The judges said Louie was “all grown up and ready to rumble.” They also remarked on how cute the couple was together. Only head judge, Len Goodman hit them with hard remarks like “the dance had no finesse” and there was “too much syncopation.” In truth, I think he’s still hung up on Louie’s long hair and not the quality of his dancing.
After dancing her heart out last week only to land in the bottom two, actress Debi Mazar entered the dance floor already nervous. It showed in her performance, which was dull and lifeless.
The judges called the routine “cute but safe” and “disconnected.” That showed in the couple’s score of 17.
Heartthrob Donny Osmond and his partner Kym Johnson performed a beautiful samba to “Endless Love.” Donny improved greatly on his grace, his lines, and his extensions. I was mesmerized by the entire performance.
The judges, on the other hand, were less than pleased. They encouraged Osmond to go “to the dark side,” which prompted the comedian to grab Bruno in a fake kiss. Unfortunately, the hanky panky didn’t help his score much. Nonetheless, it was decent at 21.
NFL legend, Michael Irvin struggled with the samba this week; unable to capture the party atmosphere. I found that strange since he really seemed to embody that in last week’s performance. Perhaps Latin dance is simply not his forte.
The judges said he was moving “in reverse” and had “no rhythm.” Carrie encouraged him to “dance bigger.” The couple’s score for the evening was a dismal 14.
Back from a bout with the flu, swimmer Natalie Coughlin finally found her groove in an ultra sexy rumba. It probably didn’t hurt to have Alec’s wife, Edyta Sliwinska on hand to show her the ropes and give her permission to “make out” with her husband on the dance floor.
The judges were captivated with Natalie’s beautiful lines, calling the dance “gorgeous, dramatic and expressive.” The score reflected their pleasure with a solid 26.
Iron man, Chuck Lidell and his pro partner, Anna, went for the party samba. Unfortunately, Liddell didn’t have the party vibe going on anywhere within his dance.
Nonetheless, the judges called it “entertaining” and said he had “the right attitude,” even though the dance looked like “zombie town.” The couple received two 6’s and a 5 for a total score of 17.
After a near perfect week last week, Arron Carter felt the pressure of staying on top. It apparently got to him because he didn’t head Karina’s warning not to over do it. I personally found his lines a bit effeminate, which took away from the quality of the dance.
The judges appreciated his “determination” but encouraged him to work on his “fluidity and musicality.” The scores were mixed at 6, 7, and 8 for a total of 21.
Kelly Osborne remained unconfident after last week’s performance and looked shaky in rehearsal. But she brought everything to the dance floor to perform a fun samba with pro-partner, Louis Van Amstel.
The judges encouraged her to “let go of the fear,” and “work on self confidence.” They also assured her that she was a good dancer and could be great if she remains focused. They awarded the couple two 7’s and a 6 for a total score of 20.
So who will be eliminated tonight? If the audience votes the way of the judges, then Michael Irvin is out. For me; however, it is a closer call.
Tom Delay should be voted out in order to protect his health. Otherwise, I’m convinced he will keep dancing until it’s too late to stop.
However, in truth, he did better than Irvin or Liddell last night. There is something utterly charming about him on the dance floor. Fans might keep voting him in just to see how far he could go.
Mazar was in the bottom two last week, when she clearly didn’t deserve to be. That could herald a warning that time is up for the actress, who performed poorly this week.
To my way of thinking; however, it is Liddell who could be in trouble. There isn’t much further this Iron Man can go, I fear. He doesn’t have the elegance and grace for the ballroom and he doesn’t “get” Latin dances at all.
I think it’s time for Liddell to go, but who knows which way the cookie will crumble. On “Dancing with the Stars” almost anything is possible.