When it comes to theme weeks on "Dancing With The Stars", I'm really on the fence. In some ways I like them, but on another level I don't. Sometimes I feel like there is more focus put on the theme than on the dance. At the end of the day, this is a dance competition – a ballroom competition – and being such I expect to see ballroom dancing. On a whole I'm glad to say that Hollywood week didn't turn out to be all about the theme.
This week I think we also started to see a division when it comes to who's got it and who doesn't. After two weeks of close competition, the line is starting to be drawn. And, I have to say, some people aren't falling where I thought they would.
Here we go with my thoughts on this week's dances.
Leah Remini (Rumba): When the competition started, I was on the fence about Leah. She was either going to give into the dances or she was going to be stiff. Week after week, she has surprised me with her performances, and this week was no exception. Leah and Tony have great chemistry, and I thought she did a beautiful job with the Rumba. She's definitely a fighter. Judges' Scores: 8-8-8
Corbin Bleu (Quick Step): Corbin's a great dancer. I knew that coming into the competition, but, needless to say, ballroom isn't part of his repertoire. Despite having more of a hip-hop and contemporary background, he is showing great skill even in the ballroom styles. There are some habits that he needs to break, but he doesn't fail to come out with an impressive, entertaining dance each week. Judges' Scores: 9-8-9
Elizabeth Berkley Lauren (Fox Trot): Elizabeth reminds me of myself in the fact that she overthinks things. That was obvious in the rehearsal reel. I identify with that problem for her, however, Val is learning how to handle that about her. If she can continue to overcome the problem with thinking too much, she will continue to thrive. Her Fox Trot showed the elegance she possesses. Judges' Scores: 8-9-8
Brant Daugherty (Quick Step): This is the first week we've seen Brant perform a ballroom dance. The first two weeks were both Latin numbers, and, although he's excelled at them, I wasn't sure if it would carry over to something like the Quick Step. This week showed that he has the talent and the ability to hang on to the end. Judges' Scores: 9-9-9
Valerie Harper (Cha-Cha): From the beginning I've said that I admire Valerie for taking on this competition. At the same time, this is a competition. While she gives each dance her best, this wasn't a good week for her. Through most of the dance she looked as if she were completely lost. To her credit, though, she never stopped. Judges' Scores: 6-5-5
Bill Engvall (Paso Doble): Bill has absolutely surprised me every week. The man can dance! I've said before that I'm not a huge fan of the Paso Doble, but I enjoyed watching his. He just blows me away. I never imagined in my wildest dreams that he would be such a good dancer. I'm truly impressed! Judges' Scores: 8-8-8
Amber Riley (Charleston): For me Amber's Cha-Cha flopped. It wasn't necessarily anything that she did wrong. Really for me it was song and choreography. There just wasn't enough Charleston for my taste. The whole number just didn't do it for me. She didn't do a bad job, but I wasn't a huge fan of this one. Judges' Scores: 8-8-8
Jack Osbourne (Cha-Cha): This competition, to me, seems to be so far out of Jack's comfort zone. Each week you see him doubt himself so much then come out and give an admirable performance. The Cha-Cha was difficult for him, nonetheless. His hips were too stiff. He was too stiff. If he's going to keep going, he's going to need to let loose a little more. Judges' Scores: 7-7-7
Christina Milian (Charleston): Compared to Amber's Charleston, Christina's dance was much more what I expected to see. It was fun and quirky, exactly what the Charleston should be. One problem she faces, though, in my opinion is having to compete with an over-the-top partner. Mark has the ability many times to draw the attention away from his partner and onto him. For me he was really close to doing that several times during this dance. Judges' Scores: 9-8-9
Nicole Polizzi (Quick Step): This is yet another celebrity that continues to surprise me. I didn't hold high hopes for Nicole, but she's done a great job of proving me wrong. Her first ballroom dance this week showed she's not all about "sex appeal". She performed a great Quick Step. It has me looking forward to what she will do next. Judges' Scores: 9-8-8
Bill Nye (Jazz): What can I say about Bill? He came out and danced, despite his doctor telling him that he shouldn't. Was it the right decision? The way I look at it, he had to do what was right in his heart of hearts. I give him points for gumption, but his Jazz number definitely fell short. Judges' Scores: 6-5-5
As surprised as I was by the announcement that Bill Nye was the eliminated celebrity after last week's viewer votes were combined with this weeks scores, I think it was for the best. For starters, he's one of the weakest dancers. Beyond that, though, if he continued in the competition he stood a real risk of injuring himself further. I think the right person was eliminated.
So who is going home next week? Well, so far I haven't done a great job with my predictions. The first two eliminated celebrities were unexpected in my book, so this week I'm going to make my pick by choosing who I think should be eliminated next, not counting in possible fan support. With that being said, I predict that Valerie will be the next star exiting the ballroom
I'd love to hear your thoughts on the celebrities and competition. Let me know what you think! I'm always open to hearing other opinions!
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