It's weird because in the first few weeks, Marlee's deafness didn't seem to affect their dances all that much. But the last two weeks, it has become really obvious that she can't hear the music and her moves seem very tentative. It's not that good this week, and I want it to be really good. Carrie Ann points out that Marlee looks amazing. She adds that the mambo is about your connection with the music, so obviously it's going to be Marlee's toughest dance, and it showed. Len thinks Marlee is an inspiration, but this routine looked uncomfortable. Bruno thinks the timing is crucial in the mambo, and she messed up a few times, but he thinks that she should be proud of what she's accomplished. The judges really went out of their way there to make it look like they weren't picking on the deaf girl, didn't they? Scores: Carrie Ann 7, Len 7, Bruno 7. That's about right, if not a little higher than I expected. Backstage, Samantha points out that the group dance is still coming up, and the judges won't be scoring that. Marlee smiles and says that it was fun to work on and she's looking forward to it.
Christian and Cheryl lacked polish in their rumba last week, and they ended up in the bottom two. This week, they are dancing the foxtrot, and Christian struggles with the arm movements. Cheryl has him practice his arm movements in the pool so he can learn the flowing movements. He claims that he's going to be known as "Christian de la Foxtrot" after this.
Christian's footwork is amazingly light, but he's a little ahead of the beat. His facial expressions are a lot less crazy and intense, but he almost looks asleep at times. He also seems to be counting in his head during certain sections. But overall, I liked this routine better than his Latin dances.
Len says that if Christian is in the bottom two tomorrow, he'll show his bum in the supermarket. Bruno thinks it was Christian "at his dashing best," and his footwork was excellent. Carrie Ann thought Christian was very refined, and everything was great. Christian doesn't even know what to do with himself after getting such great reviews. He's hugging Cheryl and Tom and I think he would hug the bandleader if he could. Scores: Carrie Ann 9, Len 9, and Bruno 9. Samantha points out that it's Christian's best score in the competition and it's the best score of the night so far.