Cristian is dancing this week, despite having a ruptured bicep tendon, which is just gross. Cheryl says it will be a challenge to choreograph a routine that will disguise his injury. And yet Cristian still wants to do a lift, which seems foolhardy at worst and ill-advised at best. He declares in rehearsal that they're working with one hand and two hearts. Don't Cheryl's hands count? Anyway, they're doing a tango to "Beat It" by Michael Jackson. My husband says that he thinks it looks more Argentine than ballroom to him. I'm getting worried about him. Cheryl is working her ass off to make this tango look interesting, but she can't disguise that she's dancing around Cristian even more than usual. They do manage to pull off a lift, and I'm quite impressed considering the one-handedness. But the routine as a whole left me cold. Somehow I don't find Cristian's bravery quite the same as, say, Marlee's. Bruno says that they have to judge what they see, and don't give him a handicap or anything, and yet it was a perfect tango. Carrie Ann says that she saw nothing wrong with it either. Len compliments Cheryl's choreography. Maybe I just don't get the tango, because I didn't think that was so great. Scores: Carrie Ann 10, Len 9, and Bruno 9 for a total of 28. Cristian goes NUTS over the 10, and Cheryl is worried he's going to hurt himself more celebrating.
First up in the second round are Kristi and mark dancing the samba. They do some cool spins in the middle but I still don't get what's up with Kristi's turns. They look off or off-kilter somehow. They execute two moves that look like skating turns, which is theoretically cool but not my favorite. Carrie Ann pauses and says that it wasn't her favorite, and it lacked some of the grace and control. Len points out that they had grace and speed but lost some of the rhythm. Bruno loved the level of difficulty and finds it understandable that not everything was perfect, since they raised the bar so high. I wonder if Mark ever thinks about toning it down -- they've never been criticized for doing moves that were too easy, have they? Especially since the viewers at home can't really recognize, for the most part, how difficult the moves are. Scores: Carrie Ann 8, Len 9, and Bruno 9 for a total of 26 and a grand total of 55.