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.
Mario and Karina are doing the jive this week. Mario starts with a cartwheel off the stage and over Karina's head, which looks terrible. He's definitely sticking his butt out way too much and I can't believe none of the judges have called him out on it before. They do an extended lift at the end where it's all Happy Days style and Mario swings Karina around his body and flips her around and she ends up in a split. It felt kind of forced, and not that smooth, and other than that, the dance didn't feel like it had much content. Before they did the lift, it looked like something one of my dad's drunk friends might pull off at a wedding reception. Judges? Len thought it felt rough and there was no technique in the footwork. Bruno thinks Len is too harsh, and that it captured the spirit of rock and roll. Carrie Ann thought Mario's wildness worked this week, and his footwork wasn't perfect, but it was good. Man, I thought it sucked. I don't know why I feel like I'm watching a different show than the judges this week. Scores; Carrie Ann 9, Len 8, and Bruno 9 for a total of 26 and a grand total of 53. I really hate when Samantha tells us at home to vote for everyone. If we vote for everyone, it will be a giant tie. Tell us to vote for our favorites or whatever instead, dumbo.
Marissa and Tony are doing the mambo this week. Marissa has absolutely zero hip action in the opening. I know I'm obsessed with her body shape, but it's so...odd. It's not like she's just heavy. It's that her dresses are so unflattering. I'm not saying she's got to dress in a burqua or something, but there has to be a happy medium or some sort of A-Line situation she can get going. They end with a sit spin very similar to the one Kristi did. The dance just kind of ends. Bruno thought it was sexy with great hip action. Carrie Ann loves watching Marissa, but she thought Marissa needed to be better technically at this stage of the game. Len thought it was a bit too dainty and careful and not raunchy enough. Bruno rips on Len for never deciding what he wants -- raunch or no raunch. Scores: Carrie Ann 8, Len 8, and Bruno 9 for a total of 25 and a grand total of 50.