Jason and Edyta have to bust out their samba. Jason does a great job with the hip action, and his facial expressions have improved once again. It's a really different samba than Kristi and Mark's, which is probably for the best. Jason's footwork is not great as he seems bit flat-footed. They go for a big lift at the end with Edyta doing essentially a handstand on Jason's shoulders, and it's a bit wobbly. Judges? Carrie Ann thought Jason was looking at his feet a lot (finally someone noticed) but she admits that the samba is difficult. Len thought it was all right, but Jason looked uncomfortable. Bruno says that a turkey happens to everyone, and Jason wasn't as focused as usual. Wow, that was the harshest they've been to Jason, ever. Maybe it's part of their winner campaign -- if people feel badly for him, they'll vote instead of assuming he's safe. Backstage, Jason says that he's heard a lot worse than what the judges just said. Scores: Carrie Ann 8, Len 7, and Bruno 8 for a total of 23 and a grand total of 52. Jason takes it really well and asks everyone to vote for them.
Tom points out that if Cristian and Cheryl can match their first-round score, they will be at the top of the leaderboard for the first time ever. Cristian starts out sitting on a wood box as their mambo begins. I don't know. He's also got his shirt completely open to pull out all the stops. And he's mouthing along with the words in Spanish. There are a lot of complicated turns and pelvic rolls and footwork and it's really good! I'm surprised! They end with a lift that I can't even begin to explain so just go watch the episode at ABC.com or something because there are no words. Len thought it was full of energy and underarm turns, and a fabulous job. Bruno thought it was magic, and made him dizzy with energy. Carrie Ann thought they were on fire and she also has no words but she makes a terrific crazy gesture that needs to be made into an animated .gif somewhere because it's hilarious. Scores: Carrie Ann 10, Len 9, and Carrie Ann 10 for a total of 29! The only high score of the night that I thought was actually deserved. Cristian is flipping out and running around hugging everyone.
Cristian and Cheryl: 28 + 29 = 57
Kristi and Mark: 29 + 26 = 55
Mario and Karina: 27 + 26 = 53
Jason and Edyta: 29 + 23 = 52
Marissa and Tony: 25 + 25 = 50
My prediction this week is Marissa and Tony going home. Come on. It's time. She lasted about three weeks longer than she had any right to, she got her improvement arc, and it's over. See you for the big extravaganza tomorrow night!