Tom reminds us that each couple had to do two dances last night, and one couple will not be making it to next week's semifinals. This season, with its smaller starting lineup, has been so much better than last season's bloated affair. I feel like it's moved right along at a good clip, and especially once Kate Gosselin was gone, it felt like the right people were leaving in the right weeks for the most part. So what will happen tonight? Let's find out LIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIVE!
Before there can even be opening credits, the couples are lined up on the stage to find out some results. What is Brooke wearing? It's not a bandage dress for once, but it's got some ugly black ruffle on one shoulder that looks like a wood fungus is overtaking her body. Maybe it's true. Oh, I guess they're not showing results yet.
Because first, we have to hear Len's recap of last night's dances. Len thought Evan's waltz was good, but thought his futuristic cha cha had too much future and not enough cha cha. He points out that Erin's tango was a revelation but her rumba wasn't fluid enough. Len thinks that Niecy and Chad are the pretenders and not the contenders. Chad's posture is not great (thank you someone for finally pointing that out!). Len adds that Niecy did well with her waltz but didn't wow with her paso doble. Len was mesmerized by Nicole's foxtrot and thought her '50s paso doble was "a marriage made in heaven." But isn't that more Derek's doing than Nicole's? I'm just saying.
Len gets to announce who gets the encore. He calls Derek and Nicole's '50s paso doble the dance of the season and possibly the dance of all ten seasons of the show. Really? I mean, it was good but it didn't give me chills like, say, some of Maks and Mel's routine, or even Derek's paso doble from the future of last season. I think it's because I just don't feel the emotion from Nicole and I'm not rooting for her. It's like watching the pro dances. I can appreciate that they're good, but since I'm not rooting for any of them, so I don't get emotionally involved.