It's time for some of the Argentine Tangos, and Tom reminds us that lifts are allowed in this dance. To show us what it's supposed to be like, Anna D. and some dude named Andrew are here to perform an example. I love the tango. It's really grown on me over the seasons. I love anything with complicated footwork, which is why I like the quickstep too.
Rick and Cheryl will be first to show off their tango. This is going to be tough, since so much of the tango is done in hold. Rick is excited to get to do lifts, and Cheryl puts a lot of them in, but once Rick sees the new stage for the week, he's a little nervous because he doesn't want her to go flying into the front row. Okay, their dance starts and I really hate the music. I don't get it. It doesn't sound like tango music at all. I find it distracting the whole time. The performance aspect is okay, but Rick isn't projecting enough dominance for my taste. The lifts are spectacular except for the one near the end where I don't think Cheryl gets up high enough. His footwork is hit or miss; some good, some bad. Overall, kind of a "meh" performance for me.
Carrie Ann thought it felt one-dimensional, and that Rick was too much in his head and too conscious of the stage size. Len thought the lifts were excellent and suited to the dance, and while he started with intensity, he didn't hold it all the way through. Bruno also loved the intensity, but some of his passes were too robotic. Technical scores: Carrie Ann 6, Len 7, and Bruno 6 for a total of 19. Performance scores: Carrie Ann 6, Len 7, and Bruno 7 for a total of 20 and an overall score of 39. They must be running long because we don't get to see the tape.
The next couple is Kyle and Lacey, and Kyle got dinged last week for his footwork and technique. Lacey works with him to be sexy in the rumba, but she complains that he's just a boy of 19 and doesn't know from sexy. It's kind of funny (mostly because then they cut to Kyle making a farting noise in rehearsal) but isn't Lacey like 22? Ooh, she's so mature. Anyway, she drills Kyle on technique. Will it pay off? He's better, but in going for technique, I think he lost a little bit of the performance that endeared him to crowds in previous weeks. His hip action is non-existent, but some of his lines look pretty good. Mostly, he looks like he's going to his first strip club and Lacey is giving him a lap dance.
Len admits that the footwork was better, but it was missing the flow that the rumba needs. Bruno thinks Kyle is a natural at performance, but he agrees with Len about the lack of flow. Carrie Ann liked that the tone was a bit more innocent, and while his footwork was better, he needs to work on his arms and upper body. Technical scores: Carrie Ann 6, Len 6, and Bruno 6 for a total of 18. Performance scores: Carrie Ann 8, Len 7, and Bruno 7 for a total of 22 and an overall total of 40.