Jennifer and Derek have the rumba, and Derek's philosophy was to choreograph a routine and then practice it to different songs so they were used to having to be flexible. Did this strategy work? Well, Jennifer can do a full split at 50 that I could barely do at 14. She must do a lot of yoga. Derek actually seems a little tentative at points, and their ending seems a little rushed. It's good; the technique is great, but I could see the seams more on this one than on Lacey's routine. Bruno thought it was superb and flawless. Carrie Ann noted how well their routine fit to the music. Len thought the variations were what made the dance: fast and slow, soft and hard, and suchlike. And the routine was great for that. Scores: Carrie Ann 10, Len 10, and Bruno 10. Wow. I did not think that was a perfect routine. Derek even seems shocked.
Kurt and Anna are up next, and they have the cha cha cha. Anna's strategy is to choreograph everything to counts instead of to lyrics, and that's not how Kurt works. He feels like he's floating in space and untethered. So he busts out the surefire vote-getter, his cute kids. And they are CUTE.
Okay, so the dance starts, and I think this is the best I've seen Kurt. He's relaxed, his technique is pretty good, especially for him, and he's performing the hell out of it. His facial expressions are cracking me up and he hits a couple of poses that make him look like a real dancer. I don't think it was quite as good as the previous two dances, but like them, it was better than I was expecting. Carrie Ann is impressed with Kurt's musicality and charisma. Len thinks Kurt focused more without knowing the music. Bruno loved that Kurt let it loose and went for it, and while the foot placement wasn't perfect, the performance was good. Scores: Carrie Ann 8, Len 8, and Bruno 8. Hmm. I thought they deserved a few 9s, and Kurt admits that he's a little disappointed. So is the crowd.