How is their foxtrot? It's to Sinatra, which is a good choice for Ralph. I kind of assumed he's from Jersey but I just looked it up and he's from Long Island. But he's Italian-American and from the Tristate area, so good enough. For the first two-thirds of their routine, I was fairly impressed. Ralph has grace and fluidity, and despite a few footing problems, looks pretty good. And then they did this side-by-side segment that was AMAZING. Like I am sitting alone in my living room and I said out loud, "Whaa-aaaa -- aaat? Where did that come from?" He's really good! He kind of messes up the ending, but goddamn! So much better than I expected and he has a ton of elegance. Perfect for a foxtrot. I don't know how he'll do on Latin, but this was really great, especially for the first week. Did the judges see what I saw? Bruno thinks it was a hit, and he had great showmanship, but he has to watch out for creepy hands. Carrie Ann thought it was an amazing surprise and elegant. Len thinks he has great potential but is a bit rough around the edges. But it was still the best foxtrot of the night. Scores: Carrie Ann 8, Len 8, and Bruno 8.
I have a confession. I used to watch WWE, back when it was WWF. I even recapped Smackdown for a few episodes for this very site. I quit watching when The Rock left, I think. But it used to be so ridiculously over the top and the storylines were like soap operas, and I enjoyed the pageantry. So I am familiar with Chris Jericho. Anyway, he meets his partner, Cheryl, and her biggest concern is that he won't keep his shoulders down and you won't be able to see his neck.
They are dancing the cha cha cha. Cheryl, master choreographer that she is, manages to rig it so that Jericho basically just stands still while she dances around him. His movements are too small. He needs to go bigger and less stiff. He has hip action once in a while, but not consistently. They try to distract with lots of pyrotechnics and costume changes, but his footwork actually isn't horrible. It's just too small. Carrie Ann likes his attack and he didn't miss a step, but she wanted more content. Len didn't see any hip action, but he liked the energy and fun. Bruno thought it was unsteady and messy at times, but always entertaining. I guess I just expected something bigger and more out there, because Jericho has such a huge personality. Scores: Carrie Ann 7, Len 6, and Bruno 6. I think Carrie Ann's score was because she couldn't exactly pinpoint the problem, so she couldn't give him a 6. But that's an overscore.