Dancing With The Stars
Season 12 Performance 10

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Kim: B+ | Grade It Now!

Tom and Brooke reminds us that it's the finals and then introduce the couples. And then it's that thing where one of the judges visits each couple to give them advice. Do they need advice at this point? They made it to the finals. Shouldn't they just do more of the same?

Carrie Ann is going in to see Mark and Chelsea, and the judges have assigned them the samba. Why the samba? Who knows? It's not like the show is going to explain it! Anyway, Carrie Ann tells Chelsea that her last samba was a little too perky, and they want this one to be more sensual. She shows Chelsea what she means, and Chelsea seems to get it. Will she take these lessons with her during her routine? Um, sort of? I dig the '60s vibe of the routine, and Mark throws in some weird Watusi moves that are a little out of place. How about a samba roll or two? Throw Len a bone? It's well-executed, as always, and Mark doesn't pull focus as much as usual, but it's kind of boring for a finals dance. I don't like the ending, where Mark is kneeling and Chelsea is lying on his lap and Mark looks around at the crowd like, "Aren't I awesome?" while poor Chelsea is just hanging there.

Len thought it was great overall, although he wasn't "overly keen on the flailing arms section." Me neither. Bruno thought it was a firecracker of a samba, and Carrie Ann calls it "hot hot hot." Eh. I would give it a 9, because as I said, it was executed well. It was just missing that extra bit. Scores: Carrie Ann 10, Len 9, and Bruno 10. I just realized one of the things that turned me off in that dance is that Mark's wearing an open shirt and his gross pasty chest put me off my feed.

Bruno went to visit Kirstie and Maks in rehearsals. He encourages Kirstie to take her moments and stick the poses. She tries it out and Bruno is jumping up and down with glee. He is a tiny little man, isn't he? I think he probably shops in the little boys section of the department store. Anyway, their routine starts out kind of slow, and she's really suffering from doing the samba right after Chelsea did the samba. Her routine, in comparison, is revealed as less full of content. It's good, and if Chelsea had done a different dance or had there been more space between, I probably wouldn't have noticed. But since it came right after Chelsea, it's obviously slower and more simple. They do have samba rolls, though. I get distracted because Maks is wearing a see-through orange shirt and he has a giant tattoo on his rib cage and you can see it. Anyway, it was fine, but not nearly as good as Chelsea's. I give it an 8, but I'm sure the judges will give it 9s.

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