The dance starts with Kendra in a giant cloud of smoke, which I think is a technical glitch. I think there was supposed to be a LITTLE smoke, but not this much. She can barely walk down the stairs, either because there's too much smoke or because of her shoes. Given her history as an exotic dancer, I'm guessing the shoes aren't a problem. Her moves, once they get going, are pretty good, but she has the blankest expression on her face. I'm guessing that she's thinking about the steps, but she needs to perform more with her facial expressions. I mean, she used to be a stripper. I have to imagine she used her face while dancing then, right? Unless she was the world's worst stripper. Len didn't love the gyrations, but he was impressed by her foot and leg action. Bruno thought it was "teasingly erotic, hot and arousing." Yikes. Carrie Ann thought it was "hot, hot, hot" and loves that Kendra owns her sensuality. Scores: Carrie Ann 8, Len 7 and Bruno 8.
Romeo was pleased that he made Len smile last week, so he wants to do well this week. He tells Chelsie how he lost two of his cousins, with whom he was very close, at a young age. Chelsie knows that the rumba is usually sexy, but due to Romeo's story, she is going to try to make it more about love and loss. Romeo has trouble with the dancing and blames his shoes, but Chelsie thinks he's really upset about his cousins. And of course, she's right! Romeo loves his shoes. Not really, but he admits that wasn't why he was upset.
I think Romeo and Chelsie really missed an opportunity to be sexy. Not with that story, obviously, but they are young and have good chemistry, and this could have been a really sexy rumba. Instead, it's stiff and boring. And Romeo has zero hip action and his poses are terrible. I think he's so terrified of looking "girly" that he won't do anything that might be considered graceful. And if that's the case, he shouldn't have agreed to go on the show. I'm over him unless he changes his tune. Bruno says that Romeo was connected and involved emotionally, which led to him messing up his feet at times. Carrie Ann thought he committed emotionally, and she saw improvement. Len thinks it's a huge step back. Then he stops, and Tom just stares at him, and Len says he thought he was supposed to be quick. Well, Len's right. It wasn't good. I wish someone had mentioned hip action, though. Scores: Carrie Ann 7, Len 6 and Bruno 7.
Hines is up next. He talks about his mother, who was an immigrant from Korea, who had trouble getting a job, but she stuck it out because she wanted Hines to have a chance in America. And he went to college and played pro ball. Hines works hard to get the dance right, because his mother made a lot of sacrifices for him and he wants to celebrate her. Aw. As a mom, I find that sweet.