Now it's Romeo's turn, who showed off his six pack and speared Chelsie last week during their paso doble. Romeo acknowledges that he's already doing way better than his father did on the paso doble, getting a 23 to Master P's 8. I believe that's a record low score. Romeo says he doesn't just want to beat his father, he wants to clinch the mirror ball. But will this youngster's swagger go '60s for the fox trot? Posture could be a problem.
The couple is dancing to "New York, New York" in classic white tie and tails/satin swirly dress combo a la Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. It's plenty proficient, save for a part where Romeo gets a little off on rhythm, but does it deserve to be on top? I wouldn't say so. It's clearly middle of the road material, choreography-wise. Right now he's good, not best. Len appreciated the control and flair of the performance but thinks there's room for improvement. Bruno liked the swagger, spunk, and full flavor. He thought it was the cheekiest fox trot he's ever seen while retaining the style of the fox trot. Carrie Ann agrees that it was suitably cool for Romeo himself. In the red room, Romeo says he appreciates the judges' toughness and dedicates his dance to a friend's mother who will be watching him from the hospital now that she's been diagnosed with cancer. And now for the scores: Carrie Ann awards them a 9, Len gives an 8, and Bruno scores them a 9 for a total of 26. They're now tied for the lead with Chris and Cheryl. Romeo says it shows God works in mysterious ways, whatever that means.
Taking the floor now are Hines and Kym, who dropped to second place with last week's paso doble but have scored the most points over all this season. After their success last week, Kym asks if Hines has a sexy, smoldering side. He laughs, "No, not really." They'll be dancing a rumba to "Proud To Be an American," and Hines is determined to beat Ralph's benchmark for this style of dance. Hines' biggest issue is that he is less gentle and more Cro-Magnon. He'll have to work on being delicate with Kym.
The number is a riff on An Officer and a Gentleman, with Hines in the white uniform Richard Gere donned all those years ago. Despite the schmaltzstravaganza, the number is energetic where it needs to be. Hines is a strong partner, keeping his frame when Kym needs him to, and luckily the music blares loud enough that you can't hear the thud when he drops her to the ground. I'm just guessing it's no coincidence that Kym is wearing a long skirt that covers her fall leg tonight. Bruno thought it displayed ease of movement, musicality, and sensuality, and that the ladies must be swooning. Carrie Ann thinks Hines makes dancing look easy and especially compliments his hip action. Len wouldn't go that far, but he does say that Hines is a natural. He says it was Hines' best dance so far. In the red room, Hines explains the he was "making pillow love" this week, a.k.a. practicing with his pillow. He thinks they did a good job considering how unromantic their practices were. And as for the scores, Carrie Ann awards them a 9, Len also gives them a 9, and Bruno jumps on the bandwagon, giving them a total of 27 points and putting them in first place.