Judges? Len knows it is a challenge to learn the individual parts and then keep the group parts in sync. Bruno loves that they went all out, but they did lose sync as a result. Carrie Ann disagrees, and thought they did well in formation. She singles out Ralph for holding his own. Donny notes that Ralph fluffed some footwork, but it didn't affect the team formation. Okay, I know a friend told me that Ralph doesn't wear a wig, but he definitely has more hair this week than in previous weeks, so something is up. Scores: Donny 8, Carrie Ann 8, Len 7, and Bruno 7.
Now Team Hines is up to dance. In rehearsal, Louis reminds them it's all about formation, and while they may not have the youth of the other team, they have more butt. After their first group rehearsal, everyone is supposed to go work on their individual stuff. When they reconvene, turns out Maks and Kirstie don't have the solo down. Or even really started. And then Kendra farts during rehearsals. Classy. I mean, I love a good fart joke, but come on.
They start the routine and immediately get a little bit out of sync, to my eye. Another thing that bugs me, though it may have been purposeful, is that for two couples the male is on the left, and then Maks and Kirstie are reversed. Since the men are wearing brown and the women are wearing pink, it messes up the visual pattern. I don't know why they would do that.
Kendra and Louis have the first solo and it's fine. As long as Kendra can do her reconstituted stripper moves and shake her boobs, she'll be okay. Maks and Kirstie are next and you can kind of tell that she's unsure of some of the transitions and Maks is talking/leading her through them. She looks good though. Her legs look a lot slimmer than previous weeks. Hines and Kym go last, which was smart, because he is definitely the best. As they dance, you can see Kendra in the wings jumping around to the music and she looks better and more natural than she ever does on the floor. They reconvene as a group and they clearly have learned the Derek Hough rule (maybe it's actually the Louis rule?) about walking down the floor in sync, and the audience loves it. They do a lot of moves as a group in a circle, which is smart because it means they don't really have to be in sync. I think overall the other group's routine was more difficult, but it's better to do simpler moves and nail them, and I think they did, even dragging weak link Kendra along.