Chelsea and Mark are up first, doing the salsa. The producers screw up and the song starts before the announcer finishes announcing them. They're actually probably better off having that happen in this dance than in a more planned routine. Chelsea definitely knows how to shake it, which helps. Mark is wearing his stupid spectator shoes and green socks with highwater pants, which so don't fit this dance. I hate him. And he's overdancing as usual. Can't he trust his partner? Ugh. I miss Derek. There, I said it. Anyway, their routine is really good in that it doesn't seem like they miss a step. It's a little too much shaking and not enough dancing, but I guess that's to be expected. Len thinks it was hot, Bruno thinks they're setting the bar high in difficulty, and Carrie Ann thought the choreography was great but there was no connection to the music. Len and Bruno could not disagree more. Weird to see those two on the same side. Scores: Carrie Ann 8, Len 9, and Bruno 9.
Hines and Kym have the jive. Hines says he was really looking forward to it, but he's struggling with learning the moves without knowing the music. Kym is nervous about how much Hines is struggling in rehearsals. Their dance starts and this Jerry Lee Lewis version is bullshit. Hines does struggle. He does well in sections, but then other sections kind of fall apart, and the transitions aren't good. It's not his best night. I wish he got to do the jive on a week where he could rehearse, because I think he would do really well with it. Bruno liked the energy, but his kicks and flicks weren't great. Carrie Ann thought it was amazing, because Hines was right on the beat. Len could see that Hines has worked hard this week. All three judges emphasize how the jive is one of the hardest dances and Hines kind of got screwed having to do it as the Instant Dance, and they are impressed. Scores: Carrie Ann 9, Len 9, and Bruno 8.
Romeo and Chelsie have the salsa. Romeo thinks he's an awesome dancer but Chelsie tells him he's got too much club dance in his salsa. She takes him to an actual salsa club to see how it's done. When they start their actual dance, Romeo looks pretty good and I'm impressed with his ability to stay in the salsa mode of "2, 3, 4, 2, 3, 4." It's very Dirty Dancing. His posture is terrible though, probably because he's concentrating on the footwork so much. He gets a little lost near the end, and you can tell because he sticks his tongue out. Note to those scoring at home: when Romeo sticks his tongue out, it's usually because he's forgotten the steps or he has to concentrate really hard. They pull through without any major flubs, and I enjoyed watching that more than any Instant Dance so far, even though the technique wasn't great.