Carrie Ann loved everything about it. Len thought it was moody, and Chelsea's feet and legs looked good. He proclaims that Chelsea has fulfilled her potential. Bruno loved the shapes they made, and he thought it was stunning. Scores: Carrie Ann 10, Len 10, and Bruno 10. I buy it. It wasn't the dance for me, but I think my Mark hatred is coloring my reactions.
And finally, let's learn about Hines's past. He was born in South Korea to an African-American father and a Korean mother. His mother left Korea because she knew there was a lot of discrimination against mixed children, and came to the U.S. Then his parents split up, so his mom had to work hard to give Hines the life she felt he deserved. Hines felt he didn't fit in, because of his racial makeup, but athletics finally gave him a home. He was drafted lower than people thought he might be, due to a knee problem, so he just worked hard and made it happen, and that's what he's tried to do on the dance floor. Their second dance tonight is the salsa. I don't know what this song is. It's terrible, or at least the house band's version of it is terrible. But Hines is having so much fun, that it's easy to overlook any small problems with the technique. And there aren't many anyway.
Len says he loved it, and it was a joyful experience. Bruno thinks Hines is a beautiful person and "supremely watchable." Carrie Ann thinks that Hines uses dance as self-expression. That's the difference between Hines and, say, Ralph. It feels organic with Hines, when he's on, but it feels like Ralph is doing a routine. Scores: Carrie Ann 10, Len 10, and Bruno 10. That's two perfect scores. Wow.
Ralph and Karina kind of need this winner-take-all cha cha, don't they? So here's how it's going to work. Two couples will compete in a bracket-style tournament, and then the winners of each bracket compete for the fifteen points. Len explains that, in the past, some of the best dancers haven't made the finals due to lack of viewer voting. But this one is all decided by the judges, and will likely push the winner into the final.
So first up are Ralph and Karina versus Kym and Hines. Kym and Hines go first, and they look so natural. Hines isn't as smiley as usual, because I think he's concentrating on the steps more, but he looks smooth. Ralph and Karina, on the other hand...eesh. Ralph's arms are flailing around, and he has zero hip action. I know it's more dramatic if Ralph goes to the finals, but Hines should take this one easily. Len thinks Hines looked good, and Ralph clearly went full out. Bruno thinks Hines was solid and entertaining, and he thinks Ralph has raised his game. Carrie Ann thought Ralph had some game, but Hines's hips were in it to win it. All three judges vote for Hines and Kym to go through. Well, at least it's not fixed for drama.