Wow. That was really good. Way better than I anticipated. David swung onto the floor from the second level and then cracked a whip and that was their "skit" -- short but sweet. The actual paso was really good. The only downside was David's hands were stiff and pancaked throughout. But his arms and posture were strong. He muddled a little in the middle, but his jumps were amazing and he seemed confident and powerful, which is what you need for the paso, attitude-wise. The crowd loved it. Bruno talks about David's "tight muscles and tight pants," and reminds him to work on his turns. Carrie Ann thinks David has been catapulted to a new level, mostly due to his attitude. Len liked the beginning and the attitude, but he didn't think the form was good. The other judges start arguing with him over whether or not David had tight buttocks and it's a disaster so David and Kym just leave. Scores: Carrie Ann 8, Len 7 and Bruno 8. That's a fair score. His form wasn't perfect but it was way better than anything else he's done so far.
Another filler dance with Val and the troupe. The producers love Val. The routine starts with three couples dancing together, and seriously, the tallest dude form the troupe is not good. I noticed it last week and it holds up this week. His feet are terrible. Then Val comes out and gets a solo with one of the ladies. It's fine. Bring on the actual contestants now? Please?
Carson and Anna will be dancing to a song from Pirates of the Caribbean, doing the Viennese waltz. Carson jokes that pirates are guys running around in tight pants with open shirts, looking for jewelry, so it's in his wheelhouse. The studio audience loves it when Carson makes jokes about how gay he is or how much he's crushing on hot gents. Like, they guffaw. I mean, Carson is funny but let's not get crazy here, studio audience. Anyway, they bring in a hot stuntman to teach them how to do sword fighting. Not sure how that fits with the waltz, but can't wait to find out!