Last week, JR and Karina got their first 10. This week, they have the quickstep, the same as Derek and Ricki. Karina tells him that this is the most ambitious routine she's ever done on the show, but she has faith in JR. So he vows to push himself and make it happen.
I so love the quickstep and there hasn't been a good one on this show in a while. And this is a good one. It's very '20s flapper vibe, and JR is right on with the footwork. My one complaint, and it's a minor one, is that when they were in hold, he didn't put enough oomph into it. He ran down the floor, which is what the dance is about, but I wanted something more. And I still think Karina's choreography leaves something to be desired. I would love to see JR do one of Cheryl's routines. But it was really well-executed; at least as good as Ricki and Derek's, if not better.
Judges? Len says that Helio is in the audience, and he danced a great quickstep in his day, but JR's was as good. Bruno thinks it was A HIT!!!! Carrie Ann thinks that Bob Fosse would have been proud. Must be short on time after Maks's outburst. Scores: Carrie Ann 10, Len 9, and Bruno 10. I'll buy that.
To give the couples time to prepare for the group dance, we get a performance from Kristin Chenoweth. Because she's a professional, she can dance and sing at the same time, as she performs "Maybe This Time" with a troupe of male dancers. I think Kristin Chenoweth is beautiful and funny, but something about her face creeps me out. As she ages, she's starting to look like a muppet or something. She finishes that song and the troupe (plus Tony, Maks, and Val and probably Peta) come out to dance to "I Could Have Danced All Night". And holy shit, Cheno hits a note at the end of the song that is amazing. Take that, Mariah Carey.