Len saw no glaring mistakes, but small incidences. He wanted more flick and sharper feet, but overall, he thought Rob did a good job. Bruno liked the pace and youthful energy. Carrie Ann was impressed with the transitions, but advises him to work on his feet, as Len said. Scores: Carrie Ann 8, Len 8 and Bruno 8. That's more than fair.
Hope and Maks work on their routine, which Hope screwed up when they did it previously. Hope wants to do the same two steps the whole time, but Maks says he can't do that. We learn that Hope doesn't learn routines by counts; she listens to the lyrics of the song. That explains so much about how she dances and why she's always lagging behind and then rushing to catch up. But Hope is determined to do better this time. I'll say this about their routine -- it's fast. And they keep up the pace the whole time. Hope's posture is HORRIBLE. She's leaning way forward and it throws off all her lines. But she keeps her feet going and doesn't seem to miss any steps, so that's something.
Judges? Bruno says it was fast and furious and he gives her a few specific things to work on but says it was very good. Carrie Ann thinks it was an improvement on her previous jive, but she needs to work on her hands. Len yells that it was fantastic and everything a jive should be. WHAT? LEN? He calls it bloody brilliant. I am in Crazytown. Scores: Carrie Ann 8, Len 9 and Bruno 8. Seriously, has Len been drinking?
To prepare for the instant dance, Ricki and Derek rehearse their jive to three different songs so that they can focus on the steps and not worry about the actual song. That's smart. Derek is smart. My one issue with Derek and Ricki's routine is that Ricki stops doing the footwork from time to time and just marks the beat, which makes it easier for her than it was for, for example, Hope, who kept doing the footwork the entire time. Derek also wisely put in a lot of stunts and things that also meant Ricki didn't have to have as much stamina. The first half looked really great though -- I just thought, despite all their tricks, Ricki lost the plot about halfway through and was just marking time.
Judges? They all have a good laugh over how hard Ricki tried to keep her feet on the floor so that she wouldn't get points taken off for a lift. Carrie Ann says it was great, but there were a few times where Ricki stopped and Derek kept going. Len agrees, and so does Bruno, and he thinks it made for less flow. They all agree that this was a difficult challenge. Scores: Carrie Ann 8, Len 8 and Bruno 8.