Dancing With The Stars
Season 14 Performance 2

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The Quick and the Dead

Judges? Carrie Ann notes that Melissa did slip, but she recovered well and kind of loosened up afterwards. Carrie Ann wants her to loosen up her shoulders and hide her nervousness more. Len says it started well but she lost her energy as the dance went on and she lost her posture. Bruno agrees with the other judges, and says that when Melissa relaxes, she does better, but sometimes she gets nervous and too in her head. That's what I said! I am a genius. Scores: Carrie Ann 7, Len 6, and Bruno 7.

Jack and Anna also got good scores but not great scores last week. They work on their jive and Anna is ruthless in the rehearsals, which I love. Though if she were a dude, people would complain like they do about Maks. Anyway, their jive - eesh. It's not good. Jack's arms are flying all over the place like he's a wounded bird. It's a little TOO high energy. And I see him screw up at least twice, maybe more, and he gets a panicked look on his face and starts dancing HARDER, which makes everything over the top. Oh, dear. His kicks, which are supposed to just be little flicks of the ankle, are almost knee height, just to give you an example of how much he is overdancing. He looks like a Ballas out there, but without the dance background.

Judges? Len says that he liked the content, attitude, and energy, but he attacked so hard he lost a little control. Bruno says that Jack gave it all, but he lost the beat a few times. Carrie Ann says that he overdanced it a little bit, and he needs to ease a little more. They all think he's fun to watch and will make it through to next week. Scores: Carrie Ann 7, Len 7, and Bruno 7. Jack thinks he could've done better but blames himself, not the judges.

You guys, Gavin DeGraw is dressed up like a leather biker daddy. I can't.

Gladys and Tristan rehearse their quickstep, and Gladys gets frustrated with herself because she says that she doesn't just want to pass. She wants to excel. She's working really hard. I admire that. She could try to get by on her reputation and her charm, but she doesn't.

Their quickstep is to "Sir Duke" by Stevie Wonder which is one of my all-time favorite songs. This is a way slowed-down version, though. Gladys manages to put a little sass into it, but the quickstep isn't really built for sass. And this is way too slow to be a proper quickstep. That said, it's smooth and she gets all the footwork. This just isn't her dance. The quickstep is a young man or lady's dance, apparently.

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