Dancing With The Stars
Season 14 Performance 2

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The Quick and the Dead

Their jive does have the '50s sock hop vibe (or '50s soda fountain). And it has a TON of content. Compare how much they are doing actual jive steps to any of the preceding jive routines. That said, I think Jaleel (I keep wanting to type Urkel) is a bit flat-footed throughout and he just doesn't seem as into the character as he was last week. I don't know if he doesn't like this routine as much or feels less confident about it or what.

Judges? Len thought it lacked attack and speed, and while there were moments he enjoyed, he wanted it sharper and crisper. Bruno liked the concept of the dance, although he agrees that he wants the kicks and flicks sharper. Carrie Ann thought it was great, but lacked sparkle. She even says the word flat-footed. I said that too! I'm always psyched when the judges say the same thing as me, like I know anything about the world of dance. Scores: Carrie Ann: 7, Len 7, and Bruno 8.

Maria and Derek played it safe last week. They laugh really hard in rehearsals, but then Maria strains her rib (I saw some reports that she broke some ribs). That could be a problem. Their quickstep has a Bonnie and Clyde theme. This is so not a quickstep song. It's more of a jive song, or a Lindy song. Derek does put a lot of quickstep moves in there, and Maria does a decent job keeping up with him, although she does get a bit behind the beat and miss a few steps here and there. Way better than last week, and good but not great. I couldn't see evidence of her injury, because her frame was great.

Judges? Bruno loved her frame, although he did notice that she missed a step. Carrie Ann compliments their frame and hold, because they were solid but not stiff, but notes their gaffe as well. She thinks it was a huge improvement over last week. Len doesn't think they need to make such a big deal over the mistake, because they had balance, speed, and control. Scores: Carrie Ann 8, Len 8, and Bruno 9. That's great for them.

Martina and Tony were tied for the bottom last week, but everyone was shocked by her glam look. When they rehearse, Tony tells Martina that she could be a lot better if she lost the insecurity. She retorts that she can't help but be insecure when she does the move a hundred times and screws it up every time. And then while they are doing a between-the-legs pass, she hits her toe and it causes her a lot of pain. Given her athletic career, I'm guessing Martina doesn't get so down over a stubbed toe, so this must really hurt.

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