Dancing With The Stars
Season 14 Performance 2

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The Quick and the Dead

Did I mention that they have the jive? Martina starts behind the judges and kisses Len before going out on the dance floor. Tony has her start out with side-by-side moves out of hold, which was a terrible idea. Didn't he do the same thing with Kate Gosselin and it was similarly terrible? She just can't get into sync with him. I don't know why Tony would choreograph it that way. She's insecure anyway, so do more in hold so that you can make sure she's on the right track before sending her out on her own. Martina is really game and never loses her smile, but the routine is pretty awful.

Judges? Carrie Ann loved the approach and the attitude, but can't help but note that she was off. Len says that she was too careful, and Bruno tells her that her "serve went into the net." He knows that she got off on the wrong foot and just couldn't get caught up. Scores: Carrie Ann 6, Len 5, and Bruno 6. People boo, but come on. That was terrible. And I don't know if she has the fanbase to carry her through, but we shall see.

Donald did pretty well with his Latin dance last week, but now he has the quickstep. He gets frustrated in rehearsals because he's used to getting things very quickly, and this is all new to him. Peta says that she's giving him a hard routine because she knows he can do it. I don't know if I have her confidence - his quickstep form doesn't look great. Let's hope he improves by the time rehearsals ended.

Wow, did his form improve from rehearsals. That was amazing. I am shocked at how good it was. I mean, it wasn't perfect or anything, but I had really low expectations. His posture was really good, and he was incredibly light on his feet. My only quibble was with his facial expression - it was incredibly over-the-top. But at least he was trying, so there's that.

Judges? Len says that performance was one of the best of the night, AND he adds that, upon review, he underscored Donald last week. Bruno loved the lines and he thinks Donald took their critiques to heart. Carrie Ann thought it was smooth and elegant, and his years of watching the show have paid off. Scores: Carrie Ann 8, Len 8, and Bruno 8. I thought there might be a 9 in there, but it was fine.

Gavin found a new way to wear a hat, at least. He's dressed like Brando in The Wild Ones, I guess? But it mostly just looks like he just wandered out of a stereotypical gay leather bar. What is going on under that hat? Just take it off, dude. It couldn't be that bad. Anyway, how's his jive? Look, he tries. He lifts his feet off the floor, so he's doing better than some of the worst dancers on the show. But he's pigeon-toed and his feet are just all over the place. And his posture is awful. Posture isn't AS important in the jive but he's doing this weird shoulder shimmy and I don't know what is happening right now. It's very "drunk brother-in-law at the wedding."

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