Dancing With The Stars
Season 14 Performance 9

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Tightrope

I love their samba. I might be influenced by how much I liked his backstory, but I really liked the story of a rich dude and the lady who bilked him out of his money set to "Mr. Big Stuff." I saw a lot of great footwork and some fantastic bouncing. I'm still mad they didn't get a perfect score for their waltz, so the judges had better reward this one. It wasn't perfect, but I feel like the storytelling made up for a few small lapses in technique.

Judges? Len says it was a little careful here and there but he liked it. Bruno took a big risk in not doing a Brazilian song but it worked out beautifully. Carrie Ann just grins and says it was "A+ game." I think she already used that line. Can I give his kids a 10 each? Because they are adorable. And then in the interview, Donald talks about his mom and gets too emotional to talk. Scores: Carrie Ann 10, Len 9, and Bruno 10. Is Len ever going to give him that 10? Come on, old man.

Maria's story: lived in Massachusetts, where her parents worked as janitors. Haven't we already seen this? Wasn't this part of her package in the week where they told a story through dance or whatever? Anyway, I really love their jive, but it's a lot of Derek dancing and not as much Maria dancing. I mean, what she does, she does well, and it fits the song ("Tightrope" by Janelle Monae) really well, but I can see the judges saying it didn't have enough jive content. I cannot believe some of the moves that Derek pulled off with a bad back, though. I know his score shouldn't be based on that (or really, any of the moves that Derek pulled off), but it was a sight to see. I wish he had given Maria more to do; that's been an issue with them all season.

Judges? Bruno calls it the jive reinvented with quirky and unexpected details. All those weird moves shouldn't have worked, but they did. Carrie Ann tells Maria it was another stunner and she's a winner tonight. Len liked the footwork and the inventiveness and felt good with the music. The judges are surprising me! I agree with them, though. Scores: Carrie Ann 10, Len 9, and Bruno 10. I agree with those scores. I'm glad they didn't get another 30, but that was a routine I plan to watch again.

Man, anyone could go home tomorrow night. It really is going to come down to viewer votes. When they show Katherine during the closing, she looks miserable and in a great deal of pain. Yikes. Here are the final scores:

Maria and Derek: 30 + 29 = 59

William and Cheryl: 28 + 30 = 58

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