I totally forgot Melissa was back. Man, all three finalists from her season (Gilles and Shawn) are back. That was a close season. Anyway, Melissa is back with Tony, and they vow to do more and work hard so they don't get stuck in third place again. She is just really boring. I have no interest in her. Anyway, they have the foxtrot. They're dancing to "Hey Big Spender" and I just don't buy Melissa as the seductress she's supposed to be portraying in this routine. She's a great dancer, but I'm not buying the performance. She's too sunny and cheerleader-y.
Judges? Carrie Ann loves Fosse, and thinks Melissa has beautiful lines and posture, but she wants to see more body contact in ballroom. Len thought it was a little theatrical by his standards but her lines and extensions were great. Bruno loves the fluidity and thought she looked sassy and sexy, but she needs a stronger frame in hold. Well, at least I know why they're getting points taken off. Scores: Carrie Ann 7, Len 7, and Bruno 7. Seems like the baseline this week is 7.
Apolo is partnered with Karina this time around. His season was so long ago that I can't remember if he was actually good or not. He's short. He had a lot of energy. He still has that terrible facial hair. Why does he have it? What does it do for him besides make it look like he goes to a waxer for lady parts? Apolo and Karina are dancing the cha cha. Hmm. Apolo seems just a little behind the beat, like he's always trying to catch up. It's a fast, fast routine, but maybe they should have slowed it down just a tiny bit. Apolo does still have great hip action and arm extension. He also needs to cut his hair as it kept flopping in his face. He really just needs a personal stylist because his hair and his whatever that thing is on his face are out of date.
Judges? Len doesn't think it was a gold-medal performance, but it might have taken the bronze. The hip action wasn't great, but Apolo sold it. Bruno thinks Apolo's extensions were "exquisite," but his foot placement wasn't perfect. Carrie Ann thought it was really sexy. Really? He's like a tiny pixie. That just doesn't do it for me. Scores: Carrie Ann 7.5, Len 7, and Bruno 7.5. Overscored.