Joey Fatone is dressed up like Charlie Chaplin. Oh good, because what I've been missing from Joey is more mugging. In rehearsals, Joey notes that the quickstep requires you to cover all four corners of the floor, and that means a lot of moving, and he's got a lot of bulk to move. Okay. First off, they dance to a '20s version of "Creep" by Radiohead, which is so off-putting and bizarre that it completely takes me out of the dance. And then, Joey's upper body is awful. His shoulders are up around his ears and his arms are not graceful at all. He does fine with the footwork but after seeing the earlier quicksteps, his definitely suffers in comparison. He sells the "story" of the dance and the character, but he always does that.
Judges? Carrie Ann loved the character and performance, but he did make a few mistakes. Len thought there was poor posture and bad footwork, but he enjoyed the routine anyway. Len adds that if you can't dance, you should entertain. I think Len meant it as a compliment but it came off as him saying that Joey can't dance. Bruno says the same as the others: good performance, mediocre dancing. Scores: Carrie Ann: 7.5, Len 7.5, and Bruno 7.5. Overscored by about a point.
Shawn, like Apolo, is really competitive and wants to be in the top three, so she's going to add gymnastics to the routine, since she figures that's something she can do that no one else can. And sure enough, they open with cartwheels down the stairs. Their jive is really good. Clean, sharp, and fun to watch. And controlled, which I think is difficult for the jive sometimes. My only complaint is that sometimes Shawn doesn't put enough bounce in her kicks and flicks, but that could be a stylistic thing, not technique.
Judges? Len though there was just enough content and technique, and he expects more from Shawn. Bruno thinks Len is nutso, and it was perfect. Carrie Ann agrees with Bruno, because Shawn and Derek's synchronicity was amazing. Scores: Carrie Ann 8.5, Len 8, and Bruno 8.5. Derek admits backstage that he's barely keeping up with Shawn, so I'm not sure how much more content he could put in.
Kelly was really nervous about returning to the ballroom but she admits that she danced without counting the steps and it felt really good. While rehearsing their quickstep, Val keeps telling Kelly to stop bouncing her boobs, like she can control that. She makes him wear a bra with water balloons in it so he can see what it feels like, and then he understands. Those two are doing it, right? It seems like they're doing it. Anyway, their quickstep. I think the costuming did Kelly a disservice this week because her footwork was great but you couldn't see it at times due to her tea-length princess gown. Her neck and upper body looked fantastic. As with Helio, I don't remember her being this good of a dancer.