Judges? Len liked it although he saw a few problems with technique. Bruno thought it was sensual and classy, and advises Apolo to avoid tensing up his hands. Carrie Ann thought the artistic direction was memorable and stunning and she disagrees with Bruno on Apolo's arms and hands. Carrie Ann also notes that Apolo was leading. Scores: Carrie Ann 9, Len 8, and Bruno 8.5. Carrie Ann is on crack.
Kelly chooses Maks and Laila Ali's paso doble and she's pretty psyched about making Val try to surpass his brother. They meet with the production designer who tells them that some of the other couples are using live animals, and Kelly notes that others might use fluff but she and Val are just going to fill their routine with good dancing. She's totally right, but I could see some of the others getting offended by that. The more I see of Kelly's personality, the more I like her though. She's honest, sometimes brutally so.
Their routine starts with a giant red matador cape being drawn over their heads for the full length of the floor. They are great together, and the dancing is really sharp and intense and passionate. My one quibble is that sometimes Kelly gets a little wobbly on the turns. I try to watch the star and not the pro during the routines, but Val made it difficult. He was fantastic.
Judges? Bruno tells her it was a defining performance and it included beauty, artistry, and talent. Carrie Ann says that they have amazing chemistry and it's magical. Len can't believe what he saw and he loved the focus, the musicality in her arms, and he loves that Kelly has turned up the volume on her dancing this week. Scores: Carrie Ann 9, Len 9, and Bruno 9. Man, those are some high scores.
Tom is set to reveal one of the blockbuster announcements: Paula Abdul will be a guest judge next week. That's not a blockbuster announcement.
Kirstie has decided to be fearless and her choice is Carson's cha cha to "Moves Like Jagger." She adds a bunch of stereotypically British elements because she has zero imagination and then says that Maks will be Mick and she'll be a groupie and she demonstrates by tossing her terrible, gross hair around. Gah, her hair bugs me more each week. Anyway, her strategy is to put Maks in tight pants and I can't really argue with that one, so let's see it.