During the routine itself, there is a group of men in stereotypical Mexican gear along with a live donkey (does this feel a little racist to anyone else?), but the dancing is about an A- for me. There are times when Emmitt looks great, but there are times when he has pancake hands. His facial expressions are great; I just don't know why Emmitt wouldn't pick a dance with more groove in it, since that's his strength as a dancer. There's no twinkle here. The group of people in the corner also pulls focus from his dancing, which might be the plan. The final move goes off without a hitch, and Emmitt slides neatly through Cheryl's legs without knocking her over.
Judges? Bruno loved how Emmitt got into the character of the dance and reminds him to watch his shoulders creeping up. Carrie Ann calls him "the human torpedo" and she loved that he upped the game. Len thought Emmitt was really scary, and he's got a dominating presence, although Len wanted a little more finesse at times. Scores: Carrie Ann 8.5, Len 8, and Bruno 8.5.
So far, it seems like "reinventing" a previous dance just means using the same song and dance style and then doing whatever you want.
Helio decides to "reinvent" Apolo and Julianne's quickstep where Apolo wore the pinstripe suit. Apolo even visits their rehearsals to see how they're doing. As the routine begins, Helio gets a little ahead of the music, and he seems ahead of the beat for the next little bit. There's a nice bit of fancy footwork but then, during a turn, Helio steps on Chelsie's dress and slips twice. He doesn't fall, but it looks really awkward. They manage to make it through the rest of the routine, but the whole thing felt a little off. They weren't as smooth and in sync as you'd normally see in a quickstep.
Judges? Carrie Ann thought it was so good, and she loves how Helio does the quickstep, although she can't ignore the fumble with the dress. Len thinks they deserve to be back next week. Bruno noticed that they collapsed after the slip-up. As Helio and Chelsie wait for their scores, Tom announces that the other blockbuster announcement is that for next week, the couples will get to choose the style of dance for each other. Hmm. The dancers all look concerned. Scores: Carrie Ann 8.5, Len 8.5, and Bruno 8.5. Overscored.