Judges? Len gives them a standing ovation. Bruno compares her to Syd Charisse, which is a huge compliment, although I don't know if Melissa knows that. Carrie Ann loved it, but she thinks that Melissa is still dancing a bit too inwardly. Len and Bruno couldn't disagree more. Scores: Carrie Ann 9.5, Len 10, and Bruno 10.
Derek and Shawn rehearse, and Shawn seems distracted and weird. Derek notes it, and Shawn admits that her knee, which she hurt while screwing around with Sabrina during rehearsals for the group dance, is acting up. Derek makes her go sit down and ice it. I just watched that whole thing and realized that I have no idea what their actual dance was. It's a great country routine, don't get me wrong, and Shawn doesn't miss a step, although she does hunch over a bit at times. But the difficulty from their previous routines isn't in evidence here, and I wonder if Derek had to tone it down a bit because of her knee injury. It's still great, though, and from anyone else, I wouldn't even notice that it was a tiny bit easier than usual.
Judges? Bruno tells Sabrina that she's sexy, and they fused county and cha cha cha well. Ah, that's what they were doing! Way better fusion than Gilles and Peta. Carrie Ann agrees with Bruno, and she loves how Sabrina finishes every move, although her solo could have been better. Len thought the choreography was fantastic, but there were too many gimmicks and not enough dancing. The crowd boos. Derek guarantees Len some real dancing next week. Scores: Carrie Ann 9.5, Len 8.5, and Bruno 10. Boy, Len wasn't kidding.
Totally forgot that Kirstie was still on this show. Anyway, Kirstie and her horsehair have the rumba this week, and she spends more of her time arguing with Maks about how she can't do it and she's too old, and he tries to push her, and she pushes back and it all makes me tired. Can we just agree, as a nation, that her time is up? I guess I have to watch her dance first. Okay, it's actually a decent rumba. Kirstie is always fairly graceful, and it's a slower dance, so she can actually execute the moves. I'm just tired of her schtick.