Dancing With The Stars
Season 15 Performance 7

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Kim: B | Grade It Now!
Surfer Flamenco? Really?

Judges? Bruno makes Shawn give him a hug and yells that it was "another mega hit." Carrie Ann knows it was a challenging routine and points out that Shawn is out of breath for once, but they did a fantastic job. Len can't even talk, but says that it was dynamite and fantastic. I think we've got some perfect scores coming up. Scores: Carrie Ann 10, Len 10, and Bruno 10. Shawn and Derek can't believe it. I don't even know. It was good, I guess? It's hard to judge a dance you've never seen before.

Apolo and Karina have a big top jazz number. You know, that jazz that they dance under the big top? What, that's a thing. Isn't it? Anyway, Apolo is also struggling in rehearsals this week. He's exhausted and he hits bottom (literally) when he tries to do some sort of jump and nuts himself on Karina's stomach. Ouch. Anyway, this dance is some kind of mess. I don't even know what's happening. They're dressed up like clown mimes? When they are dancing side by side in sync, it's good. But any time they go into hold, it's just ugly. And I don't think it's Apolo's fault; I think the choreography is just bad. And they're not really selling it. It's a flop, for me.

Judges? Carrie Ann loved the concept and what they were going for, but she felt it was disjointed, and they were out of sync a lot. She just felt like it didn't all come together. Len thought there were a few awkward moments, but Apolo is a fighter and he gave it everything he had. Bruno thought it was edgy and surreal and he thinks what Carrie Ann thought was disjointed was actually proper jazz movement. Scores: Carrie Ann 8.5, Len 9, and Bruno 9.5. Look, maybe I'm like Carrie Ann and I just didn't get it, and Bruno's right. But it felt wrong.

Emmitt and Cheryl have the espionage Lindy Hop, and Cheryl claims that she's never seen dance styles mixed like this. Cheryl tries to get Emmitt to act like a cartoon, and he struggles with that. Their story is that Cheryl is trying to steal the Mirror Ball trophy and they're dancing to "Secret Agent Man." I have to say, Cheryl did a genius job choreographing this one. The storyline is clear from the start, and every move plays into the story that Emmitt's the good guy and Cheryl is the bad guy. They do get badly out of sync on their first turn, but the rest seems pretty good. I think Emmitt could have sold it a bit more, but the stunts were appropriate and fit both the dance and the theme. Solid.

Judges? Len liked the concept, energy, lifts, and fun, but he would have liked a little more Lindy in there. Bruno is crying from laughing and calls it a Looney Tunes version of James Bond. I think that's exactly what Cheryl was going for. Carrie Ann thought it was the most animated that Emmitt's ever been, pun intended. Scores: Carrie Ann 9, Len 9, and Bruno 9.

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