Dancing With The Stars
Season 15 Performance 8

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The Time of My Life

Judges? Carrie Ann says that it's a fan favorite and a great routine, but she wishes they had followed the rules because she thinks that points do matter, and this was exactly what she saw last time. Good point - not a lot of room for improvement here because the points off last time weren't for lack of skill. Len thought there was more body contact in hold this time, but they broke contact and did a lift, so he has no choice with his scores. Bruno tells them that they've taken risks all season, and they've achieved something sensational, even if the judges' scores are bound by the rules. I hate that the judges are going to come off as the bad guys here. Scores: Carrie Ann 9, Len 8.5, and Bruno 9.5. I'd like some explanation of how the judges are all bound by the same rules but give different scores.

Now on to the supersized freestyles. See, this is where Derek and Shawn can get creative; not sure why they also had to do it in their first dance. Anyway, Kelly and Val are sitting in a barn or something? Anyway, they are planning on doing some aerial stunts and Val will play the violin. And they are still playing coy on the "are they doing it or not?" front.

So it starts with Kelly suspended a million feet up in the air doing aerial work on some scarves and Val playing the violin, as promised. And then it goes into "(I've Had) The Time of My Life" and becomes Dirty Dancing. I like that they are incorporating ballroom into the freestyle, and at least this is something different than what we usually see in the finals. Kelly looks beautiful and her movements seem very free. And then a gospel choir comes out and the troupe comes out and this is all pulling focus from Kelly and Val's dancing if you ask me. But they do the lift at the end; it's a beat behind where it should be, but you can't not do the lift.

Judges? Len thought it was spectacular and he loved the lifts, even if it wasn't totally original. Bruno thought the interpretation was superb, and they had fantastic chemistry. Carrie Ann thought their growth as a couple over the season has been fantastic, whether it's legitimate or not, and this routine was their happy ending. Scores: Carrie Ann 10, Len 9.5, and Bruno 10.

Now to Melissa and Tony. Their freestyle in their original season bombed, probably because they did hip hop and that's not Tony's strength. They are doing contemporary, which to me means a lot of rolling around on the floor, and apparently based on their rehearsal footage, tons of lifts. Not my bag, but maybe I'll be surprised. Well, I'm watching their routine now and I think I've figured out my problem with it. Melissa is a beautiful dancer with amazing and graceful lines, and this routine has erased them. It just looks awkward and like an excuse to do a bunch of unnecessary lifts. I mean, it's fine, but I don't feel like it showed off what Melissa can do. I would prefer to see her do a waltz or similar.

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