Dancing With The Stars
Season 16 Performance 9

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Anyone But Ingo

Tonight, for the first time, the couples have to perform two full pre-planned routines, and one of them will be in the style chosen for them by the viewers via Twitter last week.

Derek and Kellie are up first and after having some fun at Len's expense for his shitty score last week, they talk about their dance, the flamenco, which Derek has never done. Despite that, Derek wants to make the routine as traditional as possible since Len dinged them last week. He and Kellie are also working on their Argentine tango, and Kellie struggles with them a bit. So we're going to see their Argentine tango first. And wow, it's a doozy. The way Derek has choreographed it, leg placement is everything, because their legs are interacting without touching, if that makes any sense. And Kelly nails it. And there is a ton of content; I can see why Kellie was struggling. My only complaint is that I don't think these two have romantic chemistry, but their dancing is so good.

Judges? Len thought it was a mix of pride and joy. Bruno welcomes her to the world of the sublime. Carrie tells her that it was perfection, especially the opening silhouette section. Scores: Carrie Ann 10, Len 10, and Bruno 10. Wow. I didn't think they'd get a perfect score, but it was a pretty good routine.

I keep forgetting that Ingo is still here. I'm going to be so mad if he makes it to the finals. This week, they have the samba and the Charleston. They know that they are the underdogs and have to fight to stay in it. Don't fight! Just let it go. Anyway, their first dance tonight is the samba. Ingo is so athletic and he really puts his all into the routine, but it's missing the samba bounce. It feels like he's going from pose to pose instead of flowing through the routine.

Judges? Bruno says that he can see how hard Ingo worked, although he didn't have the bounce. Carrie Ann says that Ingo has some great moves and some sloppy moves, but she's looking forward to his next dance. Len thought he did a good job with a difficult dance. Scores: Carrie Ann 8, Len 9, and Bruno 8. They are happy with those scores.

This week, Aly and Mark have the rumba and Afro jazz. Mark is psyched about Afro jazz, which he describes as "tribal and animalistic." I'm worried, you guys. Mark tries to get Aly to be sensual when dancing the rumba. He should buy her a vibrator. I'm not kidding. I think she'd really benefit from that. Anyway, their rumba is up first. They dance to "When I Was Your Man" and it's...really beautiful. I am captivated. I think it helps that Mark's not wearing a fedora. But Aly gets into the storyline and her lines are beautiful. She could use a little more hip action (or any, frankly) but it's a great performance.

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