John and Edyta got really poor scores last week and ended up in the bottom two. As they rehearse, Edyta keeps harping on the fact that the rumba is supposed to be sexy, but John is old enough to be her father. So he can't be sexy? I mean, I'm not usually the biggest fan of huge age differences in couples, but it's not like it's uncommon. Stop being so snobby, Edyta. Anyway, they are going to do the foxtrot first, to "That's Life." I really like Edyta's yellow dress except for the stupid pink roses pinned to the butt. I find their routine underwhelming. Sometimes I wonder if the limitations are John's skills or Edyta's choreography, which is dull. But it could be that she has to reel it in due to John's limitations. Who knows?
Time for the judges to weigh in. Bruno thought it was elegant. Really? Carrie Ann thought it was their best dance thus far, and she encourages John not to give up. Len admits that he couldn't do what John has done at his age, and that it was great overall. Time for scores! John and Edyta get an 8, 7, and 8 for a total of 23. Edyta seems surprised and thrilled. Samantha reminds them that they're the only couple that has been in the bottom two that is still in the competition. Edyta's just happy that they finally got positive feedback from the judges.
The judges loved Apolo and Julianne's dance last week. Apolo explains that this week, they have to learn two dances (really? I hadn't heard!) and they have to train in Seattle, because Apolo is being inducted into the Asian-American Hall of Fame. Apolo vows that he will get the top spot all to himself this week! He's really serious! And also quite tiny.
They are dancing the foxtrot to "Steppin' Out." I'm not crazy about Apolo's facial expressions, which I know are a weird thing to pick on, but they're super-smarmy and cheesy. I guess his dancing is okay, so maybe that's why I focus in on the facial expressions. The crowd freaking loves him as we go to the judges. Carrie Ann admires Apolo's musicality. My husband just asked me what that means and I pretended like I knew, but I really don't. I think it has to do with grace, sort of? Len explains that he thought it was good, but not great, and Bruno and the crowd go nuts with the booing. Bruno defends the performance, and the two stooges start bickering amongst themselves. Let's find out the scores! Apolo and Julianne get a 9, 8, and a 9 for a total of 26, which is probably lower than they're used to. Samantha asks if they were surprised by the judges' reactions. Apolo says that he was, a bit, but that he hopes the fans at home will vote for them to keep them out of the bottom two.