Marie and Jonathan: Marie can't believe that she made it to the finals, and she's grateful to her fans. In rehearsal, Jonathan and Marie practice lifts. Marie says she may be old, but she's got guts. Then Marie and Jonathan get on a mechanical platform and try to spy on Helio and Julianne, which was dumb. The judges have chosen the samba for Marie, which is the routine that made her faint. Love the judges.
The Dance: The samba. So far I've seen a lot of shoulder-shaking and not a lot of dancing. Marie s just not very graceful, but they do throw some samba rolls in there, and her hip action is better than usual. She just lacks the precision and sharpness of Mel. And her constant smile is starting to look less like "I love dancing" and more like "I love prescription pills."
The Judges: Bruno vows to tell the truth. He thinks Marie always gives her all, but the samba is technically tricky, so it wasn't her best. Marie is breathing really heavily. I think she might faint again. Carrie Ann thought Marie worked the house, and was missing the technical aspects. Marie bitches that it takes more than ten weeks to learn the technical aspects. Hey, Mel did it. Quitcher bitching, doll lady. Len agrees with Carrie Ann. Marie screeches, "I liked it!" before running backstage. The scores: Carrie Ann 8, Len 8, and Bruno 8. Marie looks surprised. Girl, that was a gift. But it's going to motivate her fans to call in, so she should be happy.
Helio and Julianne: In rehearsal, they practice some flips. Helio is scared that Julianne doesn't have any limitations. Julianne complains that Helio has to do all the lifting, but he's not the biggest guy. He promises to work until he gets it right. The judges picked the jive for them. Julianne wants to raise the bar and show America and the judges what they can do.
The Dance: the jive. They're dressed '50s-style in pink and black, and Julianne's wearing a poodle skirt. They start with a little skit (I think I've mentioned I'm not a big fan of that) where Julianne is a nerd and Helio is a cool guy who seduces her into dancing with him. I think Helio misses a little of the footwork in the beginning -- at least he's not moving his feet like Julianne is. It's cute, but I don't think this style is Julianne's strength. It's not as explosive as I'm used to from them. Helio is pleased with their performance, though, and the audience gives them a standing ovation and cheers loudly. The judges can't even talk for a while, because the audience is so loud.