Sabrina and Mark are up next. In rehearsal, they discuss Len's criticism that they needed more contrast in their dance. Sabrina has a hard time with the serious paso doble, and gets the giggles often, but she knows she needs to show the judges that she can be serious. It's an interesting choice to have the women do the paso doble; I feel like that's a more difficult dance for the men. The dance begins, and Sabrina is very precise, but her dress has about twenty yards of extra fabric sewn in and it's too swirly for my tastes. Also, her "serious" face looks like she's trying to suppress a belch. They get behind on the ending and do their finishing move about three beats after the song ends, which seems wrong. And her dress is not flattering at all -- it makes her look like a linebacker. Anyway, there's a lot to criticize, in my opinion. [Second viewing: Still, eh. Good footwork, but Sabrina's facial expressions bug.]
But let's see what the judges think. Bruno thought it was just incredible. Carrie Ann thinks Sabrina puts her power and passion into every dance and this one was perfection. Len thinks his expectations of Sabrina are very high, and he's always looking for flaws, but tonight he didn't find any. What? I think I was watching a totally different routine. Well, maybe that's the difference between me and a professional -- namely, that I don't know what I'm talking about. Backstage, Sabrina is overwhelmed by the judges' remarks, and she's proud that she kept a serious face. Scores? 10s across the board. The first perfect score of the season! I don't get it, but whatever.
Jane managed to dance well last week, despite the recent loss of her mother. This week, she's approaching the Viennese Waltz as if it's a painting, because she's an artist. So that leads to Jane and Tony dancing with paint on their feet on a giant sheet of paper to create a painting, which I think I did in nursery school. I guess probably Jane didn't want to talk about her mom again in her package, but that was pretty lame. They waltz to that romantic classic, "Piano Man." Really? Just because it's in three-four time doesn't mean it's appropriate for a waltz, band. This dance really plays to Jane's strengths, which are grace and posture. It does look quite beautiful. [Second viewing: Yeah, both her feet are totally off the floor during the spin. But given what everyone else did, it doesn't matter. Really beautiful posture and arms, though.]