The Dance: the paso doble. Helio and Julianne both have dramatic capes. Helio does a great job with his posture, but the dance just isn't as dramatic as Julianne's routines usually are, in my opinion. They are psyched at the end, and clearly think they did great. The audience goes nuts.
The Judges: Len liked their cape work. Bruno thinks it was mission accomplished, and he liked Helio's presence. Carrie Ann liked Helio's intensity and attention to detail, which is what it takes to make the finals. Scores: Carrie Ann 9, Len 9, and Bruno 9. Julianne and Helio seem happy, though I think they were expecting at least one 10.
Mel and Maks: Tom explains that Mel is the only person left in the competition who has scored a perfect 30, and she's done it twice. But that doesn't mean she doesn't need your votes! Mel's husband stops by the practice to try to motivate Mel to be angry and aggressive during the tango. He starts listing off all the annoying things he does to piss her off, which seems to be working. I'm sure it's a bit, but it's a little scary how many there are, considering these two are newlyweds.
The Dance: The tango. Mel and Maks make goofy faces at each other before the dance starts, which is actually kind of cute. I like to see Maks not taking himself so seriously. Mel look like she's thinking about the steps more than she usually does, like she's counting in her head instead of performing. I think it was a good tango, and as soon as the dance ends, Mel totally picks her underwear out of her ass, which cracked me up.
The Judges: Bruno thought it was "a really Scary Spice," and it was "strong and powerful." Carrie Ann liked the stalking each other in the opening, but she wasn't totally convinced by the dance. Bruno argues, and Len asks if he can have his turn. He says that Mel's footwork was great, and Maks is relieved that they got a good comment from Len. Scores: Carrie Ann 9, Len 9, and Bruno 9. Are the judges colluding this week? Although I guess if they aren't going lower than 8, that increases the odds that they'll give three of the same scores. Anyway, second round up next!