Mario and Karina are back to do the mambo. He is so quick and graceful. His posture's still not great, but I feel bad that he didn't outlast Marissa, because he clearly should have. I guess he should have shown more personality. And learned to point his toes.
Marissa and Tony are back to dance their paso doble. Marissa is actually better than I remember, but it could be that she's not as nervous since this doesn't matter. She still can't kick for shit though. My card-carrying-AARP-member dad can kick higher, and he's contemplating a knee replacement.
In a clip package, the judges give their thoughts on both Jason and Kristi. Just make up some lines in your head about the football hero versus the Olympic champion and I bet you could predict everything that they say. It's nicely edited and all, but it's just more stupid filler. Can't we let Adam interview someone or something?
Usher's back to do a jazzy version of "Yeah." Yeah. There's tap dancing. It's nice and all, but seriously, can you just tell me who won? Speaking of filler, after Usher finishes, the two finalists are brought out for a victory lap or something, and then we get to see a clip package. Yes, I watched the whole season. I remember when Kristi learned how to emote.
So Mark and Kristi are performing their jive again. I think Mark is my new Maks. I feel like he choreographs his routines to draw attention to himself instead of showcase his partner. And then he makes those bizarro faces that only serve to draw attention to him and away from his partner again. Sometimes I wish they would have an All-Star season (which the forum posters were discussing this week) but have the celebrities paired with different people. I'd like to see Kristi with Maks. Or Fabian. Anyway, their routine is, as always, technically perfect. Len tells Kristi that she is the most consistent dancer they've ever had. Bruno points out that Kristi almost had a mishap where her foot got caught up in her costume and yet she didn't miss a beat. Carrie Ann commends Kristi for her improvement and thanks her for representing the ladies so well. Scores: Carrie Ann 10, Len 10, and Bruno 10. Did anyone think it would be any different? So that's three perfect scores this week for Kristi and Mark. No pressure, Jason and Edyta.