Derek starts out all buttoned up in shirt, tie, and glasses while Brooke is in a more traditional samba outfit (i.e. not much). As the dance goes on, Derek loses more and more clothing until his shirt is undone to his navel. After all that buildup, the routine was just okay, I though. Brooke did a great job with the hip movements and the extension, but her posture was not great at times, and she messed up one part where she and Derek were supposed to be in unison. I was just expecting perfection after that clip package. They need to start managing my expectations better. Len points out that Brooke has set a high standard, and he thought it was too erotic. Bruno thinks Len is either getting too much or not enough. Len didn't like the "nonsense with the glasses." Bruno thinks a sex bomb just went off, and he needs a smoke. Carrie Ann thinks that Brooke has athleticism, grace, and sensuality. Tom reminds us that they are adding four new dances: hustle, jitterbug, salsa, and West Coast swing. Ooh, that'll give the people in the forums a lot to talk about. ["Yeah, like the fact that West Coast swing is Lacey's specialty? Seems just a little too coincidental/biased that they are adding it suddenly this season." -- Angel] Backstage, Derek admits that everyone has weak spots, but he's trying to conceal Brooke's and show her off. Lacey has total bitchface sitting behind them. What's her problem? Scores: Carrie Ann 9, Len 8, and Bruno 9.
Lance and Lacey are up next. These two are just making me tired with the Manic Panic and the rebellion. Aren't they in their twenties? This week they have the tango. Lacey works with Lance on keeping his frame. She's all "This is my dance space, this is your dance space." Lacey refers to their "flavor," which is just gross. She might have even said "flava."
So it's a zombie sort of tango to "Disturbia" which is actually a cool idea. I just can't help but feel that Lacey is the problem here. Her frame and posture are not good, especially for a pro. She's all over the place. I have no doubt that she's a great dancer in a more forgiving discipline, but the routine just doesn't look right to me. They know the moves (mostly) and have great intensity, and I even kind of enjoy the conceit this week, but she bugs me. What do the judges think? Bruno thought it was "quirky with a gothic twist" and yet it was a tango. Carrie Ann thought Lance would be a front runner, but he's been pretty quiet. She thinks he was shining tonight. Bruno calls Carrie Ann "Paula Abdul" and she acts all offended and then realizes that might be too mean so she tries to take it back and Len is like, "CAN I SPEAK?" He finally gets the chance to tell Lance that he's actually "Sir Dance-A-Lot." I really wish Len would call Lacey out on her problems. Scores: Carrie Ann 9, Len 8, and Bruno 9.