Toni and Alec are the other couple doing the West Coast swing, so they are up next. Last week, Toni's samba was not very well-received. Toni worries that she started strong in the competition but she's fading. She knows that she has to raise her game, and she hopes to get the encore dance as well as get high scores from the judges. Alec works with Toni on her posture and other more technical aspects. Toni announces that the stakes are high and she has everything to prove.
I don't know why but I'm always totally surprised when people have long hair one week and then short hair the next week, which Toni is sporting right now. It's like I forget that wigs exist. My first reaction was, "Whoa, Toni cut her hair." Ooh, right in the middle of their dance, they do a big, gigantic lift where Alec swings Toni around. I don't know if they lifted (no pun intended) the restriction or if they're just flouting the rules. They're dancing to a Michael Jackson song and Toni actually does the moonwalk, while wearing heels. That's a high degree of difficulty, right there. Remember 1983? When everyone thought they could breakdance and moonwalk? I actually bought a book that came with breakdancing instructions. I know this is going to be a shocker, since I was a preteen white girl from farm country, but I wasn't very good. Anyway, Toni and Alec's routine is a little more traditional and a little more like what I was expecting from this dance, but it lacks a little spark. Do the judges agree? Toni looks quite out of breath as she waits for her judging. Bruno tells her that she really delivered, but he didn't like the moonwalk. Carrie Ann thought the level of difficulty was high, and they kind of overdanced. I don't know what that means. Len tells Toni that she has all the credentials but she's not breaking through. Somehow the excitement is missing, but he's rooting for her. Backstage, Samantha asks them what they need to do to break through, and Toni and Alec say they don't know. Scores: Carrie Ann 7, Len 7, and Bruno 8. Looks like 7 is the new score for saying, "We like you, but it wasn't great."