Last week, Tom claims that people were shocked by the elimination. If you mean that they were shocked that it wasn't Cloris, I guess you're right. And tonight! Opportunity! Because Brooke has injured her foot, and even the show is acknowledging that's the only way anyone else has a chance in hell at winning this thing. So tonight, they'll do a single routine, and then also the group hip-hop number. Did you hear that? GROUP! HIP! HOP! And it'll be LIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIVE!
Tom and Samantha introduce the stars. Something's different about Maurice. He's clean shaven? Is that it? Cloris can barely walk down the stairs. Seriously, people. Let her go home and soak her hip in Epsom salts or something. This is just getting sad. Tom reminds us that Len is taking the week off, so Michael Flatley, Lord of the Dance, is filling in. But what in the hell does he know about ballroom is what I want to know. Or Latin. Or hip hop. Like if this were Irish Step Dancing With The Stars, he would totally be qualified. And please no one steal that idea, because it is genius.
Maurice and Cheryl are up first. Maurice definitely shaved his moustache, and it makes him look a lot older. Last week, Maurice's hard work earned him a hug from Carrie Ann. Maurice reminds us that he hasn't had to dance ballroom since the first week, when he got three sixes. This week, they're doing the Viennese Waltz. I don't see this being Maurice's strength. In rehearsals, Cheryl is really bitchy. I don't know if Maurice is just annoying or if Cheryl is having a bad week, but she is really short with him. Maybe she learned last week that is what motivates him.
Cheryl is wearing a really pretty flowy lavender dress, and Maurice is in a light gray suit. Ooh, once they move into hold, he looks bad. He's way too stiff. He needs to be flowier. When he's on his own, he looks good, but grace is not his strong suit. He'd better hope he squeaks through this week because someone else does horribly and then he can get back to his strengths. They do a turn where Maurice sort of drags Cheryl in a circle on the floor (but her feet don't leave the floor) which looks good. The judging starts with Michael. He thought it was slow, elegant, and graceful, but there were times it could have been better. Carrie Ann thought it was sweet, and she noticed an improvement in his posture. But she wants more chemistry between them. Bruno thought the moves were there, but it lacked fluidity at times. Backstage, Maurice says that it was hard to switch gears from Latin to Ballroom, but he did the best he could. Scores: Carrie Ann 7, Michael 7, and Bruno 7.