Melissa and Tony (who I kind of forgot were on the show, even though they've danced really well so far) got high praise last week. Melissa had to go back to Dallas this week to clean out her desk. Wait, she's quitting her job? That doesn't seem like a great idea in this economy. Melissa and Tony have the foxtrot this week. Melissa looks great -- very graceful. Tony's choreography impresses me, too. But it's all kind of boring to me for some reason. I think she's just boring.
Len thought it was fantastic overall, although he gives her some technical advice on her footwork. Bruno is really impressed with her musicality. Carrie Ann thinks it looks like the dancing comes too easily for her, especially compared to someone like Woz, and she needs to challenge herself more. I agree with Carrie Ann that something is missing. Scores: Carrie Ann 9, Len 9 and Bruno 9.
Lil Kim is a Grammy winner? Anyway, her quickstep put her near the top of the scoreboard last week. This week, she's got the samba. She really needs to put her hair (extensions) up during rehearsal, because her hair is totally getting in Derek's face. Derek says that he can push Kim, and she'll always work hard. Kim loves the part of rehearsal where she gets to shake it, too. In the actual routine, things are a bit shaky. First, Kim looks like she has unshaven armpits, and while I shouldn't care, it's distracting. She does okay in the beginning, but she never looks like she's actually dancing. She's all up in her head. That changes when she gets to do a solo stripper-type move where she rotates her hips around, but then she gets off a little bit near the end and never quite recovers.
Bruno calls Kim "a pocket-sized Venus with a supersized sex appeal." He admits that it wasn't perfect, but she sold it. Carrie Ann thinks Kim has what Melissa is missing -- the ability to perform. Len thinks Kim has "a bionic booty." He also asks Derek to remember the fundamentals of the dance. I kind of love the relationship between those two. Len never asks other pros to put in specific steps. Backstage, Kim says that she wants to try to get better and be the perfect ballroom dancer. Scores: Carrie Ann 8, Len 8 and Bruno 9. I agree with those scores. They had to take a point or so off for the screw-ups, or I think she would have had all nines.