I'm actually really excited for this next performance, which features the cast of the revival of West Side Story doing "America." This is one of my favorite songs from my favorite musical, so I hope they don't screw it up. I had to do some research because I'm more familiar with the movie than the stage production, and it looks like this version (with just Anita and the other Shark women, and no male parts) is the stage version. Well, I miss Jerome Robbins' choreography and Rita Moreno. I do like the costuming and there are parts of the choreography that are really good. It just feels kind of small. But I would still totally go see this show!
Samantha is backstage with Kim, Melissa, Ty, and Steve-O. That's an interesting group. Sam's satin purple dress is much less prom-y than usual. Samantha points out that Kim is the first to knock Gilles off the top of the scoreboard, and Kim says she's not taking anything for granted. Samantha asks Melissa about next week's group dance, and Melissa says she would love to dance and not worry about being scored. Samantha asks Ty about his lower scores, and Ty feels that they were deserved, but he hopes to come back and prove himself again. Samantha asks Steve-O about his fan support, and Steve-O gives a (somewhat scripted sounding) response that he's "eternally grateful" for the support.
There's no dance-off this week! Yay! So now we get some results. Well, this is different. They have Lil' Kim and Derek step down to the front along with LT and Edyta. And they will both be back next week! Well, there goes my prediction of LT leaving.
They are running the gamut of genres tonight, because now it's time for Rascal Flatts to perform while Julianne and Tony dance. The lead singer of Rascal Flatts always cracks me up, because he just doesn't look like a famous musician. He looks like the guy who works at the feed store in the next town over, or maybe the youth pastor at your church. Anyway, Julianne and Tony's routine is insane with the lifts. He's just throwing her around and carrying her and she's eight feet in the air at all times. It's certainly interesting but there's not much dancing happening. I wonder if Chuck is backstage going, "Am I supposed to do that? Because I don't know if I can do that." I love Julianne's white dress though.
Tom and Samantha tell us that usually the pro partners pick out the outfits and design the costumes for both partners, but for next week, the star will be designing the costumes. Chuck and Gilles both want their partners to be practically naked. LT is going the other way and thinks Edyta needs to wear more clothes. Ty picks out denim shorts and the costume designer is grossed out. But we have to wait until next week to see how that goes.