Len thought it was clean and precise with interesting choreography, but he thought it could have been more earthy and less balletic. Bruno demonstrates the beautiful shapes that Melissa creates and nearly knocks Len out in the process. He wants to see "Melissa the Maneater" and I turn to my husband and go, "Manatee?" and he says, "Anteater?" and we laughed for like twenty minutes. Carrie Ann also liked it but has some specific criticism about hips and weight and feet and whatnot. Tom takes a moment to recognize the band, which is bad timing, because that was baaaaaaaaaaaad. Scores: Carrie Ann 9, Len 9, and Bruno 9. Overscored. Shawn and Mark were better. Before they go to break, Tom has to tell Bruno they can't have a conversation right now because he has a show to do. Love Tom.
Lil Kim and Derek's intro gets cut off by a local news update, but I quickly pick up that Kim and Derek are getting along really well. Derek hopes to knock Gilles off the top spot by adding more "flavor" but Kim has trouble getting into character. So they go to a '50s diner. Please. She's never watched Happy Days or whatever? Derek dances with some female baby boomers to show Kim how it's done. Okay. So. Their routine is to "Jailhouse Rock." And Kim, the ex-con, who dedicated her first routine to her girls in the Correctional Facility, is dressed as a prison guard while Derek is an Elvis-style prisoner trying to break out. I mean, it's a great routine. But I can't decide if the whole metaness of it is awesome or distasteful. I think I'm going with awesome. That is balls-y. And Lil Kim is nothing if not ballsy. I just don't know how it will fly with the voters. Anyway, the routine is really great and exciting, with a few glitches in the middle where Kim misses a step. But overall, it's quite the amazing performance with some great choreography by Derek as usual.
The audience loves it, cheering loud and long. Bruno tells Kim to arrest him and frisk him because he's guilty of loving her routine. Carrie Ann stands up and screams and says it was amazing. Len loved the energy but thought the vamping around for the story meant that some of the jive went missing. Len was missing the actual dance content. Scores: Carrie Ann 10, Len 8, and Bruno 10. Wow, Len wasn't kidding when he said he was missing the jive content. I think Samantha just called him a poopy head. Seriously. She's been spending too much time with her baby.