Bruno enjoyed the Dr. Zhivago romance of it all, but he points out LT's bad turns and slip. Carrie Ann saw more openness and freedom in his movements, and she also compliments his work on Edyta's dress. Len liked the elegance, although he also saw a few glitches. He was shocked at how well the dance went, though. Me too, Len. Backstage, LT says that he's having fun and Edyta jokes that the reason she usually doesn't wear such heavy clothes is to avoid getting tangled up in them. Scores: Carrie Ann 7, Len 7 and Bruno 7. Hmm. I thought it was a little better than that, although LT points out that they did make some mistakes.
Last week, Lil' Kim got perfect marks from the audience, Carrie Ann and Bruno, but now she wants to impress Len as well. Their first challenge in the rumba is to tone down Kim's sexiness a little bit. Derek is also struggling, because he wants the routine to be entertaining, but also meet Len's technical requirements. So their rumba starts out strong, although I don't see Kim's sexiness being toned down at all. I think it works, though. I find that the middle loses a little something, and I think it's because Kim seems more focused on the audience instead of her partner, so the intimacy isn't quite there. The footwork is great, and I almost always like Derek's choreography. They pull off one amazing move where Kim has one foot wedged against Derek's and then she leans to the side and does an arabesque where the only thing keeping her from crashing on her face is Derek's hand holding hers. She gets a little wobbly, but it's impressive nonetheless.
Carrie Ann thought it was understated, but also underwhelming. She doesn't want Kim to tone herself down. Len loved it, but he wants Kim to go with what she knows, and do what she does best. Bruno thought it was a good rumba, but "taking the raunch out of Lil' Kim is like having a margarita without the tequila." I agree on all counts. Scores: Carrie Ann 9, Len 8 and Bruno 9. Kim is thrilled, since the comments made it seem like the scores would be lower. She says that next week, she'll just be herself.
Last week, Chuck and Julianne were told to tone down the raunch. So Chuck went to a fan convention and signed autographs? I'm not quite sure what the connection was there. In rehearsal, Julianne focused with the technique on the samba. Chuck hoped for a perfect score, or maybe just a nine. And he didn't want to let down his fans. Hmm. Maybe I should stop hoping for fewer fake setups, because that package didn't have one, and it was pretty disjointed. So their samba begins, and I swear to God, in the opening move Chuck is behind Julianne,and he totally grabs her boobs, and not just for a second. Am I wrong on that one? The rest of the dance is an adequate samba. On Chuck's part, it's pretty good. His footwork is decent, and he doesn't looks as stiff as he used to. He's actually dancing! I'm just surprised that Julianne didn't make it flashier.