Dancing With The Stars

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Two Dances, Too Much?

Carrie Ann advises Kim to make her moves bigger, and notes that her footwork included some stumbles. Len thought there were small mistakes, but he was shocked by how good the quality was. Bruno starts, "You tried to be a lady, but you're more comfortable being a tramp." Kim squeals, because man, that was rude. Bruno tries to explain that he meant that he didn't seem as comfortable on the dance floor. Luckily, Kim is a good sport; given the lyrics of some of her songs, I guess she's probably heard worse. Scores: Carrie Ann 8, Len 9, and Bruno 8. There's no way they deserved the same score as Ty. Backstage, Kim admits that she's looking forward to the salsa, but she seems pretty disappointed with that score.

Gilles and Cheryl surprised the judges with their playful jive last week. In rehearsal, Gilles hopes to reclaim the top spot, but he's struggling. I really think the editors kind of hate Cheryl; they always show her being bitchy and mean in rehearsal and Gilles insists that she's not that way. Whatever she's doing, it obviously works for him. Time for the foxtrot. Well, I know from past experience that the foxtrot is not my favorite, and Gilles doesn't change that for me, although he does a lovely job. His lines are so elegant and extended that I have a hard time believing that he doesn't have much dancing experience. They're just beautiful to look at. The routine itself is kind of dull, but again, that's more my opinion of the foxtrot.

Len loved the feeling of the whole routine, but he wanted Gilles to straighten his legs sometimes to give the dance its characteristic rise and fall. Bruno thought it was a fantastic performance, both cool and hot. Before Carrie Ann can talk, Len interrupts and says he doesn't care what she says, because he knows she's going to disagree. Tom wonders if it's time to reup on Len's meds, and Carrie Ann finally gets to say that routines like that are going to take Gilles and Cheryl through to the next round. Scores: Carrie Ann 10, Len 9, and Bruno 10. Gilles is really happy with Len's 9; he must have thought by the comments that Len's was going to be lower.

With the last dance of the first round, we have Melissa and Tony. Last week, well, you all know what happened there. Their first routine is the Viennese waltz, and Tony works with Melissa on the details: heel leads, arm placement and such. Will it pay off? Tony wisely puts a lot of spins and moves where Melissa has to kick her leg up and out into the routine. I try to watch for the heel leads, but who am I kidding? I have no idea what I'm looking for. The white dress and the song (Sarah McLachlan's "Angel") contribute to the mood.

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