Olympic swimmer Natalie Coughlin is paired with Alec. She looks more like a supermodel than a swimmer, when she's all dolled up. Since she's not a performer, Natalie has a hard time getting her face relaxed and smiling while she's dancing, so Alec works with her on that. She admits that when she swims, she bites her lip and has even drawn blood before. Yikes! Alec wants no blood on the dance floor, and I don't blame him.
Natalie actually has hip action in her salsa, when she remembers, which is better than the dancers who have gone before her tonight. Her arms look great too, but her footwork is not great. I feel like Latin footwork especially needs to be quick and sharp, and hers isn't. She also forgets to smile sometimes; she's definitely not used to performing. But for an athlete, she does really well. She just needs to relax a little more and look like she's having fun. There's a lot of content in the dance, but it's kind of choppy, sort of moving from one stunt to the next without a lot of smooth transitions, but I think that's a choreography issue.
Bruno thinks she could make it in the competition, because she has fantastic shapes, but she sometimes froze in mid-performance and had trouble catching back up. Carrie Ann thinks she is a diamond in the rough, but she needs to work on her musicality. Len babbles about being bewildered, and then says that the salsa is supposed to be sexy and steamy, and this one wasn't. Carrie Ann tells him he's getting old. She does look way cuter just standing there than she did on the dance floor. Scores: Carrie Ann 7, Len 6, and Bruno 6 for a total of 19.
Next up is my pre-season prediction for trainwreck, Macy Gray and Jonathan. Poor Jonathan. Why does he always get the crazies? Macy is a freaking weirdo. She's like eight feet tall with two feet hair. Jonathan nicely calls her "eccentric." I notice that she's practicing in sneakers instead of heels, too. Plus, they had to go to Europe for Macy's tour and practice there. They just got back to the States three days ago. Damn.
So was I right with my trainwreck prediction? Well. Hmm. It's not as bad as I thought it would be, at least at first. She's not as graceless as I had assumed. I mean, she's flat-footed and clompy, but at least she's wearing heels. She's got a bizarre look on her face that is like a five-year-old trying to make a grown-up lady face. I think they're actually lucky that they had the waltz first because Jonathan can keep her in hold most of the time (which he does) and kind of steer her around. Her height helps, too. I mean, when she finished, I didn't go, "What the fuck was that?" but I also wasn't impressed. I can't even imagine what she will do with the Latin round, though. I can't see her being precise about anything.