And keeping with the theme of moving right along, after the commercial break, we find out that Chuck and Anna are safe (and Mickey Rourke is there to cheer on his friend Chuck), and so are Melissa and Mark. Someone in the audience yells out that he loves Kelly and Tom says that the home voters did too, because Kelly and Louis are safe. And finally, Louie and Chelsie are still in jeopardy, along with Debi and Maks.
Then there's a clip package about the challenges the pros face with different kinds of stars. Models like to pose, so you have to figure out how to get them to dance in between poses. Actors have short attention spans. Lacey reports that Mark talks to himself instead of listening all the time. Mya has trust issues. Kelly is lazy. Natalie holds her breath like she's swimming. Louie has posture issues. And all of the celebrities have trouble with facial expressions. So the point is that the pros have to get rid of the bad habits before they can teach their partners how to dance.
So now for something completely different: the music for this week's big dance segment will be provided by the USC Marching Band. They start out in the parking lot and march right into the studio. I love marching bands. I watch Drumline pretty much every time it's on. I kind of wish I'd had a marching band play at my wedding. Come on! That would have been awesome if right after, "I now pronounce you husband and wife," a marching band had burst into the ballroom and played our recessional song. Anyway, as the band plays, some breakdancers come out and do their thing, and then a step troupe comes out and does their thing, and then everyone dances together while the marching band plays. I think the performances this season have been better than ever -- really creative and original. Good job, producers! Now you just need to work on those clip packages and get rid of Samantha.
Joss Stone is back to sing "Son of a Preacher Man." Which is a great song, but Joss sort of surprisingly swallows the first verse and you can't hear it. Anna and Dmitry and Cheryl and Louis come out and dance to it. I think the tempo is sped up a little because Joss is having trouble with phrasing at times. And I don't think she knows the song that well. I don't mean to nitpick, but this is one of my favorite songs and I really thought Joss would kill it and she's... kind of not. The dancers finish with this really bizarre move where the two ladies are inside and the two men are outside like some kinky train move. I don't like it. It looks awkward. The rest of the routine is great, though; it's always nice to see the pros dance together.