Bruno tells Mark to have "a roll in the hay" more often, because his confidence and energy were much improved, although he did get off the beat in one section. Carrie Ann thanks him for connecting to his partner and to the music. Len loved the choreography, but he also liked that Mark wasn't just hanging out while Lacey did spins, but participating in the dance. I liked that too, Len. It didn't feel like Julianne style "girl flits around and dude stands there uselessly." Scores: Carrie Ann 8, Len 7, and Bruno 7. That's about right.
Kelly and Louis are up next. Kelly made a bit of a comeback last week after faltering the week before. This week, they have the Charleston, and are dancing to the song "Cabaret." Kelly admits that she got the lead role in Chicago on Broadway, but she then lost the part because she couldn't dance. So she's got something to prove. Kelly cracks me up during rehearsal because she tells Louis to stop making made-up noises while he dances like "Bop boo bow! Bam boo bop!" So true. Every dance teacher I ever had did that, and it is kind of annoying. Anyway, their Charleston has a lot of props, which I could do without. I actually wish the tempo was a little faster because while the routine has energy, I think it could have even more. It feels just a touch slow to me. But it's great to see Kelly's joy at doing well.
Carrie Ann thinks watching Kelly is like watching a baby bird learn to take flight. Len loved her confidence and joy, and while he has some small improvements, he loved it overall. Bruno enjoyed the references to Jolson and Fosse throughout. Scores: Carrie Ann 8, Len 7, and Bruno 8. I agree. Backstage, Louis says that his Joel Grey-like makeup was Kelly's idea and pretends like he doesn't love it. He peels off a fake eyelash. He's still creeping me out.