It’s Latin Night! Say hola to shirtless Derek!
This week introduced the never-before-seen Immunity Challenge followed by the Dance-Off Challenge For Extra Judges’ Points — something Survivor‘s never tried, but should consider. I feel like the jury members could use the entertainment. Anyway, the dance-offs stressed the heck out of the couples and then we got to see 40 more seconds of either cha cha, rumba, or jive from each pair. The winners got three bonus points sprinkled onto their totals; meanwhile, Kellie and Derek CANNOT BE VOTED OUT tomorrow night.
Will the judges please reveal their scores? Carrie Ann Inahhhh-ber!
Kellie Pickler and Derek Hough: 29/30 *Immunity Winners* My favorite part of this segment was when a lone red streamer refused to stop tickling DANCMSTR Len Goodman throughout the critique. But the samba was pretty good, too, full of both “the how of the technique and the wow of the performance,” said Len. Carrie Ann did that annoying judge-y thing where she states that something’s about to be a problem and affect the entire plot of the season even though it’s not necessarily a real issue: Kellie doesn’t emotionally connect in her dances.
The slow-motion, bathed-in-white-light sections of the samba were curious, as was Derek’s apology to his grandma and grandpa that he “didn’t want to be shirtless.” Wait, then why was he? Maybe one of the “scraggly coyotes hanging on by a thread” (that Andy mentioned) got to Derek just before the dance to feast on the spare fabric.
Alexandra Raisman and Mark Ballas: 29/30 salsa + 3 for the dance-off cha cha = 32 If you didn’t enjoy shirtless Derek, may DWTS offer you Mark Ballas in a fedora and a hospital gown? I suspect he was wearing spats below that thing as well — maybe his special medical spats, beige and functional but with tiny ruffles on the heels. I mean, maybe. I don’t know. We couldn’t see the floor.
The editing on Mark’s back injury was really weird — all of a sudden, he was like “Damnit, you hurt my neck” and “F—, that really hurt. It just put me out of commission,” having crumbled on the stairs after just walking around stoically with Aly on his shoulders. Did she do something wrong? Was she not supposed to be up there? There was a whole “I can’t believe you sat on my neck because I lifted you up there” vibe I did not get.
But anyway, Mark was well enough to dance tonight even though the Dance Doc prescribed rest and Aly practiced with Henry for part of the week. Aly appeared to be having a blast during the salsa, but I’m not sure I’d have predicted 10s for it. Did anyone notice Mark’s inclusion of Derek’s patented CrotchBob move? It was almost as sexual (air quotes) as the sequence a few seconds later when Aly crawled in front of him on her knees while Mark made triumphant fist pumps.
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