This time last week I was sitting next to the stage live at Dancing With the Stars, and now I’m watching on my couch. And it’s just not the same. But my first trip to the ballroom was awesome and exciting and gave me an entirely new appreciation for how the show puts on such an elaborate production each week. Plus, I sat in front of tWitch, who adorably cheered on Allison all night long, and now I want to be his best friend. Alas, I’m back in New York just in time for icon night and the dance-off and Erin’s return, so what’s better than that? Well, being back at the live show, I guess. Anyway, bring on the dancing!
Carlos and Witney
Salsa | “Valió la Pena” by Marc Anthony
Carlos chooses Marc Anthoy as his icon, and I’m pretty sure he did him quite proud by removing his shirt midway through the dance. Although if he really wanted to pay tribute to the singer, he would’ve worn sunglasses…but I digress. The routine itself was just okay, but maybe I was turned off by the bright pink blinding my eyes. Bruno, though, loved it. A lot. And there’s no doubt Carlos was in his element throughout the performance.
Judges’ Score: 27
Alek and Lindsay
Contemporary | “Holding Out for a Hero” by Ella Mae Bowen
Alek has the ability to remind us this is just a show after all, and hearing how he struggles with being America’s hero makes me love him even more. His performance, dedicated to his hero, the late Chris Kyle, is beautiful, and although he messed up one lift, I was impressed by his strength both physically and emotionally. The competition is getting down to the wire, but I’d love to see this guy make it through another week.
Judges’ Score: 25
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Andy and Allison
V. Waltz | “Isn’t She Lovely” by Stevie Wonder
Andy gets emotional during rehearsals as he chooses a song for his late mom, and after a moving routine, he chokes up again. While I thought it was a near-flawless performance and Allison’s moves were stunning, the judges were a bit hard on him and critiqued his posture and technique. I may not be an expert, but I say boo.
Judges’ Score: 22
Alexa and Mark
A. Tango | “Viva la Vida” by Coldplay
Last week, the judges praised Alexa for not getting in her head during the dance, but can she keep it up? She chooses David, as in David and Goliath, as her influential figure because religion motivates her. Unfortunately, the high-concept routine might’ve overshadowed the actual dance, and she had a bit of a stumble midway through where I thought she literally froze. After the fact, she said sorry to Mark which lead to some awkward groans from Julianne, and I just wanted to get to commercial break.
Judges’ Score: 25
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