Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Dancing with the Stars: Season 16 Week 1

There is no elimination this week, the first elimination will be on March 26th (Tuesday). There are several new dancers: Lindsay Arnold (from So You Think You Can Dance), Sharna Burgess, and Gleb Savchenko . Not on the show this season-- Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Chelsie Hightower, Louis van Amstel, and Anna Trebunskaya.

Tonight's couples must perform either a Cha-cha-cha, Foxtrot, or Contemporary routine.

Kellie Pickler and Derek Hough danced a Cha cha cha to Domino by Jessie J.-- I thought Kellie just had an awesome energy. I hope that people will vote for her even though she isn't that well known. Len thought it was fun. Bruno liked the shapes she made and can't wait to see her again. Carrie Ann told her that she has great torso movement but she needs to remember to keep up a little bit better. Scores: 7, 7, 7= 21

Victor Ortiz and Lindsay Arnold danced a Foxtrot to Daylight by Maroon 5-- Victor seems very competitive and determined. I think his back story proves that he has been through so many things in his life that there is little that he can't do. Carrie Ann says he has a caring, tender, debonair side to him. Len felt that he liked the dance but there could have been a few more "wows".
Scores: 6, 6, 6= 18

Ingo Rademacher and Kym Johnson danced a Contemporary to Yellow by Coldplay-- I thought the routine was good, not great, but it had a lot of solid well done lifts and the emotion was there. Carrie Ann said she saw lifts and raw passion and athleticism, so he did a great job. Len said he wasn't convinced and thought there were too many lifts. Bruno felt it was good and likened Ingo to Bradley Cooper. Scores: 7, 6, 7= 20

Lisa Vanderpump and Gleb Savchenko danced a Foxtrot-- I like Lisa, but I have to say that I was quite disinterested as I watched this dance. Len thought it was acceptable but not exceptional. Carrie Ann felt that the dance suited Lisa but she wasn't always in sync. Scores: 6, 6, 6= 18

D.L. Hughley and Cheryl Burke danced a Cha cha cha to Low by Flo Rida-- I think D.L. is a competitive person, but you could tell that it wasn't rehearsed well enough or long enough, something isn't working for him. By comparison, the chacha is supposed to be an easier dance than some of the others. Bruno felt he was off timing and under rehearsed. Carrie Ann thought it was Yikes and felt that he needs to practice harder cause it was disjointed. Len said this was rough. Scores: 4, 4, 4= 12

Zendaya Coleman and Valentin Chmerkoskiy danced a Contemporary to I Feel Again by OneRepubic-- This girl was impressive, she had grace, fluidity, and she nailed every single move. Carrie Ann felt that she had maturity beyond her years and praised the choreography. Len thought it was great and believed he'd never say that week one. Bruno said it was superb. Scores: 8, 8, 8= 24

Sean Lowe and Peta Murgatroyd danced a Foxtrot to Power of Love by Huey Lewis and the News-- I didn't think this was polished at all; however, I can definitely see that Sean is giving this his all. Len liked it but not a lot, he thought it lacked finesse and refinement, but liked his footwork and posture. Bruno liked his pelvic thrusts but echoed Len's comments on refinement. Carrie Ann flirted with Sean and felt his attack was there so he has the potential to go far. Scores: 7, 6, 6= 19

Aly Raisman and Mark Ballas danced a Cha cha cha to Live While We're Young by One Direction-- I was okay with this performance, but for some reason I was expecting more. I do think that Aly has potential for sure. Bruno and Carrie Ann both thought she had sass and attitude. Bruno told her to stretch the back of her legs more. Carrie Ann felt she could push a little bit more. Len thought there was vitality and rhythm but told her that her legs needed to be crisper. Scores: 7, 7, 7= 21

Dorothy Hamill and Tristan McManus danced a Contemporary to Tiny Dancer by Elton John-- If Dorothy can legitimately improve every week, she could be around for weeks to come. Carrie Ann called her performance golden, beautiful, and heartfelt. Len thought it was a gentle performance. Bruno felt his heart melt and a deep connection between her and Tristan. Scores: 7, 7, 7= 21

Wynonna Judd and Tony Dovolani danced a Cha cha cha to I've Got the Music in Me-- Wynonna looks really happy to have Tony as a partner and to be on the show. She showed personality, but it was really slow and really stiff. Len felt she gave a good performance. Bruno thought it was a bit too casual. Carrie Ann liked her style, but told her to give it more agreeing with her fellow judges. Scores: 6, 6, 6= 18

Andy Dick and Sharna Burgess danced a Foxtrot to Witchcraft-- I actually really loved the choreography and I was pleasantly surprised with Andy Dick. Bruno thought it was like Woody Allen doing the Foxtrot. He liked the interpretation. Carrie Ann felt touched by the dance and told him to work on his hands and feet. Len liked the choreography, but didn't think the dance had enough fluidity. Scores: 6, 5, 6= 17

Jacoby Jones and Karina Smirnoff danced a Cha cha cha to I Get a Feeling by Flo Rida-- Wow, well, clearly the performance value was way up in this performance. It was extremely entertaining. Carrie Ann said he has the moves. She told him he needs to work on his posture and technique as the dancing started to resemble touch down dances. Len said it was all icing and no cake, performance was high, but he has a lot of things to work on. Bruno said you've got the goods but you need to control your posture. Scores: 7, 6, 7= 20

Who do you think will be the first celebrity headed home?  I'm just not sure yet myself. I should also mention that no one will be kicked off this week. The stars will perform one more time before someone is voted off on Tuesday the 26th.

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