Maks is ticked about Abby Lee's criticisms of Meryl's feet and says, "I really don't care for anything she has to say." Meryl chides him, "Oh, Maksy!"
Scores: Carrie Ann: 9; Len: 9; Abby Lee: 8; Bruno: 10
There was an audible "What?!" after Abby Lee's score - I think it might have been Bruno.
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More results: Amy & Derek are safe. James & Peta are in jeopardy. Candace & Mark are also in jeopardy.
Candace Cameron Bure & Mark Ballas, Foxtrot
There's a lot of business with a couch at the beginning of the routine -- I swear Candace doesn't stand up for about the first 20-30 seconds of the dance. Look, I admire her determination and spirit, but I still think she's the weakest of the remaining dancers. I have a strong suspicion that, had she been paired with a male pro who was less of a fan favorite, she wouldn't still be here. In other words, how many people are voting for her each week and how many for Mark?
Carrie Ann says Candace has found her footing again this week. She also says her frame is good, even if there were some flawed moments. Len says it was "joyful to watch" but he had minor quibbles with the posture.
Abby Lee critiques Mark's choreography. Bruno praises Candace's vivacity and loved the touches of slapstick in the routine. He does tell her to watch her lines -- she doesn't always complete them as well as she could.
Scores: Carrie Ann: 9; Len: 9; Abby Lee: 9; Bruno: 9
James Maslow & Peta Murgatroyd, Viennese Waltz
The other members of James's band, Big Time Rush, show up in rehearsal. They tease James and Peta about whether or not they're dating each other.
James is doing a really good job finishing his lines with arm movements. But he's doing something weird during some of their hold moments -- sticking his butt out more than I think he should. It may be a weird reaction to Peta's (proper for the dance) head and shoulder positioning.
Len loved the free-flowing momentum of it. Len, first thing, says that James is keeping his knees bent in hold, which is making his butt stick out. LEN AND I ARE MIND-MELDING TONIGHT.
Abby Lee says that James made Peta look good during the dance. Bruno wonders why James is wearing too much clothing tonight. Bruno does mention how well James finishes his lines in the side-to-side moves, but agrees with Len about the problem with James's "buttocks" and says James needs to learn how to control them better. Bruno offers to help him in this regard. Tom Bergeron calls Bruno "a giver." This whole exchange has gotten very dirty very quickly
Anyway. Carrie Ann likes James' flexibility in portraying different characters, sexy one week, romantic the next. She agrees with Len about the posture in hold and adds that Peta's foot came off the floor for the beginning of the lift, so that will cost them a point.
Scores: Carrie Ann: 8; Len: 9; Abby Lee: 10; Bruno: 9
Amy Purdy & Derek Hough, Argentine Tango
Apparently, last week Amy's back pain was actually something to do with her rib -- where it's attached to the rib cage near the shoulder blade. For rehearsals, Derek brought in another dancer to allow Amy to watch and learn the choreography without having to push her body.
It's an amazing routine, involving a bar stool for a lot of it; at one point, Derek has Amy sitting on the stool while he leans it nearly parallel to the floor. It's an incredible display of strength and balance on Amy's part. Amazing.
Abby Lee tells Derek that a great choreographer makes the dancer look great, takes risks and pushes the envelope, and that Derek did all three tonight. (I might argue that the second and third items are pretty much the same thing.)