Scores: Carrie Ann: 8.5; Len: 8.5; Bruno: 8.5
Those are VERY generous. What would they have gotten if there hadn't been the dress issue?
The second bombshell announcement is that tomorrow night the couples will be picking styles for one another to dance next week.
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Bristol Palin & Mark Ballas
So, Wednesday morning in rehearsals, Bristol has a meltdown in rehearsal when Mark's trying to give her a pep talk. She tries to challenge Mark saying that she bets he wishes he had a different partner, like Sabrina or Shawn.
He very calmly asks, "What have I done to make you feel that way?" And the best Bristol can come up with is, "It's just in general." Mark reassures her that he's fine with having her as a partner. Bristol brings up that he missed a rehearsal and then essentially accuses him of throwing the competition so he can go home. He scoots closer to try and reassure her and puts his hands on her (bare) legs.
She removes his hands, grabs her bag, and leaves the rehearsal room. Ugh. This type of dramarama is NOT why I watch my dancing show. I want sequins and spray tans and silliness.
Because of all the DRAMA they don't tell us what "iconic" dance this is supposed to recreate. It's got a chessboard theme. She really is just so far below the rest of the remaining dancers in terms of dancing skills.
I mean, we've seen, what three other paso dobles just tonight and this pales in comparison to those. They should have picked a dance that no other couple was doing so there'd be no direct comparison. No one's done the jive, the rhumba, the waltz, the Viennese waltz, or the Argentine tango (although admittedly that last one is probably out of Bristol's reach).
Len says when he was dancing competitively he always had a flare-up with his partner right before performing the paso doble. He goes on to say that this had the "most content" of anything she's danced so far and is her best performance so far. Bruno says her lines were better than ever. Carrie Ann wants her to make her expressions less one-dimensional.
In the interview with Brooke, we find out that dance was originally danced by Derek Hough and Joanna Krupa. Gosh, remember her? I didn't.
Scores: Carrie Ann: 7.5; Len: 7.5; Bruno: 7.5
Wildly overscored. I mean, did the judges see the same dance I did? That puts them only 1.5 points behind Drew & Kirstie. Ok, Kirstie I get, but Drew wasn't THAT bad.
Shawn Johnson & Derek Hough
Quickstep, Helio & Julianne, Season 5
Shawn wants to bring in trampolines for their routine. Shawn admits upfront that they're totally going to break the rules during their routine. Derek, rightly I think, assumes that they won't take that much a hit from the judges and they'll more than make up for it by pleasing the audience and getting votes.
They start with each of them doing a gymnastics move onto the floor via trampoline. I count at least two lifts AND they break hold more than you're supposed to. They finish the routine by jumping off the stairs onto crash mats tucked next to the band.
Bruno and Carrie Ann are both giving them a standing ovation. Bruno calls it a classic and says it may be the best dance he's seen in 15 seasons. "You broke the rules, but I'm never going to forget it." Carrie Ann echoes those sentiments. Len points out that last week they docked Bristol for breaking hold in quickstep so they'll have to do the same here. Even if Len really did enjoy it.
Scores: Carrie Ann: 9; Len: 8; Bruno: 9.5.
So, breaking the rules doesn't hurt you that much, huh? Wonder if that will set a precedent in coming weeks.