Andy Dick & Sharna Burgess: Viennese Waltz
Andy says 2013 is the best year of his life so far and starts talking about his daughter Meg. He says his kids have it hard, because "[he's] their father and [his] troubles become their troubles." He's not wrong, but that's still sad. He talks about how Meg used to dance for him but now that she's 15 she doesn't do that anymore.
They're dancing to Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" because he and his daughter both love the song. I find this song overplayed, but if it has emotional resonance for them...
Andy says this year is the best year for him because of sobriety. Good for him. I hope it sticks.
Andy's still a bit awkward during the dance, gawky and a little uncertain of his next step. But he gets a part in the middle for his solo that's him dancing in hold without a partner — making you think of the daughter he misses dancing with. It's a lovely piece of emotional choreography.
After the dance, he runs over and hugs his daughter, who's beaming at him. I think this is probably the moment my mom started crying. She called me up and said she wants a MirrorBall Kleenex box for moments like this. (Note to self: Mother's Day coming up next month.)
Bruno says it was straight from the heart and the best he's danced since the opening week. Carrie Ann is openly weeping and if Mom wasn't crying by then this definitely got her started. Carrie Ann calls Andy over for a hug and she's still choking back tears as she tells him that it was simple but beautiful.
Tom tells Len not to be a buzzkill. Len says, "You came onto this show a man and whatever happens you'll go out of it a hero."
Scores: Carrie Ann: 7; Len: 7; Bruno: 7
Zendaya Coleman & Val Chmerkovskiy: Samba
Zendaya picks 2009 as her most memorable year because that's when she first auditioned for Disney and got "discovered." She's picking a Beyonce song, "Love on Top," because she saw her in concert in 2009 and was inspired.
The routine starts with her solo, with Zendaya taking off her jacket and vamping. SHe's wearing high waisted black pants and her legs look nine million miles long. Val's doing a great job of giving her routines that look sophisticated and adult without being too mature or age-inappropriate.
Carrie Ann calls her "baby Beyonce" and then compliments Val on his choreography. Len would've liked more samba in the solo section and Carrie Ann yelps in irritation. Len also wants her to show a little more strength in her legs. I wouldn't be surprised if some of her leg issues are a certain amount of awkwardness that comes with shooting up in height in recent years. Bruno says she has "star power." And says "every kid that watches [her] wants to dance like [her]."
When Brooke asks her how hard it was to pick her best year, being so young, Zendaya candidly responds that she hopes the best years of her life are still ahead of her. I like this kid.
Scores: Carrie Ann: 9; Len: 8; Bruno: 9
Ingo Rademacher & Kym Johnson: Viennese Waltz
In footage from last week, pre-routine, Kym's telling Ingo how sexy he looks and he's totally ignoring her and then asks, "Left foot first, right?" Apparently there was a bit of costume problem at the beginning of the routine that threw him off.
Ingo picks 2009 because it's the year he got married. Aww. He says that despite his success on the soap, his life began when he met his wife and had children.
Tom makes a joke about Ingo and Kym wearing white after Labor Day. Oh, Tom. We just passed Easter so it's ok to wear white again. But velvet is out after Valentine's Day.
I like that even though this is a Viennese Waltz, they're getting a lot of the waltz "rise and fall" in. This routine is really waltz-y, which should make Len happy. And there are a couple of almost-but-not-quite lifts to make Carrie Ann happy. Kym's savvy with her choreography.