It’s a sexy dance, given the song. At one point Jacoby is facing the judges’ table, particularly Carrie Ann, and pops open his shirt. The crowd goes wild. And even though they do a “death spiral” move at the end that isn’t my favorite, it ends with Jacoby standing over Karina and then, using only one arm, lifting her straight off the floor. I mean, I know he’s a professional athlete and she weighs not more than a couple of feathers, but still. Also, hot move. I imagine a lot of women will picture themselves as Karina in that pose.

Carrie Ann mentions her appreciation of the shirt coming open and then praises Jacoby’s fluidity and posture. Len asks Jacoby’s mom what she thought of it and she hollers, “I loved it,” and Len hollers back, “So did I!” and says to Jacoby, “Great footwork! Yes, thank you, Jacoby!” Bruno agrees with an “Absolutely.”

Scores: Carrie Ann: 9, Len: 9, Bruno: 9

Ingo Rademacher & Kym Johnson


Ingo’s hit a wall during rehearsal -- tired, irritable. It’s what Linda Holmes, when she used to write about "The Amazing Race," identified as “killer fatigue.” He’s taking some of it out on Kym , but she handles it like the professional she is.

Ingo’s butt sticks out a little more than it really should for a foxtrot, but he’s doing better than I expected at this, especially with regard to his arm extensions.

Len said it had an ease of movement and says he could have been “softer in the arms.” Bruno said he did a great job, including his arabesque. Carrie Ann says it was his best posture he’s ever seen and then compares the “casual quality” of his dancing to Gene Kelly.

Scores: Carrie Ann: 8, Len: 8, Bruno: 8

Kellie Pickler & Derek Hough

Viennese Waltz

Derek tells her they don’t want to get complacent now that she’s received 10s and he’s going to push her further.  Kellie starts crying talking about her grandmother, who passed away when Kellie was only 15. I think this is a way for her to try and give the emotion Carrie Ann said she lacked last week.

Bruno calls her “Queen of the Viennese waltz.” Let me translate what Carrie Ann says, “I got you to cry. Therefore I am satisfied.” Len is mostly complimentary and his only complaint is one even he admits is nitpicky. When you’re getting the really technical nitpick comments from the judges, you know you danced very well.

Scores: Carrie Ann: 9, Len: 9, Bruno: 10

Alexandra Reisman & Mark Ballas

Argentine Tango

Oh dear. Aly is many good things as a dancer, but it’s going to be interesting to see how she does the Argentine tango, a dance not kind to the vertically challenged of us. She’s supposed to be playing the character of a harlot for this dance.

They’re taking full advantage of lifts being allowed in this dance. And Mark’s choreographed the routine to NOT try to show off the legs, like he probably would were he dancing with Zendaya.

Carrie Ann starts by asking Aly how she feels after that routine. Aly timidly replies, “Um, good?” Carrie Ann goes on to praise her transformation over the season. She does question the transitions out of the lifts, which both Bruno and Len protest. Len liked the sex appeal of it. Bruno calls it “sensational” and praises her growth as an actor.”

Scores: Carrie Ann: 9, Len: 10, Bruno: 10