Leah's most important year has been this last year. Without saying the words "Scientology" or "church," she talks about leaving a way of life you've known your whole life. She implies that a big reason she left the church was for her daughter's sake.
Leah comes up with an idea for choreography: Tony is a puppeteer pulling her strings and she finds her strength and breaks away. She explicitly says, "Whatever that means for anybody. Could mean anything." Someone's worried about HQ getting litigious.
I'm not sure how much this is real "contemporary" choreography, but from a standpoint of Leah asserting her message of independence, it's great. Especially with Katy Perry's "Roar" as the soundtrack.
Carrie Ann says it felt like it went "lift to movement to lift" and that the transitions in and out of lifts were a bit rough. Len loved the concept but says the lifts were a little bit labored. For him it was good, but not great. Bruno yells, "Leah strikes back!" He says the performance and storytelling was good and effective.
Judges' Scores: Carrie Ann: 7; Len: 7; Bruno: 8
When Tom asks Leah what she's thinking after that score, she says, "You don't want to know." Tom assures her he does, and she says, "It's not for this audience."
Oooh.Back from commercial, Aloe Blacc is singing, "I Need a Dollar." AND THAT'S WHERE I KNOW HIM FROM. It was killing me why his name sounded familiar. I hope he gets to sing "Loving You Is Killing Me" from that same album.
Corbin Bleu & Karina Smirnoff
Corbin's most memorable year was 2011, the year his sister Phoenix was diagnosed with scoliosis.
Len compliments Corbin on his "sway" in hold. Bruno says Corbin could be the love child of "Fred Astaire and Ben Vereen." Tom quips that they need Bill Nye around to explain to Bruno why that would be biologically impossible. Bruno explains that "It's a metaphor, darling." I wish Bruno had taught some of my lit classes in college.
Carrie Ann quibbles over whether or not that was a lift in the first part of the routine. Karina swears it wasn't. Tom asks if they could get a slo-mo replay that shows no lift, would Carrie Ann give back the point she's planning on deducting. Carrie Ann doesn't know if she'd be allowed to, but she'd be willing to, sure. There are strict rules, like, laws, even about game shows and their rules.
Judges' Scores: Carrie Ann: 9; Len: 9; Bruno: 10
Back from commercial, Brooke is interviewing Bill Engvall's wife, Gail, who says since he's started dancing he's tired and spends a lot of time in the hot tub.
Bill Engvall & Emma Slater
Bill's memorable year is 1982, which is the year he married his wife. We see a hilarious montage of photos of Bill & Gail through the years and it's like looking at pictures of your parents or something -- sweet and cringe-worthy, all at the same time.
Apparently this is also the week the celebrities are supposed to do solos, which explains Bill's awkward swaying at the beginning of this number.
Bruno calls it honest and heartfelt, but gives him some advice about his arms and how much they swing. Carrie Ann says it was off-time here and there. Len says he kept his frame well, even if there were some timing issues.
Judges' Scores: Carrie Ann: 8; Len: 8; Bruno: 8
If Bill had had to go up in lifts like Leah did, I bet he would've gotten scores more similar to hers.
Tom clarifies that the judges score based on what they see and the score is final. Therefore Carrie Ann's 9 for Corbin & Karina stays.