Kirstie & Maks with Tristan McManusPaso Doble
Those wings come off pretty early in the routine, so all that was for not much. Shoe Watch: both men are wearing shoes but Kirstie is not. She's also wearing a dress/tunic thing that splits at the empire waistline to show a black bodysuit/leggings - not terribly flattering.
Carrie Ann loved the theme, costumes, presentation, and hot guys but said the actual dancing was sloppy. And then she says some of that might be attributable to Kirstie being barefoot because it's hard to do the paso doble lines without the shoes. Well, praise be. Len compliments her on there being "no incidents" but says it did lack definition. Bruno compares it "Valley of the Dolls" - so basically it was a visually interesting mess.
Scores: Carrie Ann: 8; Len: 8; Bruno: 8
Kelly & Val with Louis van AmstelJive
Louis was on Season 1 with Kelly, though not as her partner. As Kelly points out, he's taught a lot of the current pros at some point.
The storyline of the dance is Kelly playing the two guys for her affection, and it's really well choreographed to be fun, fast and flirty. It also makes sure both men end up shirtless. Although I'm slightly afraid with Kelly's low neckline and generous, ahem, assets that we might see a little more Monaco than we're meant to. At the end of the routine, Kelly leaps onto the judges' table and kisses Len. It's the end of the story - she rejects both Val and Louis in favor of Len. Then Val jumps up as if he's going to deck Len and while Bruno can reach Val's butt, he smacks it for all he's worth. Things have gotten a little crazy!
Len said it was fun, fast, flamboyant, and fabulous. Bruno says a lot of innuendo-laced things then concludes by complimenting Kelly on the section where she was leading with the two male dancers behind her. Carrie Ann says the transitions were fantastic and seamless, but sometimes Kelly could've pointed her toes a hair more.
Scores: Carrie Ann: 9.5; Len: 9.5; Bruno: 9.5
Gilles & Peta with Chelsie HightowerSalsa
Gilles and Peta chose Chelsie because of her choreography abilities. Their storyline is similar to Kelly's in that the two women are fighting for Gilles' affection.
The routine starts with a mini-solo from Gilles and then continues like that for a little bit before they're all three up and dancing. It's bold for the star and not the pro to be so isolated like that. They repeat it a little later in the routine and I'm super impressed with Gilles. There is one little spot where he's supposed to pull both women up off the floor, one with each arm, but there's a little hesitation with the dancer on his left arm. Still, a routine that was mostly Gilles and it's impressive.
Bruno mentions some timing problems and Carrie Ann agrees, but still say he took over the dance floor. Len points out how exposed Gilles was by the routine and says "well done."
Scores: Carrie Ann: 9.5; Len: 10; Bruno: 9.5
Emmitt & Cheryl with Kym JohnsonSalsa
Cheryl wants to show that Emmitt can lead two women. Emmitt says, "A man trying to give a woman what she needs, what she wants, that's really what I'm trying to do." Oh, Mrs. Smith, you lucky wife.
Y'all know how much I love Gilles, and it's good for him that he want before Emmitt rather than after because this salsa is blowing his out of the water. It really IS a three person dance and impressive for its intricacy. Len says it was like "working two yo-yos at the same time."
Scores: Carrie Ann: 10; Len: 10; Bruno: 10