Tonight's gimmick on Dancing with the Stars is that each pro/am couple will dance alongside a pro couple during their routine. The pro couple will dance first, then the pro/am couple will join them for 15 seconds of synchronized choreography. The pro couple will drop back and the pro/am couple will finish the routine.
Jacoby Jones and Karina Smirnoff will be dancing with Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Anna Trubunskaya. During rehearsal, Jacoby has trouble with some of the moves, and claims that Karina forgets he's a man and some moves just won't work for him. Maks gives him some solid advice for his hands during the jive, to keep them above his waist and out of the way.
They're dancing to Little Richard's "Long Tall Sally," which contains some of my dad's favorite lyrics in all of pop music: "Saw Uncle John with long tall Sally / They saw Aunt Mary comin' / So they ducked back in the alley." And in double checking those lyrics, I learned something new: Those lines were written by a girl who gave them to Little Richard's producer. She sold them to get treatment for her ailing Aunt Mary. Well. I feel edumatated.
Maks and Anna are high-flying, as to be expected, but when Jacoby and Karina come out, they more than manage to keep up. I love Jacoby's knees during their side-by-side choreography. Maks looks like what he is: an Eastern European ballroom dancer who's doing a technically great jive. Jacoby looks like a kid who grew up in New Orleans and saw some great non-professional dancers growing up.
As Maks and Anna exit the routine, Jacoby rips off his jacket and those of us who like a well-muscled man cheer. Jacoby continues to have these great, loose, bandy legs that are a delight for the jive.
AND THEN HE POPS DOWN AND UP INTO THE SPLITS!!! Now THAT is fun.
He's still pigeon-toed as all heck, but I can't care because he's having as much fun as the song's lyrics promise.
Before the routine ends, Jacoby takes a running leap and jumps over a standing-at-her-full-height Karina. WOW.
As Jacoby and Karina catch their breath and make their way over to Tom, he comments that he'd certainly like to see that again tomorrow night, alluding to Jacoby's stated goal during rehearsal to get picked for the encore dance.
In the audience, Jacoby's mom is jumping up and down with excitement while wearing a strapless dress. Be careful, lady!
Bruno says, of Jacoby and Maks, it was like "watching two stallions at the peak of their power fighting for supremacy -- Masculinity and testosterone pouring from everywhere." He points to the balcony and adds, "Two ladies out there had to be restrained. They thought they were going to jump." Bruno adds one small criticism, that Jacoby needs to point his toes on the kicks and flicks. Karina nods knowingly while laughing.
Carrie Ann says it was a little bit "flat-footed and stunted," but enthuses that she loves her some Jacoby. Jacoby commandeers Tom's mike to tell her, "Girl, I love you back, girl." She can't hear him, so Tom tells her, "He likes you back."
Len liked the routine but tells Jacoby he'll never get a 9 from him as long as he has "those feet." Jacoby tells him, "Len, I love you so much, but I gotta tell you with these feet, I went 108 in 11 seconds."
As Jacoby enters the Contestant Crows Nest, he gets high-fives from everybody. Brooke then asks him to demonstrate some of the New Orleans "skip" dance he mentioned in rehearsals. He does, and, man, is he light on his feet. I should note here that he is wearing purple spats, but since he's doing the jive and he's not Mark Ballas, I'll allow it.
Brooke asks Karina how scary it was to stand there and wait for Jacoby to jump over her. She says it was not even "humanly possible" and then he did it without even using her shoulders. She turns to him with what appears to be sincere admiration and says, "Baby, you can fly."
Scores: Carrie Ann 9, Len 8, Bruno 9, for a total of 26.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun