By Amy Watts, For The Baltimore Sun
7:44 AM EDT, March 19, 2013
Jacoby Jones descends the staircase in a purple shirt, with a faux untied gold bowtie stitched on. It's not so much Ravens purple as Mardi Gras purple. Given that he's wearing it with gold, I hope it's a nod to his native New Orleans and the site of his outstanding Super Bowl performance.
Jacoby and Karina have the sweet spot as the final dancers of the evening. Their introduction package begins with his 108-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. It still looks impressive. Jacoby explains his dad left when he was only 2 (and we see a cute, cute, cute picture of baby Jacoby in a stroller). We meet Jacoby's mom, Emily London-Jones, and she's wearing this great tweed suit and telling us if Jacoby has any dance skills, he got them from her. And then there's a sweet clip of the two of them dancing in her dining room.
On the first day of rehearsal, Karina asks Jacoby about his knee surgery. He had to start rehearsal later than the other contestants. Karina's freaking out about the reduced rehearsal time.
They've got the Cha Cha Cha (to Flo Rida's "Good Feeling") and start the dance on a square platform at the top of the stage. It's exploding with fireworks and they've darkened the audience area and given everybody glow stick thingies and it's all so much.
It's a fun routine, and Jacoby seems to be having fun with it and looks comfortable. He's got some good hip moves and a face that really connects with the audience.
Carrie Ann loves it and tells him, "You've got some moves." Jacoby is doubled over gasping for breath and Carrie Ann is afraid he's going to faint. She says the routine looked like a "medley of touchdown dances," but she's smiling as she says it, and points out that they only had one week to practice.
Len rips Jacoby's technique eight ways to Sunday. I don't think there's any part of Jacoby's body he doesn't criticize. His mom is in the audience along with what I assume to be friends and family and she's booing Len's criticism. Jacoby responds with a joking, "I love you, too."
As Bruno says he thinks Jacoby could be the "screaming sex machine of season 16" (And how long do we think Bruno worked on THAT line), Len rolls his eyes and blows a raspberry. Bruno does want him to work on his foot placement -- apparently Jacoby's pigeon-toed. That's been a problem for a lot of the former football players, hasn't it?
Jacoby is still sucking wind during the interview with Brooke, explaining that there's "no play in the NFL that lasts a minute and a half." Because Brooke still and always is TERRIBLE at this, she follows up with a question that Jacoby JUST ANSWERED.
Scores: Carrie Ann: 7, Len: 6, Bruno: 7.
That's 20 points out of 30 possible.
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