Samantha Harris is back from maternity leave to rejoin her Dancing With the Stars co-host Tom Bergeron.
Tonight, the dancers take on the paso doble and Viennese waltz.
Mark Cuban and Kym Johnson are up first, taking on the waltz. They are dancing to ... "Mr. Bojangles"?? They seem to do a pretty decent job, although Mark's little solo at the end is kind of stilted. (Audience sighting: choreographer Wade Robson from So You Think You Can Dance.) Len Goodman says he has become a much more rounded performer and that was his best dance. Bruno Tonioli says he lost his rhythm a couple of times, but he is doing better. Carrie Ann Inaba says he listened to her and didn't sing along or make as many faces. Scores: 7-8-7, for a 22/30.
Sabrina Bryan and Mark Ballas are next, learning the paso doble through many bouts of giggles. Their song of the evening is "You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)," the second totally bizarre option of the evening. During the interview, they spoke of wanting to slow it down and add nuance, but the paso doble doesn't seem to lend itself to that too much, since there is so much attack and power. Their performance is, as usual, great. Bruno says: "Power, attack, stealth!" (I promise I wrote my sentence before Bruno said that.) Carrie Ann calls it "perfection." Len says she sets her own standards and that tonight he couldn't find anything wrong with her dance. Scores: 10-10-10, for the first 30/30 of the season.
Jane Seymour and Tony Dovolani prepare for the Viennese waltz by painting with their feet. (You would have had to have seen it.) They dance to "Piano Man," and turn in a performance with a ton of lovely, interesting, and at times speedy turns. Carrie Ann says she is a little bummed because ... though it was gorgeous, she feels they did a lift. Len says he doesn't want to get wrapped up in this and that it was a great job. Bruno calls her the queen of the fairies and calls it exquisite. Scores: 8-9-9, for a 26/30.
Floyd Mayweather and Karina Smirnoff are next. Floyd is angry that he keeps getting lower scores than he thinks he should be getting. But he calms down when he sees banners from the kids at an elementary school that is benefited by a foundation he works with. They dance the paso doble to an actual paso song. His posture is still a little forward, but he does a huge jump toward the end of the dance. They do a spin at the end where he has Karina by only one leg, but it kind of seems like he was supposed to have her arm, too. Len says he comes out 100 percent every week, but becaues he does that, he loses some technique. However: "bloody good job." Bruno says he "went from a bulldozer to a bullfighter in one giant leap." Carrie Ann asks whether that last move was a lift. But that aside, she says his posture and footwork were much better. Scores: 7-8-8, for a 23/30.
Mel B and Maksim Chmerkovskiy practice the Viennese waltz and work on their focus with some yoga. They dance to Kelly Clarkson's "Breakaway." It's lovely, and sweeping, and dare I say, focused. Bruno: "Melanie, sweet dreams are made of this. ... You continue to surprise me every week." Carrie Ann says she is like a truck driver when she talks, but she has womanly elegance on the dance floor. Len says he loved the choreography. He calls Mel a "revelation." Scores: 8-9-9, for a 26/30.
Cameron Mathison and Edyta Sliwinska also dance the paso doble. They dance to the Superman theme, I guess to play off the "Clark Kent" comment from the other day. He even has a giant sparkly C on his chest. The dance has that power and intensity, as the paso requires, and somehow it doesn't even feel that weird to the music. Carrie Ann raises the roof and thanks him for getting her out of a funk, though she does point out another lift. Len: "You and the paso doble go together like fish and chips." Bruno (flailing): "Superman is back in a blaze of glory. ... Well done." Scores: 9-9-9, for a 27/30.
Marie Osmond and Jonathan Roberts practice the Viennese waltz, and Marie frets that the spinning is going to make her throw up. Then she takes a ballet class to work on her arms. They dance to "I Can't Help Falling in Love With You," with Marie in a dramatic, feather-trimmed dress. They work the performance side of things as well as tons of spins. Bruno says she puts the "feel-good factor into every dance." He says it wasn't full of razzmatazz, but it was lovely. Bruno said it was a little like Sleeping Beauty still asleep. Carrie Ann says it was nice to see her not doing the obvious, and she also liked the head rolls. Scores: 9-9-8, for a 26/30.
Jennie Garth and Derek Hough take on the paso doble, which seems like another intense one after last week's tango. They dance to "Everybody Can Can" (I'm out of words on this subject). Despite the totally goofy song, they deliver a pretty good paso. Bruno says she changed so much and improved so much. He adds that the choreography was superb. Carrie Ann brings up the lift issue yet again. But she says it was fantastic and beautiful. Len says, "That was bloomin' fantastic." Jennie squeals. Scores: 8-10-9, for a 27/30.
Lots of high scores tonight. I have a feeling either Floyd or Mark is going to be out tomorrow.