On Latin Night, Jacoby Jones and partner Karina Smirnoff lead off the dancing with a salsa dance. There's a new twist this week where whichever couple scores highest on their regular dance will get "immunity" and the other couples will then dance to add extra points to their scores. It's a pain when my silly dancing show makes me use my brain.
During rehearsals, Karina has fun with a partner as strong as Jacoby, pretty much hurling herself at him so he can catch her. And sometimes she hurts him in the process. In fact, he misses a day of practice to get a massage and spend the day in ice. That first part sounds fun, but that second part, not so much.
Jacoby explains that after a football game, on Monday you have a walk-through, and Tuesday is the players' day off, but dance demands him every day.
Jacoby notes in an interview, "I love to dance, but I didn't know dancing was this serious or this intense."
Jacoby and Karina start at the top of the stage, she with maracas, him with bongos. In case you're interested in this sort of detail, he is wearing a shirt, but it is entirely unbuttoned. They get in a lift where Jacoby swings Karina around by an arm and a leg, then later she pretty much does a handstand into a cartwheel up his body onto his shoulders.
They look like they're going to repeat the "Jacoby leaps over Karina from behind" move, but at the last second, he doesn't go high enough and her head ends up between his knees, with her arms holding onto his legs. Which makes me think maybe it was supposed to be that way? I don't know. I'm sure we'll find out if it was a goof during judging or the interviews.
Len asks if that was an earthquake or if Jacoby just rocked this place. Len says he would've liked fewer lifts, and Jacoby's mom hollers at Len from across the ballroom. The camera cuts to her, and she's making the "I've got my eyes on you" gesture — and looks stunning in a white dress.
Bruno gets very excited about Jacoby's hip action and tells Karina she spends more time flying around than Iron Man. I'm too lazy to look up if the media conglomerate that owns ABC also produces the Marvel films, or if Bruno just gave the movie a plug out of the goodness of his heart.
Carrie Ann says Jacoby is so good that it's like he could "fart salsa." It just gets grosser from there, and Tom Bergeron has a "really?" look on his face.
Brooke asks a question about the farting analogy but is too prissy to say "fart." Jacoby says his grandmother told him that if he didn't fart, he could die, so he lets it out. Lovely. Brooke then asks if dance training is harder than football. He replies, "When I go back to the Baltimore Ravens, I'm gonna talk so much trash about conditioning."
Jacoby says his experience on the show is definitely going to improve his touchdown dances. The people of Baltimore hope he gets many, many chances to show off those moves.
Scores: Carrie Ann 9, Len 9, Bruno 9, for a total of 27 out of 30. Will that be enough to give Jacoby and Karina immunity? We won't know 'til all the other couples dance.
When Kellie Pickler and Derek Hough score a 29, we know for sure that Jacoby will be dancing in the second round for extra points. Boo for him not getting immunity, but yay for a chance to see him dance some more.
Jacoby and Karina are tied with Zendaya and Val for highest score in Round 1, so the couple with the highest accumulated score for the season gets to pick their dance-off competitors first. Val says, "Let's pick on someone our own size," and suggests Jacoby. Jacoby then gets to pick the dance style, and he says, "You know I'm jivin'."
Zendaya and Val dance first, and Zendaya's tennis shoes look weird with her fringed dress. For this being a dance, they weren't sure they were going to do, it's pretty good.
The song both couples are dancing to is "Good Golly Miss Molly." We all know what happened last time Jacoby got to jive to a Little Richard song. And maybe Zendaya and Val have more technique, but "Good golly" is what I think when I see Jacoby jive: "Good golly, this is fun to watch." Jacoby repeats his slide into splits move and his jump over Karina move.
After the dance, Jacoby and Val are BOTH going into splits on the dance floor. This is fun!
Bruno calls Jacoby a powerhouse. Len says Jacoby's dance was full of exuberance.
Judges' votes: All three judges choose Zendaya and Val, giving them three extra points on their score. This just means the Jacoby fan base had better get voting. I don't think he's in danger, but it never hurts to be supportive of your favorite.