Jacoby says 2012 was the best year of his life not just because of the Super Bowl but also because his son was born. He says he always wanted his child to be proud of him. Jacoby says his own father left when he was only 2-years-old and that if his dad walked into the studio right now, he wouldn't know what he looked like. He tried to reach out and contact him, but doesn't think his dad can "face him like a man."
When Karina asks him what he enjoys most about being a dad he says, "It's a piece of yourself, something you made," and adds, "I want to watch him grow up, the right way." They're dancing to Rodney Atkins' "Watch You Grow Up."
Jacoby's struggling with the foxtrot and says it's the most difficult he's had. He calls out at the end of his interview, "This foxtrot is for you, Junior."
His posture isn't perhaps as disciplined as a foxtrot should be. He gets a big solo stretch in the middle of the song which even involves kicking up his heels, and what appears to be some country line dancing moves. Now that is unexpected.
After the dance we see Jacoby's mom holding his son on her lap. She's on the verge of tears and fanning herself to stay calm. Junior's cool as a cucumber and dressed to the nines. I'm cowed by how cute this kid is.
Carrie Ann says it looks like Junior is proud of him. And Jacoby proudly proclaims that, "He looks just like his daddy." Carrie Ann says she's going to give him some advice because she thinks he could win this thing. She cautions Jacoby that because of the height difference between him and Karina, when he leans down to compensate for it, his butt sticks out a little bit.
Len says he was a fan of that foxtrot, even though he wasn't sure about the solo. Bruno says he was "trotting at full throttle." Bruno goes a little nuts with his hand gestures and then turns around and warns Jacoby that sometimes his hands turn into spatulas.
Brooke asks Jacoby what he hopes his son will think when he's older and rewatches tonight's routine. Jacoby answers, "My daddy took chances on life and succeeded so I'm going to do it, too." Every woman in the ballroom simultaneously ovulates.
Scores: Carrie Ann Inaba: 8; Len Goodman: 8; Bruno Tonioli: 8
Brooke says that's the high score of the night so far. If they'd been scoring "cuteness of kid" they'd need paddles that go to 11 for Jacoby Jr. My mom said she didn't watch much of Jacoby's dance because she was too busy looking at Jacoby Jr. "Cute, cute, cute," says Ma. The triple cute is the top of her cuteness scale.
Aly Reisman & Mark Ballas: Contemporary
She's representing her Olympic experience of Summer 2012 for this contemporary routine. She says the song "Titanium" is about falling and getting back up.
Contemporary routine shoe watch: both barefoot. There are lifts all through the routine — I wonder if Contemporary is one of those styles were lifts are allowed. Otherwise, I can hear Carrie Ann's sirens starting to rev up as Lift Police.
I don't usually comment on the band, but the singer is really struggling here, so much so, that it's distracting from the routine.
Aly's "solo" is essentially a tumbling pass just before the end of the routine. And then it ends with the song just stopping abruptly as Aly walks off the stage, Mark holding onto her ankle.
Len says he liked the balance of the power of her athleticism with the emotion of the song. One word of advice, he says, and then teases her about the height of her last flip. Bruno liked the dramatic quality of it.
Carrie Ann says that Contemporary is about perfection of emotion, not perfection of technique, and that Aly was perfect.
Before she goes upstairs, Aly hugs a couple of her fellow Olympic teammates sitting next to the dance floor. Aww.
Scores: Carrie Ann: 9; Len: 9; Bruno: 9
Brooke notes that's the highest score of the competition so far.