By Amy Watts, For The Baltimore Sun
9:16 PM EDT, April 8, 2013
Jacoby Jones and Karina Smirnoff have the foxtrot for tonight's "Best Year of Your Life" theme. I'd say it's pretty darn hard to top the year he's having THIS year. Can they foxtrot to Fatboy Slim's "Right Here Right Now"?
He 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 interiew, "This foxtrot is for you, Junior."
As disappointed as I am that Jacoby is not shirtless, he's looking quite dapper in gray dress pants with a matching vest, white dress shirt and pink tie to match Karina's floral dress.
His posture isn't perhaps as disciplined as a foxtrot should really be. He gets a big solo stretch in the middle of the song that even involves kicking up his heels. And what appear to be some country line dancing moves. Now THAT was unexpected.
After the dance, we saw 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 in awe of 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 8; Len 8; Bruno 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.
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