Zendaya and Val Chmerskovskiy: Contemporary
Zendaya's another brunette from the Disney child-star factory. She seems really poised and put together for a 16-year-old. That's a compliment, but, man, it's got to be hard to be a teenager and under all that scrutiny.
Val's trying to find a balance between the "passion" of contemporary and being age-appropriate for the sake of Zendaya.
There's fake rain and dry ice and Zendaya's not wearing shoes. Contemporary, folks!
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She's really good. Long legs and light on her feet and so very graceful. Carrie Ann is all smiles, as is Len. Bruno calls it "superb."
Scores: Carrie Ann: 8; Len: 8; Bruno: 8
Not that she wasn't good, but I have to think there's a little "We want to let the audience get to know her better."
Sean Lowe and Peta Murgatroyd: Foxtrot
Sean won't say the word "virgin" so they helpfully show all the tabloid covers that did. I totally do not care what this grown man has or has not done with his private parts. That's between him, the deity of his choice and his GP.
During rehearsal, Sean says he must look ridiculous. Points for stating the obvious, guy. He says what he lacks in "raw talent" he'll make up in "dedication." As he's doing an absolutely ridiculous hip shimmy, he asks Peta if that move will work for his wedding dance. The look of amused horror on her face is priceless.
There's some sort of pinball lighting scheme on the floor and they're dancing to "The Power of Love" by Huey Lewis and the News. Two things I love and this show is going to try its hardest to ruin them for me. It's also bugging me that the red of his jacket clashes with the red of her dress.
Sean's not great, but he's not D.L.-levels of bad. Len liked it, but thought it lacked finesse and quality of movement. He adds that Sean's posture and footwork were good. Bruno calls him a "dance virgin" and tells him he has a powerful pelvic thrust. Oh, Bruno. Carrie Ann liked it, complimenting his "fearless exuberance."
Scores: Carrie Ann: 7; Len: 6; Bruno: 6
Alexandra Raisman and Mark Ballas & Mark Ballas' Spats: Cha Cha Cha
Mark points out that Aly's used to hitting her poses very sharply in gymnastics and she needs to be more fluid for dancing. He rolls up his pants to show her what he means by moving his own legs. That's actually a pretty good way of teaching by showing. (See, I can say nice things about Mark.)
Bruno has some very specific criticisms for Aly but overall liked it. Carrie Ann liked it, but has some concerns about musicality. Len wants her to have "crisper" legs, but says "well done."
Scores: Carrie Ann: 7; Len: 7; Bruno: 7
Dorothy Hamill and Tristan McManus: Contemporary
Dorothy won gold in the 1976 Olympics. She says she wasn't prepared to handle all of the attention afterwards. Five years ago, she was diagnosed with breast cancer. As she was recovering from her surgery, she was watching Kristi Yamaguchi compete and win her season of "Dancing with the Stars."
Contemporary routine shoe watch: She's barefoot, he's not. And that's what ticks me off. If the guys can dance the style with shoes on, shouldn't the women be able/allowed to as well?
It's a lovely routine, graceful and beautiful. All the judges love it, even if Len points out that there were a couple of bobbled moments.
Scores: Carrie Ann: 7; Len: 7; Bruno: 7
Wynonna Judd & Tony Dovolani: Cha Cha Cha
Wynonna's been caring for her husband since last summer when he was badly injured in a car crash. He lost a leg. So, this is something for her.
This is some sort of "gospel Cha Cha Cha." Baptist ancestors everywhere are spinning in their graves. Wynonna can't resist singing along to the song as she dances. Tony's going to have to drill that out of her.