Colton Dixon, Joshua Ledet and Jessica Sanchez continue to lead the pack
By Carla Patton
Put on your acid-wash jeans and your spandex because this week, the "American Idol" top 8 take on hits from the 1980s. It should be a great week for people like me, who love the '80s. So many great choices! I'll be so disappointed if no one sings a song by Hall and Oates. But there are only eight solo performances, so I should probably prepare myself for disappointment. I hope they won't try to throw duets or trios at us again. Save that mess for the results show!
But, according to recent spoilers, they are singing duets, and I'll have to settle for the Pointer Sisters instead of Hall and Oates. And no one is singing any Tears for Fears? I'm flabbergasted. A wasted opportunity, top 8! At least someone is singing "Flashdance ... What a Feeling."
Last week, the sunshine of our lives, Heejun, left. I don't want to remember the pain of losing my precious! Oh, well. If we can count on one thing it's that "American Idol" won't dwell on it. It will, however, dwell on all those '80s pictures of Randy Jackson. I typed that before Ryan even pulled up the picture. Oh, well. Hooray for the '80s! And Colton dyed more parts of his hair. Ugh.
Deandre Brackensick misses his car. He will be singing "I Like It" by DeBarge. Mentor Gwen Stefani notices that Deandre looks really nervous when he sings. He starts out in the audience, and the girls next to him try to look into it. He walks by the crowd and high-fives ol' Nigel Lythgoe, who is standing in the front.
This is the Deandre I like -- laid-back, casual and not too falsetto. His lower register is nice, too, so I like when he mixes it up. Good song for Deandre. He's still relying a little heavily on the falsetto, but this was an improvement from the last two weeks. Jennifer, whose hair looks marvelous tonight, thought it was a great start to the show. Steven forgot where he was, but that's probably normal. Randy thought DeBarge would have liked it, and appreciated that it wasn't too much falsetto.
Elise Testone originally chose "Hallelujah" by Leonard Cohen, and I am so glad she opted for "I Wanna Know What Love Is" by Foreigner instead of that tired, easy win song. Gwen Stefani likes Elise, but I'm not sure America has made up its collective mind on her yet. I don't know that I really care for this performance. It's a little sappy and not exciting enough to be memorable in that second slot. I still like her voice and Elise as a performer. She's completely natural. But it got even weirder when the choir came out to sing behind her and the key changed. It felt a little shouty and pushed, like she yelled almost the entire thing. Steven wasn't sure it was the right song, Jennifer said Elise looks beautiful and is a powerhouse but it "wasn't totally right every single moment." Randy said she never quite hit the pitch right. Wuh oh.
Ryan Seacrest is in quite the jovial mood tonight, isn't he? He is on fire!
And now, Skylar Laine and Colton Dixon sing "Islands in the Stream" by Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton, which shows off Skylar a little better than Colton. They didn't have much chemistry, but the song sounded great. Skylar pretty much owned it. It was ... better than I anticipated? Randy thought it was "sweet and nice."
Coca-Cola has already received "thousands of lyrics" to help Jason Derulo finish his song "Undefeated," and I hope they were all about his neck brace. I am obsessed with it.
Phillip Phillips misses his brother. He's singing "That's All" by Genesis. It did not go well in rehearsal, but the mentors have complete confidence. I'm glad he's singing this song. I love it. Phillip gives this song the typical Dave Matthews Band treatment, but he's really coming into his own as an artist, I think. Some of the parts were too high for him, and he started sweating almost immediately. But overall it was another good Phil Phil performance. Steven thought it was great. Jennifer thought he found it, eventually. And Randy likes the "brotherly love thing." I, too, like the brotherly love thing. It's cute! Did I just fall in love with Phillip Phillips?
Singing my karaoke favorite, "I'm So Excited" by the Pointer Sisters, are Deandre Brackensick and Hollie Cavanagh. Lord, Hollie has looked better. Hollie sounds great on this song, and Deandre sounds weak. The harmonies are all right, though. I hope they're "so excited" to be going home in the next four weeks or so! Could anyone really be that excited by a guy who is singing the higher harmony on the song? It was a cheese fest, but Hollie and Deandre know that it doesn't really matter. Hollie won this battle, though, if anyone is keeping score.
Somewhere behind the cameras, the producers are making the "stretch" gesture to Ryan Seacrest. That is the only explanation for all this extra filler and chitchat with the judges.
Joshua Ledet is singing "If You Don't Know Me By Now" as performed by Simply Red. The choir is back, of course, to open up this song. It's obviously a great choice for Joshua, but I think now is right around the time that we know what to expect from him. And things could get too predictable. It had that churchy feel and lots of vocal pyrotechnics. So, yes, it was great. But it's starting to feel like the same thing every week from him. And, as they do every week, the judges got on their feet. The judges loved it, and Randy wanted to stand up from beginning to end. He did sing the you-know-what outta that song.
Yes! Jessica Sanchez is singing "How Will I Know" by Whitney Houston. We all know she can slay a Whitney song. Jessica has an alter ego, "Bebe Chez." Or is it B.B.? Whatever, B.B. is comin' out. And look at that little denim jacket. Work it, girl. I love that she's giving the dance-hit genre another shot this week. While I'm not sure she will win, I think Jessica absolutely deserves to. She is such a good singer, plain and simple. She killed it! Jennifer can't believe how good Jessica's voice is and how small her body is. Randy reminded us that he had the pleasure of working on that song. Jessica is mature and effortless. "She's gotta have it, too," Randy says like he's gotta have a nap.
Elise Testone and Phillip Phillips are the perfect pairing, especially to sing "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around" by Tom Petty and Stevie Nicks. It's like they went back in time and recorded this so that Elise and Phillip could have something to sing for this meaningless '80s duet night. The judges really loved it.
Hollie Cavanagh is singing "Flashdance ... What a Feeling" by Irene Cara. Jimmy still probably thinks it's cheesy, but it's up to Hollie to feel it emotionally. Ryan stalls while they set up the keyboard on stage. Don't throw her off before she performs! So weird. She looks a little unsure of herself, and it doesn't seem like the keyboard is fully functioning after all. The performance is lackluster, and a few notes are just flat. At the end, she looks like she knows it didn't go very well. Even Steven tells her the pitch was all over the place. The judges try to encourage her and tell her not to think about it so much. She looked better last week.
Joshua Ledet and Jessica Sanchez bring us "I Know You Were Waiting for Me" by Aretha Franklin and George Michael. They got the choir to back them up, too. This is a match made in heaven. I thought Phillip and Elise were good together, but Joshua and Jessica are unstoppable. The dream team! What fun we're having here! But I'm still mad about the duets. The judges stand for this duet, as though it meant anything anymore.
For whatever reason, Ryan Seacrest pulled a bunch of teen cheerleaders up on stage to introduce Colton Dixon's clip package. He's singing "Time After Time" by Cyndi Lauper, which is both ambitious and a great choice. Colton was actually super charming in his rehearsal, and maybe there's room in my confused heart for Colton and Phillip this week. I think Colton has the goods to take himself further than James Durbin did last season. Colton has a little more poise. My inner teen cheerleader squealed when he sang, "Go slow." All right, Colton, my heart is a hot tub from "The Bachelor" this week: There's room for everyone (and it's full of disease?). Come on in! Steven thinks Colton could cut a record right now. Jennifer thought it was amazing. And Randy likes that Colton made it his own. I like that Colton admitted he ripped off the Quietdrive cover of this song.
Last but not least, it's the adorable Skylar Laine. I'm pleased to see her in the pimp spot this week, which means her performance could knock our socks off. She's singing "Wind Beneath My Wings" by Bette Midler. She brought in "9 to 5"! Oh, be still my heart. But I suppose she could take on a ballad. She already sang some Dolly Parton earlier in the night. I got chills just from the beginning of the song. Skylar knows when to keep it simple and how to make it feel country without seeming hokey. I could have done without the literal flaming bird/feather backdrop behind Skylar, but that is a mild complaint. She sounded great when she took the song up. She has such a powerful voice. My other mild complaint is that the arrangement and accompaniment overpowered her a bit at the end. But she was awesome.
I'm really happy to see that some contestants can still surprise us. Some of them are getting a little one-note, and a few are falling behind the pack. What do you think? Should we all match our hair to our dresses? Randy mentioned everyone except Hollie in the category of "good performances." Ouch!
What did you think of Wednesday night's performances?
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Naia Kete, Charlotte Sometimes, Sera Hill and Moses Stone are booted off
Blake Shelton used the word "suck" a record amount of times in this initial round of eliminations, but never more eloquently than when Carson asked him how tough deciding on one getting to stay would be, a last-minute decision - and a first for the show: "It's not tough, it's sucky."
But, first, the saves. America rang the phone lines, and while Daly pointed out that the three saves in each team were "in no particular order" it just didn't ring true.
RaeLynn (who shouted "s***!" upon hearing her name announced)
Then came the performances that could save only one from each team. Shelton's "leftovers" took the stage.
Naia Kete did "If I Were a Boy" -- begrudgingly, stating she couldn't find anything reggae, which coach Blake had said he'd wished she did. Charlotte Sometimes gave an (overly) emotional performance of the Goo Goo Dolls' "Iris." Then, finally, Jordis Unga brought more classic rock, going from Heart on Monday night to some Stones ("Wild Horses"). Levine, Cee Lo, and Christina all agreed (as did I, for what it's worth): Jordis. And that's who Blake went with, looking genuinely pained to see the others go all the way through.
Xtina's crew: Ashley De La Rosa simply tore it up, taking the sizzle of Grace Potter & the Nocturnals' "Paris (Ooh La La)" up several notches. Sera Hill got gutsy with Maria Carey ("Vision of Love")! Moses Stone clearly listened to Levine from the night before, and although it seemed at the time he wouldn't, he sang. A Script tune no less. No rapping to be had. Despite listening to Levine, Adam voted for Ashley. Ditto, Blake. Cee Lo was odd man out with Sera. Aguilera gave Ashley the pass.
Team Levine versus Team Cee Lo is up next. Daly called what they had coming their way "the hot seat." For some, it's an ejector seat.
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Actor Jack Wagner and Anna Trebunskaya are the next to be eliminated
This week's elimination was tough. Jack Wagner had a rough time in the last round, but turned in a cheerful samba this week that the judges called his best to date. Unfortunately for him, all of the dances were also excellent this week and someone had to be the one to go.
Jack wished the rest of the contestants good luck and he and Anna danced a sweet little waltz together.
Here's how the remaining stars did this week:
Katherine's elegant, emotional waltz was the best dance of the season so far. She turned in a performance worthy of one of the pros and got a nearly perfect score for her trouble. Katherine is a gorgeous dancer with great musicality. She could end up being the brightest star this show has ever seen.
Maria's sexy rumba was a revelation! The routine was full of tricky spins and dips that Maria pulled off beautifully. Also, she and Derek might have kissed at the end. They're both denying it, but not too strenuously. Bruno compared Maria to Aphrodite, the goddess of love, and he wasn't wrong. This was easily Maria's best performance.
Roshon's Michael Jackson-themed samba was nonstop fun. He brought a ton of swagger and style, and honestly looked like he was having the time of his life. His hips were open, his knees were loose and his spins were right-on. Roshon really knocked it out of the park with this one.
It was an open question whether a slow dance like the rumba would suit bubbly Sherri. Well, it did! She sold every bit of the dance, from the rather intricate slow spins to the moody, sensual spirit of the routine. Sherri is awfully tough on herself in rehearsals, but it seems to be working. I can't wait to see what she does next week.
Jaleel played it cool during his rumba, but there were some tough spins and lunges in that dance! He's a talented dancer with great stage presence and the crowd loves him. It was nice to see Jaleel back up in the heights of the leaderboard after last week's so-so jive.
William's open-shirted salsa was so intensely intricate and demanding that Len nicknamed the Cuban actor "William the Conqueror." His energy was incredible and his feet were flying. He even grazed the top of Cheryl's head with his thigh during a floor spin! Katherine topped the leaderboard, but William probably won everyone's hearts and ... minds.
Donald's elegantly brooding rumba really showed us his emotional side. Carrie Ann called the routine mesmerizing, though she pointed out that there were "a few little lifts" thrown into the choreography. Donald has been steadily climbing the leaderboard, so look out above.
The jive is a tough dance but Melissa really put her mind to it and turned in amazing performance. She's still having a tiny bit of trouble keeping up with Maks, but ... it's Maks. This was definitely a comeback for Melissa, but can she keep the momentum going?
Gladys' foxtrot was stately and elegant, if a bit simple. Her stage presence continues to impress and her footwork was clean and precise. This is a really competitive season, however, and she and Tristan will have to shake things up a bit if they want to keep dancing.
Gavin's rumba was a big improvement over his other dances this season. He totally sold the dance emotionally, which is key with the rumba. Len praised his hip work and musicality and noted that Gavin has improved every week. One more good dance could make his disastrous Week 1 foxtrot fade from our collective memory, so let's hope he puts in the rehearsal time.
Who won the week: Katherine, William and Maria
Who needs to step it up: No one and everyone -- we had a four-way tie for last place this week.
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Things get real as 'Giuliana & Bill' face the C word on the show's Season 5 premiere
What you didn’t see or hear during the Week 3 performance episode
By Minh Nguyen
Special to MSN TV
MSN TV was in the audience last night as the stars performed dances that symbolized the most memorable year of their lives. There were a lot of tears on and off the dance floor as the stars shared their special stories with the judges and the audience. We’re not sure who will be going home Tuesday night but Jack Wagner, Gladys Knight, Melissa Gilbert, Sherri Shepherd and Gavin DeGraw all received the same low score of 24, putting them in a five-way tie for last. By the way, we're still confused by Jaleel White’s comment to Brooke Burke after his performance, "Stefan Urquelle and Steve Urkel, that's my Mickey Mouse." Can anyone explain this to us?
Our early prediction is that it will either be Gladys Knight (without her Pips…and because unfortunately, she just hasn't been that memorable on the floor) or Jack Wagner (because all the female votes are going to hunk, William Levy). One thing for certain so far this season was best summed up by Judge Bruno Tonioli who said,“I think this (season) will turn out to be the battle of the hunks."
The stars (we're using this term loosely) we spotted in the audience last night included Ricki Lake (who is keeping her weight off), Chaz Bono (who never got the weight off), Robin Antin (the Pussycat Dolls troupe founder), “Happy Endings” actors Eliza Coupe and Damon Wayans Jr., "Community" actress Yvette Nicole Brown (who was rooting for friend, Sherri Shepherd) and veteran actress Florence Henderson.
Top Ten Things Seen and Heard at “Dancing With the Stars”
1. Carrie Ann Inaba lifted her dress up so the audience could see her beautiful silver rocker shoes as she walked out. Bruno Tonioli was gyrating down the stairs to "I'm Sexy and I Know It."
2. When Jack Wagner blew the kiss after he got off the judges' table during his performance, Carrie Ann Inaba caught it.
3. During one of the breaks, the Warm Up Guy (WUG) was advising the audience how to cheer: “If the judges give the dancers a 9, you can cheer, below 7 you can start booing, if it gets lower than 5 just throw stuff.”
Judge Len Goodman pointed to himself, laughed and said, “Why are you looking at me?”
4. Karina Smirnoff standing on the dance floor and yelling to a random audience member right before her performance: “How are you?”
Audience Member: “Good! How are you?”
Karina Smirnoff (Smiling): “We'll see in about a minute.”
5. The WUG was talking to a six year old African American boy named Jeffrey from New York. When the WUG asked who he was there to support, Jeffrey said “Mommy.”
WUG (jokingly): “Your mom’s Melissa Gilbert? No, mom is…?”
Jeffrey: “Mom is great.” (He was referring to Sherri Shepherd)
6. Marc Ballas was hugging and holding Katharine Jenkins on the dance floor while her package about her dad was playing on the screen. She was covering her hands over her ears to block out the sad story.
7. Sherri Shepherd had her fingers in her ears and was smiling before her performance and was dancing with Val Chmerkovskiy jokingly. After her performance, she was crying as she walked up the stairs with friend and fellow actress, Yvette Nicole Brown standing up and cheering her on.
8. Before William Levy’s dance, the female members of the audience were standing up and cheering him on.
WUG: I don't know if you guys know this but William hasn't danced yet.
Carrie Ann Inaba was still fanning herself off with her hands after the dance.
WUG (After William Levy’s performance): Bruno didn't watch the whole dance... The minute he (William Levy) took his shirt off; Bruno just gave him a 10.
9. WUG: Who wants a "Dancing With the Stars" shirt?
Yvette Nicole Brown (who is as cute as you can imagine) raised her hands and signaled to the WUG.
WUG: You know people! You don't need me to get you a t-shirt Yvette!
10. WUG (to the audience): Fix your hair! Your lip gloss! You’re about to be on camera.
Tom Bergeron turned around to the audience, licked his forefinger and pretended to fix his eyebrows and hair in a comical manner, then did a perfect golf swing.
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Get your phone finger ready and let the voting begin
Blake Shelton said it best at the outset of this first of the live shows: "It's up to America now." My daughter took it from there about twenty minutes later by saying "Girls rule, boys drool." You know what -- the girls did have a better night than the guys.
Let's look at it Team versus Team...
Jermaine Paul "Livin' on a Prayer": The Alicia Keyes back-up singer worked the stage, but I thought it was a clumsy take on the Bon Jovi hit. Xtina wondered the same as I-: "How does this song fit Jermaine?" The results show will obviously reveal if we're alone.
RaeLynn "Wake Up Call": The absolute surprise of the night. This tiny little blonde growled as she turned the Maroon 5 tune into a country rocker worthy of Carrie Underwood. Again Xtina and I shared a page: "You're a sassy little thing!" she exclaimed, adding she was impressed. I suspect America was, too.
Naia Kete "Turning Tables": With guitar in hand, the reggae street performer went a different route with Adele's song, and here's where Aguilera and I began to disagree. Xtina (looking stunning, by the way) wasn't having this one, and said as much. Awkward.
Jordis Unga "Alone": I am constantly surprised by singing competitions tackling Heart. Ann Wilson has, arguably, the strongest female voice in rock, and pop star wannabes across the country have been singing this song it since "American Idol" began ... and to typically lackluster results. Still, Unga declared it "redemption." We'll see.
Erin Willett "Livin' for the City": Willett brought it, again. She brought the house down, first from behind the piano, and then out front. Great performance, even if all was well in her life. The fact that her father just passed during all this only makes her performances that much more dumbfounding.
Charlotte Sometimes "Misery Business": Levine, sitting next to Cee Lo, who was in a Gladys Knight-meets-Elvis costume, called the performance both unique and flat.
Chris Mann "Bridge Over Troubled Water": The 29-year-old opera singer merged "Phantom of the Opera" with Josh Groban for the Simon & Garfunkel classic.
Moses Stone "Stronger": Stone found his groove in the second half. Levine reiterated that he thinks singing suits him more than rapping, which no one else seemed to agree with. We'll see if America does.
Lindsey Pavao "Somebody That I Used to Know": The Cirque de Soleil shenanigans continued, but Pavao stood out in the midst of it, whereas Stone was leaping around. Levine gave an honest criticism, which Pavao was clearly devastated by. She stared at the floor for the remainder of her time on stage, with Carson Daly finally asking if she was all right. Kinda comical.
Sera Hill "Find Your Love": Flanked by what Shelton called "male strippers," Hill's nervousness was apparent on the Drake ditty. Maybe the strippers were the reason.
Ashley De La Rosa "Right Through You": Assigning Ashley an Alanis rocker was a good move by Aguilera. The band being spot-on helped, too.
Jesse Campbell "What a Wonderful World": Christina kept the fitting song assignments coming, forgoing the crowded stage silliness. Cee Lo told Campbell his voice was "as beautiful as my hair." Of course, Green had a wig on so ... was it really a shot? I doubt it.
This is everyone's shot.
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Katherine Jenkins holds on to her lead with a nearly perfect waltz
It was an emotional week as the stars danced routines to commemorate the most memorable year of their lives. Most of them cried at some point during the show, which was honestly kind of weird. That said, all of the stars danced well, and it was a good show. Katherine's waltz was the standout performance. It was beautiful, moving and deceptively simple looking. Roshon's Michael Jackson-inspired samba brought the crowd to its feet and Maria's sexy rumba was a nice surprise.
This could be a tough elimination week as absolutely no one turned in a bad performance and we've got a five-way tie for last on the judges' leaderboard. I hope you all voted!
Here's a quick look at how the stars did this week:
Jack's happy-go-lucky samba was a bit more toned down than last week's jive, and that was a good thing. He and Anna moved beautifully together and Jack really had the choreography down pat. His knees were a bit stiff during some of his spins, but his hip work was great. Len praised Anna's choreography and called the routine Jack's best. Bruno praised his rhythm and Carrie Ann called the routine "effervescent." After a tough second week, Jack is back in the game.
Maria's sexy rumba was full of tricky spins and dips, as well as a maybe kiss? Derek really put his all into choreographing this one. Maria did an amazing job both keeping up with him and selling the emotion of the dance. Bruno compared Maria to Aphrodite, the goddess of love, and praised her for dancing to a very difficult song. (A breathy slow-jams cover of Madonna's "Material Girl.") Carrie Ann praised Maria's flow from step to step, and Len called the routine fabulous. This was easily Maria's best performance.
Gladys' foxtrot was stately and elegant, if a bit simple. Her stage presence continues to impress, and her footwork was clean and precise. As always, Gladys' rhythm was perfect. Carrie Ann praised the improvement to Gladys' frame that was evident in this routine. Len was quick to point out that he and Gladys are the same age, which seemed like a precursor to some nasty criticism. Turns out he just wants to be a Pip. Gladys really showed us what she's made of this week -- let's hope she can keep it up.
Roshon's samba was nonstop fun. He brought a ton of swagger and style and honestly looked like he was having the time of his life. His hips were open, his knees were loose, and his spins were right-on. Honestly, I can't think of anything bad to say about the routine. The judges weren't much help there, either. Len grumbled a bit about a lack of "traditional samba content," but you could tell by the glint in his eye he loved it. Carrie Ann did feel there were some timing issues with the routine -- and got booed when she said so. Roshon really knocked it out of the park with this one.
Gavin's rumba was slow and sensual, but still a bit clunkier than a rumba ought to be. His hip work was excellent, though he had some trouble with transitions. He totally sold the dance emotionally, which is key with the rumba. Bruno pointed out that Gavin had a bit of an issue with some of his pivots, but the other judges were quite positive about the routine. Carrie Ann praised his attention to detail and saw a sensual tenderness in the routine. Len praised his hipwork and musicality and noted that Gavin has improved every week. One more good dance could make his disastrous Week 1 foxtrot fade from our collective memory.
Katherine's emotional waltz was close to flawless. She was completely caught up in the music and turned in a performance worthy of one of the pros. Her elegant carriage and gorgeous footwork were classic waltz, though there were a lot of fancy spins that set Len off. His criticism was all for Mark, though. He found no flaws in Katherine's performance. Carrie Ann was moved to tears by the routine and Bruno called the routine sensational. This was the best dance of the season so far.
Sherri's rumba was absolutely beautiful. It was an open question whether a slow dance would suit energetic, wacky Sherri. Well, it did! She moved beautifully and turned in some downright gorgeous legwork. Len praised the routine's triple spins and added a very emphatic "Well done!" Bruno praised Sherri's commitment to the routine and the emotional resonance of her performance. This was a truly moving dance.
The jive is a tough dance, but Melissa really put her mind to it and turned in amazing performance. Maks' routine was supercharged with tricky spins and kicks, but she mostly held her own. Her posture left a bit to be desired and she lost the thread of the song for a few beats in the middle. Bruno praised her mastery of the tricky opening sequence Maks crafted, and Len declared her a contender. This is definitely a comeback for Melissa -- but has it come too late?
Jaleel's suave rumba was a breath of fresh air during a round of intense emotional routines. He played it cool, but there were some tough spins and lunges in there. Carrie Ann declared Jaleel "back in the game," and praised his gliding steps. Len thought he was a bit stiff in the arms, but the crowd did not agree. Bruno seconded Len, though, and told Jaleel to work on his upper body movements. All in all, a good performance for Jaleel following last week's so-so jive.
William's open-shirted salsa was absolutely electric. His energy was incredible, and his feet were flying. The choreography was very intricate – so much so that William actually grazed the top of Cheryl's head with his thigh during a tricky spin – and never let up for a second. Len called him "William the Conqueror," and Bruno simply shook his hand and told William he hated him. Carrie Ann called the routine "ridiculously hot," and who am I to argue? This was a coup for William!
Donald's elegantly brooding rumba really showed us his emotional side. His knees were a tiny bit stiff, but his hip work was excellent and his movements flowed well. Carrie Ann called the routine mesmerizing, though she pointed out that there were "a few little lifts" thrown into the choreography. Bruno praised Donald for pushing himself to the limit, and commented on his excellent control and precision throughout the dance. Donald has been steadily climbing the leaderboard, so look out above.
Who won over the judges: Katherine, William and Maria
Who won over the crowd: William, Katherine and Roshon
Who needs to step it up: No one at this point!
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