'Dancing With the Stars' Recap: Ricki's Riding High
Ricki Lake shoots back to the top of the leaderboard
This week's Halloween-themed routines were generally fun, but scores were pretty low across the board. Ricki topped the judges' leaderboard with a gorgeous paso doble and Nancy landed at the bottom after a problematic jive.
The contestants also did two group dances, a tango and a paso doble. The tango – danced by David, J.R. and Nancy – got mixed reviews from the judges. Len praised the group portion of the routine, but called the solos disastrous, and neither Bruno nor Carrie Ann contradicted him. Rob, Ricki and Hope's paso doble went off a bit better. The judges were floored by the moody, weird routine – and although all three stars gave it their all, Len singled second-place finisher, Rob, out for praise.
Here's a quick guide to the stars' performances this week:
David and Kym's cha-cha may have had a magic theme, but it wasn't quite magical. His rhythm was a little off, and his knees were a bit stiff, but overall his technique was good and he seemed comfortable out on the floor. Len was a fan of the routine, and Carrie Ann called his improvement "phenomenal." The magician is hanging in there.
J.R. and Karina's Ghostbusters-themed tango was a lot of fun, but it wasn't Len's favorite. Sure, there were some cheesy elements, but the routine featured a jaw-dropping lift. As usual, J.R. totally sold the performance. Bruno said he was "bewitched, conquered, and swept away" by the routine, though he pointed out that J.R.'s timing was slightly off. Len was a little more blunt – he used the word "substandard," and went on at length about how J.R.'s footwork could have been better. Everyone has an off week, right?
Tango (group): 23/30
Nancy and Tristan's devilish jive was really ambitious – and ambition got in the way. The judges have been pushing Tristan to ramp up the difficulty of his routines, but he pushed Nancy beyond the limit this week. She made quite a few mistakes, though she kept smiling through it all. Let's hope the votes will come through where her footwork didn't.
Rob and Cheryl's "Addams Family" tango was phenomenal! The routine was tricky, and he held his own and then some. Rob's timing was amazing, and he clearly took the judges' suggestion that he seriously take control of the dance. Carrie Ann called this Rob's best dance so far, and I can't disagree. It's looking like Rob's a contender.
Paso doble: 26/30
Ricki was dancing with an inflamed nerve this week, but watching her on the floor you never would have guessed it. She was completely on her game, and the Little Red Riding Hood paso doble she danced with Derek was downright thrilling. All three of the judges loved it. Carrie Ann praised her transitions, though both she and Bruno commented on Ricki's tensed shoulders. All in all, a thrilling performance that got Ricki rave reviews.
Paso doble: 27/30
Paso doble (group): 26/30
Hope and Maks' werewolf-ish samba was unusual, but not in a bad way. The routine had a little too much going on in terms of choreography, but Hope was much more comfortable on the floor than she's been in other weeks. That single factor made a huge difference in terms of her overall performance! Bruno complimented her improved timing and placement, and Carrie Ann praised her for being more relaxed on the floor. Is there hope for Hope yet?
Paso doble: 26/30
Who won the judges over: Ricki and Rob
Who dazzled the audience: Ricki and Rob
Who needs to step it up: Nancy and David
"Dancing With the Stars" airs Mondays at 8 p.m. and Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.
I had hoped Nancy would be leaving last night, all I can think is she has a much stronger "fan" base then David. I do agree, the song choices make it more of a challenge then music that actually "goes" with the dance. This is something that is done in competitions with seasoned dancers to create a more difficult test. Wish the show would just pick music that goes with the dance. Although Rob has not reached the level of Ricki, Hope and JD, what I see is a young man who has faced his fears and is progressing each and every week. This is a boy who is the youngest of four children, his elders being all girls. He has never had to be responsible for himself, the girls, including his mom have always taken care of him. He has now done something on his own, which is not an easy task and he is succeeding. His confidence and self-esteem are growing every day. And for those who say he is no better than his sister, Kim, you need to go back and look at her footage. That poor girl has no dance ability at all. And yes, kudos to Ricki for shaking off the rib injury (which is very serious and painful) to perform. Now, on to next week.
Most of the music that they had to dance to were very difficult pieces for dancing even the jig. Hope and Max, Rickii and Eric, had the best music to dance to. If the pro's didn't have the chance to pick their own music for the dance, they should have at this point. On the group performances, JR's group was good, but they still had a few off times, but not many. Rickii's group was super. I think the one to go home tonight will be Nancy or David.
I had hoped that "butter butt-Thunder thighs cheryl burke and her partner would have been gone the second week. Neither can dance at the level the rest of the Professionals are dancing!!!!!! Rob is just following in his sisters foot steps and the audience is not impressed with that family. Lets all not buy their products and write the sponsors of any programs that features them, we won't buy their products. Now the divorce!!!!!!
I would have been glad to see Chas stay and Rob gone.......
RJ and Karina all the way to the Mirror Ball and Champions..........DWTS..
Wow this comment blog is pretty tame since Chaz is gone - guess he took all the haters with him!
Has anyone other than me noticed that Ricki Lake just stands upstairs, watches her cohorts dance and hardly shows any enthusiasm at all. I feel as though she thinks she is the best and to hell with the rest. She knows how to pull the sweet girl act very well on stage tho.
This is a reality show - it's staged and Maks get to look like the bad guy. From day one - Derek gets the best dancers and Maks gets the ones with an attitude. Don't live and die by the show people - it's all staged.