Dancing off the Edge

with Jenny T. Partridge

Dancing With The Stars – Season Six – Week 8 – Splinters In The Ballroom Floor

Posted by ctanglefoot on May 6, 2008

The second week of double dancing left me wanting a do-over in the Latin round. It just didn’t wow me as week eight should.  And now the judges have allowed each team one lift per dance, but it must keep in character with the dance.

Thank heavens the night started out with the Ballroom round.

Kristi Yamaguchi and Mark Ballas drew the Quickstep this week to open the night’s competition. It was okay but not the eighth week flashy that you would expect.

The judges scored them 9 – 10 – 10 for a 29

Mario and Karina Smirnoff danced the Viennese Waltz. Very elegant with clean, elongated lines and a beautiful lift.

The judges scored them straight 9s for 27 points

Marisa Jaret Winokur and Tony Dovalani performed a Foxtrot. Very nice, very elegant, great lines, and lovely flow.

The judges scored them 9 – 8 – 8 for 25 points

Jason Taylor and Edyta Sliwinskya danced a Tango. A very sexy Ballroom Tango. Wonderful open, great dynamics, and definite musicality.

The judges scored them 10 – 9 – 10 for 29 points

Cristian de la Fuente and Cheryl Burke ended the Ballroom round with a Tango. What was the musical director thinking, a Tango to Beat It? His injury hampered it, the lift was not in character with the dance.

The judges loved them 10 – 9 – 9 for 28 points

The night fell apart for me in the Latin Round.

Kristi and Mark danced a Samba, it was fast, fun, and offered up a cool spin to close out the number.

The judges scored them 8 – 9 – 9 for 26 and a total on the night of 55 points

Mario and Karina performed a Jive.  Overall Mario’s performance was lack luster. His kicks were flat footed, no sharp toes. There wer a few slow spots, and the balance at the end of the dance was bad.

The judges scored them 9 – 8- 9 for 26 points, and a total 53 points on the night.

Marisa and Tony offered up a Mambo. This girl gives it her all.  Good hip action, good energy, good musicality.

The judges scored them 8 – 8 – 9 for 25 points, a 50 point total on the night and the bottom of the leader board.

Jason and Edyta Samba’d. I really didn’t like the tempo, very slow. Jason lost his rhythm and energy in the dance. And the lift at the end, not good.

The judges scored them 8 – 7 – 8 for 23 points and a 52 point total on the night

The final dance of the even pitted Cristian and Cheryl against the Mambo. It had good energy, good foot work, good lift (That Fit The Dance – thank you Cheryl) and good musicality. 

The judges scored them 10 – 9 – 10 for 29 points and a 57 point total on the night.

Once again the leader board has changed position placing Cristian and Cheryl in the lead for the night, Kristi and Mark in second, and Jason and Edyta in third on the even.

Tomorrow night is Dancing With The Stars One Hundredth episode and will the top dances from seasons past.  Returning Celebs to dance in the night will include Apollo Ono, Laila Ali, Mario Lopez, Mel B and a lot more to celebrate DWTS Centennial episode.

Until Then,




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