Dancing off the Edge

with Jenny T. Partridge

Dancing With The Stars – Season 6 – Week 9 The Semi Finals

Posted by ctanglefoot on May 13, 2008

Four couples dance into the week, only three will dance in next week’s final competition.  The judging this week was interesting; the judges contentious. In my honest, but uneducated, opinion I didn’t feel the majority of the dances were up to semi-final standards.

Shall we?

Jason Taylor and Edyta Sliwinska opened the evening with an elegant Foxtrot.  It offered great musicality, wonderful lines, playful characterization, and good footwork.

The judges scored it 9 – 10 – 9 for 28 points.

Marisa Jaret Winokur and Tony Dovolani danced a Quickstep.  Not very challenging although the judges said differently.  Too much smile and she did suffer a misstep.

The judges scored them 9 – 8 – 9 for 26 points

Cristian de la Fuentes and Cheryl Burke Viennese Waltzed in the ballroom round.  I thought the dance was flat, not enough up and down dancing, Cristian’s stiff arm was very noticeable tonight. It was an okay dance.

The judges liked it better scoring them straight 9s for 27 points

Kristi Yamaguchi and Mark Ballas closed the Ballroom round with a Tango. Absolutely no musicality, the music was very fast for the dance.  She fell out of character several times smiling where she shouldn’t.

The judges liked it much better than I did scoring them 10 – 9 – 10 for 29 points

The Latin round for the evening was met with mixed results.

Jason & Edyta drewy the Paso dobles.  The Choreography was wanting, just not a semi final dance.  Jason’s movements seemed a little stiff and lacked sharpness in action and cut.

The judges scored them straight 9s for 27 points and a total 55 on the night

Marisa and Tony performed a Rumba. Nice legs, but it was a boring dance, (this is where the real contention came in between the judges) but well danced.

The judges scored them 8 – 9 – 9 for 26 points and a 52 total on the night

Cristian & Cheryl drew the Samba for the Latin round. Despite misgivings about the Samba Cristian performed a good, if not a bit stiff dance.  Nice hip and foot work, great rhythm.

The judges scored them 10 – 9 – 10 for 29 points and a total 56 on the night

Kristi & Mark closed out the round and the night with a Jive. The dance offered great energy, good attitude, great rhythm, and musicality.

The judges scored them 9 – 9 – 10 for 28 points and a 57 total to lead the night and regain the leader board.

 

Kristi Yamaguchi & Mark Ballas 57

Cristian de la Fuentes & Cheryl Burke 56

Jason Taylor & Edyta Sliwinska 55

Marisa Jaret Winokur & Tony Dovolani 52

 

Until tomorrow night

Sith,

Tanglefoot

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