Dancing off the Edge

with Jenny T. Partridge

DWTS – Season Seven – Week 4 – Samba and Tango

Posted by ctanglefoot on October 14, 2008

I’m going to say up front, the judges and I don’t see eye to eye, in fact I think they either need to dance by Braille or get a seeing eye dog, because they are blind in more cases than one…er once again that was editorializing. 

Rocko Dispirito is on a week’s reprieve because of the medical departure of Misty Mae Traynor due to a ruptured Achilles tendon. Ergo, the scores from last week carry over to this week and are paired with this week’s scores. And the lowest vote getter/tally will leave the dance floor.

The dancers faced two dynamically diverse dances, the tango and the Samba.  Up first…

Maurice Green and Cheryl Burke danced a Samba, while he had some very fluid moments they’d flow right into a segment where is action and body movements were square. He lost his place in the dance more than once.  The judges scored them 6 – 7 – 7 for 20 points, paired with last week’s 24 they have a combined  44 points.

Cody Linley and JulieAnn Hough danced the tango. The music was distracting. She almost fell one. Good shoulders, good holds, nice lines and attitudes.  The judges score them 7 – 8 – 8 for 23 on the night, combined with last weeks’ 21 and they have a total 44 points.

Toni Braxton and Alec Mazo delivered a Samba with great charisma, she really sells the dance, but lost it one moment to regain it again. She needs some longer extensions of her lines but the woman can dance.  Not that you can tell by the judges scores 7 – 7- 8 for 22 points, paired with last week’s 22 they have a 44 total.

Cloris Leachman and Corky Ballas performed a Tango for the week.  Kudos to her attituide, she lost her steps a few times, but she really worked it and gave her all.  Not that she dance well but she dance with heart and attitude.  The judges generously gave them 8 – 7 – 7 for 22 points, combined with last week’s 16 for a total 38 points.

Rocko Dispirito and Karina Smirnov danced a Samba. I didn’t like the dance, it had musicality, but no talent.  The judges scored them 6 -6 – 6 for 18 points, combined with last week’s 20 for a total 38 points.

Susan Lucci and Tony Dovaloni drew the Tango this week. I thought it would be a dance that she could nail, the judges thought she did; I thought it lacked sharpeness and authority, although it had some close footwork.  The judges scored them straight 8’s for 24 points, with last week’s 21 they have a combined 45 points.

Brooke Burke and Derreck Hough Samba’d for all they were worth.  Normally I think they are over scored, tonight they earned every point, and maybe deserved better than they got.  She might have been ahead once in the dance, but they offered great rhythm, musicality, and character. The judges scored them 9 – 8 – 9 for 26 combined with last week’s 28 points for a 54 total and the leader board.

Lance Bass and Lacey Schwimmer danced a Tango. The dance was quirky and hot. Great character, good musicality, fabulous footwork, great shoulders and carriage. They stole the show and the judges sounded like they agreed…for once, scoring them 9 – 8 – 9 for 26 points, combined with last week’s 22 points for a 48 point total.

Warren Sapp and Kym Johnson wrapped up the night with a Samba.  Great musicality, but he didn’t do a lot of dancing, he did keep up.  He needs to work more on his extensions and lines.  The judges scored them 8 – 7 – 7 for 22 points paired with last week’s 25, for a 47 point total.

Who should go is Cloris Leachman, who will go (most likely – my Magic 8 Ball is broken) is Rocko Dispirito. Tomorrow night we’ll know for certain.  Tomorrow night will also feature the return of the Junior Dance off.

Until then,




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