Dancing off the Edge

with Jenny T. Partridge

Dancing With The Stars – Week 6 – Jive and Rumba

Posted by ctanglefoot on April 14, 2009

Because of my schedule and sleep restraints (no I don’t sleep restrained – although I’m sure some have considered it) I will just jump into my critiques and the judges scores from the night.  May I just say thought, some couples were robbed.



Ty Murray and Chelsie Hightower opened the night with a Jive. Ty continues to improve but while his lower body kicks and flicks, his upper body moves like a stick…. Figure.  The judges scored their Jive with straight sixes for 18 points.


Shawn Johnson and Mark Ballas  danced the first Rumba of the night. I felt it wasn’t believeable as a Rumba (no romantic connection,) but it was well danced. Ballas later commented that he choreographed it age appropriately, which made total sense.  The judges scored them 8 – 9 – 9 for 26 points.


Lawrence Taylor and Edyta Sliwinskia danced the second Jive of the night.  It was flat footed, he really didn’t dance. The judges were overly kind in their scoring of 8 – 7 – 7 for 22 points.


Melissa Rykroff and Tony Dovalan Rumba’s. It was slow, sensual, but needed more hip movement.  The judges scored them straight 9’s for 27 points.


Lil’ Kim and Derek Hough danced a Jive?  Nice tight footwork, but really he did more of the dancinging, she was not big enough in her movements.  I think the judges were overly generous, scoring them 10 – 8 – 10 for 28 points and the top of the leader board for the night.


Steve-O and Lacey Schwimmer Rumba’d. She did a lot of the dancing – he walked through the rest. The judges scored them 7 – 4 – 5 for 16 points on the night, and the bottom of the leader board.


Gilles Marini and Cheryl Burke danced the final Jive of the night.  It offered fast and furious footwork, good flicks and kicks, and he danced as much as she did. Energetic and entertaining.  The judges scored them 9 – 8 – 9 for 26 points.  The were robbed.


Chuck Wicks and Julianne Hough Rumba’d and it was hot and passionate. His footwork was good, his body attitude was nice, but he needs to work on his expression (such a small thing) because his face was almost perfect. Sultry dance.  The judges scored them 8 – 7 – 8 for 23 points on the night.

Next week the couples will perform a 1960s themed group dance, and perform the first night of dual dance competitions. Before that though is tomorrow night’s results show.  The night’s musical guest will be Rascal Flatts, the Macy Stars of Dance will feature an original Pussycat Doll, and a number for the Broadway production of West Side Story.  Until then,




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