First thoughts, it was mean to put Kelly Osbourne next to Joanna Krupa in the line up. Just... not what she needs to feel good there on stage.
Alright, on to the dances.
Joanna and Derek doing the jive. Good song. Really long hair extension. Probalem is that I think Derek has choregraphed a routine that is too fast for her. However, given the tempo the song is going at, he might not have had a choice. Her kick and flicks looked... wrong. When she is in hold, she looks better, but looks a bit lost in open. And a little flat. Mrs. Angrybell thinks she can get better, but that this did not work for her. Without Len there, its like watching me, Angrybabybelle and Mrs. Angrybell giving comments. Not that Len is mean, but none of these judges tonight are going to give the hard comments that Len would. 20 is a nice benchmark for the night, possibly a little high. I would have given a 6.
Natalie and Alec step up. Its nice to see that Alec has to teach her to breathe, as if he does not have enough to do with her. Tonight, they've got the quickstep. They got hosed on the song, at leat for a quickstep. She is not breathing. Footwork is good so far and there seems to be the little rise and fall you get in smooth type dances. I liked the kicks and flicks, but they could have been more precise. Mrs. Angrybell doesn't like the song for this dance at aall. Nice splits from the million dollar mermaid. Carrieanne has started going to Abdul-esque, and its only the second dance of the night. 21 is a nice score, but still just a bit too high. Then again, I tend to agree with Len's scores alot of the time.
Chuck and Anna danced the tango. Mrs. Angyrbell "Oh my lord!" when she saw him sans shirt. Good song, never thought of it as a tango. He does look mean. He has the aggression, and the steps are in time, but too much on his toes, not enough on his heel leads. Yeah, it just did not work for me, especially the final bit where she pulled off his jacket. He was a gamer, but his posture had a problems. Chuck's just glad that "Uncle Len" wasn't on tonight. What dance was Carrieanne watching? It had problems, but she loved it? Or is she just trying to get him back to her trailer? Alright Carrie Ann gave a realistic score, but then Baz gave a 7? Huh?
MJH and Mark took the floor to dance the jive. Watching the fluff it did not look like it was easy to teach her. Mrs Anngrybell "She loks like Minnie Mouse". She is on time, but not enough bounce, even though her hips made an appearance. Mrs Angrybell think she is not sharp either. Mrs. Angrybell thinks that MJH needs to remember that she is an actress and a showoman so "Stop thinking, its a performance!" I agree, thinking can only hurt the team. Did Carrie Ann take something before the show? She apparently sees nothing wrong. Maybe its because Len is gone, so she feels she can do completely positive without any criticism. At least Bruno and Baz had something constructive to say. 19 was too high. MJH can improve, she is not a lost cause.
Oh no, its Michael and Anna! Doing the quickstep! Yikes. Lets see what appens. He had trouble with those stairs, this si snot going well. But then they get into hold. The song is good for this. His hand is messed up in hold. But he is getting the nice little bouncey/rise and fall you should get in this. But the kicks and flicks in the corner were not working for him. Mrs. Angrybell saw improvement. I saw... some but he's not showing me that much. Carrie Ann is positive... again. Thank heavens for Bruno, those 7's were wrong.
Debbie and Maksim have a love-hate relationship. Actually, as they rehearse the tango, I think its more hate-hate. She looks much sharper than last week. All I have to say is where did they dig up this goth rendition of Roxanne. Mrs. Angrybell thinks she looks scared. I think ... I don't know what to think. Parts of it looked good, but parts of it, especially coming out of the spin near the end, it looked off. Bruno, as the night is progressing, is stepping up and being more Len-like. Thank heavens. The 21 would have been high on other nights, however, because of the previous dances, Debbi came off looking so much better by comparison. Should have been 6's, but the first dance scores seemed to have skewed everything for the night.
The dancing hobbit returns with the blonde. Louie has decided that the stoned look did not work for Macy Gray so he is looking a little sharper. Chelsea has to get a decent partner someday. At least this season, they are letting her show off some personality. ANd now its time to jive. Nice flip. Good song. Starts off very nice. He actually looks like he can dance, as opposed to last week. Mrs. Angrybell thinks he is very spry. Ahh but now in the corner he looks like he is losing steam. Nice split from the Hobbit. He looks like he has a second winde, could use some more bounce. Alright, the Hobbit needs some stamina, even tho the guitar leg thing worked for him and almost made up for losing steam. Oh my G-d, Carrie Ann said something negative? I guess Louie is too young for him? And wow, Bruno has gone full on Len there!!!! What is happening? Is this like on NCIS where the characters take on the personality of the desk which they sit at? Baz said something that sounded nice in his Aussie accent. Mrs. Angrybell thinks that the guest judges have been told to be nice since they wont be there next week. The 19 was fair. It was actually probably the right score. The Hobbit improved, and show signs of hope.
Aaron and Karina doing the quickstep. I think that Karina has picked up too much Maksim in her time with him. I swear in the fluff I could have heard Maksim talking through her. Aaron whined a little, but not too much. YES!!!! I love the song. Get in closer Aaron, she wont bite you. Really. Even if you want her too. Mrs. Angrybell thinks he might have been leading. I wouldn't go that far but he looked like he was doing what he was supposed to be taught by Karina. Losing a little steam at the end, but still looking good. Mrs. Angrybell thought it was good, peppy, and she loved the song. Gonzo!!!!!!! Once again, Carrie Ann is positive, Bruno and Baz actually saying stuff based on what happened (hello, did you see how much daylight was between their hips in the hold). The 9s were too high. That was an 8 dance.
Kelly and Louis stepped up next. Doing the tango. Kelly is very, very insecure, but at least she laughs. She needs some color on her. I love the start, she is right on the hip, she is moving crisp. Stop smiling and it would have been perfect. Not a great song, but she is hanging in there. I like the spin turns, but then she starts to stumble. Mrs. Angrybell thinks the dress is godawful, or that it doesn't look like it was good for her. Alright, at the end, she lost it. And it started off so nice too. Who is in the green dress? Its supposed to be Carrie Ann, but there was criticism, with a little edge. She should get 6s and 7s, but Mrs. Angrybell thinks it will be 5s. Alright, the judges got it right, finally.
Kathy and Tony... what can I say about her? Doing the quickstep. And that dress... oh dear. Nice song though. Nice kicks doing down the line. She needs to get in closer to Tony. Her husband will understand. Honest. Mrs. Angrybell thought it was a heinous dress that you would put a 3 year old in because they wouldn't know the difference. Overall, it was nice. But nothing special. Oh dear, Carrie Ann had the same comments I did! Yikes! 6's were right.
Mark and Lacey Schwimmer doing the quickstep. I feel so bad for Mark, because Lacey doesn't listen to the judges. If I was her partner, I bet I'd be lost. Nice song. But she is backleading already. Oops a stumble but nice recovery. Like the little bounce and kicks thing. THey kept in close, but they could have been in closer. Nice trick at the end. Mrs. Angrybell thought it was one of Lacey's better choreographed dances, that it was imaginative at times. Len, I mean Bruno, and I were of the same mind. However, he went a point higher. The 21 was a little high. The footwork was not that good, but then I guess they have to.
Mya and Dmitri doing the jive. Nice BCGC on Dmitri. I love Mya in the fluff when Dmitri apologized! If only she had connected for real. Is that mean? Anyways, the jive is their dance this week. Great song, never thought of it as a Jive. Too long on the intro, but then the song has a long intro. Nice turns, she is very good. Mrs. Angrybell thinks that she is the best female this season. She doesn't look for him when she is not in hold. They worked that song. I have to agree with Mrs. Angrybell. It looked good, it looked crisp, fast, accurate, and there was a story to the dance. Carrie Ann is right about Len not liking it, but the song requires it, since the jive music doesn't really start for a bit. That 27 was right. Big score, but really good dance.
Cheryl pulls the politician on the dancefloor again. Tom is enjoying himself too much, up until he finds out he has the tango. Good song. Trouble is that the heel leads are few and far between in the start of the dance. Nice kicks, but still no heel leads. Turns ok. Towards the end, he starts to lose the music. Not that he was off tune, but not with the music fi that makes sense. Then that ending was a near disaster. I agree with the judges. It was a good dance, but it lacked some flair. It lacked passion. The 6's were right on.
Donny and Kym were the tail-end charlies tonight. And the old dude is doing the jive. Let's see how he handles this. Mrs. Angrybell says of Kym's outfit: Sheena meets Xandu. I think that Kym feels with Edyta gone, that she needs to pick up the torch when it comes to costumes. Good song. Mrs. Angrybell thinks he is a spunk dude. I really like this. His footwork is not perfect, but his showmanship is great and covers it up. Mrs. Angrybell says " I like watching him, maybe he get more technical as it goes on." I gave it an 8, so I agree with the scores. Donny has a lot going for him. He just needs to get better on technical stuff for his footwork.
All in all, everyone improved this week, which makes it so much harder. If the amateurs had come out last week like this, it would have been easy. The Dancing Hobbit showed real improvement. Debbie Mazur doesn't look long for the contest, but this dance is not one she should go out on. Kelly Osbourne had a bit of a stumble this week, but she showed enough to demonstrate that last week was not a flash in the pan.
So where does that leave us? Both Mrs. Angrybell and I think that the week member of the herd is Tom DeLay. Chuck Liddle should be in danger as well, but, DeLay is leaking oil already. Put him out of his misery quick before he does real damage to himself.
Surprises of the week: Michael Irvin, Louie Vito, and Debbie Mazur. They all did much better this week. Michael and Debbie may not make it two more weeks, but they can at least say that they did not embarass themselves. Louie Vito this week showed you can teach a Hobbit to do ballroom. Now can Chelsea work miracles and make him a contender?
My favorites have not changed that much. Aaron is improving more than Natalie. If Natalie want's to go deep, she needs to relax and dance. Aaron needs to cut the attitude and just listen to Karina. If he can keep the attitude in check, he could go far.
Mrs. Angrybell thinks Mya is head and shoulders above all of them. Of the men, she thinks that Mark and Aaron are going deep. She thinks that while Donny can go far, he is not going to go all the way to the finals.