Real Housewives of Orange County
It’s an exciting day for the Heather Dubrow household – it’s her first day of her guest appearance on, “Hot in Cleveland.” Heather’s last show got cancelled 6 months before she got pregnant with her twins who are now 9 years old. Terry is helping everyone to get-up and get going. Heather is excited and nervous. She is trying to figure out a way to merge her creative side with her family side of life. Heather says that she and Terry don’t need to solve all of their issues right now. She wants and needs him to support her right now just by handling things… that’s all. And bring home the bacon… fry it up in a pan… and… and… and… No seriously, if this is important to Heather she should be able to do it – after all they employ a bazillion people who can help her do it, no?
Tamra is wedding ring shopping at Nuggets & Carats jewelry store. She is encouraged by the proprietor to look around at what they have so she figure out what she wants. Tamra thinks that if she gets things rolling then Eddie will follow – kind of a “Field of Dreams – if you build it, they will come” philosophy. Oh, nice – she wants black diamonds… Well, they do say that diamonds reflect the true attitude of your heart… just sayin’… Oh wow, how convenient, Lauri Peterson (one of the original OC housewives) just happens to show up to the jewelry store to help Tamra pick out her wedding rings. Tamra explains to us that Lauri is there because she recently ran into her and their friendship kind of took off where they left off. Well, gosh, isn’t it normal to have someone you haven’t seen in 5 ½ years to come help you do something as intimate as picking out your wedding rings? Tamra is going to surprise Eddie with a ring – but unfortunately, she doesn’t actually know his ring size. Comments are made back and forth about the size of a man’s hand being directly correlative to the size of other things. Under the category of “things you don’t want your fiancé to divulge” Tamra says that Eddie has small hands while making all kinds of shady, squirmy faces. I just cannot believe that Tamra and Eddie will get married… I just can’t…
Lauri tells Tamra that the 3rd time is a charm as far as marriages go. She and George have been married for 5 ½ years and she loves him to death (I’m hoping that’s not literally “to death” – perhaps I’ve been watching too much of the Jodi Arias trial… but I digress…). They have been working hard to blend their families together – so much so that they have yet to have their honeymoon. Lauri updates Tamra on her kids: Sophie is now 15, plays volleyball and rides horses competitively – Her whole bedroom is full of equestrian blue ribbons; Ashley is 28, is single, and is a responsible grown-up; and Josh is 24 and according to Lauri is doing very well in his 2nd year of marriage with a baby on the way. Lauri is really proud of the turnaround he has made in his life. (Note: However, there are reports to the contrary! According to http://absurdtosublime.net/2013/05/19/where-is-lauri-waring-petersons-grandchild/ Josh’s baby girl was born in December 2012, allegedly went into heroin withdrawal and is now a ward of the state until Josh and his wife go to rehab.). Lauri says she has run into Vicki a couple of times in the last few years but hasn’t seen Don at all. Lauri said that she “heard” Tamra and Vicki had a little falling out. Tamra, another martyr, says she’s the only the one that really “stuck with Vicki.” She says they’ve been close for the last 7-8 years. Really? Cuz the way I remember it – Vicki was there for you as you went through your divorce, Tamra. Then you started seeing Eddie – and then Vicki’s marriage went south… but since you were in the early stages of a new relationship – you just simply weren’t there for Vicki when she needed you throughout her divorce process. Then when Vicki started dating Brooks you gave her nothing but grief about it. I’m not saying Brooks doesn’t deserve it – cuz everyone knows he’s a slimey as they come… but it seems like that’s kind of how Vicki views your “friendship.” Vicki is not over the fact you weren’t there for her during her divorce and she’s not likely to get over it any time soon. Tamra tells Lauri that when Vicki divorced she started dating a guy named “Brooks” – and Tamra found that some of his stories started not to add up. Tamra then said that Vicki then started playing the victim, saying it was all Tamra’s fault that there was so much turmoil in their relationship. Tamra wanted to back Vicki up about 4 years earlier when Vicki kept talking about Simon and how Vicki thought Simon wasn’t treating Tamra very well. Lauri confirms that in her opinion, Vicki thinks it’s okay to point out what she doesn’t like in others – but they just can’t do it back to her. Lauri, as innocent as a snake said, “I was wondering if maybe Vicki played a role in breaking you and Simon up?” Tamra tells Lauri she felt Vicki crossed the line because she would take what Tamra told her in a private conversation between friends and then bring it up to Simon in public and at times she even yelled at him about it. Lauri describes her friendship with Vicki was a progression from a “friend of a friend”… to a working relationship… to a genuine friendship over the course of the years… that is until Lauri met George. Lauri thinks Vicki actually tried to sabotage Lauri and George’s relationship a little bit. Tamra is so over the fact that Vicki is a hypocrite – Vicki can say or do whatever she wants but if you do it back to her – it’s like “H*** no!” Lauri thinks it’s because Vicki is so unhappy that she wants everyone else to be unhappy – after all, misery loves company.
Lydia is sitting on the floor looking at old pictures when her mom, Judy shows up with some pictures of her own. Lydia feels bad that she has created a photo album for one of her kids, but hasn’t done as much for the other. Judy lives right across the street from Lydia and Doug – and for Lydia, the positive is that she lives right across the street…. The negative is that she lives right across the street. They look at some pictures of Judy back when she had brown hair and was actively smokin’ wacky tabacky all the time. Judy, as we remember from a previous episode has smoked weed all her life. She recently quit smokin’ doobies, listening to the Doobie Brothers, and watching Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? Judy made this profound life change because she knows that Lydia will not let her watch her grandkids when she’s actively partaking. However, Judy divulges that she has taken a puff here and there… which means, of course, she’s no longer sober and can kiss that sober chip she earned earlier goodbye. Judy clarified that she hasn’t been a dope…. errrr… smoked dope during the day and never when she’s with the kids. Lydia is really cranky – “So you smoke and you never want to quit?” Lydia’s first memory is of her mom doing drugs. Lydia is used to having to sugar coat everything while she was growing up and she’s tired of doing so. She just always pretended everything was okay but she always felt that their house was out of control. In the understatement of the year, Judy says that she’s not perfect. She seems to be genuinely trying to do better than she was. The problem is that Judy seems to want to have her funny brownies and eat them, too. Lydia doesn’t want to come off as “judgy.” Judy sarcastically says, “Oh gee, noooOOOooo, you’re not judging me at all, Miss Judgmental.” Judy tells Lydia that she IS being judgy, “Because you’re telling me that you want me to be a certain way but that’s not who I am.” Like Lydia, you’re totally bringing her down, man! Lydia tells her mom that she loves and accepts her for being crazy and off the wall – but that it has nothing to do with smoking marijuana. “So, I’m not judging you – I just want you to be healthy and happy.” Judy doesn’t like Lydia keeping tabs on her and she doesn’t like her telling her what to do. Lydia doesn’t think she’s telling her mom what to do. Shocker of all shocks, Judy disagrees. Judy is going to do her best to live up to Lydia’s expectations of who Lydia wants her to be. Lydia is frustratingly saying, “No, no…” but then Judy calls Lydia, “Mom” and every adult child of an addict heaves a heavy sigh of empathy. Lydia feels her mom is choosing pot over Lydia. Judy doesn’t like the real world… she likes the land of the bunnies… it’s more fun there… hippity- hop!
Now we’re at the “Hot in Cleveland” set. Heather shoes up for the initial “table read” – where all the actors sit down and run through the script. Wendie Malick, who is just so danged warm and wonderful to her and takes it upon herself to introduce Heather to the other actors and crew. Andy Cadiff, director, officially introduces the guest cast members: Marshall Manesh is intently studying his script during his introduction while Her Royal Heathership does a princess wave when she’s introduced. Oh, I get it – they’ve casted Heather in this role because they talk about the “True Housewives of Tampa/St. Pete”… ahhhh… it all makes sense now. Heather compares being a guest cast member to joining a new school in the middle of the semester. At the end of the session, Heather catches Betty White on her way out and tells her it’s nice to meet her. Betty, being the consummate professional that she is, gushes her thanks to Heather for being there and says, “See you tomorrow, Sweetheart.” See, now I personally believe that it doesn’t get much better than working with Betty White.
Okay… now for this next scene and further related scenes – you guys are just going to need to pause… and go get some Pepto Bismal – because Alexis is walking into a place called, “The Actor’s Workshop.” Seriously, go get some Tums or something – because an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, no? Alexis knows nothing about the school but she was recently was on “General Hospital” and she got the “itch.” I wondered if she might need some special cream for that but then I figured out it was an “acting itch.” Okay, now I thought Bravo was really lazy when they used the same, tired storylines for various franchises – but this? They are using the same storyline not only within the same franchise – but within the same danged episode! Are you freakin’ kidding me? The payoff though, is that they actually show the horrendous clip of Alexis’ appearance on “General Hospital.” I mean, holy crap on a cracker is it ever embarrassing! She attempts to play a newscaster and is just as natural as she was when she did that reporting stint for that San Diego news affiliate last year. Alexis is obviously reading off a teleprompter – and excruciatingly bad…bad… bad… I’m not even exaggerating.
Rob, the acting coach that’s interviewing Alexis, asks her what she thinks acting is? Alexis thinks it’s when you almost step outside of your own personality and you become whatever personality you need to be at that moment. Rob says, “Interesting” under his breath. Alexis asks him, “What’s the official definition?” Rob responds with, “Well, to be a good film actor you should try to be yourself – in the situation.” He uses Forrest Gump as an example. He asks Alexis, “Who was Forrest Gump?” Alexis says, “Well, he’s himself – but Forrest Gump didn’t play it – Tom Hanks played it.” Rob responds, “Right, Forrest Gump became Tom Hanks.” That concept just blew Alexis’ mind, “Wow… I never looked at it like that… I learned something.” She was surprised they never told her about that when she was on “General Hospital.” Right, Alexis, that’s because “General Hospital” is NOT an acting school – it’s a job where real actors act… or used to act. Another acting coach, RJ comes joins the interview and asks her about her experience on “General Hospital” – and if she just got a couple of lines? Alexis said, “No… no no!” Alexis responded that she had 5 minutes and described that she had a, “couple of paragraphs – I was a newscaster… then stopped… then a couple more [paragraphs] then I stopped.” RJ tells her, “In this business, we call them “speeches.” He laughs out loud that she used the word, “paragraphs.” Alexis wants the “Actor’s Dictionary” but is genuinely eager to learn. RJ creepily says that she gets the green light from him for enrollment just on her appearance alone… as he wipes the drool from his face. I picture him dusting off his casting couch for future use… Alexis naively says, “If you guys are taking me, I’m ready.” It’s this week’s “I kid you not” moment… They thank her for coming in and seeing them – and that it’s the first time they’ve had a Rolls Royce in their parking lot. She has some discretionary time since her businesses are “running themselves” or more likely running into the ground… the trampoline launches are bouncing along… the kids are in school… so now she wants to do something she wants. Oh, and to copy Heather’s life…
Terry is home to greet the kids when the nanny brings them home from school. Terry’s tells us that his parenting style is very different from Heather’s because he likes to go with the flow and let the kids have and do whatever they want while Heather likes everything in its place, prim and proper. Terry asks Nicky if he’s reading, and he snottily says, “Yes…” Terry says him that it doesn’t look like it. Then Nicky says, “Stop asking so many questions, Dad.” I’m telling you, I would have been K-I-L-L-E-D if I had that attitude with my parents. Terry just sighs. Oh good, mommy is calling! Even though Terry is assuring her that he’s got it covered and everything is good – Heather can hear the background noise that tells her the contrary. In her talking head she glibly says, “It’s not easy being home, huh?” She decides that she may just have to stop and get her nails done. Terry asks his son, Nicky if he can handle him? Nicky says, “No!”
The next morning, Terry is up and getting ready to take the kids to school. Nicky is shocked that his dad is around at that time and says that he never has a cup of coffee with them. Nicky pours juice for his sisters. Heather gives Terry props for helping her and is thankful because it proves he heard her and is trying to make things easier for her. Heather assures is that it’s not like she can’t do it all herself – but it’s less stressful when she has help.
For Gretchen’s birthday, Slade took her to a nice hotel in San Diego for a little getaway. They are waiting for their car in the valet – and a new white Rolls Royce rolls up with a honkin bow on the top. Slade tells her Gretchen that it’s “her new car.” Gretchen wants to know who bought this for her? Did Slade? Is she buying it herself? She wonders if they’re rich all of the sudden. As Gretchen gets into the driver’s seat, she is saying that she doesn’t know how to drive this car – that she needs a driver. Gretchen wants to know what possessed Slade to buy this car? Slade said that he got a really good deal on it. He assured her that the lease on this car is only a couple hundred dollars more a month than her Mercedes was – that’s it! So wait, is Gretchen making these payments or are you, Slade? Gretchen pretends to explain to the viewer that he did this because her lease was up on her Mercedes. Then she remembers that she was just about to make another payment on her Mercedes – so did Slade tell their financial advisor not to make the payment? Because otherwise, she might just hafta kill Slade! Oh please, please, please… we can only dream! She threatens that when she sees those payments – that they they better only be for a few hundred dollars more. On a side note, the cheapest Rolls Royce is approximately $260,000 while a 2012 Mercedes Benz E350 is approximately $89,000. But don’t you worry boys and girls, because according to Bravo’s own blogs from January 28, 2012, Gretchen not only KNEW about the Rolls Royce, but also helped design it as a promotion. In part, the blog says about Gretchen, “The luxurious auto maker reached out to the Real Housewives of Orange County star to custom design her own ride, and Gretchen jumped at the opportunity. ‘I never imagined I’d drive a car like this, let alone design it. I’ve always been a fan and enthralled by the beauty of the car,’ she tells Celebuzz about the honor, saying that she’s England-bound in order to finalize her ride. Gretchen says she hopes her design will be “the car for the 2013 working woman who also loves to have fun and lives in luxury,” and that it’ll likely have equal room for a bottle of bubbly as well as some ports and chargers for all of her technology.” http://www.bravotv.com/blogs/the-dish/gretchen-rossi-designs-a-custom-rolls-royce. So wait, like we had to pretend that Slade GAVE her the car… then we’re told no, Gretchen is going to have to make the payments… then no, not entirely… because is this a freebie for her working with Rolls Royce? BRAVO – DO YOU THINK WE’RE IDIOTS? This whole thing is just insulting… it really is.
It’s the day of the actual taping, and Heather is very excited. A Town car picks up Heather to take her to the taping. Heather loves sitcoms where you film and you have a live audience. She is excited that some of the other housewives are coming as well as some of her other friends. It will be a lot of fun!
Lydia and Doug pick up Tamra and Eddie in a limo. They wonder if Heather is nervous and Tamra said that Heather indicated that she has done this a million times. Tamra and Lydia aren’t so certain she’s so calm since it’s the first time she’s done it in around 10 years. And because Tamra just can’t help herself from giving us way too much information – elaborated that if it was her that she would be literally crapping her pants. Thanks, Tamra – I’m just not going to go there… I’m not…
It’s acting class time at “The Actors Workshop.” Class is in session – but there’s no Alexis. Rob, the acting coach, is asking the class about their “movie of the week” because it’s important to watch actors play off of each other. One person says “Serpico” (Al Pacino)… Another says, “Escape from Alcatraz”(Clint Eastwood)… Yet someone else says, “12 Angry Men” (Henry Fonda)… It’s during this discussion when Alexis slips tardily into class. Rob then asks Alexis about her “movie of the week.” Alexis proudly says, “Billboard Dad.” Rob asks, “Who’s in it?” Alexis responds, “The Olson twins” and then everyone around her laughs – but at her, not with her. She doesn’t seem to even understand the complete lunacy of her response. Alexis says that she likes to try anything new and is motivated by the unknown. Then she starts talking about excitement and endorphins and I just cowered under my blanket. Alexis says acting feels very natural to her. She loves the spontaneity and the rush that you get when they say, “Action” and then you pull it off without a hitch. She then participates in an impromptu exchange on stage with another actor. His line to her was, “Let’s change the oil in my car.” Her contribution was her reply of, “Seriously?” The second time around she got better when she added the immensely creative addition of the line, “Oil, grease, tools – none of these interest me.” Yep, she’s an actress, you know!
Heather is excited that everyone is coming to see the taping of the show. As she talks to her make-up artist, she transcends into a celebrity talking about “the little people” and explains that some of those who are coming tonight have never been to a show taping before. Everyone meets Terry in the “Hot in Cleveland” parking lot so they can all go in together for the taping. Everyone is expressing excitement about being there, but Terry, Captain Bringdown, tells them he used to do this every Friday night from 5:00 PM to midnight – and that it’s great, but painful. Nervous laughter fills the air. Tamra had no idea that tapings were that long. She said that’s a lot of work! And lest you think she was talking that it was a lot of work for Heather and the other actors and crew, Tamra was actually talking about herself and that she had to sit there and watch it over and over again. Vicki says it’s awkward to see Tamra at the taping cuz it’s the first time she’s seen her since she called her a “b***” at the winery… Vicki tells us that she’s all prepared – she has herself all zippered up so she’s not going to get hurt. In her talking head, Vicki says, “I know Heather hasn’t done this in a while and I’m hoping we all don’t make her nervous. Go get ‘em, Heather… C’mon, don’t break a leg… or break a leg.. I don’t know which one to say, do we want them to break a leg or no?” Really? You’ve lived in Southern California all these years and you still don’t know the acting’s equivalent of “Good Luck?” Terry notices Gretchen and Slade’s absence, since there’s assigned seating and they’re not there. He asks Tamra where Gretchen is and she doesn’t know. In her talking head, Heather tells us that one of her favorite things to do is to look up in the audience and see all her “peeps.” (I’ll refrain from making a marshmallow peep joke.) It’s obvious to Heather when she looks into the audience that there are 2 empty chairs. Lydia tells us that she thinks Heather is “rocking it” and that can spot some of Heather’s personal mannerisms in her acting. Vicki says that it’s really fun to do what you love to do and get paid for it. Gretchen and Slade are tardy to the party. The way it’s edited, it looks like the minute they walk in and sit down, they’re having a conversation about cell phones and Gretchen is whining about how she can’t pull up something on Slade’s phone’s screen. They get up and walk off to the side so they can talk about it. Terry and Tamra disapprovingly say that they’re gonna miss yet another of Heather’s scenes. Gretchen seems concerned she’s going to miss Heather – but not so much she immediately goes and sits down. Tamra is upset because, “This is Heather’s moment, this is not the Gretchen and Slade show! Sit down, put your phones away and watch Heather perform.” One of Heather’s lines is, “I’ll cut you like bad bangs, b***.” Tamra thinks she may just need to steal that line… It’s a wrap and they get wild applause and laughter from the audience – and Terry, by far, is the one who is clapping the loudest! Heather tells us that going back to work makes you a whole person. She believes that if you have the right support system at home you should be able to do it all. Her Royal Heathership signs autographs and declares that, “This is the piece of the puzzle that’s been missing.”
They all meet afterwards for dinner and Heather is honored and excited that people came to support her. Even though some people were tardy – she’s not bringing it up tonight. Lydia asks Heather if she’s relieved now or is she sad? Heather is relieved at the moment but thinks she’ll be sad on Monday. Lydia asks Gretchen and Slade about San Diego. Gretchen responds, “Oh yes, so Slade took me down to San Diego (an hour and a half away) and then this morning I woke up and a Rolls Royce pulls up.” Everyone’s jaw absolutely drops to the table. Wasn’t it just last season that Gretchen refused to marry Slade because of financial reasons and NOW they’re buying a Rolls Royce (but of course we know now, that’s not the case at all…and well, they probably all know it too, for that matter… ugh). Tamra asks incredulously, “He bought you a Rolls Royce?” In Her Talking head, Tamra says, “So Slade gives you a Rolls Royce – I don’t even know where to go with that… like really are you f**** kidding me?” Lydia asks, “So did you buy it or…” Gretchen says, “So technically, umm.. yes… but I haven’t bought it yet…” implying that it isn’t paid for yet. Vicki, in her talking head says, “Please, Gretchen, Shut up… Shut up! You’re stupid.” Wow… talk about a phrase that’s repeated in every single episode… lol. Lydia, our new little pot stirrer says, “I feel like that last time I saw you two together you were calling her a b***… Are you good?” Vicki says, “I don’t know?” Vicki says they need to talk… Tamra apologizes for calling her a b***… Vicki kinda says that she felt all alone… that Tamra wanted to do stuff her way, wouldn’t listen to any input from Vicki, and kinda turned her back on her…blah blah blah… more manufactured drama… blah blah blah… Tamra wants the old Vicki back…not the “Brooks’ Vicki.” Tamra wants the Vicki that she used to have fun with and that she was close to… While Vicki and Tamra are making up, Gretchen glares at them talking with daggers in her eyes. Run Forrest, Run! Then Gretchen looks more like a little kid peering through a glass window into a candy store that she can’t go in. Gretchen is just so jelly – just slap a “Smucker’s” label on her and call her “Jam.” Vicki wants to know when her friendship bracelet is coming. Tamra gives Heather a nice gift and card which says in part, “As your friend I’m worried about your privacy as a big star… so here are some disguises.” Inside the gift bag there are several different sets of sunglasses and other identity protective stuff. As Heather puts some of it on, you hear Tamra scream, “Heather Dubrow is NOT in this room people.” Gretchen puts on a pair of cat eye glasses with boobs and the boobies cover her nose… Heather says to Terry, “Honey, you could have a whole new specialty.” Vicki puts on the sunglasses with a pig nose and stares down Slade in an obvious reference to his snide comments about her having a face of Miss Piggy.
Terry wants to make a toast to his wife. He says, “You know, it’s often said in marriage, that the most important thing is to love, cherish and respect your wife, right? But, after this week, and seeing what my wife’s done with bringing her career back into her life, and all these things on her “To Do” list – and she’s done it with such great elegance, that I want to add two words to that list… and that is “inspiration” and “amazement.” She inspires me and amazes me and you did such a good job tonight… and I love you… and cheers to you, Honey!” Heather tells us that she loves her husband and she appreciates the steps that he’s making to prove to me that he’s supportive. BUT (why, oh why did she add the “but”)…. BUT it takes time to make things better… we’re not there yet, but we’re on the road…
Tamra tells Heather that the best scene tonight was the one when she said, “I’m gonna cut you like bad bangs, b***!” Tamra tells us that Heather texted her that there’s a line that she says that reminds her of Tamra and that she’d know it when she heard it. Didn’t we all? The scene ends with people clapping for Heather and party poppers and confetti are being sprayed all overn the place – while Heather is standing up for some reason and drinking in all the attention like a Royal Heatherness should.
Dancing with the Stars Finals by Lisette
Welcome to the finals of Season 16 of Dancing with the Stars! The show starts off with a quick montage of the 4 remaining couples and images of how far they’ve come. Then we’re treated to a superb performance from the troupe and pros to get the night off to a good start. Tonight we have three rounds of competition, a judge’s pick ballroom dance, a super-sized freestyle and a judge’s cha cha relay. Looks like Val was injured during rehearsals. His eye looks cut and is bloody. Now onto the performances…
Jacoby & Karina – Jive – Score 27
- CAI – 9
- LG – 9
- BT – 9
Len Goodman is helping Jacoby in his jive this week. It is nice to see Len make some moves on the dance floor. Len gives Jacoby some pointers now lets see if it helps his jive any…Wowza! Jacoby has some clean lines going and some great foot flicks so I guess Len’s pointers helped! I think they were off synch a few times but overall a really good final jive from Jacoby. Len says there was improvement. Len saw crisper footwork but a few mistakes. Called it lovely. Bruno says Jacoby brings a limited supply of energy and power. And then Bruno called Len Gandolf the great and Len called Bruno Frodo. Bruno also saw the mistakes in footwork. Carrie Ann saw the mistakes but said he brought the swagger. Jacoby tells Carrie Ann if she can wear cleats and she said no so Jacoby goes well I can’t wear heels! Then Carrie Ann had to explain cleats to Bruno!!!
Alexandra & Mark – Samba – Score 28
- CAI – 9
- LG – 9
- BT – 10
Bruno is the judge to help Aly & Mark with the samba. Bruno tells Mark he needs to add samba rolls to the dance. Aly feels she can do it as it is week 10 and she has shown lots and lots of improvement. I really like Aly’s costume this week. Really good and fun dance from Aly. She looks like she’s having fun and she has some new moves to her. Really most improved from her first week. So much looser. Bruno is out of his chair calling her scrumptious. Cleaner and slicker than ever. She did everything Bruno told her to do and it was great. Carrie Ann said she has the momentum and all of the traits of the other dancers in one. Len sees improvement and likes the basic steps to give it flavor and said she was terrific.
Kellie & Derek – Quickstep – Score 30
- CAI – 10
- LG – 10
- BT – 10
Len is the judge for Kellie’s dance too. Kellie compares Len to a school principal. Kellie & Derek scored a 29 the first time due to space between their hold so Len works with them on their hold the most. This was a fun and lively quickstep but I think I saw some missteps. I wonder if the judge’s see the same. The dance is almost too ambitious and not as easy flowing as it should be in some parts. Len was palpitating and perspirating and he was so excited he was almost flatuating. Bruno called her the southern belle of the ball. Called it a tour de force technically. Carrie Ann says there was an improvement in their body contact which is what she was looking for.
Zendaya & Val – Samba – Score 30
- CAI – 10
- LG – 10
- BT – 10
Carrie Ann is their judge for the week. The judges are looking for performance and technique along with Zendaya’s special brand of personality. Carrie Ann gives some pointers which Zendaya seemed to respond to. I really liked this dance from Zendaya. Her’s was less sexy than Aly’s which is appropriate given her age. I know having someone so young was a special challenge for Val but I think he really stepped up. Carrie Ann called it a perfect combination of samba techniques and called it magical. Len called it eye-popping, show-stopping, jaw-dropping that’s a samba. He loved the mix of basic samba and new steps. Bruno called her incredibly fierce. Said she has a natural flamboyancy and keeps getting better.
Now for the samba relay the order goes as follows: Kellie & Derek, Jacoby & Karina, Alexandra & Mark and Zendaya & Val. Every couple dances cha cha for 40 seconds. First place gets 5 points and then 4, 3, 2 for second, third and fourth. The couples are pretty evenly matched so the judges have their work cut out for them. The judges give their critiques and the outcome is Jacoby & Karina for 4th place, Alexandra & Mark are 3rd place, Kellie & Derek are 2nd place and first place goes to Zendaya & Val.
Now onto the SUPER-SIZED FREESTYLE!!!!
Jacoby & Karina – Freestyle – Score 27
- CAI – 9
- LG – 9
- BT – 9
Jacoby & Karina are bringing New Orleans to the dance floor! There’s going to be tap dancing, a band and a whole lot of awesomeness! They even have Sophia Lucia! The freestyle was a lot of fun but too many people dancing with them distracted a bit from Jacoby & Karina. It was a really good freestyle and Karina is getting really good with hip hop moves. Len says Jacoby got the freestyle party started. Well done! Great energy! Bruno said it was like watching a New Orleans Mardi Gras parade. Called him out on a few missteps. Carrie Ann calls it unique and agrees with Bruno. She says he choose the right strategy for him but the dance outshone him and he was lost in the shuffle.
Tom takes a moment to mention the Oklahoma tornado and asks for applause for the first responders and the amazing people helping out in this tragedy.
Alexandra & Mark – Freestyle – Score 30
- CAI – 10
- LG – 10
- BT – 10
Aly & Mark are incorporating all of their dances to show all she has learned this season. Their dance involves poles and dancing on the poles. Poles 20 – 25 feet in the air. Apparently Mark is afraid of heights. I didn’t like this dance. The pole dancing was a distraction and some of Aly’s moves were inelegant. Sometimes Aly lacks a certain grace in her movements and that was really evident with this dance. She also stumbled on one of the flips because Mark threw her a bit hard. Bruno calls it futuristic with a touch of exotic. He said it was almost impossible to synch the dancing on the poles and they did it. Carrie Ann says they took her way back. It was one of the most amazing routines she’s seen. Len loved the concept and is dubbing her Alexandra the Great.
Kellie & Derek – Freestyle – Score 30
- CAI – 10
- LG – 10
- BT – 10
Derek wants to incorporate a swing or hammock but he decides against it and choosing to make a difficult dance with no props. Derek really outdid himself with this freestyle. It was simply gorgeous. Kellie has beautiful lines and Derek put them to full use tonight. Really great freestyle. Best I think I’ve ever seen. Stunning! Carrie Ann is crying and can’t speak. She calls Kellie over for a hug. She said Kellie bared her soul on the dance floor and it was one of the most beautiful things she has ever seen. Len says good dancing engages the brain great dancing engages the heart. Drew everyone into the performance. Len gives it a standing O. Bruno called it dance of spellbinding beauty. A contemporary work of art. And when art speaks to you it touches everybody and what she did tonight touched the nation.
Zendaya & Val – Freestyle – Score 30
- CAI – 10
- LG – 10
- BT – 10
They’re going for cha cha then contemporary and then hip hop. Their freestyle will also have a troupe of mini dancers. Their dance was cute but pales in comparison to Kellie’s. It lacked some energy. Len said there were so many parts to the number but it all come together to form a fabulous routine. Bruno says everything she does has her own individuality attached and makes it simply irresistible. Carrie Ann said she brought it home and sealed the deal.
At the top of the leaderboard are Zendaya & Val and at the bottom are Jacoby & Karina. So who do you think will take home the coveted mirrorball trophy?