Dancing With the Stars 22, week 9: The Semi-Finals

Hi, ballroom dancers!

I know, I know, not cool that I didn’t post this last week. I was extremely busy with school and working overtime on days I don’t usually work. Like, I have had ZERO time for literally anything.

Let’s be real, there’s no way in life that I could have NOT found out who went home. I’m pissed off. I’m more than fine with Antonio going home, but Wanya shouldn’t have. OK, let’s talk about last week’s show before the final airs tonight! Can you believe how fast time goes?

Dancing With the Stars season 22, week 9: The Semi-Finals

Dancing With the Stars season 22, week 9: The Semi-Finals

Round 1: Trios
Paige & Mark/Alan: “People know I’m engaged”? Just my opinion, but I’m almost certain Mark is already married – unless BC Jean is like Topanga and got him an engagement ring. Content packed! From pictures, I thought this samba looked almost exactly like Shawn Johnson’s in s15, but this was very different. That trio samba roll was a little awkward, but it’s to be expected – I guess when three people are doing a roll together, you don’t have much room to bend. Paige had SUCH good foot placement in this dance, which is difficult to do when you’re barefoot (I also just really hate when people dance barefoot). Very fun, very playful. Erin, can we NOT do the high school romance inquisition? Nobody cares. On the other hand, her dress is gorgeous. OOH, and I really liked the trick where Alan spin-threw her into Mark – THAT was hella cool.

Antonio & Sharna/Hayley: even though I wonder why they didn’t pick Karina (or anyone, for that matter) Hayley is such a pretty girl. Antonio’s face looks like he’s trying very hard and it’s not sexy at all. I really don’t have anything to say about that dance. I like the costumes though.

Wanya & Lindsay/Witney: WOW, Carrie Ann is…I can’t write the word that I think of her for that turn. How could she talk to somebody like Wanya that way and yet lavish Antonio with so much praise? That was so disgusting. I am ABOUT these girls’ costumes. He looks fantastic – he’s lost so much weight. Wanya is one of the few male contestants I’ve seen who dances the paso with the authority he should. Watching that great dance just made me more angry the way he’s been thrown off to the side all season. 10/10/10 well deserved.

Nyle & Peta/Jenna: Nyle and jive will likely not end too well. Another one I don’t understand why they didn’t pick Karina – remember s13? First trio ever, Peta picked Karina and she won with Donald. ACK I’m struggling, Converse make dudes’ feet look super flat in jive. And this dance is making cheaters look too cute. Peta definitely used Karina’s move from her trio jive! Hmf. That dance was rough. WHOA – 9/9/9 for, I’m sorry, a very messy dance? When Wanya slipped ONCE last week and he got 8/8/9. I smell a rat, people. Regardless, Peta might have tried too put too much content in – that may have made him more prone to falling off time. Maybe they should have done single-time instead.

Whoo, Hayley is definitely taking ballroom lessons because she is improving FAST.

Ginger & Val/Artem: speaking as a makeup artist, they put way too much bronzer on Artem’s chest. But I’m glad to see him here because I like him a lot. Okay, Ginger is dancing way better here than she did in the week before – more ferocious. I’m wondering if Artem’s the one that got it out of her. I’m actually surprised she got 9/9/9. I daresay maybe “They” don’t want her to win.

Round 2:
Paige & Mark – I like they they talked about her dance experience. She’s not trying to deny it. These bullying stories are awful. But I love Paige’s story about finding a different side of herself. It hits close to home, because people always think they know me too. She has grown so much – she went from this shy girl that could barely look these gorgeous men in the eye to that bombshell seductress that danced this Argentine tango that made you barely able to breathe with all the heat coming out of it. Loved how they used the set and the wardrobe. Rawr. Ohhhh my gosh…that was…so sexy. I can’t even find the words. My apartment just fogged up. Even the ballroom is in shock – did you see how quiet the audience was? 10/9/10 – UNDERSCORED. I’d like to thank the audience for booing Len. Their score for the night was 59 – that dance ALONE should have gotten a score of 59. I hope she wins.

So nice to see Bindi back.

Antonio & Sharna – WOW, he’s great with lifts. Easily his best dance. Good for him. 9/9/10?! Crap, I think they could have actually given him a perfect score for that one.

I really liked that Argentine tango with Witney and Artem – but she stumbled once or twice. Makes me wonder if he’s as aggressive in his lead as he looked in that dance.

Wanya & Lindsay – Charleston is gonna be so good for him! Wonder why his connection is so much better in this dance than it was when he did ballroom dances. The dance ended and I teared up because he so deserved to be in the final. I can’t believe they pushed him out like that. I think it is now glaringly obvious that had he not been so brutally underscored, the finale lineup would have been different. A shame. THE TWERK! Ha!

Nyle & Peta – what a pretty dress for Peta! Ok, I hope this doesn’t come out wrong, but the fact that he is deaf does not make him the victim that this show and most people are making him out to be. It’d be different if he lost his hearing at some point in his life, but he was born deaf, so for him it’s just his reality and he has not lost anything. That being said, I didn’t see what the point was of making him dance blindfolded and I think putting him in cropped pants was a mistake – it just made his feet look stompier and his legs look weaker. But he nailed the mood of it and he interacted with Peta beautifully.

Ginger & Val – I can completely see Alexandra Perzhu in this dress – it is absolutely STUNNING. Did I ever mention I love watching Val do standard? Oh dear…Ginger suddenly got back to the cheerleader faces and her body is suddenly doing the robot. What HAPPENED?

We all know what happened at the end. Antonio went home and so did that incredible Wanya. So passionate, hardworking, entertaining, and most of all, positive. The reason his elimination hurts so much, at least for me, is because Wanya is not even just someone I want to see on my tv screen – people with that degree of positivity are the kind of people I want around me in my LIFE.

Ah well…we still have Paige and Nyle. I think the way they are scored will say a lot about the intentions of what I call “The People Upstairs”. Hopefully they both get all 10s so the chips can fall where they may. Or not really, as the votes from last week are going to go towards the final (weird that they did that), so maybe Paige gets a slight advantage. I’m ok with that.

I guess we’ll see!

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Dancing With the Stars 22, week 8: Judges’ Choice

Happy Tuesday, ballroom dancers! How’s it going???

Not much here. I worked all weekend and didn’t have much to do. Saturday during a 12-hour shift, I watched three *NSYNC concerts in a row. It was AWESOME.

Onto last night’s DWTS episode!

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Okay…didn’t quite get that opening number, but that’s just me.

Nyle & Peta – the fudging with colors is actually really cool. He is still kind of heavy on his feet. The silent section was a pretty risky move to make, and I’m wondering if it would have backfired had lit up the entire floor instead of spotlighting Nyle. Why am I the only one not having an emotional reaction? I was kind of just like, eh, pretty good. 10,9,10. I think that’s appropriate, as his posture is still not fantastic.

Antonio & Sharna – HE’S PRACTICING BY HIMSELF?! What’s the miracle? “Vinnemese waltz…” oh goodness 0_o random, but whoever did Sharna’s makeup for practices did an incredible job. AHH, I love these costumes! I love when people use navy blue instead of black. Antonio has definitely improved, but he could stand to relax the top line. His rise and fall is actually really impressive. I wish he’d been so committed at the beginning of the season…9/9/9? Maybe overscored by a point, but I’m not too mad.

BINDIIIIIIIIII!!!!!!!!!!! She looks so good!

Of course, Val’s shirt has to come open -_-

What the cheese is James Corden doing choreographing for Dancing With the Stars?

Jodie & Keo – I didn’t even notice that KEO was the one that messed up! Good for Jodie. Too bad she went home. I love her loyalty to Keo – he really is sweet. This is a great dance for her! The legs in this dance and her jive technique are giving me LIFEEEEEEEE. 10/10/10 – so I guess she was the shocking elim this season. Hate when that happens – I would have thought she’d at LEAST make the semi final (week 9?). But she just happened to get cast on DWTS on a season that was RIFE with talent and strong competition. She really went on a high note, though.

Paige & Mark – it bears repeating – their jive last week was amazing. Oh, Mark, you weirdo. I love this guy. OK, the use of lighting WITH the smoke? Gorgeous effect. I think she’s hitting the accents just a hair too hard for VWaltz, but maybe that’s just her style. 10/9/9? Um…why? If Jodie got a 30, Paige should have gotten a 60.

Ginger & Val – still don’t understand why their dance last week got the first perfect score of the season…but this is probably gonna be good. He used Derek tricks! What is she smiling about during this dance? She really does perform like a cheerleader…10/10/10? Not quite merited. I’m not quite saying she did anything wrong, but nothing about her dancing excites or grabs me.

Wanya & Lindsay – yeah, I definitely noticed he’s lost a LOT of weight. Good for him. OOOH, decked in the mouth! Ouchy. HA, the couch tipped! Why did I choose NOW to watch Amber’s freestyle? (Rhetorical question, but the answer is: I was wondering if the set was the same. It isn’t.) I feel like Wanya is taking oddly big steps, is it just me? Homie also needs to shut his thighs a bit…ohhh, and he slipped on Linds’ bandana and fell off. 8/8/9? I don’t think it was THAT serious.

Jodie and Ginger were on the top of the leaderboard…WOW, I didn’t realize how wrong that was until Tom said it.

Artem and Witney’s bumper was super cute, but I wonder why she was dancing jive in Smooth shoes.

The Judges’ Choice Dances:

I hear all the teams got the same scores, which is fine because they really did even the playing field by pairing together the teams they did.

Team Bruno (Nyle & Peta, Jodie & Keo) – Bruno is so ridiculous and I can’t stop laughing at him. OOO, same sex dancing? I think I like it. But we’ll see – it all comes down to execution. It was good – VERY nice, but didn’t have the intensity I’m used to. I think that’s partly because Jodie was really focused on having a LOT of control, though she did misstep more than once. OMG, I can’t deal with Bruno, I’m crying hahahaaaaaaaa

Team Len (Wanya & Lindsay, Ginger & Val) – THAT WAS THE WORST FARMER’S TAN I’VE EVER SEEN *covers eyes* Len is almost as funny as Bruno, I’m actually LOLing at “O-ver, here we go, yummy, yummy, where’s my mummy”. Aww, this is such an old people samba. I think Wanya actually did a terrific job of matching Val and I’m cracking up at Wanya’s 6 – pack. It was nice to see Len dance in that, actually. Val’s crack about being able to have fun because he wasn’t judging, so funny. But that shouldn’t have been given any 10s, because it was so fluffy and not even Wanya could save it.

Team Carrie (Paige & Mark, Antonio & Sharna) – oh my, Antonio can be a charmer. That lift Antonio and Paige did was PERFECTION – I would go so far as to call it the highlight of the entire episode. My other favorite part was the part at the end where they all stood while it rained on them – that was hella sexy. 10/10/9 – America got that one SO wrong!

And then there’s a double elimination next week…oh dear, it’s going to be ugly…

I am really, really REALLY hoping for a Paige/Wanya/Nyle finale. Anything other than that just literally wouldn’t make no sense. Am I crazy?

Dancing With the Stars 22, week 7: Icons

Hello, ballroom dancers!! Happy Wednesday!

Yes, this blog is coming later than usual, but I had a weird few days. I found out I was getting a new apartment, then I had to move over the two days that I was working 11 hour shifts. Time wasn’t on my side, really. Ah well! It’s working out great so far. It’s only been three days in the new arrangement, but I’m happy.

So, week 7 on DWTS was for…Icons? Okaaaaayyyyy…..

And lemme just throw it out there – TWO songs this week that Derek has already choreographed to. With the same partner! So I’m gonna have high standards for those…

I know that Kim and Von left, which is sad. Quite honestly, I was hoping it was going to be Antonio and Ginger and that we’d get Kim (with the best partnership) and Von (who is at least TRYING) for another week. Oh well :/

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The opening number was cute. I actually really like Tony and Lindsay dancing together.

Jodie & Keo – Keo is very sweet. I don’t know what about this dance is making me so happy, but I just have a big smile on my face. I don’t see a high point of contact in their frame (like Victor & Anastasia talked about), or really any at all…but she did some beautiful things with her arms and the whole dance seemed very whimsical and light, which was a nice change. I really liked the choreography. 8,9,9 – YAY! So happy for her and Keo!

Kim & Sasha – this woman is ageless. OMG this looks EXACTLY like Derek’s choreography! LOVE it. I don’t see hip action at all…and if there’s one dance we NEED hips in, it’s the samba. Maybe her core isn’t connected to her legs? Or maybe it was the sneakers. Cracking up at Sasha Magic Mike-ing and waving his vest in the air. 9,9,9 – good for them. Either way, I’m really proud of both of them and they’ve truly been a pleasure to watch. Happy belated birthday to Sasha’s mommy!

Nyle & Peta – what in the cheese was Len going on about? Oooo, gorgeous costuming here – Peta’s gown is one of my favorites all season. I probably would have put Nyle in gray, but he’s wearing pink well too. His frame has definitely improved, but his posture is still kind of off somehow. Another scoring snafu?! What is happening here?

That Jenna/Shannon/Hayley bumper…eh. Not necessary.

Okay, but Bruno literally beating himself up and Tom’s crack about partying in the eighties cracked me up.

Antonio & Sharna – he suddenly wants to work? Is he putting in more rehearsal time? Okay, that beginning of the dance was creepy. DAMN, TROMPA! That’s the Spanish word for “horn” – his pout was SERIOUS. Their legs never look like they’re doing the same thing. He could have relaxed his shoulders…like, a lot. He nailed the head snaps. I really liked the staging of this and the costumes, though, and I forgot how much I like that song. Shout out to the hair and makeup department. Ooo, wardrobe malfunction. 8,8,8 – the score is appropriate, I guess.

Wanya & Lindsay – still wish that Joey had crashed the dance floor during the performance last week. This is a pretty nasty edit – he was trying to clear his schedule and the spin is that he is an egomaniac throwing a tantrum. I swear Lindsay has spun gold for hair. Wanya needs to relax his shoulders, too, and the syncopations end up looking more hip-hop than they should. 9,9,9 – fair.

Ginger & Val – Val looks nice. But he has an odd way of thinking. I feel like – he really is a competitor at heart and I don’t think he knows how to be anything else. I think he needs to get a partner to really challenge him to see what he’s made of. I feel like there’s something we didn’t get to see in the package. There was way too much tension to just have been the fact that he was pushing her harder than normal. Also, what is up with those progressive forward walks to promenade and facing position in every Viennese waltz? I guess they’re a DWTS required step? But I’ve never seen that in a dance competition…anyway, she was a little stiff in the shadow position. She’s trying so hard to stay in her frame and old her posture that she looks super tense. This was a lovely dance, and I’m so glad they danced through the WHOLE song. 10,10,10? Eh. There wasn’t anything wrong with the dance, but I don’t think it was perfect, either. There have been dances from other competitors that should have been 30s…but that’s just me. I really like seeing Val be this raw and honest and sweet to her. It reminds me of one time when he saw me in the studio, grabbed me, and pulled me into a bear hug, saying, “This GIRL! She’s so FRESH! She’s so ORGANIC!” I was in there, confused, like…was that a compliment? I had to ask people. I really feel like the scores had more to do with the package.

Von & Witney – these costumes are GREAT. I already know right off the bat which lipstick she’s wearing. “No, who’s Elvis?” HAAAA! Oh, this was a lift Karina used with Apolo Ohno! AHH I love the beginning of this dance! Cute choreography and I see hips here! This is such a good dance for him! It goes perfectly with his personality. So fun. It would have been so nice if he hung around another week. It took a long time for him to grow on me, but he was a lot of fun. 8,8,8 – could they NOT have thrown him a 9? For shame.

Paige & Mark – this song was done by Nicole Scherzinger and Derek Hough in the finale, right before the winner was announced, and it is my all-time favorite. Mark is crazy, so I’m excited to see this jive. IS MARK MARRIED?! We’re just gonna ignore the ring on his finger? Sheesh. I LOVE this look on her. She’s already gorgeous, but the read lips are beautiful on her. She could use a little more tightness in her thighs and pull her arms in more on her turns, and pull her knees up higher, but I love the sass from her here – it’s a totally different side of her. This choreography was INSANE and she was on top of EVERY STEP! Mark’s face when the dance ended was just like ROAR! Yes, Tom, I WANT TO SEE IT AGAIN TOO!!! 10,10,10 – YYYYYESSSSS! Well deserved!

Team James Brown – I love Von looking up the moves. Von wearing that cape is too funny. But I loved seeing them put Nyle in the front so the other men could pick up his timing. That – and all the rest of it – was real teamwork. Clean, well-executed, and super fun to watch – and that is a combination in a team dance that wins every time. 9,9,10? Fair, I guess?

Team Beyonce – Mark and Val are a great choreography pair and a lovely dance couple. I think they should perform together, a la Slavik and…I wanna say it was Franco Formica? There was a man Slavik did a cha cha show with a few years back and it was a riot. (I CAN’T FIND IT.) Anyway, the waning confidence thing here makes me sad. Women need to just own it. This is a crappy medley of songs. I do like that they deviated from the “30 seconds at the beginning all together, 30 seconds at the end all together, and then we each have a solo”, but it didn’t work as well as it should have because nothing really gelled – and the saddest part was that only Paige looked like she was having fun.

So I don’t even know who I think should go next week or the week after – I really just want Wanya, Paige, and Nyle to be the top three, because if they aren’t, this show will have lost a lot of credibility. Wait, now we have six people left…so I guess it remains to be seen if they do a four-couple final or another double elimination. That’d seem the most logical course of action, but logic doesn’t seem to play a huge role in this show anyway.

Who do you want for the final?