It’s American Week at DWTS, so bust out your Red, White and Blue!

Chris & Cheryl: VIENNESE WALTZ score 26
Love this one! Great natural turns in closed and shadow position.  I agree with Len on Chris being a little flat footed. But for a guy, he had fluid movement with his arms.  That impressed me. His last run around was frantic and I hated his costume, so unflattering. But once again, watch out for this one, I pick him to remain top ranked for the rest of the season.

Romeo & Chelsie: FOXTROT score 26
Dancing to “New York, New York”, Romeo did not let me down! Wow, see what happens when you get over that attitude about not looking cool? He really got into his character and added his own flavor to it. That’s why I love the Fox Trot!  It’s the perfect blend of elegant ballroom with a splash of sassiness.  Great job Chelsie! Just watch Romeo’s left arm that it does not extend too high in closed position during rotations.  Timing was mostly danced correctly, had to give him credit for that.  It’s challenging for any dancer to really control the “slow”. Overall, I’m a sucker for anything Old Hollywood.
Ralph & Karina: SAMBA score 22
What happened here? Started off weird and I had no idea what was up with his facial expressions? This seemed out of control and looked like he tried too hard. With his scrunched shoulders and bad attempt at a Shadow Samba Roll (as one of our students, Rachel would say, “They’re a priviledge, not a right”).  Sorry to say, Ralph was no Urban Cowboy tonight.
Hines & Kym: RUMBA score 27
Here’s where I like to see the clips of practice.  Dropping partners, head butts and punching them in the ribs are not so romantic.  Thank goodness none of that came out during their performance. Now, I’m not going to lie, I had to rewind my DVR to see the routine again, due to how hot Kym looked in her costume.  I could not take my eyes off of her. Now when I finally paid attention to Hines, I noticed too many heel leads and toe releases on most basic components.  He usually has strong lines and ankles, but seemed weak this week.  His costume and shoulders distracted me and I felt it hindered his movement.  I do disagree with Len.  True it was not his best dance, but for sure not horrible.  As well as Carrie Ann, he had better hip motion in his Samba. I mean come on, he can carry me (or any woman) off the floor anytime he wants to.  Btw, that’s an open invitation should he read this article.
Now the ladies….
Kendra & Louis: FOXTROT score 22
Ok, how more cheesy can you get?  What producer picked that horrible song and purposely gave it to poor Kendra?  I mean, it was cute for a 6 year old to dance to at a Little Miss Beauty Pagent, but really?  I guess you can say that the performance as a whole embraced the theme for the week perfectly.  At least her pivots were spot on. Either America will love it or end her time for sure this week.
Chelsea & Mark: SAMBA score 26
Don’t let booty shaking fool you for correct hip motion. I’m surprised that she is not flexible in twisting her hips more. It was fun and cute, like all things Disney, but she had a little rough spot on the Promenade Runs that were forgivible.
Petra & Dmitry: QUICKSTEP score 22
I love all things Vegas, but not this routine.  All I can remember is her hidious left shoulder popping up like the Hunchback of Notre Dame (harsh, I know).  It made it impossible for poor Dmitry to establish any connection with her to create a true lead and follow.  As a result, his frame was a mess and looked like she was clinging on for dear life. On the flip side, her feet were much better than last week and finally took that much needed heel lead on forward steps!
Kirstie & Maksim: FOXTROT score 23
Well…..um…..where do I begin with this one? After wiping up the drool from my chin due to a shirtless Maks, I had to once again rewind my DVR to take a second look at his bodacious body and then again for the dancing.  Now don’t start hating me, but that girl in that semi 2 piece outfit was not OK!  And if you are going to flip your hair around, commit to it.  Her dancing was lifeless and flat, not to mention she moved her feet as if they weighed 20 pounds each. Her sassy attitude was a great match for the song, but not enough to pull off this dance number.  Carrie Ann and Bruno are way off their rocker with their praises for this last number of the night.
My guess is that Petra or Kendra will get voted off today,  Petra was a gawky mess and Kendra had way too much cheese this week.  Then again, I guess we’ll have to see.
See you in 24 hours with my thoughts about the results.