Before I comment on this week's episodes, I thought I'd post the direct link
to the full episodes, in case anyone feels brave enough to watch the entire thing instead of just the clips of the dances (I personally prefer to wait until the full episodes go up, in order to see everything in context). It's really worth the effort, even if you don't speak German--for example, the opening shot of Hape wearing Giovane's soccer boxers from last week (he's got some pretty nice legs, incidentally) is worth the price of admisssion, as are his (and Nazan's) running habit of calling out Joachim on his low scores, even though Joachim was actually the mildest of the judges this week. It was the other three who were really critical.Markus and Anastasiya:
I was really sorry to see Markus and Anastasiya eliminated so soon; I found him to be quite charming, especially since his Waltz, Rumba, and Tango were so enjoyable. However, that Paso really fell flat, in my opinion; I simply couldn't tell what they were going for. And yes, skylighter
, I will agree with you that all the music choices for the Paso Doble were horrible, albeit still not the worst I've seen (Poland's music choices still hold that dubious distinction for me.) Giovane and Isabel:
The first thing I noticed was the classic "deer in the headlights" expression on Giovane's face. It actually worked for him a bit in this particular rendition of the Foxtrot (i.e., the commitment-phobic, nervous groom dancing with his bride on their wedding day), but he definitely suffers from Ian Ziering's disease. He was so stiff that it looked more like Frankenstein doing the Foxtrot, and even in the practice segment, you could see him trying way too hard to learn the routine, and Isabel fighting to get him to relax. By the end of the Foxtrot, he had gone from "nervous" past "counting the steps in my head" to "How much longer until we finish?" I think that the only reason that he wasn't eliminated is that the viewers (and Joachim himself mentioned this) want to see how well a native Brazilian can handle the Samba next week.Katja and Oliver:
Katja is very charming, and I love the way she doesn't shy away from attacking the dances. Oliver is himself an excellent teacher and choreographer (almost in Wim Gevaert's league.) However, all her dances have started to look the same to me, and the Paso Doble was no exception. She does seem to be somewhat rigid in her movements, and I think she has trouble adapting herself to the individual character of each new dance. By the way, I must amend what I said about Oliver's resemblance to Gary Sinise. It's not quite accurate; he actually looks like the handsome love child of Gary Sinise and Sean Hayes (but he can definitely outdance either of them!)Guildo and Motsi:
Oy. Last night, I went back and watched the first episode from beginning to end, and I can't believe how much the wheels have come off this pair. The Waltz they did that first show was terrific, but this? Ick (and you correctly guessed, skylighter
, that the abominable gimmicks have all been Motsi's idea, not Guildo's.) I was stunned that they weren't in the bottom two this week. BTW, Motsi? Julianne Hough called, and she wants her tiger outfit back--NOW.
Incidentally, Joachim wasn't as scathing in his criticism as you might believe. He actually thought the Paso Doble itself was pretty good--it was the other three judges who hated it, particularly Michael Hull. He really didn't like the circus-trainer and tiger bit (but I had to smile when Motsi jumped in and reminded him that they had been given "Eye of the Tiger" to dance to, and that's why they went with that theme. It reminded me of the way our own pros tend to talk back on our version.)
Oh, and one more bit that I thought was funny: During the practice footage, Guildo and Motsi were talking to Guildo's son (who, I would guess, is about nine or ten years old), and when Guildo asked him whether Dad was a good dancer, his son answered, "He's OK." (Translation: "Meh.")Susan and Christian:
One of the best dances of the night, along with Ben's Foxtrot and Jasmin's Paso Doble. I did NOT agree with the 2 and the 3 from Michael and Joachim at all, and I honestly don't understand how they ended up in the bottom two this week over Guildo and Motsi. I did note, however, that Christian was somewhat critical of Susan's arms in the practice footage. He took her to a gym to have her work out, and it did make the difference, in my opinion. Oh, and BTW, Christian was totally HOT this week, even in the practice footage (Maks who
?)Jasmin and Hendrik:
Very nicely done. You know that when Joachim gives you a compliment to the effect that yours was the best dance of the evening thus far, you've really done well. Jasmin did a great job keeping pace with Hendrik (but I'm not seeing the over-the-top dominance from Hendrik that you are, skylighter
. Perhaps it's because the Paso Doble is the "man's dance" to begin with.) I have figured out, however, who Hendrik reminds me of--he looks like a younger version of Jay Mohr.Ben and Christine:
Definitely one of Ben's best dances to date. He led Christine very well around the floor, and I love how he's able to handle her sophisticated choreography. My only nitpick was the same as Joachim's: He needs to work on strengthening his topline, as I noticed he was slouching forward just a bit. I think he needs to solidify his core, especially in the Standard dances, and when he does that, he'll be the celeb to beat. After all, as Joachim noted in his remarks to Susan, this is really a 10-dance competition, so the celebs need to show the versatility required to master both the Standard and the Latin dances.
All in all, a very enjoyable show this week--but if Joachim ever gave out a score above a 6, I'm afraid that it would all end in a heartbeat, because everyone would drop dead from shock! (Hey, everyone else gets in some good-natured razzing on him, so why shouldn't I?) ;
Edited by legaleagle44, Jun 3, 2007 @ 6:57 PM.