It's rock week! Where our remaining contestants dance to rock classics with beats that vaguely sound like they might sorta match the assigned ballroom dance... ish.
But FIRST, we get treated to the spectacle of Kiss rocking out, while the troupe... mime. Seriously, that was my reaction waaay before Tom's delish 'mimes gone wild' line. Trust me, Sasha is WAAY cooler in the 'Burn the Floor' DVD.Sherri and Val:
If last week Sherri showed a range of emotions from A to B, this week she stuck to A. She did the steps, I guess, but not very well, and she doesn't seem to have any flexibility in her legs - she's dancing every dance like she has to pee and is trying to hold it in. If it wouldn't have been for Val in guyliner, this dance would have been a complete waste of my time.Katherine and Mark
: Katherine is a very good dancer, and so she figured it out. Unfortunately, I could see her figuring it out - it felt a bit like when you're watching figure skating, and you can see the skater setting up for the next jump, rather than the jump just flowing naturally from the choreography. It wasn't bad - everything was executed well - but the flow wasn't there for me, and I didn't feel like she fully sold the character.Jaleel and Kym
: A tango that felt like... a foxtrot. Dude, I know you're trying to make all nice and sweet after last week, but this was the time for the agression! It's saying something when Kym is more agressive than you are. Ultimately, I've become bored of him both as a dancer and a 'personality'. Next!Melissa and Maks
: One of perhaps 3 songs this week that was actually appropriate to the dance. The costumes were gorgeous, the choreography fabulous, and Melissa almost nailed it - but you have to make allowances for the fact that she danced half of it while concussed
. Yeah, that's when the muscle memory really kicks in. Definitely her best dance.Donald and Peta
: OK, Peta has come into her own as a choreographer with this one - this was not an easy song to dance a Paso to, but this was one of my favourite routines of the night, and it wasn't just because of the magnificence of Donald's pecs (and warrier tats) on display. She managed to put together a proper Paso Doble to a psychedelic rock song. Yes, Donald's posture could be a bit better, but he earned his spot on the top of the leader board.Gladys and Tristan
: The music thread here is titled 'I didn't know Star Wars was a tango!'. Well, after this, I propose that we put 'I didn't know Bohemian Rhapsody was a tango!', 'cause that has to be one of the most out there music picks of all time on this show. But, by george, Tristan somehow found a tango beat in there somewhere, and while her posture was off, Gladys stayed on beat for the most part and actually did pretty well with a difficult routine. But seriously, it's time to let the gal shake her tail feather. Oh, and if rock week did nothing but give us Tristan in guyliner? Then thank you. Really.William and Cheryl
: I've been expecting the jive to be his downfall, and the dude didn't disappoint. It actually started off well, but then Cheryl didn't swing as easily as that sack of potatoes William's been practicing with, and it all fell apart after that. And the judges admonished William for going off-script, and reminded him that he had to actually dance
the routines before they handed the competition to him, and gave him 7-7-8(!) for doing nothing, but next time boy, if you fall on your ass 3 times, we might have to actually, you know, give you the scores you deserve.Rochon and Chelsie
: So, when all other couples are dancing to rock classics, Rochon gets... a song by that dude that won AI a couple of years ago. Listen, I like David Cook, but if I were assigned to Viennese Waltz to one of his songs when other are getting Queen and Rolling Stones tunes, I'd be majorly pissed. That said, Rochon actually coped fairly well, and didn't seem nearly as spastic as other weeks. His rapping is starting to bug, however.Maria and Derek
: Perhaps the best song in terms of actually being appropriate to the dance. Which is a good thing, because Maria has enough on her plate, what with her broken ribs and stress fractures and nasty case of the plague (OK, latter hasn't been diagnosed - yet). But she isn't going to make a big deal of those issues - it isn't her fault that the producers insist on following her to the doctor's office and filming her x-ray. She does have the best frame of any of the female contestants, and the dance is very good - although not perfect - but really, she has the easiest
music to dance to. Gavin and Karina
: Tango to 'Paint it Black'. Just for that, I was going to like this performance. First of all, dude knows rock, and Mick Jagger for that matter. And he's really making an effort. Yeah, his frame is wonky, but he really performed this dance, and actually gave one of the more convincing tango performances of the night. And he had guyliner. And his answer to Brookbot was just... precious. Can we keep him, please?
-Kiss on the DWTS stage was kinda... bizarrely right. I love how they kept popping up, like some weird fun fair ride.
-'Mimes gone wild' - can I say again how much I love Tom Bergeron?
-I think I might have to tweet a thank you to the DWTS makeup team for all the guyliner (Val! Tristan! Gavin! Tristan! Maks! Tristan! Did I mention Tristan?!?!)
-Mark tied up while Paul Stanley flirts with Katherine had my vote as the best.segue.ever - until Gladys measured Tristan's tongue and compared with Gene Simmons. I'm telling you, Kiss added a whole new dimension of bizarre wackyness to the proceedings... :P
Edited by Twickenham, Apr 10, 2012 @ 10:23 AM.