Re the cutaway during Roshon's dance
, I'm pretty sure that was a wardrobe malfunction. East coast feed of the dance did not cut-away so I went back and slo-mo'd it. When Roshon lifts Chelsea above his head it looks like a fairly significant portion of her breast pops out during her arched back. However, it also looks like there's a pasty on it. (No, I wasn't trying to get a thrill, was just curious what happened.)Mark's
theme choice for his rhumba was just bizarre. Roman gladiators? Would have loved to see him do something with a more Dangerous Liaisons vibe -- it could have been incredibly sexy and closer to the time period. Much as Mark gets on my nerves, was happy to see he's put the douche spats away, and he actually made me laugh at the whole "ass" in "classical" thing. Also loved that he and Katherine seemed impressed and thrilled watching Derek and Maria dance. I think it speaks well of someone with Mark's ego that we never see petulance or jealousy over Derek's ability. (And love him or hate him, Derek can choreograph amazingly well.) I cannot believe I just defended Mark Douchebag Ballas.
Heard Maria say in a RCI that she is going to the doctor today for her feet. I'm wondering how much pain killers she's got to be on if they really are that bad? Why does nobody ever mention her boyfriend? Aside from the fact that it would ruin the whole showmance Derek keeps trying to sell. Apparently he doesn't much like the spotlight so he watches the show from her trailer. Anyhoo, their dance was good. But, everytime I watch a Derek-choreographed dance I wonder how much I'm being distracted by the razmataz of Derek's tricks and how much I'm really enjoying his partner's dancing.
I suspect Maria's in some fairly severe pain. Pre dance when Group Tango was chorus kicking, she started faltering, then after the dance I noticed she was slow to rally to the group and just *looked* like she was in pain. I'm not sure that bodes well for their chances but dang, her earlier dance with Derek was amazing. There was a segment when I rolled my eyes a bit because he was over-dancing (while she was sitting on the floor) but it's not something I haven't seen every single pro do on the show to various degrees. The truth is that while I don't love Derek all that much, when his choreography is at its best, I'm completely carried away by it. The 50's Paso from a few years ago was amazing; Psycho?? Who could do a compelling dance to Psycho? Yet he did. And tonight's dance definitely earned a rewind from me. I loved it.
And like with Mark, I cannot believe I'm defending Derek, but I can give him a pass for being a jerk in rehearsal. These guys are all at the breaking point. Maria of week one would have laughed if Derek told her to be like a woman. But she's emotionally drained, battling injury after injury and overtired. Likewise, the pros are getting snippy and over-tired and stressed. Everyone has their ass-hat moments in those circumstances.
Incidentally, I also give Maks somewhat of a pass for the way he talks during rehearsal. That's the way he is and it seems to instill loyalty in his partners, so who am I to question. The only time I think it went too far was with Hope. That was a horrible situation to watch.
Having said that, Maks needs to take some time off. I do NOT give him a pass for being an ass to the judges. And make no mistake, refusing to make eye contact, smiling sarcastically when they say something critical and re-tweeting his fans' negative comments about the judges is being an ass. Look at the way every other pro handles criticism. Kym keeps her calm. Cheryl is a master -- check out her comments when the entire ballroom was booing over Team Paso's scores. She's a pro. She knows to just say "thank you" and so many of these guys then WORK on whatever bug is biting the judges. Yes, the judges are erratic, possibly even fixed. But as Toonces464
said above, Maks didn't seem to mind when Kirstie was the beneficiary of inflated scores. The sense of entitlement that oozes off Maks (and which he's apparently fed to Melissa) is corrosive. He does not get a pass when every other pro has to deal with the same judges and has been the victim of erratic scoring. Maks, I say this as one who thinks you are possibly the sexiest guy out there with a great sense of humor: Pull the big boy pants up and DEAL with it, or find another show. Even your sex appeal cannot make this sort of petulance enjoyable.