Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Dancing with the Stars--Semi Finals

Tonight it is the semi finals, and the four remaining couples are dancing two dances PLUS a cha-cha relay where each couple will dance a segment of the Cha-cha.
Hope and Maks 1-800-868-3408

Hope has THIRTEEN anchors in her shoulder.  Yes you read that right.  Thirteen.  She was in a lot of pain.  And you know, for an athlete to admit any kind of pain it's bad.  She called her doctor in to give some shots which she was saving for the Olympics.

Their Paso Doble was powerful, perhaps too much.  It started with Hope chained at the wrists.  Yes, Hope has come out of her shell but now she has an attitude. Hmmmm.

Len said she had attitude and aggression,but there was so much aggression and attaack it lacked finesse and control.  (I actually agree with Len????)
Bruno said she was unchained and untamed, but that she went so far she lacked artistry.  He pointed out that control is as important as energy.
Carrie Ann told her she had the character of the dance in the zone, but that in the holds she lost the shaping.  She said the character took over.  

Carrie Ann:  7
Len: 7
Bruno: 7
Total: 21

JR and Karina 1-800-868-3410

JR got hurt during rehearsal of their Paso Doble.  He landed wrong and rolled his ankle.  It was not a pretty sight.  Karina refused to let him run the dance any more because he was limping.  Ice and wrapping.  It definitely effected his performance.  He pushed through it and gave it all he had.  I could tell how much it effected him physically and mentally.

Bruno said he could feel the thrill and excitement of the chase. He warned him about posture(due to his injury) and how it wasn't quite there. He said the performance wasn't as good as usual.
Carrie Ann said she gave him so much credit for attacking that with a hurt ankle, but she agreed that the posture did suffer.
Len gave the "Certain dances suit you other don't." speech and mentioned the posture as well.  Then he said the dance was more Zero, than Zorro! Dang, Len!  Way to kick a guy when he is down!

Carrie Ann:  8
Len: 7
Bruno: 8
Total: 23

Rob and Cheryl 1-800-868-3402

Rob and Cheryl are dancing the Samba.  In the weeks past, Rob has been told to tuck in his butt.  And now Cheryl is telling him shake it.  Work it. And he did.  He did great.  They came out on a float.  And danced a great Samba.

Carrie Ann shouted, "Who are you???" She thought the float strange was a beginning, but that the dance was fantastic.
Len said his first thought was:   Oh no a float!  and then it was OH YES!
Bruno called it Beyond the rainbow exceeding all expectations!  

Carrie Ann:  10
Len :9
Bruno 9
Total: 28

Rikki and Derek 1-800-868-3411

Another Samba from Rikki and Derek.  And it was a good one.  Rikki is good. 

Len said there were No chains, no floats, no funny costumes, just  straight into the dance, and it  Fabulous fabulous fabulous! "You've just taken a giant step into the finals!!"
Bruno called it  Sizzling hot, bright and brilliant from beginning to end.
Carrie Ann said she saw her working your shoulders so hard!  It makes all the difference in the world!

CA:  10
Len: 10
Bruno: 10
Total: 30

Hope and Maks 1-800-868-3408

Hope's parents divorced when she was a child and her father tried to steal her brother and her from her mom, but even so she always felt safe with him and never has or had bad feelings about him.  He passed away in 07.

Len said that this dance was far better than Paso with clean lifts and that it was well done.
Bruno agrees saying it was much better and more control.
Carrie Ann said there was much more more fluidity but she didn't like the in and outs of the lifts but gave them credit for the ambitiousness of them. I thought the lifts looked awkward myself.  I simply tied it too Hope's height.

CA: 8
Len: 8
Bruno: 8
Total: 24 with a 45 out of 60

JR and Karina 1-800-868-3410

His mother taught him from a young age to always smile no matter what life throws at you.  It has given him the best attitude.  She also told him after his accident that the girl who will love him, will love JR for JR.  He joined the armed forces for college funds at age 19, as most young men and women do, not thinking he might be deployed to a dangerous place.  And he was.  He was in a terrible accident, but he survived and is quite the inspiration!

The Argentine Tango is very precise, has sharp moves and lots of lifts.  This is not a great dance to do with a bum ankle.  He manages though.  However at the end, you can see the pain in his face.  He's hurting.

Bruno said he was strong and fearless and that he did an incredible job.
Carrie Ann said there is a true fire burning and that it was truly fabulous  the way he handled the mounts and dismounts of the lifts.
Len said there was mood, intensity and that he came back strong.

Carrie Ann:  9
Len: 9
Bruno: 9
Total: 27/50/60

Rob and Cheryl 1-800-868-3402
Rob was 16 when his dad died.  His sisters used to dress him up in their clothes and make up and his picture. They showed a picture. Poor kid.  When he first started this show he was such a punk. I couldn't stand him. And out of all of them, he has grown and changed the most.  It's amazing. And not only that.  He has learned how to dance!!! 
Carrie Ann that there is no way to fake good dancing and that there was no faking involved.  She said it was good strong dancing. " I want to see it in the finals."
Len said that on DWTS it's not where you start, it's where you finish.  "And you're finishing strong."
Bruno said that he started as a goofy outsider and now he is a leading man. Slick, dark, in control. 


CA:  9
Len: 9
Bruno: 9
Total: 27/55/60

Rikki and Derek 1-800-868-3411

Rikki Lake was molested as a child.  She was molested in her own home she said, by whom she did not say.  But this girl is a fighter.  And I like her now more than ever before.

Their dance is amazing.  First of all, she is totally paranoid about "breaking" Derek when he lifts her.  She still thinks of herself as big or fat.  Girl, look at yourself!  And Derek is strong.  He lifts her like she weighs next to nothing.  That comes from two things:  skill and trust!

lLen said it was a lovely contrast of movement.  He said the lifts were just part of the dance.  "It was really really good."
Bruno said he was totally transported and that  the moving was spot on and the dancing was fearless!
Carrie Ann said she could see the core strength, and added that she  always had the passion now she's got the pop!

CA:  9
Len: 10
Bruno: 10
Total: 29/59/60

Cha-Cha Relay

In this dance, the couples each dance a segment of the Cha-Cha and the scoring goes: 4, 6, 8, and 10.  Obviously, you want that 10.

Len described the whole night beautiful meal. And said his winner is not going to be their winner.
Bruno said Everybody did a fantatstic show.  The margin is so small!
Carrie Ann said it was good to see them all dance in the relay to see who could what.  And she said it was a surprise.

Hope and Maks 49 4th
JR and Karina 56  3rd
Rikki and Derek 67  2nd
Rob and Cheryl 65   1st

Going home:  Hope and Maks
Next Week:  The finals and potentially FOUR dances!


MiMi said...

I'm not watching this season, but it's always fun to read your posts and see who is where. :)

mormonhermitmom said...

So who do you think should win?

Emmy said...

I actually watched this one! Though I didn't watch the results so good to know.
I hope Riki and JR are the final two- not sure which I want to win more I like them both

Nicole said...

My mother in law loves Ricki & JR.

Missy said...

Definitely think it was time for Hope to go.