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Erin Andrews and Maksim Chmerkovskiy

Erin Andrews and Maksim Chmerkovskiy


Dance: Argentine Tango

Scores:
Len Goodman
Carrie Ann Inaba
Bruno Tonioli total score
10
9
9
28


Judges' Comments:


Len: Erin, you dirty dirty girl. I absolutely loved it!

Bruno: (to Maks) You're a luck fire hydrant. I never knew you could be so bendy. That extension on that back bend was incredible. You were on fire!

Carrie Ann: That was so hot, I can't even tell you. Erin, finally a dance that showcased one of your most beautiful assets..your legs were phenomenal, you were daring, you were committed to the character even more than ever before. It was fantastic...it was truly beautiful.



Dance: 80's Rumba

Scores:
Len Goodman
Carrie Ann Inaba
Bruno Tonioli total score
8
8
9
25


Judges' Comments:


Len: I liked this part up on the stage. I thought you had great hip action, and I thought overall the mix of steps was great. The whole thing was jerky..you've got like a jerky action and it...I do not lie...you got to smooth it out a little bit more, but I liked it.

Bruno: Well I think you two make great music together. .....a spicy b!tchy Madonna feel to it. And you know, you played it....and I liked it very much. Your extensions are getting better and better. you're dancing better and better and I think you should be in the final.

Carrie Ann: OK, I believe what your friends are telling you...you should be right up there equal with Evan and Nicole. The reason why you're not, and I'm telling you this to be constructive, is because you do doubt yourself. On the front, you're up there on stage...you are beautiful, and you move beautifully, and when you're doing something that's simple you should love every minute of it. OK? I want to see that.


Evan   Lysacek and Anna Trebunskaya


Dance: Waltz

Scores:
Len Goodman
Carrie Ann Inaba
Bruno Tonioli total score
9
9
9
27


Judges' Comments:


Len: Well, Evan, to be honest I am not sure if I liked it or not. It's one of those dances I'd like to watch it again because I didn't like the roley-poley stuff on the floor, and one or two of those other things were not my cup of tea. However your posture is great, you've got lovely movement around the floor. By in large your footwork's good so, I'm in a state of flux. I'll make a decision before I give out the score.

Bruno: A narrative point.. Romeo and Juliette re-awaken. You know it was just the romance of the story established at that moment. And your lyrical lines, the purity and beauty of your top half really is something to behold. You produce some lines that are exquisite.

Carrie Ann: No question your lines are impeccable and from afar to watch them you just get mesmerized by the lines. But when I look closer, really Evan, you have to lose yourself in the moment. The movements are there...I know what you're trying to express, but I don't know if you're really there yet, and the next dance when you come out, whatever you're trying to express, I want you to lose yourself completely in in, ok.




Dance: Futuristic Paso Doble

Scores:
Len Goodman
Carrie Ann Inaba
Bruno Tonioli total score
8
9
9
25


Judges' Comments:


Len: Well, we've learned that Evan has had a bit of luck here, because for me Evan, your Latin generally lacks a bit of rhythm, and there you are coming out ina futuristic dance as a robot. So you haven't got to be loose and liquid. So I'm stuck here because you pitched the futuristic great. As a Cha Cha Cha I wasn't over struck because it lacked a lot of the fluidity that I wanted to see. So again you've confused me.

Bruno: The evening of eternal confusion. But for me it was clear...it's Mr. Spock meets Barbarella in Cha Cha Trek, The Next Generation....in 3D! It couldn't be more futuristic, and if those two ever met in planet "I Don't Know Where", that is what they would do as a Cha Cha Cha. I thought it was very inventive and very creative and I liked it.

Carrie Ann: I actually thought that this time you were much more committed to your character. I have to say that I agree with Len, but I kind of disagree also. I thought that it was perfectly lucky that you got the futuristic Cha Cha Cha because stylistically the stiff movement is what you were going for and I thought that it worked well.

Niecy   Nash and Louis van Amstel


Dance: Viennese Waltz

Scores:
Len Goodman
Carrie Ann Inaba
Bruno Tonioli total score
8
7
8
23


Judges' Comments:


Len: Niecy, I'm pleasantly surprised. It had a lovely floaty quality to it, your posture was good, it had nice movement about...your arms...I thought you had a lesson from Harold Wheeler. I must say your carriage was gorgeous...in fact it went so high I am surprised you could hear the music.

Bruno: Niecy, I know in the Viennese Waltz you are supposed to cover the dance floor, but about polishing it, I'm not sure. I can see my reflection on it. Very very pretty at the beginning: great movement. You have to watch it though, because at time you were swinging you arms. You look like you were chased by a swarm of wasps....it was a tiny little thing in an otherwise good performance.

Carrie Ann: We're heading into the semi finals next week and we're watching everything. We're looking for those who are gonna make it. There was a little bit too much push and pull going on. I felt like your body weight was being pulled and pushed. Your body contact was fantastic, but the push and pull was strange and I thought the transitions were not quite there. You really need to work on your transitions if you want to continue forward because I love watching you dance. There is so much joy, but really, the transitions are what make a superstar.



Dance: 90's Paso Doble

Scores:
Len Goodman
Carrie Ann Inaba
Bruno Tonioli total score
6
7
7
20


Judges' Comments:


Len: Niecy, you got through the routine but this is week 8 and getting through the routine really isn't good enough. Everyone has a dance that really doesn't suit their personality, and I think the Paso Doble was the dance that just didn't suit you.

Bruno: Oh, Niecy, you scary Mama. You threw yourself into this, didn't you. But I think you throw yourself into it a bit like an avalanche... you never knew if it was going to end up in disaster. It's a very difficult dance. It requires power and it requires a lot of control and there was hardly any. A lot of the time you looked unsteady...the Spanish lines were not there, and it's difficult to do. You've got two dances, they're very very very demanding and this wasn't very good.

Carrie Ann: OK, first of all I give you a lot of credit, because we've always been pushing you to give us more...a more dynamic routine; more difficult routines. I definitely felt you did your most ambitious routine yet. But, ok, this is where we are, and you did two routines, and I feel at the beginning...it felt like bumper cars, you were bumping into each other. Just the balance of the power between you guys was out of whack tonight. and I'm really sorry because I was looking forward to that.


Chad   Ochocinco and Cheryl Burke

Dance: Tango

Scores:
Len Goodman
Carrie Ann Inaba
Bruno Tonioli total score
7
7
7
21


Judges' Comments:

Len: Well, you know learning one dance in a week is tough, but learning two dances in a week really shows up any imperfections, because you haven't got the time to polish and refine the dance....you gotta get on with the second dance. Unfortunately, that's what happened Chad. I thought you had attack and good movement. It needed a little bit more polish: a bit more refinement.

Bruno: What you did, you really went for the emotional involvement, and that is good in this dance: it requires that, but obviously it has to be slicker. Tango is a very precise dance and sometimes your footwork and your frame and your hold went a little bit. But the emotional commitment was right.

Carrie Ann: I loved the attack: I loved the attention. There is definitely something growing here, and I see great potential, and it's still coming out and each week I see something more. But your posture in this one was still funky and without that base it's really hard to get the dance to come together and be a unit, so that is what's missing. So next time in your Jive, I want to see even more; I want to see that same attack but a lot more fun.


Dance: 60's Jive

Scores:
Len Goodman
Carrie Ann Inaba
Bruno Tonioli total score
8
8
8
24


Judges' Comments:


Len: It was high energy; it was fun; it was entertaining. There wasn't a lot of kicks going on, which I'm glad about because the few kicks you did do were terrible, but I thought it was good. Well done.

Bruno: Chad you definitely pimped that Jive. I don't know what ? you Cheryl, but what are you doing tonight after ten? You're gonna be very very busy. It's great to see you smile. When you smile and have a good time, the whole thing changes. That's the way to go. Len is right..a little bit more kicks and flicks, but that's the way to go.

Carrie Ann: I thought it was great...you got the groovy...you got the go go thing going on. I loved the...the energy was a little wild at times, but I thought it suited the dance perfectly. This was, I think, one of your better dances tonight.


Nicole Scherzinger and Derek Hough

Dance: Foxtrot

Scores:
Len Goodman
Carrie Ann Inaba
Bruno Tonioli total score
9
10
10
29

Judges' Comments
:


Len: Well, you've taken a Foxtrot...you've taken a Michael Buble song , beautifully sang may I say, and you've turned it into an enchanting love story. It's, you know, irresistible. In hold, lack of body contact, spoiled it a little bit for me, but what a great dance.

Bruno: One and a half minutes of pure dancing joy. That was like a jewel created by a master, I salute you.

Carrie Ann: Well, first of all Nicole, it is nice to see you smiling again. I was worried that you were going to get lost in the seriousness of the competition. So tonight you're smiling and dazzling and you're just defying my imagination. I think I know where you going to go, you go in another direction. What I love about you guys is you're not phoning it in...you so could easily phone it in with your skills..you're not. You're challenging yourselves every step of the way. You're in it to win it.


Dance: 50's Paso Doble

Scores:
Len Goodman
Carrie Ann Inaba
Bruno Tonioli total score
10
10
10
30


Judges' Comments: