What a frustrating night.
Worked late and had a late dinner and barely got home in time to watch the show and vote.
Judges: Nigel, Mary Murphy, Cicely and Olisa
Once again, applying the "let's watch that again" rule, do you want to run the TiVo back and see the performance again, my top couples were:
Ryan and Heidi with Alex da Silva's cuban rumba
Benji and Donyelle with Brian Friedman's pop/jazz routine
All others made me want to tear my hair out, wishing that some other couple had drawn that routine or that the one dancer that I really liked was dancing with someone else.
Individual thumbs up to these members of the class of 'damn I wish you were dancing with someone else':
The 'this ain't working for me' department:
Jaymz and Jessica
Martha and Travis
The 'holy crap you drew the wrong dance this week' award goes to: Natalie and Musa
Jaymz and Jessica brought back my Season One bugbear of really not liking contemporary despite its similarities to other stuff I'm familiar with. There were individual moments in tonight's performance that I liked, but every time the two of them have to touch each other, I see them making some fiddly little adjustment because the timing is off or the spacing is off. The transitions are never the smooth, effortless unbroken flowing move from one to the next that makes you go WOW. There is always a seam. And every week, the judges don't see the seam. I just can't feel a connection between them when they have to pause and adjust, pause and adjust. It breaks the mood. Oh, well.
Note to Jessica: there is more to dancing than flinging your hair about. I'm just saying.
I get the feeling that I might actually like J&J with the right choreography. Then I see them and say: well, that wasn't it.
Ivan gets a tip of the hat for improving, I guess, but eh.
The go-home signal goes to: Alexandra. Jeez, her waltz was awful.
Here's Dimitry doing his manly-ballroom thing, and the choreographer is setting up a backstory which is made for them, the first meeting, falling-in-love at first sight -- and she's out there stiff as a board.
Musa and Natalie had a horrible time with the quickstep, but at least they got the character parts right. You knew that even if they couldn't do the steps well, they at least had a clue about what the music was about.
Alexandra didn't even try.