First night with the new partners. First thing - I hated hated hated the 'all 10 do the same routine' for the solos. It probably didn't help that I didn't like the choreography on the solo, but oh well. That being said, I think Lauren nailed the solo. She was the ONLY one of the 10 that grabbed me from the get-go - and I watched them all 3 times. I got the SAME emotional reaction from her dance *every* time. Sabra came in a very close second, and Sara 3rd. Of the guys, only Danny really worked for me. And going a little bit backwards, Jaimie was criticized for having her mouth open during her dance. "catching flies", was how it was put - and I noticed it ONE time during her routine. And then NOTHING about Lacey. Lacey, who looked like she was fraking *chewing gum* through her samaba. Her mouth was ALWAYS open. She made faces, constantly, and *again* with the singing the song while she's dancing. Her technique is great, and if I could pay attention to her actual movement, I might like her better - but every time I watch her, all I see are the stupid faces, her mouth hanging open, and her singing the song. It just seems like the judges are pushing for her to win this thing. On to the partnering: Lauren & Pasha - hip hop - Lauren looked hot. Hot, hot hot. Pasha did it well, but he just didn't have the intensity and the clean movements that Lauren did. Great energy and movement, though. I liked the routine, and I'm starting to wonder if they look at the routines to decide order of performance - start always with a strong performance. Sabra & Kameron - contemporary - Sabra is just amazing. Just so strong and expressive. She outshone Kameron in this routine, but only because she's so good. On his own, I think his movements were very beautiful, but she just seemed to be part of the music. Lacey & Danny - samba - I liked Dmitry's choreography, and I was waiting for Danny to take his shirt off or something. My comments on Lacey are above. From the neck down, beautiful. If she would just stop making the faces. Danny is gorgeous. His performances are simply amazing. Jaimie & Dominic - viennese waltz - terrible choreography. If she WANTED to do a paso doble, she should've made sure they pulled paso doble. I really wanted to see Jaimie do the viennese, she just has such extension I think it would've been gorgeous to do a traditional waltz. I saw VERY few actual waltz moves in that dance, and I was disappointed. (notes taken as I was watching it - funny to hear Nigel say that he thought it looked like a paso doble too.) Sara & Neil - disco - great chroeography, great routine, so much fun to watch. And where Kameron's roundoff felt out of place in his number - Neil's backflip just *fit*. I really enjoyed watching this routine. Unfortunately, I'm going to miss what happens tomorrow night! Oops - forgot to do my picks. I think Jaimie & Dominic should go, based on tonight's performances, Kameron would be a close 2nd for the guys.