Our "Dancing with the Stars" correspondent Lenni G has a recap of last night's show -- and she's not happy with judge Len Goodman!
Lenni G:The six remaining couples did two dances last night - a traditional format for round one and a trio routine for round two, which featured the star and two pros dancing together. As usual, I'll start with our home girl, Kellie Pickler.
Round One - Kellie and Derek's Viennese waltz was just way beyond gorgeous. Bruno called it a "thing of beauty." Len said it was sophisticated, lovely and lyrical. Carrie Ann said Kellie finally went beyond just doing the steps and brought pure emotion to the dance. Yes she did, CA, yes she did. Judges scores - 9's from Carrie Ann and Len, 10 from Bruno for a total of 28.
Trio Round - Kellie, Derek and guest pro, Tristan, did an incredible paso doble. I really mean it - it was in-freaking-credible. Bruno called it, "Masterpiece Theater," pointing out the high art and high drama. Carrie Ann gave our girl a huge hug, telling her she was totally into the dance, and just "FANTASTIC."
And then, this happened: Len said he "expected more," which I thought would be followed by, "and I got it." But no, Super Grump Len continued his negative rant saying, "It was a hodgepodge of moves, flashing lights and crashing music." Carrie Ann and Bruno went off on Len just like I would have, had I been there. I so wish I had been there. And, Len wasn't done yet - after Bruno and Carrie Ann gave the routine 10's, Len pulled out the 7 paddle. I was just incredulous as was everyone else. What were you watching, Grump? You know that was a 10 and should have been a perfect 30. So, taking the two rounds together, Kellie scored a total of 55 for the night. Shame on you, Len. Moving on ...
Zendaya and Val started the night with a really good fox trot. Len said it was an amazing performance. Bruno called it, "pure, graceful, light and breezy." Carrie Ann felt it started slowly but then just "took her breath away." Judges scores - 9's from Bruno and Carrie Ann, 10 from Len for a total of 28.
Trio Round - Zendaya, Val and guest pro, Gleb, danced the salsa to die for. Len said Zendaya was the real star of the three dancers. Bruno found it, "amazing, sizzling and dazzling. (Note the clever use of words with "z's".) Carrie Ann called her the queen of salsa. Yep, she is. Judges scores - 10's from all three for a perfect 30 (the first perfect score of the season) and a grand total of 58 for the night.
Sean and Peta's tango didn't get it for me or the judges. Bruno though it started well and and then went downhill from there. Carrie Ann pointed out Sean's inconsistency and the fact that, once again, he lost rhythm and musicality. Len's final word was that it was, "Ugly." Now that's harsh. Judges scores - 7's from all three for a total of 21.
Trio Round - Sean, Peta and guest pro, Sharna, did a jazz number that, as Bruno said, mixed the "magic of the girls with the tragic of Sean. Carrie Ann said it was, "out of sync." Totally. Len said Sean's attack was in, but his style was out. Way out. Judges scores - 7's from all three for a total of 21 and a grand total of 42.
Jacoby surprised again in his Viennese waltz with Karina. Carrie Ann called it stunning and smooth. Len said, "I was looking and you were cooking." Bruno said he was just as happy as Jacoby's Mom. And yes, Mom was in the audience again showing off some really good moves of her own. Judges scores - 9's from all three for a total of 27.
Trio Round - Jacoby, Karina and guest pro, Cheryl, did a hugely dynamic paso doble. Carrie Ann told Jacoby he really took care of his women. Len commented on his fantastic presence and the fact that he has gone from "pretender to contender" in the competition. Bruno thought it was, "Raw, powerful and untamed." Judges scores - 8's from Carrie Ann and Bruno, 9 from Len for a total of 25 and a grand total of 52.
Ingo and Kym's fox trot ending up being really good despite a really shaky rehearsal week for Ingo. Len loved his ease of movement. Bruno said he went "flat out on the fox trot. Carrie Ann compared his casual dancing quality to that of Gene Kelly. Oh my. Judges scores - 9's from Carrie Ann and Len, 10 from Bruno for a total of 28.
Trio Round - Ingo, Kym and guest pro, Lindsay, did a really nice jive. Len called it, "Full on fun." Bruno loved the great energy, but felt it need to be sharper and tighter. Carrie Ann said it brought back "Andy Fun," as in entertaining star dancer, Andy Dick. Judges scores - 8's from all three for a total of 24 and a grand total of 48.
Aly showed just how far she has come this season in her Argentine tango with Mark. As Carrie Ann said, she has become a "focused, fiery and passionate dancer." Len loved the mood and the seductive atmosphere of the dance. And I'm with Bruno here who said, "I had no idea you (Aly) could be so good at being bad." Yes! From Olympic gymnast to harlot - Wow! Judges scores - 9 from Carrie Ann, 10's from Len and Bruno for a total of 29.
Trio Round - Aly, Mark and guest pro, Henry, did the jive and did it well! Carrie Ann once again pointed out how consistent and truly competent Aly has become as a dancer. Bruno thought it was a terrific number. It was. Len also commented on how much she has grown. Judges scores - 9's from all three for a total of 27 and a grand total of 56.
My biggest wish for tonight's results show - Kellie, Derek and Tristan doing an encore of their paso doble. Wouldn't that just frost Super Grump's cake!