Our "Dancing with the Stars" expert Lenni G recaps a night of fabulous performances:
I got what I wanted - an incredible night of dancing from all four couples and some amazing life stories for each of the stars. Everybody did two dances - one ballroom, one Latin - and everybody was just plain fabulous.
William and Cheryl (right) started with a tango that really got the evening off right. Of course, Len wanted more "holds" but thought it was terrific overall. Bruno called William the "master of the house" and the "dictator of the tango." Carrie Ann affirmed that William is "more than just a pretty face." I would have added that the area below his face is pretty pretty too. This is one good looking, great dancing couple. Judges' scores - 9's from Carrie Ann and Len, 10 from Bruno for a total of 28.
Their samba was to die for. Bruno told William he "danced in the pleasure zone." For sure, Bruno. Carrie Ann, totally overheated, told him, "You had me at hello." Me too. Len had to admit he had never looked at a man's "bum" for so long. Really! I cannot remember any star who has done better Latin dances. OOPS MOMENT - After Cheryl's had a wardrobe malfunction ala Janet Jackson, Tom commented that "everybody came out to party." Judges' scores - 10's from all three for a PERFECT total of 30 and a grand total of 58 for the night.
Katherine and Mark did an amazing quick step that had it all. Bruno complimented Katherine on her amazing technique and energy, and loved the "razzle dazzle." Carrie Ann told her she brought her "A PLUS" game and thought it was the best dance ever on DWTS. Len announced, "You can dance," though he told her there was a "foot fault" early, which Mark took the blame for (and rightfully so.) Judges' scores - 10's from Carrie Ann and Bruno, 9 from Len for a total of 29. C'mon Len, it was Mark's fault, not Katherine's.
The couple's salsa was going along fabulously until the very end when Katherine suddenly stopped and appeared to be in pain. Unbelievably, at least for me, she apologized to Mark, and just about everyone else on the show, for making a "mistake." No way, Katherine, you were hurt! Anyway, Carrie Ann told her she did a fantastic job and really pushed through her boundaries. Len called her Katherine the Great, the world's Wonder Woman. Bruno felt she "unleashed her inner harlot." Judges' scores - 9's from all three for a total of 27 and a grand total of 56 for the night. One more thing - I have to make a comment on one portion of Katherine's life story. Who the Hell is this Gethin Jones person who broke up with her last December? What I do know is he's a total jerk and probably responsible for the fact that Katherine seems to lack self esteem at times. Just sayin'.
Donald and Peta did a gorgeous waltz for their first dance. Carrie Ann called it dreamy, emotional and mesmerizing, though she thought his footwork was off at times. Len said it took him back to a different era with its elegance, beauty and grace. Bruno noted that's it's hard to impress with a waltz but loved the way Donald showed a caring, gentle quality. I agree with Len who called Donald a "rough, tough, cream puff." Judges' scores - 9's from Carrie Ann and Len, 10 from Bruno for a total of 28.
Their samba was a real treat. All Len could say was, "I loved it." Bruno said they took a big risk with the choreography and won. Carrie Ann couldn't stop smiling about his "A PLUS" performance. Judges' scores - 10's from Carrie Ann and Bruno, 9 from Len for a total of 29 and a grand total of 57 for the night. Hey Len, you should have taken Aaron Rodgers' (Donald's QB) advice - "That was a 10, baby."
Have to add here that Donald's life story is so inspirational. Just proves again that anything is possible if you put your heart in it and, most importantly, have a wife like Donald's.
BEST PERFECT DANCE - Maria and Derek's Argentine tango. Len called it fabulous and was totally caught up in the whole thing. Bruno said it was "tailored, enticing, titillating, etc., etc., and utterly fabulous. Carrie Ann congratulated Maria on her amazing transformation over the season from average to outstanding dancer. Yep, the girl can definitely dance. Judges' scores - l0's from all three for a total of 30.
Their second dance was a jive featuring some of the most inventive choreo you will ever see. Huge props to Derek, AGAIN. Bruno loved the new steps, calling the routine "quirky, but good." Carrie Ann said it was another "stunner," telling Maria, "You are a winner tonight." Len found it clever, loved the rhythm and said it felt great with the music. Oh Yes! The music just happened to be Janelle Monet's incomparable "Tightrope" which fit perfectly. Judges' scores - 10's from Carrie Ann and Bruno, 9 from Len for a total of 29 and a grand total of 59 for the night.
Update: New reports this morning say that Katherine has been diagnosed with a reflectorical spasm in her lower back. I'm thinking this could mean she won't be able to continue to the finals next week due to this injury. That would be a huge bummer for her and for the rest of us who have so enjoyed her this season. Of course, since she did have the lowest total last night, there's always the possibility that she has not been voted through to the final. Tune in for the full story tonight.