'DWTS' Recap: J.R. Martinez's Sultry Samba Steals the Night
"Dancing with the Stars" contestants embraced the 1980s style and music on this week's performance show. Hope Solo opened the Monday, October 17 episode with a tango she danced to Bon Jovi's "Livin' On a Prayer". Bruno Toli said, "You were strong, sexy and powerful!" Carrie Ann Inaba agreed, but added that "it's almost like you attacked it so hard that some of your lines got a little awkward. Sometimes you have to learn that less is more." Hope scored 24 out of 30.
Carson Kressley came out next, dancing the jive to "Wake Me Up Before You Go Go" by Wham!. He still did not master the technique, but Len Goodman believed Carson will be back next week if he was judging with his heart. Bruno saw the performance "loopier than a looney tune", but praised Carson for being able to "squeeze so much wacky fun out of a minimal jive." He got 19 which marked the weakest performance of the night.
Nancy Grace danced the rumba to "True" by Spandau Ballet. Being a little tough with her comment, Carrie Ann said, "It was nice. It was appropriate,... but I want to see real passion when you're dancing." In contrary, Len thought "it was simple, but it was very effective." Bruno was on the same side with Len, stating, "I thought you pitched it exactly right tonight. It was sensuous, it was sexy, it wasn't slutty." The judges gave her 22.
J.R. Martinez danced the samba to Gloria Estefan's "Conga" and soon the night belonged to him. Len declared that from now on he will tell other guys to look at J.R. if they ask how a man should dance a samba. Bruno gushed, "You were like a loin-shattering sex machine! The Kardashians are gagging!" while Carrie Ann simply called it amazing. The actor earned 28 which was the highest point of the night.
When Rob Kardashian danced the rumba Lionel Richie's "Hello", Carrie Ann was amazed by how he was "totally in control" of his female partner Cheryl Burke. Len's comment was similar as he said, "You took command in that dance," with Bruno adding that it was a "very sentimental" and "great performance." Rob scored 25.
Chaz Bono danced the samba to Kool & The Gang's "Get Down on It". He was still not a really good dancer, but Carrie Ann said she saw the most dancing he did during the competition. Len credited his "gallant effort", while Bruno said Chaz did very well although not as good as J.R. The judges gave him 21.
David Arquette danced the tango to Soft Cell's "Tainted Love" which has a great '80s feel, according to Len. Bruno stated, "That was a tango with a rebel yell! That's the way to go - in charge!" Carrie Ann advised him to work on his musicality but she still saw him as a contender. David got 25.
Performing the last, Ricki Lake danced the foxtrot to Phil Collins' "Easy Lover". She fell down from last week's performance as Bruno noted, "You can't be a genius every week." Len said her "footwork was a little bit hit-and-miss," before adding, "It wasn't your best dance, but it wasn't your worst." She earned 24.
The result of this performance show will be announced on Tuesday, October 18. The Band Perry and Kelly Clarkson are tapped to perform.
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