Dancing With the Stars Season 6 Episode 0 (03/31/08)
A week after Penn Jillette and Monica Seles were sent home on Dancing with the Stars, who would impress and who would disappoint this week? On to the recap!
Marlee Matlin and Fabian Sanchez (Jive) - Len said that Marlee never ceases to amaze him. She delivered a fast, difficult routine with sharp movements. Bruno called her an incredible performer capable of connecting with the audience, but noticed some timing issues and unpolished underarm passes. Carrie Ann loved Marlee's attitude and chemistry with Fabian, and told her to watch her pancakey hands. Score: 21 (7, 7, 7)
Steve Guttenberg and Anna Trebunskaya (Tango) - Carrie Ann called the routine his best dance so far, and was glad that he respected the tone of the tango. She wanted to see more dynamics, though. Len said that the actor in Steve came out, that he respected the flavor of the dance, and had fantastic footwork. Bruno declared it the "revenge of the Gutte," and said Steve was mean and manly. Score: 21 (7, 7, 7).
Cristián de la Fuente and Cheryl Burke (Jive) - Bruno said that having a good time is what Dancing With The Stars is all about, and Cristián and Cheryl delivered. Len called it the actor's best dance so far, but had some major criticism. Cristián's legs were loose, and his free arm was hanging down. Carrie Ann said that he improves significantly every week, but agreed that his free arm was like a little claw. Score: 25 (8, 8, 9).
Mario and Karina Smirnoff (Tango) - Len admired Mario's flare, but called the performance a mess. He lacked posture, had terrible footwork, and didn't maintain a strong hold. He told Mario that he was "bitterly disappointed," which I thought was excessive. Carrie Ann said that Mario's style set him apart from the other dancers, but his routine didn't live up to their expectations of him. Bruno called Mario a charismatic performer, and acknowledged that the couple's tango wasn't as bad as the other judges said it was. Still, it wasn't up to his usual standard. Score: 21 (7, 6, 8).
Shannon Elizabeth and Derek Hough (Jive) - Shannon was so wiped out after the performance that she decided to sit down on the floor with Derek and Tom. Bruno loved that she didn't hold back, and praised Derek's use of challenging choreography. His one bit of advice was for Shannon to work on precision and control. Len called the routine a really good jive. Carrie Ann loved that Shannon always surprises the judges, since they get bored easily. Score: 24 (8, 8, 8).
Adam Carolla and Julianne Hough (Tango) - Adam complained about the wardrobe guys' choice to put Julianne Hough in a Sandy Duncan wig and long dress. Carrie Ann thought Adam looked sexy out on the dance floor, and mercifully skipped over any technical comments. Bruno said that Adam wasn't a master technician, but is improving. Len praised Julianne for making Adam look like a dancer. Score: 21 (7, 7, 7).
Marissa Jaret Winokur and Tony Dovolani (Jive) - Len thought the performance was too careful, but thought she did a few parts well. His advice was for Marissa to attack every dance. Carrie Ann was bored with the couple's jive, and wanted Marissa to put a little fight into her performances. Bruno called the dance a jive on cruise control. He expected more, considering Marissa's level of talent. Score: 19 (6, 7, 6). Ouch.
Priscilla Presley and Louis van Amstel (Tango) - Bruno dubbed the performance a "hot cougar tango," and said it was well-executed and beautifully acted. Len loved the fire and ice tone that Priscilla brought to the dance. Carrie Ann said the tango was an actor's dance, and that Priscilla was very believable. She warned Priscilla about watching her neck lines, though. Score: 26 (8, 9, 9).
Jason Taylor and Edyta Sliwinska (Jive) - Carrie Ann was amazed that a man of Jason's size could move so well. His lines looked fabulous, but he needed to open u phis upper body. Bruno called the jive "cool, yet restrained," and said Jason hit his lines like a natural. Len enjoyed the lines and the tricks, but disliked the rest of the routine. He compared Jason to a feather duster. Score: 23 (8, 7, 8).
Kristi Yamaguchi and Mark Ballas (Tango) - Len loved the routine, and praised Kristi's talent. He noticed that her head movements were a little off, though. Carrie Ann wanted Kristi to focus on her emotions more, since her technique is flawless. She didn't feel much while watching the couple. Bruno called the performance precise, clean, and clear, but wanted more emotional engagement. He urged Kristi to get dirtier, so she playfully slid her leg onto Mark during the judging. Score: 27 (9, 9, 9).