Dancing With the Stars Season 6 Episode 0 (05/12/08)
Somehow, Marissa has made it to the semifinals. Let's see if she has any chance at staying...
Jason Taylor and Edyta Sliwinska (Foxtrot) - Len told Jason that he glided like a dolphin around the ballroom. Bruno thought that Edyta's hard work with her partner paid off. There was plenty of movement, and Jason was a true showman in this routine. Carrie Ann praised Jason's posture, content, and charisma. Score: 28 (9, 10, 9)
Marissa Jaret Winokur and Tony Dovolani (Quickstep) - Bruno thought Marissa started out like a locomotive and took off after that. He pointed out that she missed a jeté, though, and that those mistakes count even more at this stage. Carrie Ann was impressed that Marissa has turned into a contender for the title. Len acknowledged that the quickstep has a high level of difficulty because you need to maintain the hold throughout the performance. Although he wanted to see more body contact, he said the couple did a great job with a difficult and highly technical dance. Score: 26 (9, 9, 8)
Cristián de la Fuente and Cheryl Burke (Viennese Waltz) - Carrie Ann was glad that Cristián broke through his nerves during the performance. She enjoyed the movement and rotation. Len said that better content, movement, and mix of steps were going to earn better marks for the couple. Bruno loved that the partners played off one another so well, and thought the routine had a wow factor. Tom compared Cheryl's gown to a weather balloon. Score: 27 (9, 9, 9)
Kristi Yamaguchi and Mark Ballas (Tango) - According to Len, Kristi got the drama back with a performance that included great movement, hold, and posture. His only criticism was that the tango was a bit hectic. Bruno told Kristi that she squeezed every drop of drama, passion, and sex appeal out of the dance. Her footwork was phenomenal. Carrie Ann welcomed Kristi back to her position as queen of the dance floor. Their attempt at the tango featured way more emotion than their last routine. Score: 29 (10, 9, 10)
Jason Taylor and Edyta Sliwinska (Paso Doble) - Bruno said that Jason had strength and momentum, and thought he looked like a true matador. Carrie Ann commended him for having a lot of content and choreography in this routine. Their paso doble was well-executed. Len praised the attack in the dance, and declared that Jason was going up like the price of gas. Score: 27 (9, 9, 9).
Marissa Jaret Winokur and Tony Dovolani (Rumba) - Carrie Ann wasn't excited by the routine, and thought it wasn't at the semi-final level. Len defended Marissa by explaining that the rumba wasn't a "wow" dance, but that it required precision with technique and choreography. He thought Marissa did a fine job. Bruno disagreed with Carrie Ann as well, and said that Marissa sold the sexuality of the routine and sustained the right attitude throughout the dance. Score: 26 (8, 9, 9)
Cristián de la Fuente and Cheryl Burke (Samba) - Len told Cristián that he was hotter than a chili pepper. His injury made him focus and come out stronger than ever before. There were some issues with flat feet, but beyond that Len loved it. Bruno called Cristián's samba the rematch of the century. He truly made it a party dance. Carrie Ann thought the routine was reminiscent of Emmitt Smith, who just happened to be in the audience. Score: 29 (10, 9, 10)
Kristi Yamaguchi and Mark Ballas (Jive) - Bruno was thrilled with the routine, and told Kristi that she proved she can do it all. Carrie Ann could tell that their jive was extremely difficult, but thought Kristi and Mark were slightly out of sync. The jive is so fast that the timing is crucial. Len praised Kristi's rhythm, movements, and stop-and-go. On the down side, she looked stiff at times. Score: 28 (9, 9, 10)