Ahhhhhhh Motown Week! This is my type of music. I was born and raised in Detroit, not outside Detroit or near Detroit, but in the city, Southwest Side, Vernor and Springwells to be exact.
The best part of this week on the show is the actual Motown singers performing instead of the horrible regular band and singers from the show. This is the first time this has ever been done and hopefully not the last.
Smokey Robinson, Martha Reeves, The Temptations, can’t get much better than this.
Tonight is also Dance Marathon night. All couples will dance together on the floor to the same song and will be tapped on the shoulder when the judges want them to leave. The couple left at the end gets an extra 10 points added to their score. This is the third year for this and twice it was won by Derek and once by Maks.
Gladys and Tristan – Rhumba (My Girl): Love her purple outfit! I understand how she made it this far now, they needed her here for Motown week. But will it be her demise (finally!)? Doubt it. Her dancing wasn’t horrible, but it was very stiff and not very fluid for her being so full of Motown herself. Sevens across the board seems apropos.
Maria and Derek – Fox Trot (Jimmy Mack): From sexy to classy in one week, is not Maria’s specialty. Multiple mistakes during the performance mixed in with the fact that this is not a fox trot song. The judges however still enjoyed it and rewarded her with a score of 26.
Roshon and Chelsea – Rhumba (Cruisin’): This boy has sexy down pat. How the hell old is he?! This is definitely his best dance yet! WOW! I don’t know what else to say except I am feeling a little dirty watching this dance. Unfortunately the judges didn’t feel the same way. Scoring a 23 might not be bad depending on how he does in the marathon.
Katherine and Mark – Samba (I Can’t Get Next To You): She tied for first last week can she keep her lead? I didn’t recognize much “samba” during this routine, but then again I haven’t ever danced a day in my life. The judges loved her with Len dubbing her the “Midwife” because she “delivers every week”! A 29 again this week! I am surprised Len gave them a 9.
Donald and Peta – Fox Trot (The Way You Do the Things You Do): For the record this is one of my favorite Temptations songs ever. I enjoy watching Donald dance. He has fun whether he does well or not. Tonight he did well! The only criticism was that the choreography wasn’t “hard” enough! 9’s across the board has to make him happy.
Melissa and Maks – Viennese Waltz (Baby Baby): It has taken 5 weeks but finally Mad Maks has shown his face. He has been so easy going in the tape pieces up until now. I love that Melissa called out the producers for only showing the mean parts this week. Let’s see if bringing out the enforcer will help Melissa improve. I think it did. Of course we all know my opinion only counts on here. The judges gave her all 8’s which are better than the 7’s she has been receiving.
Jaleel and Kym – Cha Cha (Ain’t too Proud to Beg): Not only did he do a great job tonight but he looked like he had a helluva good time doing it. There is no doubt in my mind that he will NOT be in the bottom 2 tomorrow night. That dance duel last week must have scared the shit out of him! With a reward of 29 from the judges Jaleel was finally rendered speechless.
William and Cheryl – Rhumba (Being With You): Hmmmm the “Latin Lover” dancing a sexy rhumba. Duh YES PLEASE! Although there wasn’t much actual dancing happening and when there was it was mostly Cheryl doing the moves. But dayum this man is hot. Unfortunately for William Len is not as easily swayed as Carrie Ann and Bruno are. His 27 doesn’t put him at the top of the leader board but he has the votes behind him.
Dance Marathon: Everyone is dancing the Cha Cha, one by one each couple will be tapped out by the judges. They will then have the points earned during the marathon added to their initial dance score for the evening.
I will be listing them by who goes out first to last.
8th 3 points – Gladys and Tristan
7th 4 points – Maria and Derek (HUGE SURPRISE HERE!)
6th 5 points – Roshon and Chelsea
5th 6 points – Melissa and Maks
4th 7 points – Donald and Peta
3rd 8 points – Jaleel and Kym
2nd 9 points – William and Cheryl
1st 10 points – Katherine and Mark
As I wrote earlier this Dance Marathon has only ever been won by Maks and Derek, so to see them out so early is a big surprise.
I see Roshon and Gladys in the bottom, with Roshon going home. How about you?
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