I’d like to voice my objection to this elimination. As I said last week, there shouldn’t have been one—last week’s scores and last week’s votes eliminated Tavis. It wasn’t fair to Randy to use them to eliminate him. A fair option would’ve been to have no elimination and do a double one later on in the season. I usually don’t get mad at this show, but this was a low blow.
Randy and Karina: If a song was made for a paso, it’s the Rocky theme. And I love the paso but Randy’s failed to leave much of an impression on me. I did think it unfair they had to go first again and then were eliminated in a shady elimination. You deserved more, Randy. You deserved more.
Bethany and Derek: Their movie was Singing in the Rain and Derek put extra pressure on himself to honor Gene Kelly. Having his wife show up probably didn’t help. But he and Bethany did a beautiful dance that captured the whimsy of the movie and the iconic scene.
Janel and Val: They had West Side Story and it seemed they had some legal trouble. You’d think this is something DWTS’ producers would have cleared before assigning it to a couple. But Val managed to save the routine after being told they couldn’t use anything from West Side Story except the song. But he used some Jerome Robbins-esque moves which still managed to capture the feeling of West Side Story and Janel performed them exceptionally. It was early, but that perfect score showed the stress was worth it.
Tommy and Peta: Tommy chose Scent of a Woman due to the tango. I’m always amazed when Tommy hits the floor and can move. He and Peta had a great tango. But he’s really only so high up because Kevin Hart gave him a 10.
Alfonso and Witney: I must say, Austin Powers: Goldmember was a bit out there. But he and Witney made the most of it—combining the sixties feel of the movie with ballroom. Alfonso needs to work on his shoulders and he’ll be closer to the top again. And how cute was his “Mini-me.”
Jonathan and Allison: Mean Girls was probably a bit of a stretch as it had no real iconic music. Then again, I’m not too familiar with The Great Gatsby’s soundtrack either. But he and Allison had a great dance, set to a difficult tune, and this time I felt Jonathan had more to do. Good work!
Sadie and Mark: Corporate synergy! These two got Disney/Pixar’s Up. And Mark choreographed a beautiful Viennese Waltz, telling the story of Ellie and Carl. Sadie looked adorable in her outfit and the whimsy was perfect. I even liked Sadie rising away on balloons at the end.
Lea and Artem: Of course she did Back to the Future. I did like their little set up where Artem and Lea come back from the future to warn Artem and Lea that they missed the show so Artem and Lea take a DeLorean back to Monday. As for her cha-cha, it was good. I did notice when she and Artem missed the handhold and I feel it threw her off for a bit but she recovered. I believe in you, Lea!
Antonio and Cheryl: More corporate synergy! This summer’s big blockbuster, Guardians of the Galaxy, inspired Antonio and Cheryl’s dance. Which I really don’t recall. It just didn’t hold my attention. Sorry, guys. Better luck next week.
Betsey and Tony: These two did a contemporary dance set to “Unchained Melody” from Ghost. And Betsey continues to improve. Tony choreographs to her strengths and has always done beautiful with contemporary. It was beautiful.
Michael and Emma: I keep forgetting “Everything I Do (I Do It For You)” is from Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. Which was their movie choice (or more corporate synergy? Robin Hood is a character on Once Upon a Time). They did a nice dance but I still can’t believe Michael escaped elimination again.