Welcome to Season 19! I’m still not sold on the idea of a fourth judge, but Julianne’s doing pretty good so far. And can I say how much I love the fact we’re getting results shows for two weeks? I wish we got them back fulltime, but I’ll take what I can get.
Lolo and Keo: I had a feeling she was going home and I didn’t want her to just because I wanted to see more of Keo. He was so likeable in the package and seems like a great dancer from what I’ve seen. Too bad Lolo got thrown off. She had no musicality and just seemed to be going from move to move. And while I admire that she knew she botched it, I think there was a time she should’ve shut up and let the judges speak. Sorry, Lolo. See you in the finale!
Alfonso and Witney: I watched the first part of the results show with my mother as we ate dinner. And she watched Alfonso and Witney do their encore dance (which they deserved) and was like, “But he’s a dancer.” She felt a little disappointed that they had a dancer on. I named a whole bunch of other dancers. So, yes, I do admit Alfonso has an edge on the others. But I wouldn’t be surprised if it also proves to be a weakness, especially in some other styles. We’ll see. Otherwise, let the “It’s Not Unusual” countdown begin!
Sadie and Mark: Real life “Footloose” indeed. Apparently, Sadie’s school won’t let them dance. But she sure seemed like a natural on the dance floor. She and Mark danced well together. She also seems very likeable, so I imagine she’ll go far in this competition. She might even be the dark horse.
Bethany and Derek: I know a few people were groaning about how Derek got paired with a young contestant with a strong fanbase from her online videos. But Bethany didn’t seem to have any prior dance training. And she knocked it out of the park. There may have been a few flubs but I’m sure she’ll improve. I think she’s on board for the long haul.
Lea and Artem: I like Artem as well. And I’m glad he and Lea are sticking around another week. Her waltz was gorgeous and I hope this helps her leave out the dream that was squashed when she was told she was too “stocky” to be a ballerina.
Randy and Karina: He is another potential dark horse. Karina made a comment about how having an athlete didn’t work out so well for her last season but Randy is already proving to work out. He was light on his feet, he flowed with the music and it was just beautiful. Carrie Ann wasn’t the only one who needed a moment afterwards.
Jonathan and Allison: I have a feeling we’re going to listen to a lot of Mean Girls references during his run. And I have a feeling he’s going to have a long run. Both because he’s good and because his partner has a large fan following from So You Think You Can Dance. He just needs to chill out a bit. Anyway, countdown till they put him in pink even though it isn’t Wednesday!
Janel and Val: Holy crap is she good! She may help Val get his first mirrorball trophy (Please, oh please). I loved everything about her dance. Go Janel! You can only go up, I feel it!
Tavis and Sharna: I continue to love Sharna. But I’m not to sure about Tavis. On one hand, he did better than I thought. On the other, he still has a lot of work to do. But I think he’ll be able to do. Wow me, Smiley.
Tommy and Peta: This old stoner surprised me. He can move for someone of his age. And Peta knows how to choreograph for him. Shout to Cheech for driving his buddy to the dance floor!
Antonio and Cheryl: He did a good job for the first dance on the first show. The judges are right and he needs to work on his footwork, but I think he’ll last a few more weeks. Especially once word gets out that this could be Cheryl’s last season.
Michael and Emma: Please tell me I’m not the only one who finds him creepy. He seems to be trying to hard to be likeable while Bill Engvall—his friend—just exuded it. But he’s not too bad and Emma did work wonders with Bill. I think his personality might be his downfall before his dancing is.
Betsey and Tony: Oh, Betsey. She tried. She really did. I feel she moved better than Lolo, who just went through the motions. And Betsey was doing okay until the boa thing tripped her up. She’s also fun to watch, but I think even Tony knows the mirrorball isn’t in his future this season. I’ll be surprised if she makes it past next week. It’ll depend on how creepy Michael is, I bet.
So there it is—week 1! See you all next week!