Nov.4 / 2014

Dancing With The Stars Week 8: Dynamic Duos and Dance-Offs

It was Dynamic Duo night, which meant the DWTS team had to come up with a theme during a week that doesn’t have a holiday. We saw dance-offs, Mark bash Len, and a clean-shaven Val. It’s been a weird week. Find out what happened on Week 8 of Dancing With The Stars below!

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Couple That Need Acting Classes: Lea and Artem

Lea and Artem awkwardly took acting classes to get into synch for their roles as Bonnie and Clyde. They should have spent more time on the choreography. They had great characters, a great song, and jazz as their dance, three things that should have resulted in a great routine, but sadly didn’t. More creativity and less of Lea awkwardly wrapping her legs around Artem at the end would have been great.

Lea and Artem’s Scores: 8, 8, 8, 8

Crying Couple: Michael and Emma

For the second week in a row, rehearsals have left Emma in tears. Michael’s dancing has been leaving me in tears for much longer than two weeks. Michael hit more steps than ever with the couple’s Tarzan and Jane routine, but it seemed like his worst dance yet. I think that’s because we’re on Week 8 and this is nowhere close to a Week 8 routine.

Michael and Emma’s Scores: 6, 7, 6, 6

Couple Making Us Fall In Love: Janel and Val

Janel and Val performed as Romeo and Juliet because they have to be dating, right? Their contemporary routine was so beautiful I didn’t even notice that Val shaved his beard, which is super weird. Even Len loved it. This week definitely made up for the BS scores the judges handed out last week.

Janel and Val’s Scores: 10, 10, 10, 10

Couple In Fire: Tommy and Peta

I wanted so badly for Tommy’s dance as Johnny Cash to go well, but it was one of his worst. He was off timing in the beginning and never caught up or caught on. It was so disappointing and I feel like this was likely their last dance, which is not how they should go out. My only consolation is that seeing Tommy limp up the stairs after the dance likely means he’s ready for his time on DWTS to be done.

Tommy and Peta’s Scores: 6, 7, 7, 6

Couple Getting Biblical: Sadie and Mark

Sadie was excited to be dancing as Adam and Eve, but less exited that Mark had to grab her butt. Mark spent most of the rehearsal time complaining about Len and throwing his mic around. Not a lot of productivity on either end. It was my least favourite routine of theirs and just seemed like a lot of flailing and jerky movements without any grace or flow. Obviously, the judges felt differently.

Sadie and Mark’s Scores: 9, 9, 10, 10

Couple That Flies High: Alfonso and Witney

Alfonso flew in as Batman on a zipline for the couple’s exciting routine. These two are great to watch because you forget who is the pro and who is the Star. Everything was tight and in sync and makes me want to move to Gotham. Or be Batman.

Alfonso and Witney’s Scores: 10, 9, 9, 10

Couple We Love: Bethany and Derek

Bethany and Derek danced as Lucy and Ricky from I Love Lucy and did the best job of the night in terms of getting into character. They were in synch, they were fun, the dance was complicated and even though Carrie Anne said there was a mistake, I didn’t see it and really don’t care.

Bethany and Derek’s Scores: 9, 9, 9, 10

It’s time for the dance off and Janel and Val are safe with their perfect tens. The remaining couples are paired up and have to compete against another couple in one of four dance styles. The winning couple from each dance-off will be awarded three extra points. This is complicated.

Alfonso and Witney chose to dance against Lea and Artem, who then chose Jive as the dance style for the two couples. Complicated. Both couples were great, but there’s still something awkward about watching Lea dance and there’s nothing awkward about watching Alfonso.

Scores: 4 Votes for Alfonso and Witney

Sadie and Mark chose Bethany and Derek as their competitors, and Bethany and Derek chose the Cha-Cha-Cha as their dance. Sadie seemed to spend most of the dance posing, while Bethany was still in Lucy-mode and pulling faces during the entire routine. I expected more from both couples.

Scores: 2 Votes Sadie and Mark, 2 Votes Bethany and Derek (Len breaks the tie and votes for Bethany and Derek as the winners)

An injured Tommy along with partner Peta took on the Rumba against Michael and Emma. It was a good try from both couples, but an injured 76 year-old Tommy is still smoother than 51 year-old Michael Waltrip trying to be sexy.

Scores: 4 Votes for Tommy and Peta

Michael and Emma are finally voted off after weeks of Emma trying to work around Michael’s two left feet. A valiant effort from both, but I think we can all agree they’ve been dancing on borrowed time. Don’t miss the semi-finals next Monday at 8E/5P on M3!