The fourth episode of DWTS brought a 46-piece orchestra to the stage along with a rock violinist (David Garrett) and opera singer (Katherine Jenkins) for "classical week."
It seemed like it should be boring since part of what I love about the show is the fun pop music, but wow, was I wrong. This was the best episode so far. Between the Paso Doble and the Viennese Waltz set to intense live music, emotion and passion were the orders of the evening and they were there in abundance.
Normally, the waltz is my least favorite of the dances, but accompanied by the orchestra, it really worked. These were PERFORMANCES tonight. The main story of the night was that many of the dancers found themselves in roles they aren't used to playing.
For instance, Petra Nemcova, the perpetually sweet and lovely model, had to channel the very mean and intense character of the Paso Doble. Now, even though her dance appealed to the judges, it didn't work for me.
I'm not a big fan of the waltz, but I found Ralph Macchio's very grown-up and emotional interpretation of it to be perfect and I actually bought it. The judges seemed to as well and for once we were on the same page.
Kendra Wilkinson may be a generally fun and likable person, but as a "dancer," she has one dimension. I get the sense that if there were a stripper pole, she'd be fine, but without one, she always seems a bit lost.
Kirstie Alley is my new hero. After last week's fall, she got her own injury in her hip, which she refused to let slow her down. "I want the same choreography as you would give a 25-year-old," she insisted to Maksim Chmerkovskiy (whose bum is really kind of incredible, has anyone else noticed this?). Then she lost her shoe during the waltz!
The "Queen of the Unexpected Mishap" is what Carrie Ann Inaba called Alley. Indeed, she is. But she always gets back up and she laughs about it and she has a great sense of humor about herself and everything. She is by far my favorite in terms of attitude.
Actually, this season is very hard to pick a favorite. I love Hines Ward for his dancing. He is just SO good and nails every character and movement. It's hard to believe he is a football player. He seems so natural on the dance floor.
I love Chelsea Kane for her talent. I think she is the best of the season in terms of just raw talent. When she dances, I want to drop everything and watch.
I love Kirstie Alley for her awesome attitude, spunk, and resilience. I love Sugar Ray Leonard for his energy and smile and I love Ralph Macchio for just about everything.
The producers really went overboard to make up for last season's controversy by making this cast one of the most likable and equally talented. Hard choices ahead, but my money is on Kendra going home.
Who do you think will go home?
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