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Let's Dance in Germany is having their season 14 launch show today!  

 

Daniel Hartwich and Victoria Swarovski are returning as hosts.  Joachim Llambi, Motsi Mabuse and Jorge Gonzalez are returning as judges.  

 

Last season's pros returning: Marta Arndt, Robert Beitsch, Andrzej Cibis, Renata Lusin, Valentin Lusin, Kathrin Menzinger and Christian Polanc.  Also, Evgeny Vinokurov (last competed in season 12) and Vadim Garbuzov (last competed in season 11) are returning.  

 

Pros not returning: Isabel Edvardsson (pregnancy), Erich Klann, Nikita Kuzmin, Regina Luca, Massimo Sinato (wife is pregnant) and Alona Uehlin.  

 

New pros: Patricija Belousova, Malika Dzumaev, Alexandru Ionel and Pasha Zvychaynyy.  

 

Contestants:

 

Ilse DeLange: Singer-Songwriter & Former The Voice of Holland Coach

Kai Ebel: Sports Journalist

Senna Guemmour: Former Monrose Singer & Comedian

Rúrik Gíslason: Former Soccer Player

Jan Hofer: Former News Anchor

Mickie Krause: Singer

Vanessa Neigert: Contestant at Deutschland sucht den Superstar (Season 6)

Auma Obama: Sociologist & Half-Sister of Former US President Barack Obama

Valentina Pahde: Actress

Nicolas Puschmann: Prince Charming Personality (he will be in a same-sex partnership)

Kim Riekenberg: Model

Erol Sander: Actor

Lola Weippert: Radio Host & Television Presenter

Simon Zachenhuber: Middleweight Boxer

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Official Pairings:

 

Lola Weippert & Christian Polanc

Senna Guemmour & Robert Beitsch

Vanessa Neigert & Alexandru Ionel

Valentina Pahde & Valentin Lusin

Ilse DeLange & Evgeny Vinokurov

Auma Obama & Andrzej Cibis

Kim Riekenberg & Pasha Zvychaynyy

Nicolas Puschmann & Vadim Garbuzov

Erol Sander & Marta Arndt

Rúrik Gíslason & Renata Lusin

Mickie Krause & Malika Dzumaev

Kai Ebel & Kathrin Menzinger

Jan Hofer & Christina Luft

Simon Zachenhuber & Patricija Belousova

 

 

Scores from the Launch Show (out of 30): 

 

Valentina: 21 (7, 7, 7)

Rúrik: 18 (6, 6, 6)

Nicolas: 16 (6, 6, 4)

Simon: 16 (6, 6, 4)

Ilse: 14 (5, 5, 4)

Erol: 12 (5, 5, 2)

Lola: 12 (4, 4, 4)

Vanessa: 12 (5, 5, 2)

Auma: 11 (4, 5, 2)

Senna: 11 (4, 4, 3)

Jan: 10 (4, 4, 2)

Kim: 10 (4, 4, 2)

Kai: 9 (4, 4, 1)

Mickie: 9 (4, 4, 1)

 

I'll try to update the numbers if I find the rest of them.  

 

*Updated to include the exact scores.

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Week 1 Dances & Music

 

Lola & Christian: Quickstep to “Rama Lama Ding Dong” by Rocky Sharpe & The Replays

Auma & Andrzej: Waltz to “Natural Woman” by Aretha Franklin

Mickie & Malika: Cha-Cha-Cha to “Party Rock Anthem” by LMFAO

Vanessa & Alexandru: Salsa to “Tres Deseos” by Gloria Estefan

Ilse & Evgeny: Viennese Waltz to “One and Only” by Adele

Senna & Robert: Tango to “Shut Up” by The Black Eyed Peas

Nicolas & Vadim: Cha-Cha-Cha to “It’s Raining Men” by The Weather Girls

Jan & Christina: Cha-Cha-Cha to “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” by Elton John

Kim & Pasha: Waltz to “I’m Kissing You” by Des’ree

Valentina & Valentin: Tango to “The Kiss of Fire” by Louis Armstrong

Kai & Katherin: Quickstep to “Im Wagen Vor Mir” by Henry Valentino

Simon & Patricija: Viennese Waltz to “Keine Rosen” by Teesy

Erol & Marta: Tango to “Vier Jahreszeiten: Winter” by Antonio Vivaldi

Rúrik & Renata: Salsa to “Vivir Mi Vida” by Marc Anthony

 

Leaderboard:

1. Rúrik & Renata: 24 (8, 8, 8 )

2. Kim & Pasha: 23 (8, 8, 7)

2. Valentina & Valentin: 23 (8, 8, 7)

4. Lola & Christian: 19 (7, 7, 5)

4. Simon & Patricija: 19 (8, 7, 4)

6. Ilse & Evgeny: 18 (7, 6, 5)

6. Nicolas & Vadim: 18 (6, 6, 6)

6. Erol & Marta: 18 (7, 6, 5)

9. Senna & Robert: 14 (6, 5, 3)

10. Auma & Andrzej: 12 (5, 5, 2)

11. Jan & Christina: 10 (4, 4, 2)

11. Kai & Kathrin: 10 (4, 4, 2)

13. Vanessa & Alexandru: 9 (4, 4, 1)

14. Mickie & Malika: 7 (3, 3, 1)

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Thoughts:
 

Lola & Christian: Good potential, she’s even improved from last week.  Footwork looked pretty clean and she has musicality.  Her neck disappeared throughout the dance.  Good performer in both dances but they suited her bubbly personality, we’ll have to see how she does with the more serious dances.  

 

Auma & Andrzej: A little awkward overall but nice emotion.  Same neck problems as Lola and her arms and hands lacked fluidity.  

 

Mickie & Malika: Poor Malika, she was the standout of the new pros last week and she’s saddled with the worst contestant so far.  The contrast between her crisp, clean lines and his soft, sloppy movements was jarring.  He messed up quite a bit and didn’t even do the non-Cha-Cha, hip-hop moves well.  Both looked disappointed for different reasons in the reaction clip on Instagram, Mickie likely for the low score and Malika for having to dance with him.  

 

Vanessa & Alexandru: Wow is she stiff, she looked uncomfortable from the very first step.  Alexandru is giving me Gleb/Graziano vibes not only with his looks but with his over-dancing around her.  Not sure if her stiffness is his fault though, she wasn’t very good in the launch show either.  Instagram comments like his personality though so maybe he’s a Graziano.  

 

Ilse & Evgeny: First of all, best costume so far, she looks like Grace Kelly.  Lovely dance as well, she’s definitely a ballroom lady and Evgeny’s choreography was great.  Felt she was a bit better than Lola and deserved a point or two more but maybe Lola’s performance put her over the top.  Curious to see how she does in Latin under Evgeny’s tutelage, she was decent in the launch show but may have been overshadowed by Valentina and Rúrik.  

 

Senna & Robert: Dramatic start with Robert swiping the table.  Great acting from Senna and in hold, chin could be lifted a bit though.  A few awkward moments where she was trying not to get tangled in the footwork and lifts but overall some good potential from her.  Hoping she improves and takes Robert further than he’s gone in recent years.  

 

Nicolas & Vadim: They’re alternating who leads and who follows in this dance, I think they’re going to do that in all their dances.  Nicolas has a lot of promise as a dancer, great musicality and hand-placement is solid.  Little rough around the edges as expected for a first dance but already great chemistry with Vadim, they looked like they’ve been dancing together for years.  

 

Jan & Christina: Definitely not a dancer, he missed a lot of steps and his technique was very poor.  He’s very likable though and his partnership with Christina is very sweet.  Props to her for working so well with a duffer after last season with contender and now-boyfriend Luca.  Instagram really likes this partnership so Jan might be there for awhile even if he doesn’t improve.  

 

Kim & Pasha: Gorgeous, gorgeous, GORGEOUS arms from Kim, the Waltz really suits her.  Great frame and footwork as well and graceful throughout.  Kim & Pasha give me Abbey & Aljaž vibes and not just because of the song.  They also kind of remind me of Victoria Swarovski & Erich Klann (Pasha even resembles Erich a bit) but we’ll have to wait and see if Kim will be as versatile as Victoria.  Overall though, best dance so far and for Week 1 really impressive.  There are so many good pros named Pasha 😊.  

 

Valentina & Valentin: The two Vals are paired together 😄.  Very accomplished and intricate Tango for Week 1 but Valentina executed it well.  Great legs and use of them and great frame as well.  Only thing is that she was smiling in the beginning but that could be from nerves or Valentin grinning like a Cheshire Cat throughout the entire dance 😆.  Glad to see Valentin with another contender, he’s a great pro.  

 

Kai & Kathrin: Well Kai Widdrington he ain’t.  Clompy, stompy and slow, the complete opposites of a Quickstep.  Poor Kathrin, she had a real shot of winning last year with Tijan but they got the James Van Der Beek fate and were a shock elimination in the semifinals.  This year, just like Emma, she gets a partner with zero potential after a contender.  Don’t have much hope for Kai to last long.  

 

Simon & Patricija: Well that was a production!  Very upbeat performance from Simon, his facial expressions were a little exaggerated.  Good chemistry with Patricija though, she’s a very elegant and refined dancer.  Simon’s posture needs work, in and out of hold he was hunched a bit and his butt was sticking out.  His energy will be good for Latin.  

 

Erol & Marta: Very good leading from Erol, frame was solid for most of the dance.  Couple of times he seemed unsure and unsteady but mostly good.  Instagram is very happy to see Marta with a decent contestant, she’s the Emma Slater of Let’s Dance and rarely, if ever, gets a decent partner.  Her best result happened by accident when she replaced an injured Christina a few years ago and not only made the semifinals with her new partner, Giovanni, but also received her first ever perfect score with him for their first dance together.  So yeah, she’s long overdue a contender, not sure of Erol’s staying power but he has some potential so hopefully they make some progress.  

 

Rúrik & Renata: Christian may have won the privilege of choosing his partner, but Mr. and Mrs. (or to be more accurate, Herr und Frau) Lusin won the partner lottery this year with Valentina and Rúrik.  Explosive, hot salsa and lots of energy from Rúrik.  Hope he can do ballroom as well so we get a Lusin Final!

 

Personal Ranking of Dances:

1. Kim & Pasha

2. Rúrik & Renata

3. Valentina & Valentin

4. Nicolas & Vadim

5. Ilse & Evgeny

6. Lola & Christian

7. Erol & Marta

8. Senna & Robert

9. Simon & Patricija

10. Auma & Andrzej

11. Jan & Christina

12. Kai & Kathrin

13. Vanessa & Alexandru

14. Mickie & Malika


Eliminated:

 

Vanessa & Alexandru.  Senna & Robert were in the bottom three and Kai & Kathrin were in the bottom two.  Too bad for Alexandru, first year and first out, even poor ballroom pro Nikita survived last year’s first elimination.  Many on Instagram are more disappointed about him being eliminated than Vanessa. She just wasn’t a dancer and probably wouldn’t improve very much in the future so not disappointed to see her go.  Surprised that Mickie survived since a lot of people picked up on his cold partnership with Malika but I guess he’s probably more known than Vanessa.  

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Week 2 is starting!

 

Dances & Music

 

Ilse & Evgeny: Rumba to “Time After Time” by Eva Cassidy

Valentina & Valentin: Quickstep to “Whatever It Takes” by Milow

Rúrik & Renata: Viennese Waltz to “Powerful” by Major Lazer, Ellie Goulding, Tarrus Riley

Kai & Kathrin: Cha-Cha-Cha to “Sex Bomb” by Tom Jones
Auma & Andrzej: Salsa to “Quimbara” by Celia Cruz

Simon & Patricija: Cha-Cha-Cha to “Take You Dancing” by Jason Derulo

Nicolas & Vadim: Tango to “Breaking Me” by Topic, A7S

Erol & Marta: Cha-Cha-Cha to “You’re The First, The Last, My Everything” by Barry White

Mickie & Malika: Quickstep to “Help!” by The Beatles

Jan & Christina: Rumba to “Always On My Mind” by Elvis Presley

Kim & Pasha: Cha-Cha-Cha to “Head, Shoulders, Knees & Toes” by Ofenbach & Quarterhead

Lola & Christian: Tango to “Whatever Lola Wants” by Sarah Vaughan

Senna & Robert: Jive to “Einmal um die Welt” by Cro

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Scores & Review

 

1. Valentina & Valentin: 30 (10, 10, 10)

2. Rúrik & Renata: 27 (10, 9, 8 )

3. Auma & Andrzej: 23 (8, 8, 7)

4. Nicolas & Vadim: 21 (8, 7, 6)

4. Lola & Christian: 21 (8, 7, 6)

6. Ilse & Evgeny: 17 (6, 6, 5)

7. Simon & Patricija: 15 (5, 6, 4)

8. Kai & Kathrin: 13 (5, 5, 3)

9. Senna & Robert: 12 (5, 5, 2)

9. Erol & Marta: 12 (5, 5, 2)

11. Mickie & Malika: 11 (4, 4, 3)

12. Jan & Christina: 10 (4, 4, 2)

12. Kim & Pasha: 10 (4, 4, 2)

 

Simon & Patricija: Lots of energy just like last week, but a bit clumsy and clompy.  He needs to calm down and focus on the technique.  He and Patricija have great chemistry though.  

 

Auma & Andrzej: Much improved from last week.  She messed up the start of the footwork and a bit in the middle but overall pretty strong compared to last week.  

 

Nicolas & Vadim: Great choreography and sharp, staccato tango from Nicolas.  Posture and balance were a little off at times but he’s definitely a contender and one of the most natural dancers this year.  

 

Senna & Robert: She looked so lost for most of the dance.  Along with multiple mistakes, just overall very weak technique and little connection with Robert.  

 

Ilse & Evgeny: Nice movement mostly, little unsteady and her walk at the end didn’t fit the dance.  Solid performance.  

 

Erol & Marta: Heavy-footed, stiff and missed a couple steps.  Would it really kill the show to give Marta a Rúrik, Simon or just anyone young?

 

Kai & Kathrin: Oh god, David Hasselhoff flashback with this song.  Well, at least Kai wasn’t as cringey and Kathrin gave him more to do than Kym with David but still pretty bad technique.  

 

Lola & Christian: Good lines, mostly clean footwork and nice change of character from her last two dances.  Posture and core could still use some work but she’s on the right path.  One of the better dances so far.  

 

Mickie & Malika: I can’t, he’s so bad.  That was barely a Quickstep, the two or three times they were in hold his form was ghastly and looked like he just learned to WALK.  

 

Jan & Christina: First off, props to Christina once again; she’s really teaching Jan to dance with her and not taking the easy way out by dancing around him.  There was some improved footwork and hip action but his arms still lack musicality although I did appreciate him trying to do Rumba hands.  This wasn’t very good but definitely a point or two better than Mickie.  

 

Rúrik & Renata: Wow, I figured this would be a dramatic and sexy Viennese Waltz given the song and seeing it used for VW before.  Very dramatic moments but also some great moments in hold; he’s a very strong leading man who looked in control dancing with a powerhouse like Renata.  Not sure if it was a 10 like Jorge thought (he throws out high scores like candy) but a definite 9 for the beautiful moments in hold.  Haha they included the judges’ comments in the clip and while it wasn’t understandable being in German, there was a moment when the camera went to Valentina covering Valentin’s (Renata’s husband) ears 😂.  Can’t wait for more from Rúrik, he’s so versatile.  

 

Kim & Pasha: She’s a little off-balance throughout and made a mistake near the middle.  She has good lines but a little too careful and hesitant with her placements.  Definitely a let-down from her stunning Waltz last week but not as weak as Jan and certainly not worse than Mickie.  

 

Valentina & Valentin: Very impressive for a Week 2 Quickstep!  She sailed and skipped across the floor with strong form and body contact with Valentin.  The Lusins are giving me Esha vibes with their support of each other ❤️.  All 10s!  I told you the judges throw out 10s like candy 😂

 

 

My Ranking:

1. Valentina & Valentin

2. Rúrik & Renata

3. Nicolas & Vadim

4. Lola & Christian

5. Auma & Andrzej

6. Ilse & Evgeny

7. Simon & Patricija

8. Kim & Pasha

9. Jan & Christina

10. Kai & Kathrin

11. Senna & Robert

12. Erol & Marta

13. Mickie & Malika

 

Elimination:

 

Bottom three: Jan & Christina, Kim & Pasha, Senna & Robert

 


Bottom two: Jan & Christina, Kim & Pasha

Eliminated: Kim & Pasha

Figured the unknown model would be eliminated over the much poorer middle-aged/senior men the minute she dropped down the leaderboard.  Disappointing as she’s currently winning the Week 1 round in my Best Let’s Dance 2021 Routine +/- game.  Surprised Jan was in the bottom two since there’s a lot of positive commentary about his partnership with Christina, guess him being at the bottom of the leaderboard was enough to drop him down there.  Senna isn’t going to last much longer with two consecutive bottom three appearances.  Mickie needs to go stat but I think he’s going to stay a lot longer than some people.  

 

 

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So I pretty much only follow this season through wii and Instagram updates. I do love reading all of your updates here, Ariel. 😄  So without properly seeing the dances, I’ll provide some thoughts. :haha: 

 

- Are the German voting public allergic or sexist in supporting women? :? Three women have gone already. Vanessa was a fine first boot. Kim’s elimination is sad. While she had 2 low scoring dances, her Waltz was well received with great scores so it looks like she had some potential in ballroom. Or maybe it was a fluke but she should still be in it. Senna seemed mediocre but think she should still be in it over the 3 guys i’m gonna mention below. But I am nervous for the remaining women if they perform one bad dance.

 

- But do we really need all of Jan, Kai and Mickie remaining who are all consistently really bad? :? I don’t know anything of their popularity but I see Jan and Kai have landed in the Bottom group a few times already. So hopefully they can go soon. Scared how long Mickie could last. I could put Erol in that group of guys but at least he seems to have 2 decent scoring dances in him so he can outlast those 3.

 

- Rurik and Valentina seems like easily and the runaway two best of this season. Wow at them both getting 30s already. :omg: I can’t comment if they are deserved or not though, lol. Fingers crossed they keep up that high standard and and can get to the final. Ooh wait… and I see their partners, Renata & Valentin are a married couple? How cool that they got the best male and female celeb dancers this season. 😮

 

- Nicolas, Lola, Simon and Ilse all seem varyings of good to really good with potential in them, so hoping to see them continue to do well and can make it far.

 

- Also it’s so cool Barack Obamas sister, Auma is in this cast. 😮 Seems like her scores are all over the place so you never know what you can get from her.

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Well gosh, I attempted to try to play Week 2 videos and good news, the links work for me! :spaz: I still tried with Week 1 but still no luck so I gave up on those dances for now but maybe I’ll try again whenever I have time to do so (and Week 3 too). I’ll provide some thoughts!

 

Week 2!

 

Simon & Patricija Cha-Cha: This was a fun and flirty opening dance. Some of Simon’s dancing was a bit stiff and kinda heavy footed but he’s a great natural performer and I like the fun he had here. Simon & Pareicija had great fun chemistry here too. My score: 5/6

 

Auma & Andrzej - Salsa: Wow it’s so bold giving Auma so much solo work. This did feel a little slow motion at times but it was great seeing how much fun Auma was having performing and letting loose. She had good rhythm and partnering work. She did seem to have a moment where she froze up a bit (or maybe that was my link). But she was cute and infectious here with how she performed. My score: 7

 

Nicolas & Vadim - Tango: Ooh this had quite an Argentine Tango flair to it. This was a very good intense and passionate Tango. I liked all of the fast and intricate footwork and they had some cool tricks in there. With the same sex partnership, I like how they tak advantage of switching who leads and holds, and I thought Nicolas did well in following and then leading Vadim. Good storytelling/perfroming here too. My score: 7/8

 

Senna & Robert - Jive: A cute and fun dance but overall, this wasn’t too good. She seemed to start off fine but then had some stiff and shaky moments. Her energy seemed low at times. I also felt like the pro, Robert, really was out dancing and outperforming her which was also distracting. But Senna did look very cute. My score: 4

 

Ilse & Evgeny - Rumba: This was a very pretty, soft and beautiful Rumba. I thought Ilse performed this well and really got into the emotional aspect well here. She did have some beautiful shapes and lines. There were a few shaky moments here and there but thought this was pretty good overall. My score: 6/7

 

Erol & Marta - Cha-Cha: Oooh lol Erol’s lip synching at the start was quite awkward. :lmao: Erol seemed very properly placed and stiff throughout the dance. Everything from how he danced, partnered Marta and even his smile/facial expressions all seemed so placed. He did try but he came off overly rehearsed and seemed to lack the natural joy of enjoying himself. My score: 3/4

 

Kai & Kathrin - Cha-Cha: Well this was really bad, as I was expecting. :dead: Well his technique and footwork was very club ky, rough and all over the place. But at least he had fun and really got into the dance and had a blast with it. Lol parts of it were kinda cringey and embarrassing. :dead: But he entertained, so there’s that. Kathrin was hot & fierce though. My score: 3/4

 

Lola & Christian - Tango: Oooh another Tango with an Argentine Tango flair to it, and such a great song choice too. Lola did do very well with this dance. She performed and got into the passionate character well, had some good slick footwork and a good frame (even though it seemed a bt shaky). I did like all of the tricks and lifts they did, as they were so strong and powerful. My score: 7/8

 

Mickie & Malika - Quickstep: As I expected this was also really bad. Yeah this seemed very clonky, heavy and just not springy and light like a Quickstep should be, at least in the in-hold parts. Mickie was a very cautious in his movements and did walk the steps rather than glide through them. He looked uncomfortable in those parts.  He did better and seemed to let loose and have fun on the out of hold parts. But yeah, not good. He also reminds me of Mick Jagger. My score: 3

 

Jan & Christina - Rumba: Putting so many of the worst dancers altogether (with only Lola separating them) is really not a good look. This wasn’t good but I id think Jan gave a nice kinda charming performance. Christina was reallly beautiful and stunning to watch and she pretty much captured my attention in this dance. :haha: Jan…. showed her off well, but he was very stiff and lacking any Latin feel or rhythm. It felt like a father/daughter dance. My score: 2/3

 

Rúrik & Renata - Viennese Waltz: Finally a good dance after so many bad dances. :lmao: This was a very steamy Viennese Waltz that I feel I would see on DWTS. Rúrik did a great job with this overall. I thought he and Renata had very hot and passionate chemistry. There were times where he seemed really into it that sone parts came off kinda aggressive (though I know thats what the choreo calls for). Rúrik did look and dance the part of a leading man, as he partnered and led the dance well. He had a good firm frame and good footwork. It had a good seamless flow with how they traveled across the floor. The lifts were seamless too. Love this song for a VW too. My score: 9

 

Kim & Pasha - Cha-Cha: First off, Kim did look really hot in this dance. I know she’s a model but she certainly looks it, haha. Hmmm I thought this dance was alright but not as bad as the 10 indicates. She did seem a little off rhythm, a little stiff and quite posey. But I thought she had fun abad was kinda letting loose here. Ooh ok there was a middle section where she did look lost and forgot some steps, which is a shame. It took a little long for her to recapture it. Still i thought she was better than the bad dancing men. A shame she wasn’t forgiven for this dance to redeem herself. :( My score: 4

 

Valentina & Valentin - Quickstep: Lol I love this partnerships names and how they got paired together. :haha: This was a really cute and fun Quickstep. The beginning was cute. But then I love how Valentina got right into hold with good frame positioning and she was so graceful and elegant in her hold. She moved so light and elegantly with her footwork. She had good bouncy footwork and they really moved/gelled as one. She performed really well with great fun on the out of hold parts too. They sold the comedic bits in a fun, cheeky and funny way. I’m not quite sure if I’d give a perfect 30 this soon, but I’m not mad - I’d go with a mx of 9s and 10s. My score: 9/10

 

 

My rankings:

  1. Valentina & Valentin - Quickstep
  2. Rúrik & Renata - Viennese Waltz
  3. Nicolas & Vadim - Tango
  4. Lola & Christian - Tango
  5. Auma & Andrzej - Salsa
  6. Ilse & Evgeny - Rumba
  7. Simon & Patricija Cha-Cha
  8. Senna & Robert - Jive
  9. Kim & Pasha - Cha-Cha
  10. Kai & Kathrin - Cha-Cha
  11. Erol & Marta - Cha-Cha
  12. Mickie & Malika - Quickstep
  13. Jan & Christina - Rumba
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Great to hear your thoughts Wally, glad you were able to finally watch some of the dances!  I should be starting Week 2 in the Best Let’s Dance Routine Game tomorrow if you want to participate.  
 

Haven’t gotten to watching Week 3 yet, hopefully tomorrow I can finally watch the dances and give my thoughts here.  

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22 hours ago, Ariel1989 said:

Great to hear your thoughts Wally, glad you were able to finally watch some of the dances!  I should be starting Week 2 in the Best Let’s Dance Routine Game tomorrow if you want to participate.  
 

Haven’t gotten to watching Week 3 yet, hopefully tomorrow I can finally watch the dances and give my thoughts here.  

Thanks, Ariel! 😄 I'm so glad I was able to finally watch. I'm happy to be able to participate in the Week 2 round!

 

Hoping i have the same luck and can watch the Week 3 dances too. Got to find time for that. Looking forward to reading your thoughts though!

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Week 3 Thoughts!

 

 

Lola & Christian - Jive: Okay this was such a weird and distracting version of “Wannabe.” I know Lola has had a lot of fun upbeat dances but this is the first of those I’ve seen from her. This was a very good Jive to kick off the show. She has great energy and an infectious personality while dancing and performing. She had good technique and kicks & flicks throughout. Some parts did seem a little off balance and shaky in some spots. And  few moments where it seemed she gassed out in energy in bit which is expected with such a fast complex dance. But the tricks and flips were all good and fun to watch. :bobo: My score: 7

 

Erol & Marta - Viennese Waltz: Definitely a much better dance from Erol. He still has a stiffness to his dancing but it worked better in a Waltz. He did have some decent footwork and elegance in how he moved. His frame and posture seemed a bit shaky, sometimes it looked good and other times he looked a little hunched. But I do like how dramatic it was and he connected to the dance and performed it well.  Also loved the portrait theme with Marta. My score: 6

 

Kai & Kathrin - Paso Doble: Lol such a dramatic entrance with him kicking down the gate door. :haha:  But yikes, this was really bad. He looked very right and upright in his frame and shoulder area, footwork wasn’t good/stompy and the partnering not good. OK he did try and give a good effort with his solo section, and he was into it as he brought power and intensity there at least.  So the intent was there. Oh he had this pouty lip look which looked weird to me. Kathrin was fierce. My score: 3/4

 

Nicolas & Vadim - Slowfox: I wasn’t expecting this for a Slowfox, as I was expecting a softer slower dance from them. But I do like the cool slick approach they had with this dance. Nicolas really danced well with Vadim, while they were in hold and they were very in sync on the side by side parts. The switches they do with the lead and following in hold is really cool and they made it so seamless. This was fun to watch. My score: 9

 

Auma & Andrzej - Slowfox: Now this is the style I was expecting more from a Slowfox. :haha: This was a very pretty dance. Auma did well in this for the most part. She does seem to tense up and shoulders raise up a little while in hold. A few off parts. But she looked to have some decent footwork in there and moved well. My score: 6

 

Simon & Patricija - Contemporary: This was a very pretty Contemporary from Simon. Simon is surprisingly graceful and smooth in his movements, which yu wouldn’t normally see from male boxers on these shows. I thought Simon partnered Patricija well and he really did well with all of the lifts showcasing lots of strength and impressive lifts throughout the dance, especially that one part where he lifted her above his head. He did well on the side by side solo parts but he did have some synch issues, seem to lack some proper technique and had a few balance/off issues in there. I also felt the dance was a bit too heavy on partnering work/lifts and not as much side by side stuff. But this was very pretty and enjoyable, and once again they have great chemistry while dancing. My score: 7

 

Jan & Christina - Tango: Ooh with the song/style of this dance, it didn’t real feel like a Tango to me. It kinda had more of a Waltz feel to me until about halfway through. Jan wasn’t too good ut I didn’t think he was that terrible. He had an okay frame, the footwork wasn’t great but I thought he partnered Christina well. He didn’t really seem to do much especially on the parts where they weren’t dancing in hold. I expected worse than this so kind of a ~pleasant surprise. My score: 5

 

Valentina & Valentin - Rumba: Ooh I love this song for a Rumba and feel like there’s barely been Rumbas to “Endless Love.” This wsas a really beautiful dance from Valentina. She danced and performed this in such a stunning and beautiful way. And wow she looks absolutely gorgeous in this. :wub: She did showcase some lovely shapes, lines and fluidity in her movements. She had good le acti and hip action. The chemistry she and Valentin had was oozing here. Kinda surprised this only got a 22, and only one 8 as I felt it deserved more 8s. My score: 8

 

Senna & Robert - Slowfox: All of these Slowfoxs dances are so different. But ooo this was a very steamy and sexy kind of dance here. I thought Senna did alright/fine here. Some parts she seemed to be lacking grace needed for the style but the intent and effort was there. She did move well in hold being led by Robert. Something does feel a little off and awkward with her frame and dancing to me. But there were some good moments and I liked the style/flair of the dance. While Senna wasn’t a robbery, I still would have liked seeing her improve. My score: 5/6

 

Ilse & Evgeny - Cha-Cha: Ooh it was nice seeing this fun side of Ilse after her emotional sensual Rumba the other week. She kinda reminded me of someone like a Heather Graham (in a 70s movie)/Farrah Fawcett. Lol Ilse and Evgeny played the hot girl and dorky guy (for the short time he did) roles very well respectively. Ilse was also very cute and fun with how she reformed this dance. I thought her Cha-Cha dancing was pretty good for the most part. A few parts seemed a little shaky. But she had the Disco flair and attitude and she looked like she was having the time of her life here. I liked the feel good vibe here. M score: 7

 

Mickie & Malika - Rumba: Oh dear, I was dreading seeing Mickie’s Rumba. Well his piano playing at the start was nice. And wow Malika was fall stunning and hot in this dance! :omg: She kinda distracted me as I wanted to just watch her in this. :aha: Oh right…. got to talk about Mickie here. Yeah his “dancing” was not good here. He is “dancing” was definitely  like it was walking and there was no hip action. It all felt very Latin dance basic steps 101. I will give him credit that he did seem to connect with the dance and showcase Malika well. My score: 3

 

Rúrik & Renata - Jive: I was definitely anticipating and looking forward to Rúrik’s Jive as I know it scored a perfect 30. I am also very amused by a Jive to “Dot Worry, Be Happy” as I never would have imagined that in my life but it works with this arrangement. But  okay, this was a very strong and impressive Jive from Rúrik. He was very light and fast in his footwork. He had great precisions in how he executed his kicks & flicks. The partnering dancing, with all of their fast paced spins was great and fun to watch, as they just built up their energy and sustained it. I loved the energy he had and really channeled and brought in that 50s Elvis style so well here. :bobo: He just made everything look so effortless and at ease. I am not mad at the perfect 30 as I did feel it was deserving. My score: 10

 

 

Rankings:

  1. Rúrik & Renata - Jive
  2. Nicolas & Vadim - Slowfox
  3. Valentina & Valentin - Rumba
  4. Lola & Christian - Jive
  5. Simon & Patricija - Contemporary
  6. Ilse & Evgeny - Cha-Cha
  7. Auma & Andrzej - Slowfox
  8. Erol & Marta - Viennese Waltz
  9. Senna & Robert - Slowfox
  10. Jan & Christina - Tango
  11. Kai & Kathrin - Paso Doble
  12. Mickie & Malika - Rumba
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Yayy Finally got around to watching the Week 4 dances!

 

Week 4!

 

Auma & Andrzej - Cha-Cha: This was a really fun Disco inspire Cha-Cha  from Auma. It was fun seeing her really let loose and show off a different side of her. She had some good and fun moments although some of her dancing did see m a little hectic and messy here and there. Like i noticed she was shaky in a lot of her spotting and turns. But this was the most fun she had, which I appreciate. My score: 6/7

 

Erol & Marta - Rumba: Well I thought Erol gave a decent attempt at the Rumba and was certainly better than the  other older men who attempted this. He did create some shapes, connected well and had good chemistry with Marta, and did tr yto be fluid with the hip action. Theres still some awkwardness in his dancing and some of his dancing could have been smoother. It was kinda jerky  but veralp was btter than I expected. Marta was gorgeous in this. My score: 5

 

Ilse & Evgeny - Charleston: It’s fun watching Ilse journey as I feel she’s getting better and better each week. And wow the same song to Clara’s amazing Charleston on Strictly, but I liked how this was very ifferent. Ilse was really fun and adorable in how she performed this and nailed the character. She really threw herself into the lifts so well. I enjoyed all of their side by side dancing. It was full of fun, character and so fun to watch. :yes: I did see one little moment where she froze up at the end or something but still great. My score: 8/9

 

Lola & Christian - Viennese Waltz: Ooh another “Stuckwitu” VW. 😮 This was quite a fast paced moving Viennese Waltz. I would have liked for them to take their time and slowed it down little bit, as it did seem kinda fast. But regardless this was a really beautiful and stunning routine. Lola has a great elegant quality to her movement and a really solid frame. She had good footwork throughout. The lifts were nicely done, and  I especially liked the last lift they did that closed the dance. My score: 7/8

 

Mickie & Malika - Tango: A Pink Panther Tango is something new to me. Hmm this wsas an interesting dance. As usual, Mickie was just not good and quite stiff in the dancing. His solo part and dancing side by side with Malika was also awkward. And yeah his in hold dancing isn’t goo as h moves in a shaky lacking confident way in hold and he has moments of being hunched in hold. Malika was a highlight and very hot in her catsuit here. My score: 3 

 

Kai & Kathrin - Slowfox: Lol at first i thought hits was another Vegas themed Slowfox ut it was more of a Classic Hollywood type. This was a sweet dance in the style of it. But sadly his dancing was so robotic and stiff while in hold. He didn’t move so well and danced uncomfortably. He was also quite skippy in the footwork. He did sell and perform it well on the out of hold solo/side by side parts. It was a cute dance though not very good. My score: 3

 

Simon & Patricija - Paso Doble: The Paso Doble is a style that should fit Simon well, and i feel it did after seeing this dance. I liked that they di a traditional Paso. Simon ave a strong, powerful and intense performance here. I felt he gave it a lot of attack in how he moved, dance and hit his lines. I think he maybe hit the dance with a little too much attack that it lacked some refinement in spots (mostly at the beginning). But I loved the drama he brought and he did very well on the side by side flamenco dancing - with the Spanish lines and fast footwork. Very good and powerful, certainly his best yet. My score: 8

 

Jan & Christina - Samba: So many songs used from SCD18 here. Oh dear he got Jacqui’s Samba song… and I don’t know which Samba was worse here. :dead: Lol Christina doing that long intro to make Jan do even less arcing. But ooh dear…. Jan is a sweet older gentleman but this was just not good. He lacked rhythm, had no hip action and seemed very steppy. He was doing his own movements…. and his own thing. Ooh the footwork and technique was really not there. Soo it was a really bad dancing but he is charming an gave it his best try. :haha: My score: 2

 

Rúrik & Renata - Tango: I definitely expected Rúrik to deliver a strong Tango, an d he certainly did so! This was such an intense, powerful and passionate dance and he brought all of those elements to this dance. I liked how this dance had a lot of Paso and Argentine Tango content/moves in it, and maybe it felt like those styles more than the stander Tang. :haha: But i liked how they had a mix of subtle quiet ports, alongside the intense and powerful moves. He had great dancing in hold, sharp footwork and he hits his moves with attack and precision to it. Ooh they did seem to have much more standard Tango towards the end, which was great - as the whole dance was. Loved the lifts, especially the closing lift. And Renata was super hot in this too! My score: 9

 

Valentina & Valentin - Salsa: This started off as a classy sensual kind of Salsa which was interesting, but it did pick up the energy and pace as it went on. I thought Valentina was great throughout the dance. She had such amazing and rhythmic hip action and moved and danced with lots of rhythm and energy. She was great arcing on her own and did well with the solo work. Loved all of the partnering they did, which was so seamless and effortless. I just really loved the party atmosphere they brought to the dance. I actually was expecting and hoping for some more lifts in this which there wasn’t but thats okay because this dane didn’t need those. I did love that cool pot stirrer move at the end. She was also really gorgeous and hot in this too. My score: 9

 

Nicolas & Vadim - Contemporary: Ooh wow this was definitely such a beautiful and powerful moment. :omg: Nicolas & Vadim really dance so well as one and were so perfectly in sync on the side by side partnering dancing. Really loved how they attacked those moves - like that part where they leaped in the air together and other moves they id together. But the partnering dancing they do is also so powerful and moving. The story they sold and shared was full of meaning and heart. Loved the part where Nicolas lifted Vadim up so effortlessly too. A great moment for Nicolas and he’s showing that he can be a top contender alongside Rúrik & Valentina.

 

Rankings:

  1. Nicolas & Vadim - Contemporary
  2. Valentina & Valentin - Salsa
  3. Rúrik & Renata - Tango
  4. Ilse & Evgeny - Charleston
  5. Simon & Patricija - Paso Doble
  6. Lola & Christian - Viennese Waltz 
  7. Auma & Andrzej - Cha-Cha
  8. Erol & Marta - Rumba
  9. Kai & Kathrin - Slowfox
  10. Mickie & Malika - Tango
  11. Jan & Christina - Samba

 

Regarding the results, FINALLY the trio of bad dancing men in Jan/Kai/Mickie all landed in the Bottom 3 together. Well done to Kai getting this far, but it ws time for him to go even though I think I slightly like him more than Jan & Mickie but i won’t complain. Hopefully those two go next, then Erol can go and we can be left with a great Final 7. *fingers crossed*

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Finally got to watch all the Week 3 dances and have my thoughts on them!

 

Lola & Christian Jive: Weird cover of “Wannabe”, this show often pairs songs and dances that don’t go together and sometimes their covers work, sometimes they don’t work.  Anyway, Lola is a great performer as always and she’s steadily growing each week as a dancer.  Lots of energy throughout, at times her movements were a bit ungainly and sloppy, especially in the cartwheel, but overall a good dance from her.  She got all 7s, the same score as last week.  

 

Erol & Marta Viennese Waltz: Another weird song choice.  Okay dancing from Erol, he was doing a bit of rise and fall which is in the Waltz, not the Viennese Waltz.  A little blocky and skippy in his movement.  Score was 7, 6, 4 which is one point lower than his best dance, his Week 1 Tango.  

 

Kai & Kathrin Paso Doble: Okay, not as bad as his past dances which I guess is an improvement.  Good choreography from Kathrin, wish she would get more contenders.  Score was 5, 5, 3 which is the exact same score as last week.  

 

Nicolas & Vadim Slowfox: Slowfox is another word for Foxtrot over there.  Pretty good gliding and frame from Nicolas, a little hop at one point but overall another great dance from him.  Score was 10, 10, 8 which is his best score so far.  Not sure I’d give it a 10 since it wasn’t totally perfect in my eyes, probably 8-9.  

 

Auma & Andrzej Slowfox: She has good moments and iffy moments.  Her footwork looked good but her frame was hit-and-miss.  There’s times when she really commits and performs but other times she’s a bit hesitant.  She also had a bit of trouble getting back into hold after a break.  She looked amazing though, her dress gave me Lupita Nyong’o at the Oscars vibes.  Score was 7, 6, 4 so quite a drop from her breakout Salsa last week.  

 

Simon & Patricija Contemporary: He’s usually pretty good at the performance part but I felt a disconnection between him and this style, there was one moving lift where he was just walking to the next spot while lifting Patricija.  You can tell she’s not experienced in Contemporary either, most of the choreography was her looking pretty and getting lifted by Simon.  Score was 6, 7, 6, tied with his Week 1 Viennese Waltz for his highest score.  

 

Jan & Christina Tango: A little bit better than his other dances but still not very good technique and his feet were flexed the whole time.  I’m also not a fan of happy-themed Tangos and feel like Jan has been lucky with getting dances and music that suit his cute partnership with Christina.  Score was 5, 5, 2, a two point improvement from his previous three dances.  

 

Valentina & Valentin Rumba: Beautiful movement from Valentina and she had good chemistry with Valentin.  Sometimes her feet weren’t closed or pointed and she could’ve extended her legs a bit more but a solid dance from Valentina.  Score was 8, 7, 7, which seems fair although she could’ve used another 8.  

 

Senna & Robert Slowfox: Another dance with an unconventional song assignment but I actually really like this soft, feminine version of “I Was Made For Lovin’ You”.  As for the dancing, at the beginning she had some good lines but as the dance went on, her energy dropped a bit.  She also looked uncomfortable in hold which probably wasn’t helped by Robert’s blindfold gimmick, don’t know why he put that pressure on his beginner dance partner by blindfolding himself for most of the dance.  I’m kind of seeing why he never gets a Valentina/Lili Paul-Roncalli/Ella Endlich/Vanessa Mai-type of contender.  Score was 6, 6, 4, her highest score so far.  

 

Ilse & Evgeny Cha-Cha-Cha: Fun and great energy throughout, lots of Cha-Cha-Cha content with a bit of disco but not so much that it took away from the Cha-Cha-Cha.  Her technique was hit-or-miss, her knees were bent throughout and her footwork was a little wild.  Overall though, a solid and improved party Latin from Ilse.  Score was 7, 7, 6, her highest score so far.  

 

Mickie & Malika Rumba: Malika is gorgeous, I want her hair.  Mickie’s there too.  Stiff as a board, airplane arms, unsteady footing.  I don’t feel like wasting time on him.  Score was 5, 5, 3, his highest score so far (how sad).  

 

Rúrik & Renata Jive: Wow he is good, like REALLY good!  Great musicality, technique and chemistry with Renata, the whole package.  If he doesn’t make the Finals, there is no justice.  Score was 10, 10, 10, their first perfect score!  The Lusins each have a perfect score now, wonder who will have the most in the end?

 

Results: 

 

There was a bottom four this week.  

 

Bottom four: Jan & Christina

Bottom three: Erol & Marta

Bottom two: Kai & Kathrin

Eliminated: Senna & Robert

 

Not too fussed about Senna going since she wasn’t improving very much but hopefully the weak men being in the bottom is a sign they will be eliminated soon (although Erol is better than Jan, Kai and Mickie who has yet to hit the bottom).  

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Late with my Week 4 review!

 

Auma & Andrzej (Cha-Cha-Cha): Another great look on her.  Very fast choreography but she coped well.  A bit stompy in places but her performance quality is really improving, she’s definitely more confident in Latin.  7, 7, 5, her second-highest score.  

 

Erol & Marta (Rumba): Good acting and connection with Marta (who is amazing in this dance) but he’s very stiff in the hips and his movement is blocky.  Score was 6, 5, 3, one of his lower scores, wouldn’t give a 6 but that’s Jorge for you.  #Ringer4Marta2022

 

Ilse & Evgeny (Charleston): Evgeny’s facial expressions are hilarious.  Great footwork from Ilse, especially the swivel, and matched Evgeny’s energy and expressions.  A little bit hesitant at the start but quickly got into it.  Definitely her best dance, she’s improving every week.  9, 9, 8, her best score yet!  Well-deserved.  

 

Lola & Christian (Viennese Waltz): Good lines in the beginning and lots of dancing in hold.  Her posture still needs some work and she sometimes seems to lose focus and forgets about her lines, she’s still a bit of a wild mover.  8, 8, 7, her best score.  

 

Mickie & Malika (Tango): Well it certainly wasn’t Mickie’s dancing that saved them from elimination, well-played Malika.  So many basic flaws: no closed feet, bad posture, slouching, etc.  Please let him go.  Score was 4, 4, 3, too high, he should be in the single digits.  Next.

 

Kai & Kathrin (Slowfox): Another clumsy dance with a gorgeous pro (Kathrin is stunning, my favorite dress so far).  Score was 4, 4, 2, his second-lowest score.  Next.  

 

Simon & Patricija (Paso Doble): Finally an improved male contestant!  Definitely his best dance so far, passionate, athletic and in-control; his musicality is even improving, sometimes he lost it but still a big difference from his past dances where he was just going through the motions.  Patricija is elegantly-fierce, she remind me of Nadiya Bychkova.  Score was 8, 8, 7, his best score and well-deserved.  

 

Jan & Christina (Samba): Christina is portraying a Pepto Bismol Muppet for this dance.  Oh look, another cutesy theme for Jan, he’s more fun to watch than Mickie but this same theme every week is getting old.   Plus, he’s just not good.  Score was 4, 4, 2, another too high score.  Next.

 

Rúrik & Renata (Tango): I can’t decide who I’m more attracted to in this dance, they’re both so pretty!  Okay, on to the dance; dramatic, synchronized and sharp.  I do think the song was too staccato even for a Tango, Renata didn’t put a lot in hold and at times Rúrik lost body contact because it was so fast.  Still, one of the top dances of the week.  Score was 9, 9, 8, one of his middle scores.  

 

Valentina & Valentin (Salsa): She has great fluidity in her movement and steps, can’t wait to see her do a slow ballroom or Contemporary.  Grounded in the floor, complex choreography with many underarm connections and a good attempt of a pot-stirrer at the end.  She delivers every week!  Score was 9, 9, 9, her second-highest score.  

 

Nicolas & Vadim (Contemporary): They start in the skybox, interesting change of pace in beginning a dance there.  I’m struggling to find words that will accurately describe this beautiful dance, I had tears in my eyes by the end.  Nicolas & Vadim are just an amazing duo, everything they do on the dance-floor is equal and as a pair.  Best dance of the season so far.  Score was 10, 10, 10, a well-deserved first perfect score for Nicolas & Vadim.  

 

Boys vs. Girls Dance Battle: This was a pretty cool concept, with the male celebrities and male pros on one side and the female celebrities and female pros on the other side at the beginning and each team taking turns dancing on the floor.  Each team kept the same formation for each round of dancing; haha at Nicolas, Rúrik and Simon in the front and center while Erol, Jan, Kai and Mickie were kept in the back even behind the pros, only Mickie got a close-up during the battle while Erol, Jan and Kai could’ve just sat on the steps and no one would even know they weren’t there (I couldn’t even spot Erol or Jan lol).  The women were a lot more evenly matched with Ilse, Lola and Valentina being the obvious standouts but Auma held her own with them and even got her own solo moment!  Obvious winners were the ladies with 9 points while the mediocre men (poor Nicolas, Rúrik and Simon) got a measly 6.  

 

Results: 

 

Bottom three: Jan & Christina, Kai & Kathrin, Mickie & Malika

Bottom two: Kai & Kathrin, Mickie & Malika

Eliminated: Kai & Kathrin

 

FINALLY a man leaves and one of the bad dancers!  AND the worst men were the bottom three, yes!  Sad for Kathrin, going from Tijan to Kai, she and Marta need some Ekaterina/Renata-level partners next year.  

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Love reading your reviews as always Ariel! 😄 

 

Just saw scores for this week's dances. And saw that the Bottom 2 was Lola vs. Erol. Ugh poor Lola already landing in the Bottom 2 when Mickie and Jan are still there. :( They better go before her. As for Erol going... that's an alright result. He had some bad dances but some decent'ish ones too. He was the best of the bad male dancers  as he could produce some passable ballroom routines. But oh well. Will check out this week's dances soon.

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Week 5 Thoughts!

 

Lola & Christian - Salsa: This was a really fun and hot routine. I do love how Lola really throws herself into these routines and just is so bold and has a blast on the stage. She did well with the partnering and arm work and all of those Salsa basics. She had very good rhythm and energy throughout. I guess some parts weren’t as fluid and seamless as it could be and a bit of wildness but i didn’t mind. I loved the lifts and as I said she is just so bold and really goes for it. I did really enjoy this. Disgusting she was in the Bottom 2 after this. My score: 8

 

Jan & Christina -  Slowfox: A slower ballroom like the Slowfox suits Jan much better. This was another sweet father/daughter type routine. Jan… tried his best and did showcase his partner well. Sadly his dancing was still not good or smooth and it was very dancing by numbers. Oh some parts in hold he looked like he was leaning forward towards her too much that it looked like he could have stepped on her toes. He did a nice lift move in there. Probably one of his better danes but he does need to go. My score: 3 or 4

 

Nicolas & Vadim - Charleston: I love seeing Nicolas grow and getting better each week.  I honestly didn’t expect him to be as strong of a contender along the likes of Valentina and Rurik when I first started watching this. Nicolas was very animated silly and had the characterization down for the Charleston. I actually really loved all of their partnering dancing and thought those were the strongest parts here. But then their side by side dancing with their sync was really great. Nicolas ha some great swivel footwork in there too. They needed this light and fun side of them as a lot of their danes have been so serious. My score: 9 or 10

 

Ilse & Evgeny - Tango: Like i mentioned of Nicolas needing to show a different side,  I felt the same way with Ilse too especially showing an intense passionate side. I wasn’t sure how she’d do with this style but she did really well. She connected well and brought some steamy passionate chemistry here. She sold a story and nailed the character. I thought she did well dancing in hold with sharp quickness in her movements. Some parts she did seem a little shaky and unsure (with the speed of the moves) but she did hold it all together. The lifts were great and so exciting to watch.  The ending was so dramatic but so good too. My score: 8

 

Auma & Andrzej - Rumba: Aww Auma was cute in this. She looked like she was enjoying herself and her smiling was super cute. Although kinda not properly fitting for a Rumba. And it did seem like she was smiling all throughout the dance with a lack of range in facial expressions - it was the same smile for the whole dance. I’ll let it slide as the song did have a feel good vibe to it. She danced fine but seemed too cautious/safe/careful in how she danced this round. She had some okay footwork. Not her best but not her worst. My score: 5

 

Simon & Patricija - Jive: Okay so many dances with a tropical beach party vibe it seems. This was a bit of a step-down for Simon from his last few dances. But not too bad as I still thought he did decent with this Jive. It was nice seeing this animated and silly character from him. He was quite OTT in his facial expressions that it was hilarious to watch. :haha: Wow his open kicks went super high. He definitely had a wild hecticness in his dancing and lacked refinement in his movements. I did like the series of Patricja spins she did with Simon assisting her towards the end. Simon did really give A LOT in this but i do appreciate someone giving too much than too little. My score: 6 or 7

 

Erol & Marta - Samba: Aww Erol. As usual, he seems so stiff, timid and awkward in his dancing of these party Latin danes. His dancing was very robotic and dance by numbers. It felt like he was concentrated too hard on getting the moves right an not really performing it and having fun. He had a few silly moments and he did seem to let loose towards the end on the side by side parts. But still not to good. I still would have rather he stayed over Jan or Mickie but oh well. My score: 3 or 4

 

Mickie & Malika - Salsa:LOL Not gonna lie,  Malika is so hot and fierce in their party dances that it makes me enjoy Mickie’s dances an not made he’s overstaying his welcome - just go before you rob the 6/7 actual decent dancers. But yeah Malika was so fierce in this I couldn’t keep my eyes off of her. Well Mickie had fun….. and I guess he did an alright ob partnering her. He was behind her for a lot of the dance which was smart. Then he was some moves I had no idea what he was doing. But he having fun with the solo stuff he was doing. Omgg I cringed so much and got secondhand embarrassment at his shimmying and his partially exposing his chest towards the end. MAKE IT STOP. Fun dance but not good. My score: 4

 

Valentina & Valentin - Slowfox: Wow this was really such a gorgeous dance. This dance had a nice Broadway theater feel at the start of it which was fun and exciting to see. Then they got right into the  Foxtrot hold. Valentina places in so well with her frame and in hold posit. She has great footwork and danced this with such grace and elegance. But she managed to have fun and show some character moments on the out of hold parts. I also love all of the leg extension moves she did. The big lift + spin move was gorgeous and so seamless. Such a perfect dance deserving of its perfect score. My score: 10.

 

Rúrik & Renata - Quickstep: It was nice seeing this fun side of Rúrik. The opening lift they did was really fun. But i love that they meant business and got right into hold and fast Quickstep dancing. Rúrik provided a good frame, close body contact and fast & precise footwork. He moved with such effortlessness and ease. This was a really fun and joyous dance. I loved how bouncy they were in some parts of this. Those parts were Rurik lifted and spin Renata around twice was also really fun. As were the parts where they tapped their feet together in hold an their side by side dancing. I felt this dance had so much content and so much going on in it but it made it all so exciting to watch as i want to know what they were going to do next. My score: 10

 

Rankings:

  1. Valentina & Valentin - Slowfox
  2. Rúrik & Renata - Quickstep
  3. Nicolas & Vadim - Charleston
  4. Ilse & Evgeny - Tango
  5. Lola & Christian - Salsa 
  6. Simon & Patricija - Jive
  7. Auma & Andrzej - Rumba
  8. Mickie & Malika - Salsa  
  9. Jan & Christina -  Slowfox
  10. Erol & Marta - Samba 

 

Also why is the performance order the most unfair thing/least changed thing ever? :dead: Rurik closes the show every other week (or is always in the last 3 spots). Lola opens the show every other week (or goes toward the beginning). Mickie and Valentina always seems towards the end. Simon seems always toward the middle.  I think everyone else’s balances out but this is all so weird to me lol.

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My late thoughts on Week 5!

 

Lola & Christian (Salsa): Perfect fit for Lola’s personality, her exuberance came through and she gave it her all.  Great tricks and good execution, a little hesitant and behind Christian at times but definitely one of her best dances.  Score was 8, 8, 6, her second-best score.  6 felt a little low, would’ve given her a 7 instead.  

 

Jan & Christina (Slowfox): Christina’s dressed as an Easter basket for this dance.  Another cutesy song and dance but one of Jan’s better performances.  He really tried to attempt the glide in the Slowfox and was lighter on his feet than in previous dances.  An improvement but he needs to go soon because the competition is getting down to the nitty gritty and he isn’t at the same level of the remaining contestants (well most of them, you know who I’m talking about).  Score was 5, 5, 2, tied with his Week 3 Tango for his best score but the rest of his scores have each been a 10 which says a lot about his progression and potential (answer: not a lot).  

 

Nicolas & Vadim (Charleston): So peppy and yet so clean!  Nicolas’s technique has been improving every week, his swivel was great and he was in sync with Vadim every step.  I love watching them, they need to be in the Finale!  Score was 10, 10, 9, down a point from the previous week’s perfect Contemporary but a well-deserved good score.  

 

Ilse & Evgeny (Tango): Good use of her legs and acting was spot-on.  Her frame was sometimes a bit sloppy but overall a pretty good dance from Ilse.  Score was 9, 9, 7, her second-best score.  

 

Auma & Andrzej (Rumba): Good start to the dance having several shirtless dudes surrounding them!  Onto the dancing, her footwork looked clean but her movement was a bit safe and her hip movement was very minimal.  I think she’s not as comfortable in the slow dances as she is in the party dances.  I just wanted more from her in the Rumba.  Score was 7, 7, 2 a big difference between Jorge & Motsi and Joachim.  7s were a bit too high.  

 

Simon & Patricija (Jive): Uh-oh looks a bit like he started on the wrong foot in the first footwork sequence, his foot almost seemed to collide with Patricija’s foot and the next sequence had them doing kicks and flicks on the same legs rather than the opposite legs in the first.  A little wild and unfinished at times and yikes he slipped on Patricija’s discarded apron near the end and almost fell.  A bit of a mess, not a train wreck but on the verge.  Score was 8, 6, 6 (Jorge does not know how to judge dancing).  

 

Erol & Marta (Samba): Okay not the train wreck I was expecting this to be compared to his past Latin but still very stiff and blocky.  I don’t know why Marta hasn’t already quit after years of duffers and one contender that she only got due to Christina’s injury.  Hey Germany, can you please cast more male contenders than male duffers next year and give one of those contenders to Marta for once?  German Emma Slater is long overdue for her Rashad.  Score was 6, 5, 2 (Again, Jorge, learn to judge).  

 

Mickie & Malika (Salsa): Malika’s gold dress is fantastic and represents the medal she’s earned for dealing with Mickie’s hopelessness every week.  This was actually not as bad as his past dances, he embraced the style and was finally showing some connection to Malika after five weeks.  He’s still not very good but definitely the least-bad of all his dances.  I hope Malika is brought back next year; in the words of Mary Murphy, she’s a hot tamale dancer and she’s made the best out of a difficult job in teaching Mickie every week.  Score was 6, 6, 4, a tad over-scored for me since Jan felt a bit cleaner.  

 

Valentina & Valentin (Slowfox): Favorite ballroom gown of this week (favorite Latin dress is Malika’s), she looks like a princess.  Great chemistry with Valentin, beautiful frame in hold, extensions give me Melissa Rycroft-vibes!  Best dance of the night and best ballroom dance of the season so far!  Score was 10, 10, 10, their second perfect score!  Well-deserved!

 

Rúrik & Renata (Quickstep): He has such good frame in hold and he managed to keep body contact with Renata pretty much every time they were in hold, even with the lightning-fast footwork.  A little on the chaotic side for me, especially during the parts out of hold (which were a lot), Renata needs to put more hold into their ballroom dances because he’s very good there.  Still a pretty good dance from them.  Score was 10, 10, 9, not sure if I’d give it a 10 compared to Nicolas & Vadim and especially Valentina & Valentin.  

 

My personal ranking:

1. Valentina & Valentin

2. Nicolas & Vadim

3. Rúrik & Renata

4. Lola & Christian

5. Ilse & Evgeny

6. Auma & Andrzej

7. Simon & Patricija

8. Jan & Christina

9. Mickie & Malika

10. Erol & Marta

 

The bottom three were Mickie, Lola and Erol.  Mickie was then safe and then Lola which meant Erol was eliminated.  Not unhappy since he wasn’t improving but Lola in the bottom two?!  Yikes, that doesn’t look good, she needs to get a better time slot since every other week she’s first and the other weeks she’s in the middle.  

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