Dancing with the Stars Fall Season 2015, Week 8 Analysis:

Dancing with the Stars Fall Season 2015, Week 8 Analysis:   Monday, November 2 It was a fast opener featuring all pros in flashy footwork to blast off Week 8 of Dancing with the Stars. Then another fast tune introduced the celebs, accompanied by their pros, to present Tribute Week to the heroes who inspire them.  Erin returned to co-host after covering the World Series.  We were reminded that after the individual couples’ performances, one couple’s scores would earn them 3 extra points, as well as immunity from elimination and from the following dance-off that would be held between sets of two couples.   Carlos PeneVega: Salsa. Judges’ score 9. My score 9. His hero is singer Marc Anthony, whom he consulted for tips toward doing an appropriate salsa. It was continuous and rhythmic with good hip action and arm movements.  He lifted Witney at least three times, even high over his head and another midway with a well-done turn. I liked it a lot.   Alek Skarlatos: Contemporary. Judges’ scores 9-8-8. My score 8.5. These are the same scores that the judges and I gave him last week. Alek’s hero is Mr. Chris Kyle, the real “American Sniper.”  What an athletic dance with many well-done lifts!  Again, he was a strong leading man in a dance-story that was powerful yet graceful, heart-pulling, and truly lovely.  Again, he stayed in sync with Lindsay throughout.  A pleasure to watch!   Andy Grammer: Viennese Waltz. Judges’ scores 8-7-7. My score 7.5. Andy honored his hero, his deceased mom, through the music of Stevie Wonder, which has always brought him joy. And joyous the dance was, as he and Allison flowed continuously and gracefully through many connected and unconnected large, wide, open arm movements, waltzing in and out of the traditional hold.  As lovely and loving as the dance was, Andy’s posture and technique were off to some extent, which the judges discussed with him afterward, and I would have preferred more dancing in hold.   Alexa PenaVega: Argentine Tango.     Judges’ scores 9-8-8. My score 8. Talk about an untraditional tune for an argentine tango! Alexa’s hero is David, vs. Goliath, from the Bible.  It was intense, bold, and dramatic, a good representation of her faith.  Well done despite a few ‘hiccups.’   Nick Carter: Contemporary. Judges’ score 10! My score 10! Nick’s hero is his wife, Lauren, who is now 16 weeks pregnant after their years of trying to get pregnant and even losing one child. His contemporary dance with Sharna...

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