Dancing with the Stars Fall Season 2015, Week 10 Analysis:

Dancing with the Stars Fall Season 2015, Week 10 Analysis:

Monday, November 16

Semifinals Night on Dancing with the Stars!  And then there were 4!  The show opened to the pros Val, Lindsay, Sharna, Derek, and Witney dancing in a simple routine.  Tom and Erin hosted.  The celebs’ individual dances concerned former personal struggles in their lives (Nick’s was drug addiction as a teenager resulting from troubles in his family, Bindi’s was about dealing with her father’s death, and I don’t remember Carlos’s except that he said, as he has before, that God gets him through everything).  Afterward, there was a dance-off and finally a trio round, all of which brought some great dancing.  Three dances this week–that’s a lot to learn and a lot of commitment to truly hard work!


  1. Bindi Irwin: Salsa. Judges’ score 10?. My score 9.

Of course, Bindi was all in.  Very exciting, happy, festive, and fun.  Her spotted turns were fab.  However, I saw too many well-done lifts when I should have seen more traditional salsa dancing.


  1. Alek Skarlatos: Waltz. Judges’ score 10. My score 9.5.

It was gorgeous, graceful, smooth, and very impressive.  Kudos to Lindsay on the choreography this week, except that, in my opinion, they should have spent more time in hold; hence, I’ve deducted a half point.  Alek really has become a good dancer, and they should show him off as such by consistently giving him plenty of dancing to do instead of sometimes mostly using him as a support while Lindsay dances around him (that really irks me!).  Fabulous job this week, but will the perfect-10 put a target on his back?


  1. Carlos PeneVega: Contemporary. Judges’ score 10. My score 9.

Very physical, dramatic (physically and facially).  Excellent moves, lifts, jumps/catches, etc.  I liked it, but it wasn’t as good as the one Alexa and Mark did last week, which was breathtaking and definitely memorable.


  1. Nick Carter: Tango. Judges’ scores 8. My score 8.

Nick made a few mistakes–nothing huge–but overcame them smoothly, for the most part.  Still incredible chemistry between him and Sharna.  Well done.


Jenna and Val did a full dance by themselves.  Steamy!  Loved it!


THE DANCE-OFF: 3 extra points to the winner(s). 


  1. Alek/Lindsay versus Carlos/Witney in a Cha-cha: Although Alex did well, he was clearly outdone by Carlos in stronger dancing that contained more/many excellent traditional cha-cha hip/foot movements.  But Alek is always so genuinely sweet, has a positive attitude, and gives his all, despite having had no former dance training–WYSIWYG.        Judges: Carlos. Me: Carlos.


  1. Bindi/Derek versus Nick/Sharna in a Samba. Nick did pretty well, but it really was no contest; a no-brainer, considering Derek’s content and Bindi’s samba rolls.                   Judges: Bindi. Me: Bindi.



  1. Bindi/Derek with Derek’s longtime best-bud Mark in a Jazz(/Contemporary) that incorporated an open cube and a thick rope with a light on the end. Light of life!  Ingeniously choreoed and executed! Another possible Emmy nod.                                                                     Judges’ score 10. My score 10.


  1. Alek/Lindsay with Emma in an Argentine Tango. Very well done, although I wanted to see, and it should have had, more 1-on-1 guy/girl face-time tango.                         Judges’ score 9. My score 9.


3.  Carlos/Witney with Karina in a Charleston. Cute, fun, mostly in sync; sharp, tight, correct. Loved it!                                                                                                           Judges’ score 9-10-10. My score 10.


  1. Nick/Sharna and Peta (Peta’s BACK!) in a Salsa that was crisp, together, on target, in sync, and very entertaining–confidence personified by Nick.                             Judges’ score 10. My score 10.


By the way, as soon as Tom said that Alek and Lindsay had chosen Emma to round out their trio, I worried that their dance might not go as well as I’d have hoped simply because of Alek’s ongoing fascination with Emma, which seemed to throw him off the mark a bit the first time they trioed.  Emma is absolutely adorable and sexy, and I’ve been her fan since the first moment she joined the show, but, to my eye, the equally adorable and sexy Lindsay has the most-stunning legs of all the females on the show.


THE DANCE OF THE NIGHT: For me, it’s nearly a tie between Alek’s perfectly gorgeous and graceful ‘individual’ Waltz and Bindi’s trio Jazz(/Contemporary), but I think that Derek’s stunningly Emmy-worthy choreo has to send my fave to Bindi.


WHO WAS ELIMINATED TONIGHT? Last week’s scores (judges’ and America’s) combined – Tamar = NO ONE eliminated.  All 4 duos are going into the finals next Monday, Thanksgiving week.  Expect anything, everything, and maybe even some excessive scoring in favor of judges’ faves, whether deserved or not.


DWTS Live—Dance All Night Tour:  Beginning just a few weeks after this season finishes, you’ll be able to see this show at a venue near you.  Go to http://abc.go.com/shows/dancing-with-the-stars/news/updates/dancing-with-the-stars-live-tour-pro-dancers-announced-10262015?om_mid=_BWNiEDB9HMaqi8&om_swid=AA6cAm&cid=emailday_110115, Dec. 15 to Feb. 14, from coast to coast and at a site or two in Canada, in evening performances and a few matinees; restricted to age 19 and up, supposedly due to Val’s claim of “outrageous costumes.”  Refer to my recent blog postings to see the tour schedule and list of pros.

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