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.


  1. 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.


  1. 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!


  1. 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.


  1. 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.’


  1. 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 was beautiful, gracefully and emotionally expressive but controlled in a lovely, continuous story.  Even though the beauty, meaning, and vulnerability of it made me cry, I could have watched them for the rest of the evening.  For me, the dance of the night!


  1. Bindi Irwin: Foxtrot. Judges’ scores 10-9-9. My score 9.5.

Her hero is the long-departed actress and (later) princess of Monaco, Grace Kelly. Her dance was elegant, accurate, beautiful, and yet even fun.  She’s so happy and fun that she makes nearly everything around her fun.  As good as it was, some undefined element kept me from assigning a perfect 10.


  1. Tamar Braxton: Paso Doble. Judges’ scores 9-9-10. My score 9.5.

Tamar’s hero is her older sister, singer Toni Braxton. In this demonstrative dance, Tamar showed long and elegant yet sharp movements along with graceful arms and hands. It was an intense, genuinely correct paso throughout.  Her lines, musicality, foot placement, and everything else was as on target as ever. I loved it and could have watched them dance for quite a while longer if they had had the opportunity to continue.  At one point Tamar’s foot came off the floor during a lift, so Carrie Ann, the Lift Police, subtracted one point from their score.


THE DANCE-OFF: A side-by-side comparison of skills in one dance style.

  1. Bindi vs. Carlos in the jive. I preferred the version by Carlos and Witney.
  2. Tamar vs. Alexa in the cha-cha: I voted for Alexa and Mark.
  3. Alek vs. Andy in the Samba: I liked Andy’s better with Allison.

The judges agreed, and each winner earned 2 extra points.

As you can see, Nick and Sharna won immunity and did not have to compete.



WHO WAS ELIMINATED TONIGHT? Andy! What a nice guy with a great attitude, who clearly worked hard and gained some impressive dance skills.  I’ll miss him.


Did America get it right? What do you think?


WHO SHOULD GO HOME NEXT WEEK? I’m guessing either Carlos or Alexa.  I know: They’re both good, but somebody  has to go, and some folks might consider either or both of these two the least consistent.


Reminder: This season is slated to conclude during Thanksgiving week.


DWTS Live—Dance All Night Tour: Pros have been announced for the tour, which will run from December 15 through February 14. Although the cast is subject to change, probably especially if injuries occur, they currently are: Val, Peta, Keo, Sharna, Lindsay, Artem, Jenna, Brittany Cherry, and Alan Bersten.

According to the Web site, 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, what follows is the tour schedule:

Dancing with the Stars: Live! Tour Dates Dec 15: Salt Lake City, UT (Maverik Center) Dec 16: Colorado Springs, CO (Pikes Peak Center) Dec 17: Denver, CO (Bellco Theater) Dec 18: Kansas City, MO (Arvest Bank Theater at Midland) Dec 20: Houston, TX (Bayou Music Center) Dec 23: Los Angeles, CA (Microsoft Theatre) Dec 27: New Orleans, LA (Saenger Theater) Dec 28: Nashville, TN (Ryman Auditorium) Dec 29: Birmingham, AL (BJCC Concert Hall) Dec 30: Shreveport, LA (Municipal Auditorium) Dec 31: Atlanta, GA (Cobb Energy PAC) Jan 2: Niagara Falls, NY (Seneca Niagara Casino) Jan 3: Verona, NY (Turning Stone Event Center Theater) Jan 5: White Plains, NY (Westchester County Center) Jan 6: New York, NY (Beacon Theater) Jan 7: Boston, MA (Shubert) Jan 8: Uncasville, CT (Mohegan Sun) Jan 10: Bethlehem, PA (Sands Bethlehem) Jan 12: Baltimore, MD (Modell PAC) Jan 13: Red Bank, NJ (Count Basie Theatre) Jan 14: Philadelphia, PA (Tower Theater) Jan 16: Rama, ON (Casino Rama) Jan 17: Columbus, OH (Palace Theater) Jan 19: Lancaster, PA (American Music Theatre) Jan 20: Pittsburgh, PA (Benedum Center) Jan 22: Windsor, ON (Colosseum at Caesars Windsor) Jan 23: Merrillville, IN (Star Plaza Theater) Jan 24: Cincinnati, OH (Taft Theater) Jan 26: Durham, NC (Durham Performing Arts Center) Jan 27: Jacksonville, FL (Moran Theater) Jan 28: Orlando, FL (Walt Disney Theater) Jan 29: Sarasota, FL (Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall) Jan 30: Clearwater, FL (Ruth Eckerd Hall) Feb 1: West Palm Beach, FL (Kravis Center) Feb 4: Austin, TX (Bass Concert Hall) Feb 5: Thackerville, OK (Winstar Casino) Feb 6: San Antonio, TX (Majestic Theater) Feb 8: San Diego, CA (Balboa Theater) Feb 9: San Jose, CA (San Jose Center) Feb 10: Stockton, CA (Bob Hope Theater) Feb 12: Reno, NV (Grand Theater at Grand Sierra Resort) Feb 13: Riverside, CA (Fox Performing Arts Center) Feb 14: Phoenix, AZ (Comerica Theater)


In a few cities they’ll do both a matinee and an evening show–for age 19 and up, which seems to validate Val’s hint that the costumes are, shall we say, extra-interesting.

Vickie L. Weaver

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