Dancing With The Stars: Week 7 Analysis

27April2015, Dancing With The Stars: Week 7 Analysis

It’s Eras Week on Dancing With The Stars, a trip of dancing through the past several decades.  That was followed immediately by dance-offs between couples, with one choosing whom to compete against and the competitors choosing which dance to compete in.  It was a night of comebacks for certain dancers and of improvement or status quo for others, along with a few surprises, especially from the judges.  At the end of the night, I was shocked to see who was sent home.

  1. Musician Riker Lynch: Quickstep/1920s era.                    Judges’ scores 9.5.  My score 9.5.

The positive: Fabulous musicality, timing, rhythm, content, footwork!  Fun, riveting. Loved it!

The negative: The judges mentioned that he should work on controlling his neck and arms, I believe.


  1. “Bachelor” Chris Soules: Foxtrot/1940s era.                     Judges’ score 8.  My score 8.5.

The positive: Sharp kicks, overall good form/footwork, improved timing and musicality.  He performed very well through the entire song—no fooling around and wasting time, and no excessive focus on the darling Witney.  He has come a long way!

The negative: He has to keep monitoring his timing, technique, and footwork if he wants to stay in the competition.


  1. Actress Rumer Willis: Jive/1960s era.                              Judges’ score 9.  My score 9.

The positive:  Cute, sharp kicks, good footwork/form/content/musicality/rhythm/sync. Winning choreography by Val.  She does not disappoint as a dancer.  In the froxtrot dance-off against Chris for 2 extra points, Rumer won unanimously, even though Chris has improved significantly.

The negative: I didn’t identify anything.


  1. Veteran Noah Galloway: Jazz/1970s era.             Judges’ score 9.5.  My score 7.

The positive: This production was cute, creative, and lots of fun. Noah clearly had a good time with it.  Well done.  Later, in the dance-off against Robert & Kim for 2 extra points, Noah and Sharna won doing the cha-cha—congratulations!

The negative:  However, I majorly disagree with the judges regarding content and scoring. Noah’s performance, through no fault of his own, lacked sufficient traditional jazz content, choreographed fluid dancing and footwork in order to qualify it as an actual dance.  Unfortunately, I’m disappointed in Sharna’s choreography this week.


  1. ‘Shark’ Robert Herjavec: Argentine Tango/1980s era.                 Judges’ score   8.  My score 9.

The positive:  Sexy! Hot! Passionate! Sizzling chemistry ready to explode! What a connection these two continue to have, and I think it only continues to grow!  Great content and good form.  Couldn’t look away—loved it!  For me, this was the dance of the night, followed by Nastia’s (even though Nastia scored a bit higher).

The negative: Kym and Robert are not extremely different in size, so a few times Robert seemed to have a little difficulty during the many lifts, etc., which, for the judges, may have detracted slightly from the desired 100 percent smooth transitions.


  1. Gymnast Nastia Liukin: Modern Charleston.                    Judges’ scores 9.75.  My score 9.

The positive: Although Derek injured both feet after the show last week (a negative), he choreographed and participated minimally from his seat while Sasha did everything else in the male’s role.  It was the knock-your-socks-off choreo that Derek is known for.  Cute, fun, crisp, imaginative, lighthearted choreography on a subway; extremely captivating and entertaining; linked, in-sync musicality/form. Nastia scored the highest, winning immunity from elimination this week and a pass out of the dance-off between couples.

The negative: I saw only a few actual Charleston moves early on; most of the remaining moves appeared to be the Lindy Hop.


  1. Young Actress Willow Shields: Futuristic Jazz.      Judges’ score 9.  My score 9.

The positive: Remarkably imaginative, fun, and precise Ninja choreography.  Very interesting and well done.  In a salsa dance-off against Riker for 2 more points, it was close but Willow won.

The negative: Her form occasionally takes a slight hit during fast moves, which is little complaint against a 14-year-old who had no dance experience and has performed incredibly well since day one.


WHO WAS ELIMINATED TONIGHT?  Willow Shields!  Since week one, this sweet girl has given her all and by far exceeded the expectations that anyone could have had for a young teenager who had no dance background. She has been an excellent competitor; some could even say that she was a dark horse who could have sneaked up to finish in the top few.  Those who say that Mark’s choreography too often is too far out will blame him for her elimination.


TOMORROW NIGHT:  Join us for the 10th anniversary celebration featuring the return of some contestants (and their pros?) from prior years.  It will be lots of fun!  Please join me here to talk about it.


NEXT WEEK:  Double-elimination week—yikes!  Even the best dancers might not be safe.

What did you think about performances and votes tonight, especially about Willow being voted off? Let’s talk about it!

My top 3 true contenders remain Nastia Liukin, Rumer Willis, and Ryker Lynch.  What’s your lineup, and why?

Vickie L. Weaver

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Writing has been an important talent and part of my life since I was a child.Professionally, after decades of employment for others, I founded Writestyle in 1996 to provide writing, editing, proofreading, training, and more to clients worldwide (www.writestyle.com).Clients often call my work “magic.”I have written and/or edited for “Coexistence Magazine” (national), for “Ohio Magazine,” and for various newspapers.In addition, I have edited or contributed to the writing of numerous books.Personally, I have written in various genres.I have always composed poetry; as such, I have won awards and publication for some of my poems, and I am compiling a book of my poetry.One of my children’s books is set for publication.With my second husband, family and friends in Ohio, I enjoy music and dance, aid charitable causes, and strive for beauty and harmony in life.
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