Dancing With The Stars Season 22: Week 8 Analysis

Dancing With The Stars Season 22: Week 8 Analysis


Antonio Brown: NFL/Pitts Steelers wide receiver/punt returner (like Hines Ward, season 12, Kym Johnson). Brown wants Steelers fans nationwide. Pro partner: Sharna Burgess.

Nyle Dimarco:  Deaf actor; an “America’s Next Top Model.” Pro partner: Peta Murgatroyd.

Wanya Morris: 1990s H.S. to Boyz II Men (bestselling R&B). Pro partner: Lindsay Arnold.

Jodie Sweetin: Actress (“Full/er House” & author). Pro partner: Keo Motsepe.

Paige VanZant: UFC straw-wt. mixed martial arts; lifelong dancer. Pro partner: Mark Ballas.

Ginger Zee: ABC GMA chief meteorologist, new mom. Pro partner: Val Chmerkovskiy.

Dancing With The Stars: Week 8 Analysis

It’s “Judges’ Team-Up Challenge” night this week on Dancing With The Stars! The show opened with all pros and troupe members, led by Dance Captain Jenna, in a flowing and sexy dance to “I Want Someone Who Can Dance.”  We saw delights and a few disappointments, beauty and fun, some tears, and a new experience with Nyle.  The makeup and wardrobe departments did some interesting work for Paige and Mark.  One particular performance was especially stunning.

  1. Nyle Dimarco: Paso Doble.  Judges’ scores 10-9-10. My score 10.

The positive: Excellent content and performance: traditional, aggressive, powerful, and sharp.  The silent middle section with four other guys was quite different but eye-opening to show how Nyle experiences dance weekly.  As always, incredible that he can do so much outstandingly.

The negative: I didn’t notice anything.


  1. Antonio Brown: Viennese Waltz.  Judges’ score 9. My score 9.

The positive: He truly worked very hard this week, showing vast improvement.  The dance had lovely traditional content.  Good footwork.  Pretty smooth and definitely well done.

The negative: Still has small posture issues, mainly in the back and shoulders, which understandably can be difficult for a football player to overcome.


  1. Jodie Sweetin: Jive.  Judges’ score 10.  My score 10.

The positive: Keo choreo’d one of the most-clever jives I’ve seen to date in a happy story that showed all traditional, fun and cute content, along with sharp kicks.  Although she has scored pretty well and consistently along the way, I agree with CAI that this probably was her best dance so far.  Everything about it was perfect and pleasurable to watch.  I loved it!

The negative: Nothing.


  1. Paige VanZant: Viennese Waltz.  Judges’ scores  10-9-9.  My score 9.5.

The positive: More creative choreo from Mark—mostly traditional; dramatic and emotional (including facials), and captivating. Pretty, too.  Paige is athletic and perfectionistic in all moves.  I liked it a lot.  With Derek away, I hope viewers are realizing that Mark, who trained with Derek and Julianne for years in Europe, is often only a hair behind Derek in choreography and performance.

The negative: Len said that she hyper-extended her neck and, in so doing, incorrectly positioned her head, and they ever so briefly broke the required flow, among other tiny things.


  1. Ginger Zee: Argentine Tango.  Judges’ score 10.  My score 10.

The positive: Val really upped the choreo and the level of difficulty and sophistication; Ginger met his challenge beautifully.  It was aggressive, tense and intense, smolderingly passionate, light and dark/fast and slow.  It always flowed tightly and sharply, intricately and insanely in sync, with palpable chemistry. I could not look away!  I could hit “Replay” all day long!   WOW!  THE DANCE OF THE NIGHT (sorry, Jodie)!

The negative:  Nada!


  1. Wanya Morris: Jive.  Judges’ scores 8-8-9.  My score 8.5.

The positive: A western theme with cute choreo/details.  He always puts it all out there!  He recovered gracefully and as well and quickly as possible from a slip on Lindsay’s bandanna on the floor, overcoming the mistiming and missteps that ensue after a slip or fall.

The negative: His excessive enthusiasm made him over-extend a few moves (esp. legs and leans).  His slip on the bandanna was so unfortunate that Lindsay fought tears.


THE JUDGES’ TEAM-UP CHALLENGE:  Three teams, each choreo’d by a judge:

  1. Team Bruno: Nyle, Jodie, and their partners in an intricate, difficult, and highly entertaining Argentine Tango of celebs with their partners, girls with girls and guys with guys, and Nyle with Jodie. 100% in sync throughout!     Judges’ scores 10.  My score 10.
  2. Team Carrie Ann: Paige, Antonio, and their partners in a Paso that was aggressive, dramatic, powerful, and emotional.             Judges’ score 10.  My score 9.75.
  3. Team Len: Wanya, Ginger, and their partners with Len in a Samba.  It was festive, cute, lighthearted, traditional, and relatively simple.       Judges’ scores 8-8-9. My score 8.5.


WHO WAS ELIMINATED TONIGHT?  In my book, the inconsistent Antonio should have been the one to go home tonight, based on previous weeks.  But, it was Jodie Sweetin, right after being judged on her “best dance to date.”  How many times have we seen someone go home right after a “best dance”? (Sigh.)  She fought hard all the way and, in my opinion, was scored unfairly (low) too often.  Keo did a fab job of choreographing her dances and deserves major recognition and praise.  I hope he’ll get to be a pro more often.


NEXT WEEK: The Semi-Finals:  Another Double Elimination!  Antonio should be chosen first because he’s been the most inconsistent, and then, unfortunately, probably Wanya, who has been consistently delightful.  That will leave Nyle and Paige (both consistently great all along) and Ginger.

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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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