Dancing With The Stars Week 7 Analysis and Results

Dancing With The Stars Season 23/Fall 2016: Oct. 24


The Cast: Pros + Stars

Val Chmerkovskiy + Laurie Hernandez, U.S. Olympic Gymnast

Cheryl Burke + Ryan Lochte, U.S. Olympic Swimmer

Artem Chigvintsev + Maureen McCormick, Actress (“Marcia,”“Brady Bunch” TV show, 1960s/1970s)

Sasha Farber + Terra Jolé, Reality TV Star

Derek Hough + Marilu Henner, Actress/Author

Lindsay Arnold + Calvin Johnson, NFL Wide Receiver, “Megatron”

Sharna Burgess + James Hinchcliffe, Pro Race Car Driver

Gleb Savchenko + Jana Kramer, Country Music Singer/Actress

Dancing With The Stars: Week 7 Analysis & Results

On Dancing With The Stars tonight, each couple performed to represent a particular decade/era in American history. Young celeb Laurie and young pro Lindsay learned quite a bit about their respective decades. Most of the judging was on target; Len was back from England, and Julianne stayed on the panel. Tom and Erin hosted.                 .

Individual Dances:

  1. Laurie Hernandez: 1960s Quickstep. Judges’ scores 8-8-9-9. My score 8.5.

The positive: “One Fine Day” (The Chiffons). Very fast! Laurie just attended her first prom and received her first corsage from a “boy.” Her naivete, eagerness, and devotion to Val are cute and endearing. It was sweet, highly energetic, and very well done.

The negative: She still needs to be careful of her posture during some transitions. Val choreographed an unnecessarily extensive delay before the dance began. CA took off a point for the lift Val did near the end.


  1. Ryan Lochte: 1990s Rhumba. Judges’ score 7. My score 7.

The positive: “I Don’t Want to Miss A Thing” (Aerosmith). Some weeks ago, Ryan pretty much mastered certain moves/techniques: standing/keeping his lines straight while transitioning her, sometimes with one hand behind his back, but he has largely missed much of the rest of it.

The negative: It was basically more of the same below-par work from Ryan, with him doing what she tells him to do and her doing much more dancing and the intricate moves. The only bit of sexiness in a dance that is supposed to be intensely sexy was Cheryl contorting around him. The main requirement that he missed was passion; the dance had zero of the required high level of passion and zero of a strong connection within the role with his partner. He still needs to work on moving his hips more, making his hands more graceful, feeling/connecting with/involving himself in the music, and immersing himself in the role. Again: He has not improved enough to earn the right to still be in the competition; he hasn’t by now, and he won’t. Stop coddling him—SEND HIM HOME!


  1. Marilu Henner: 1920s Charleston. Judges’ scores 7-7-8-7. My score 8.

The positive & the negative: “Never Forget You” (Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox Feat. Addie Hamilton). It was fun and energetic, but it should have been much more so and could have been smoother. This is a dance in which people can loosen up and really have fun even though technique should be accurate. It was historically accurate. They were slightly out of sync, which was not easy to see. A great job on handling the upside-down lift/turn, Marilu!


  1. Calvin Johnson: 1950s Jive. Judges’ score 9. My score 9.

The positive: “Good Golly, Miss Molly” (Little Richard). Here’s a guy who really wants and deserves to be here! He has improved significantly, which his Arg. Tango last week clearly shouted. His rhythm and timing have been spot-on, and he really gets all the way into the role. This one was cute, happy, in sync, and fun. Lindsay’s doing a fab job with him! Yes, they have stepped beyond the middle of the pack. This couple is a joy to watch.

The negative: A football injury keeps him from being able to point his toes perfectly, but he’s close.


  1. Maureen McCormick: 1980s Tango. Judges’ score 7. My score 8.

The positive: “You Give Love A Bad Name” (Bon Jovi). Nice job in cool outfits. Artem stumbled on her skirt near the end, but she completely covered it and continued like a pro.

The negative: Her hips didn’t appear to turn sharply enough to meet Artem’s during the promenade, and overall Tango movements should have been sharper. Also, although she wore a serious facial expression, the dance clearly lacked passion (but was much better than Ryan’s rhumba).


  1. Terra Jolé: 1930s Foxtrot. Judges’ scores 9-8-9-8. My score 9.

The positive: “Cheek to Cheek” (Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong). The dance was elegant, graceful, and smooth. Terribly cute, too, esp. the facial expressions. The chemistry between these two is endearing and adorable.

The negative: Her hands could have been more graceful, but it’s barely worth mentioning in association with such an overall performance.


  1. Jana Kramer: 1970s Samba Judges’ scores 8-8-9-9. My score 8.5.

The positive: “Get Down Tonight” (KC and the Sunshine Band). The perfect song for their dance, which was happy and fun; it included 1970s content, too, but maybe could have had a little more Samba content. Their outfits, hairstyles, and accessories were cute and right on target.  No sensibly-thinking person would put in jeopardy this pair who consistently performs nearly flawlessly; and yet, somehow, enough of you got together and put them in jeopardy with Maureen, who did not deserve to be there; even worse, you didn’t put Ryan in jeopardy, where he’s deserved to be all season long.


  1. James Hinchcliffe: 1940s Jitterbug. Judges’ score 9. My score 9.

The positive: “In the Mood” (Glenn Miller and His Orchestra). Fab choreo that was arranged perfectly in sync with the beat; cute story; as always, incredible chemistry. Adorable! This guy is genuinely nice and funny, and he’s undeniably off-the-chain skilled and entertaining. For me, The Dance of the Night.

The negative: Because Sharna hurt her right knee earlier in the day, their synchronicity was a tad off, maybe just once or twice—barely noticeable.



Team Dances (Freestyle):

Team Past: James, Calvin, Ryan, Maureen:                       Judges’ scores 10-9-9-10. My score 10.

“The Skye Boat Song” (Raya Yarbrough, theme from “Outlander”): Freestyle/V. Waltz largely in a minuet. Pretty, graceful, perfectly in sync.,  sophisticated/elegant dance and outfits/gowns in a cranberry/maroon shade. Loved it!

Team Future: Marilu, Jana, Terra, Laurie:                       Judges’ scores 8-9-9-9. My score 8.5.

(Instrumental): Freestyle/Tango. Team wore futuristic black/gray uniforms. Not always quite in sync. Well done but clearly not as expert (or, for me, enjoyable) as the other’s.


WHO WAS ELIMINATED? Maureen. Some people’s babying of Ryan unfairly caused Maureen, a contestant who consistently improved and deserves to be here, to go home.




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