Written by: Dawn Perucca
The couples I thought stood out above the rest were:
Max Kapitannidor & Kayla Radomski:
I think she is phenominal. I thought he did a fantastic job, but, didn’t quite keep up with her. I thought he wasn’t dancing quite masculine enough. I totally loved the choreography. It was weird, quirky and interesting. This routine grabbed and held my attention.
Brandon Bryant & Janette Manrara:
As soon as they started dancing, I thought, Brandon is a natural at this style of dance. He looks like this is what he has been doing for decades. I assumed there would be some phenominal lifts in this routine because he is so strong and she is so petite and there was. I thought she did a great job, but, Brandon was the one who really impressed me.
Jonathon Platero & Karla Garcia:
I thought this routine was totally awesome. They both looked like this is the style of dance they are experts at. I thought they danced very well together.
Ade Obayomi & Melissa Sandrig:
I thought this routine and how they danced it was awesome. I thought it was great that Sonya gave the man a role that was challenging and he did a lot more than just lead her.
For me, the middle of the pack couples were:
Evan Kaspirzak & Randi Evans:
I really enjoyed watching this routine, but agreed with the judges when they said Evan’s smooth dance style wasn’t appropriate for this routine. I loved it when Evan jumped over Randi, I didn’t even see that coming. I thought Randi did a great job.
Vitolio Jeune & Asuka Kondoh:
I thought she was flawless. I thought he was not quite smooth enough. I did think they both did a great job with throwing emotion into the dance.
The couples who I thought weren’t quite as good as the rest:
Phillip Chbeeb & Jeanine Mason:
I thought Jeanine was awesome. I have always loved watching people dance ‘The Tango’ and I thought the choreography for this one was exceptional. I was really glad Phillip had the opportunity to add his personal flare in the routine toward the end. Unfortunately, Phillip didn’t dance as well as he should have. I was disappointed, because, last week, he seemed unstoppable. After last week, I was thinking, he would probably be one of the last ones standing in this competition. I hope he will be able to shine in other ballroom styles.
Kupono Aweau & Ashley Valerio:
I thought she did a really good job, but, he wasn’t keeping up with her.
Jason Glover & Caitlin Kinney:
I enjoyed watching them dance this routine and I thought they both danced it well, however, it didn’t really seem very hip-hoppy to me. It seemed kind of goody-2-shoes and cheerleader-like to me.