At last the paso doble! I thought they weren't going to get there.
Last night's edition of Dancing with the Stars featured a sort of inflation in the judges' score, most notably Len, who either had a near-death experience or a very, very good night's sleep to warrant the sudden generosity and at times excessive patronizing. Just all weeks past, though, there were good performances, and those that reminded us why train wrecks are painfully fun to watch.
Best performance of the night - Mark Dacascos and Lacey Schwimmer - Paso Doble
The biggest revelation of the night (akin to the Kelly Osbourne-centric kick-off week) was Mark Dacascos' paso doble. He needed to channel a tough, testosterone-sweating matador and during rehearsal, he looked like he had problems doing it. Right off the bat, however, we already know that Mark was in his element during the paso doble. The music was awesome, and he was in the zone. He's moving well and his facial expression was spot on.
And the judges concurred! Bruno likened him to the devil, while the rest agreed that it was focused, exciting, and technically brilliant. Come scoring time, Carrie Ann and Len gave it a 9, while Bruno spoiled the party with an 8.
Worst performance of the night - Louie Vito and Chelsie Hightower - Argentine Tango
Of course we all want Louie and Chelsie to channel all their chemistry into a great routine, but, five weeks later, we're still not seeing it. As determined as he was to climb up the leader board (at this point, their fans are the only ones keeping them in the show), he still had problems moving away from that cool dude, shaggy hair image.