I feel sorry for Hope to a point. It seemed tacky they announced her in jeopardy at the start of the show, then waited nearly 40 minutes before getting to anymore results. She had a negative rehearsal edit this week, she has a popular but polarizing pro, she can't do any right by the judges, she was seen breaking down this week, and because of her twitter comment, I believe she'll probably get picked apart by the judges next week as well. It's Broadway week, so I can only imagine the "you're not feminine/didn't capture the character/didn't work hard enough to learn the steps and entertainment aspect" CA has a lot of contradicting nerve. I think her beef is with Maks, and as a result, his partners suffer. In terms of the two dances, I think next week is the group dance as the second dance. We haven't had once since season 9, but given the theme, I can see why they're bringing it back. Besides, it might take the place of team dances this season, which has me calling conspiracy.
Chaz doesn't even looked fazed at staying. He knew he was safe. I hope he doesn't get into Bristol territory where he starts believing his own hype. Rob-don't like him by association, but I think he could make the finals if his family and CA have their way. I don't agree with anything the judges said during or after their dance that we saw. Cheryl's bugging me this season as well, even more than usual. J.R. is an absolute doll. I love him giving encouraging words to Chaz backstage since they had the same dance style. What is there not to love about that guy? I'm not digging Ricki anymore, if that wasn't obvious. She is one dimensional to me. David/Kym are too freaking cute together. Even though she just won last season, I'm glad Kym got a fun partner, even if I don't think he'll be taking the mirrorball in the end. If any of the controversial 3 in Rob, Nancy, or Chaz don't make the finals, it'll be his. Of course he'll probably go out third, which is the only spot in the final 3 Kym hasn't finished.
Other highlights: loved seeing Tristan/Kym. I'm indifferent on the troupe, but it seems like we're seeing more of them this season than last. And I'll take a Val number anyday. Loved the AT&T spotlight segment (way to get another plug in, show). Didn't need to see Derek and Mark, but it was a nice number, and I'm happy for that young lady. Even if she says she can't dance, I wonder if Kelly Clarkson would ever be persuading into doing the show. I wonder if any male pros were behind the scenes trying to get her to put them down as the partner she wants if she ever does it.
Thanks for that bit of info JavaJo! Of course I'll probably be doing both Did I mention I miss Gilles?