For once, as much as it pains me to admit it, I can't argue that Derek didn't deserve his 30. It was well deserved. Paso is definitely his strong point, as he hasn't let me down in that field yet (though I'm over the kid I do enjoy some of his routines). I didn't think they would crash and burn, but was curious how they'd pull off the 50s attire and music, since I figured that was going to be their one obstacle.
But Nicole needs an attitude adjustment. For a girl that does no wrong with at least two judges, who has an extremely popular pro, and who has a boatload more dance experience that she herself could probably not get picked out of a line up of the pros compared to the others, I find her whining petty. She complains she doesn't do this for a living? The girl is a dancer! CA said it herself, she can find no flaws with her and said she's the best dancer they've ever had. No one that came even with half the experience as Nicole would get remarks like that. If they're trying to make her look sympathetic and like she's at as much of a disadvantage as the others, they aren't succeeding. As a dancer, I enjoy Derek, but as a pro who's supposed to be teaching his partner (and not getting help from them), I'm over the show's infatuation of Derek-butt kissing. I think this show will have a much different, less biased feel once Derek and Mark are gone. I know I'll enjoy it more, and who knows, I may learn to miss them. Nicole is as good as in the finals, and this is her's to lose. I would hope next season, maybe, finally, since Derek would be equal to the wins of his sister and best friend, that they'd finally give him his overdue Cloris Leachman dud of a partner.