It looked tongue in cheek to me.
That's the trouble with Rob. He is performing better, but if you watch his feet, he's often not doing all that much, and certainly he's not doing anything as difficult as what Karina is choreographing for J.R., because she knows if she doesn't, they haven't a chance at winning. Cheryl is simply choreographing toward Rob's abilities and around his deficiencies. I don't fault her for that at all, but it doesn't make Rob a better dancer than he is. As has already been pointed out, there are many third place contestants from other seasons who were much better dancers than Rob is. I don't think he's as bad as Bristol, but he's not as good as Erin or Kelly either. As for him being a slacker, yes, there are 24 year olds living at home, unemployed, because of the economic climate--but most of them are trying to get a career started and most of them don't have the advantages Rob would have in getting a foot in the door somewhere, not to mention that I would imagine he had to inherit something from his father's estate. Even if it were in a trust, he's twenty-four and would likely have control of it by now. Yet he doesn't appear to be doing much of anything, except appearing on Khloe and Lamar and Keeping Up with the Kardashians, and even on those shows, he does very little. If he's so proud of earning a degree at USC, let's see him try to make some use of it doing something.
I think Hope is just generally uncomfortable with the show. Last night, they even pointed out that because her entire shoulder has been rebuilt, trying to hold a proper frame is painful for her. On top of that, she's had to deal with struggling to learn something physically demanding when, as a gold medal winning athlete, she's used to having her body do what she wants it to with much more ease; she's had to listen to constant comments about how she's not feminine enough or she's too strong or she isn't fluid, which she's admitted makes her feel as if they're telling her she's not a girl, but a guy; and up until recently, she and Maks have had problems communicating effectively with each other. The show hasn't been a particularly happy experience for her, and it's shown, because she's not an actress. I've noticed the serious look too, and I think that has to do with her not being an actress too--she's used to competing without having to worry about the expression on her face when she does so. I'd think no one would much care if a goalie looked serious. In fact, they might prefer that, as a happy, smiling goalie isn't exactly going to intimidate her opponents.
I hope J.R.'s ankle gets better, they don't lose too much training time in the process, and a different pro gets to hoist a trophy for a change. I wonder if part of his distress last night was knowing that if he can't dance well due to circumstances he can't control (his injury), he takes Karina down with him. He seems to like Karina, and I suspect he wouldn't want to disappoint her--and at this point, he has to know that unlike Cheryl and Derek, she's never won and possibly he even knows what happened to her last year with Ralph, which had to be a bitter disappointment.
Hope is clearly the worst dancer left, but it is galling how blatant an attempt the judges are making to ensure that she does not advance over Rob. They are no doubt privy to the numbers from the fan voting, so they had to skew their scoring enough to get Rob through. That is the only explanation for them ranking him first in the relay.
HEY! Here's an idea for next season - bring back Carson to replace Brooke & let Brooke replace CA! First - we'd know what to expect from at least one judge for every. single. dance. And, second - can you imagine Brooke sniping at anyone? I can't! I'd be willing to put up with Brooke as a judge if it would get CA's pompous, idiot face off my TV!
When it stops paying off, competitors will quit taking the easy road.
It's like taking the SATs... if you don't know an answer, do you choose one anyway, knowing you lose points for wrong answers? Or do you leave it blank, knowing you won't gain but won't lose? Depends on whether or not you can eliminate one of the choices. You assess whether to take the safe route or the gamble.
And keep in mind, the celebs are not really elite competitors in any sense of the word, even though their partners are. The pro may remove difficult steps to benefit his partner.
I am always amazed that celebrity men can do lifts with the female pros. Do they do any weight-training during the season to work on upper-body strength? Granted, the female pros are light and know how to hold themselves to make the lift most efficient for their partner, but still, I would guess that an average man can't just lift a female with ease. Or can they?
I always think of Derek as a little guy, but he lifted Ricki earlier in the season with much more ease than I expected. Where are his muscles? Or perhaps it's just more about the motion than the upward lift.
By the way, when Ricki is intrepid about Derek lifting her, I believe her doubt is genuine, based on her view of herself. But when she covers her mouth with her hands and gasps at every sentence of praise from every judge, I'm not sure she's totally authentic.
I am wondering if there has ever been a season where one of the F4 is scored that much lower than the other three? And, if so, who was that person? I can't remember what each of them had prior to the dance-off at the end (except that Hope and Max were at the bottom with 45), but that pretty much sealed the deal. There is no way that Hope and Maks can make up that much of a difference.
And, am I wrong, but haven't Derek and Ricki gone through the entire competition so far and never once had to dance first - or even second? It seems like they have always been at or near the end. The order in which each dancer has performed this season has also looked suspicious to me. Maybe I am wrong, but it seems like in the past that they rotated the dancers so that they would move up each week - example: if someone danced first in week one, they would go second the next week, and the one who danced last would then go first the following week.
I did not hear JR say the F-word. Was it audible, or could you just read his lips? I personally think that he was disappointed in himself - not only did he feel like his performance was not as good as he wanted it to be - but he also aggravated the injury to his ankle, knowing that he had two more dances to perform. I think that he said it best: he was disappointed that he got injured at this point in the competition because of all the work that he and Karina have put into it. An injury at this point could certainly affect the outcome, and JR knows that.
It looks like Carrie Ann is well aware that a huge number of fans are calling for her to be fired. She seems to be extremely thin skinned and is just looking for Maks to make any kind of facial expression or whatever so she can call him out on it. Last night was ridiculous, and she is rightfully getting slammed for what she said. I will watch tonight's show just to see how Hope and Maks handle things when they are eliminated, and then I will tune in to Jimmy Kimmel's show to see what they have to say.
I hope that JR can somehow pull this out and win it, but I will not be watching next week. I can not stand to watch anymore of Carrie Ann, so I will just be reading what everyone here has to say and will be cheering for JR. And if things don't change and Carrie Ann is back in the spring, I might have to skip it then too. Maybe if enough people just don't tune in next week and the ratings drop significantly, then they will get the message at DWTS. Something needs to change. I say start by getting rid of Carrie Ann.