So happy these two made it through! It was painful to have to wait until the end and I was so afraid because Kate was announced bottom 2 first, and since I didn't expect her to go home, I thought for sure these guys were gone. No way did I think Pamela, Jake or Chad was leaving over Kate. Glad these guys didn't, and glad those 3 didn't. They have the samba next week so I can't wait to see what they come up with; it'll be Erin's first sexy, fast paced latin dance since her cha cha. I also can't wait to see what costume she comes up with for Maks.
Reading the above comments, I'm not sure if I think Len has it out for Maks. I think Len has a high respect for all the dancers and maybe just expects them to know better on certain elements. However, when you watch someone's style like Derek over Maks's, you know who they tend to favor and what the show apparently wants. Maks called it flash and trash at one point. Less about sticking to the technical and finer points of ballroom and more about making flashy entertainment laced numbers. I do think the 3 Stooges need a refresher course in judging. Don't allow the couples to have free reign on gimmicks and themes but only chide certain ones for it. I don't think there was a lot of messing about at all with the menu. I don't care if Jake's pantless intro was part of the theme, it still took longer and more attention away from his non cha-cha than anything Maks or Pamela did. I know Maks is one of the ones to have had it out with CA before and in his blog calls them out, though it normally focuses more on her and Bruno, and I don't think he's saying anything bad. He's just saying he wished they'd give better constructive criticism and be a little more professional.