Finally, the judges are giving numbers appropriate to the beginning of the season. When we come back from commercial break two of the pro troupe guys are rocking out in their unitards and KISS makeup; Tom quips, "Welcome back to Mimes Gone Wild!"
Melissa Gilbert & Maksim Chmerkovskiy
Melissa is excited about the Paso Doble because she says that outwardly she's the good girl, but there's always been a "bad girl underneath." Maks is exhorting Melissa to get "pissed" at him.
This isn't usually something that Maks has to explicitly request from his partners. It may be rock night, but Maks and Melissa are getting a White Stripes song, "Conquest." Check out the video if you've ever wanted to see Jack White in toreador pants.
Oh dear. Rright at the end, Maks spins Melissa around in that sort of death spiral move and in the process falls on his own keister. Poor thing! I always feel bad for the pros when they mess up. Len liked it! He adds "I know silly old Maks fell over" but he "doesn't care." Bruno points out the messed up ending and Maks immediately and guiltily raises his hand and takes the blame. I was starting to not like Maks last season, but he's bouncing back with me. Carrie Ann wants Melissa to work on her confidence when she and Maks are in hold.
Scores: Carrie Ann: 7 Len: 8 Bruno: 7.Looks like Len really did forgive that fall. Brooke finally makes a joke about the ridiculous "Bride of Frankenstein colors her gray and lets down the updo" hair she's got tonight.
Donald Driver & Peta Murgatroyd
Peta thinks Donald is going to "kill" the Paso Doble and Donald hopes so, given how many athletes have done well at it on past seasons. Peta says she's going to have Donald shirtless because "the ladies will like it and Bruno will love it." She's not wrong. But Donald wants a jacket, to practice with the cape. Peta loans him her delicate white cardigan and it's adorable and hilarious to see him wear it around.
"Purple Haze" is their jam and this routine certainly has the attack and aggression the judges have been asking for all night. He flings Peta to the ground and her long, long body spins around several times. Bruno says it had power and a "bit of sense of humor." Carrie Ann can't say enough good enough adjectives and finishes with "spectacular." Len jokes that after the show he and Donald should compare tattoos and then calls this routine Donald's best dance.
Scores: Carrie Ann: 9 Len: 9 Bruno: 9.Something about Peta with the big hair and strong makeup is making her look like a skinny Lacey Schwimmer.
Gladys Knight & Tristan MacManus
Tristan is impressed that Gladys was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. To which Rush still does not belong. Who is more rock, the band that gave you "Tom Sawyer" or Gladys Knight?
Harrumph. I am really not looking forward to hearing how the musical director has had to cut down "Bohemian Rhapsody" for this short dance routine. Although, props for the video at the beginning with the judges and Tom on the big screen recreating Queen's "Night at the Opera" look.
This is just not good, you guys. Gladys is hanging in there, but at some point you have to stop grading her on a curve just because of her age. Carrie Ann calls it Gladys's "most ambitious
routine" and points out that it's a hard song to dance to. Len reminds her to watch her posture and to make her feet and legs more "crisp." Bruno calls her a "class act" and it says it was a difficult song and talks about its "difficult phrasing."
Scores: Carrie Ann: 7 Len: 6 Bruno: 7.More than fair; they're still giving her a bit of a curve there.
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It's Rock Week! Y'all ready for some Gladys Knight doing Queen?
Gladys Knight and Tristan MacManus. (Bob D'Amico, ABC / April 9, 2012)