Some weeks are better than others and some dances are better than others. That’s what Monday night’s episode was like for Evan Lysacek and Anna Trebunskaya or Team Evanna. Evan truly has a lot on his plate with the Stars on Ice commitment, not to mention his recent head injury. Not only that, this particular episode seemed off for some reason. It wasn’t until I read Rob Shuter’s piece at Popeater that the executives at Dancing with the Stars are extremely worried about its ratings since Kate Gosselin’s departure. She was great TV whether she was fighting with her dance partner, Tony, or copping a ‘tude with the judges. Perhaps that’s why the show seemed deflated during Monday night’s performance show. Just about everyone was off their game.
On a brighter note Tom Bergeron gleefully announced at the top of the show Dancing with the Stars is still the #1 rated show. This episode would feature two dances with the latter one featuring all the couples dancing side by side in the Swing marathon where lifts will be allowed. For the first round it was either the lively rhythmic Samba from Brazil or the improvisational Argentine Tango. Evan and Anna were the second couple on the dance floor. The pre-performance video showed the two laughing it up at their practice sessions until Evan hit his head, thankfully on a cushioned mat, during a lift maneuver. Here we saw Evan take a serious situation and make some funny jokes when he’s in the emergency room. For instance he said: “Looks like I’m gonna live” and later upon his release wearing a massive bandage wrapped around his head with an ice pack on top while further stating: “I’m being admitted to the psych ward.” He certainly has a great sense of humor.
Unfortunately his spot on humor and making fun of himself did not carryover to his Samba. Evan looked smoking hot in his beautiful white shirt that was unbuttoned and wide-open for the world to see his nice abs. They danced a very impressive routine to the music of The Black Eyed Peas’ “Hey Mama”, but the problem was it wasn’t the samba. Evan did seem awkward at times extending his very long arms and being almost too ballet-like. Their pace was fast, and as always, Evan and Anna worked exquisitely together. Afterwards, they got a rousing standing ovation from the crowd. It was great to see and hear that. Needless to say when it came to the judges I just knew it wasn’t going to be good. They were all critical starting with Bruno who informed the two that Evan’s lyrical lines didn’t work, more nitpicking from Bruno on Evan’s hips and he said it wasn’t pretty to look at. Carrie simply put it that some dances don’t work and the samba was not his dance, which I did agree with her. Len closed out the judges critiques by stating it was Evan’s worst dance, because it was too ballet and carnival-like. As one TV reviewer stated about Monday night’s show “I’ll chalk this up to the minor concussion he suffered when he banged his head on the floor during rehearsal.”
The second and final round was the Swing marathon. An example of this dance would be the Lindy Hop. The Swing was developed in the U.S. during the early decades of the 20th century at the same time the jazz music genre of swing was at its zenith. I figured this dance would put Team Evanna into the top where they belong. Evan stated in the video piece earlier in the show he was looking forward to doing lifts with Anna since day one. Talk about adding insult to injury Evan & Anna were the third couple asked to leave the dance floor. This gave them a grand total of 27 points, which was the same score they got last week for only one dance. They received 21 for the Samba and tied with Jake & Chelsie and Niecy & Louis. Additionally, they got 6 points for their placement during the Swing marathon. Of course we had to be subjected to Nicole & Derek’s winning the marathon and getting the highest scores from their earlier dance. Why not just call the show “Dancing with Nicole & Derek and the Stars” from now on. That’s what it’s ending up to be. I felt Erin & Maks should have won the marathon. They had a lot more chemistry. However, Evan displayed charm, grace, and a brilliant attitude during his interview with Brooke Burke. That to me makes him a winner in my book for the evening.
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