Leah Remini and Tony Dovolani: 27/30 + 1 = 28 total "This is what I want people to see in this dance," said Leah. "That I am friends with Jennifer Lopez." Just kidding. What Leah really wants is for people to see that if you put the hard work into something and you HAVE CONFIDENCE, you can do it. So confidence is her breakthrough? Okay. She did seem super-confident with her decision to walk out of group rehearsal after being informed of the deadly S.U.D.C. And she's definitely perfected that all-important sultry "I'm better than you" mid-dance sneer. So yes. Confidence. Definitely on the right track.
Nines all around were pretty generous for Leah and Tony's quickstep, which frustrated the heck out of me as I kept trying to predict when Leah's silly ankle-length robe onesie (you can imagine it, right? then it's a thing) would come flying off. It never did, which I suppose was for the best considering her Hugh Hefner-esque loafers were also not cute. I really wanted to see what was going on underneath the loungewear. There were, like, multiple layers of variously sized red sequins rippling across her chest. The answers to all of life's mysteries, like "Is Leah Remini already a professional dancer?" could have been revealed. But now we'll never know.
Tony… may have a motorboating problem. There, I said it.
Hidden Gem of the Week:
At the end of Leah's dance, Carrie Ann's arm was extended behind her (cheering, I guess). I totally thought it was Leah's bare leg sticking straight up in the air. --Amy in KC
Corbin Bleu and Karina Smirnoff: 23/30 + 4 = 27 total I think the problem with dancing a Viennese waltz to the Game of Thrones theme was that…it's a freaking Viennese waltz! I mean, it's cute that Corbin has a hero -- GOT is his "all-time favorite show, right now," a phrase which will make your head hurt a LOT if you keep thinking about how much you want to slash it with a knife -- but are any of you familiar with Khal Drogo (speaking of knives)? He's like the human embodiment of a bull with smoke coming out of its ears. Unless they'd made the choice to tone down Drogo and focus on his latent romantic side -- which they totally and easily could have done -- Corbin's "powerful" posturing would inevitably seem way too fierce for this style of dance. In an ideal world, this would have been a paso. I mean, I get that the 3/4 time signature (check out who used to take piano lessons) lends itself to a waltz, but come on. The real Khal Drogo would have watched three seconds of this waltz and sentenced it to death just by unflinchingly glaring at it.
"I'm just glad you didn't go with the 'Red Wedding' tango!" As usual, Tom Bergeron is perfect.
NEXT: Crotch forward. Butt bounce. Just the basics.