Last night, "Dancing With the Stars" contestants competed in Latin Week. This week's show featured a chance for immunity, a dance-off for extra judges points, and a performance from Latin music star, Juanes.
Although the earnest but hapless Andy Dick landed at the bottom of the leaderboard, I'm really hoping that the hammer will fall on "Bachelor" Sean Lowe.
Sean Can't Rumba Without Catherine
When Trista Sutter was on the show, I remember cringing because she talked about how she wouldn't perform sexy moves with anyone other than her husband. If that's the case, then why was she even on the show to begin with?
This week, Sean pulled a Trista by talking about how excruciatingly difficult it was to get into character for his steamy rumba because he didn't have romantic feelings for his partner, Peta Murgatroyd.
So Peta invited Catherine to attend rehearsal in order for Sean to practice the rumba on her. There are some things I wish I could un-see, like the boob graze between him and Catherine. Eek! After Sean and Peta performed, he kept talking about how he was picturing Catherine the entire time.
I couldn't help laughing at the ridiculousness of it all. In real life, Peta is supposed to be his platonic friend. But on the floor, she is his dance partner. As a performer, it's his job to get into character and to foster that connection with his partner in that moment.
Do we hear the married Kellie Pickler whining about how she can't shake her "bon bon" because she's not attracted to Derek Hough? Does being married stop Ingo Rademacher from performing a romantic rumba with Kym Johnson?
Sean, please give the viewers some credit. We know the difference between acting and real life.
Apologies To Nate Hartsock
During Sean's run as "The Bachelor," Desiree's brother, Nate, seemingly attacked Sean out of nowhere. He called Sean a "playboy" and said that he didn't "see a lot of reciprocation." Sure, he could have expressed himself more tactfully. But now I'm wondering if there was some truth to Nate's blunt but sharp comments.
All season on "Dancing," Sean seems to have a chip on his shoulder. It's like he's deliberately trying to prove that he's not a playboy. He makes a point to mention Catherine every chance he has, and he's going out of his way to prove that he doesn't have sexual chemistry with Peta.
It all reeks of overcompensation. You don't see the other contestants constantly talking about their significant others. If your relationship is really that strong, then you wouldn't have to try so hard to prove it to everyone.
I'm thinking that Nate's comments hit a little too close to home with Sean.
Nate, if you're reading this, I would like to apologize for every disparaging comment I ever made about you in my "Bachelor" recaps!
Immunity & Dance-Off
This week, Kellie and Derek tied with Aly Raisman and Mark Ballas, earning the highest scores in the individual dances. But because Kellie and Derek had the higher cumulative score of the season, they won immunity for this week.
Aly and Mark took the easy road by choosing lowest-scoring Andy and Sharna as their competitors for the dance-off. Aly and Mark easily won the cha cha, based on being technically stronger.
Zendaya and Val Chmerkovskiy decided to challenge themselves by taking on Jacoby Jones and Karina Smirnoff in the jive. The judges were torn. While they enjoyed Jacoby's heart, they also appreciated Zendaya's clean technique. Still, they decided to award the points to Zenday and Val.
Ingo and Kym, and Sean and Peta took on the rumba. Thankfully, Ingo and Kym improved from their individual dance and were able to earn the extra judges' points.
Kellie and Derek earned 29 points for their samba and earned immunity for the week.
Aly and Mark earned a 29 points for their rumba, plus 3 points in the dance-off for a total of 32.
Zendaya and Val earned 27 points for their paso doble, plus 3 points in the dance-off for a total of 30.
Jacoby and Karina earned 27 points for their salsa.
Ingo and Kym earned 22 points for their rumba (in which Bruno lost his paddle), plus 3 points in the dance-off for a total of 25.
Sean and Peta earned 24 points for their non-sexy rumba.
Lovable Andy and Sharna earned a 17 for their rumba, resulting in a "sour face" from poor Andy (and from me).
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