It was a night of elegance and grace as Lawrence Taylor "got his smooth on" in an elegant waltz, Ty Murray proved that even cowboys can be sophisticated dancers, and Gilles Marini proved that even the waltz can be sexy.
Seven couples remain and the competition is fierce! Melissa's Argentine tango was fiery, precise and polished and the judges rewarded her and partner Tony Dovolani with a 29 (the highest of the evening). Lil Kim's rhumba as slow, hot and steamy, but not for judge Bruno Tonioli who gushed "bring back the raunch!!!" Yowzah!
Chuck Wicks and Julianne Hough redeemed themselves with a lickety-split samba that earned them a generous 27. Shawn Johnson looked very grown up tonight with a similarly fast and furious turn on the floor, only this time out it was the cha cha cha that earned her solid 28.
But it was Ty's perfectly tempo'd waltz that earned the night's most outrageous commentary by judge Len Goodman. Remarking about Ty's very stylized up-and-down movements, Goodman remarked "There was more rise and fall than a bride's nightie!"
Gotta love that British sense of humor!
Gilles slipped even further away from the top of the leaderboard tonight with a 27 for his efforts in the Viennese waltz. C'mon Gilles and Cheryl!! Get your groove back!
For the group dance (judged only by the viewers!) it was a trip in time to the 1960s when mod was all the rage. Not one of the best group dances in the show's history, and frankly I'm still scratching my head over Ty and Chelsie's choice for a solo moment, but it was fun nonetheless.
Somebody's going home Tuesday night and my prediction is Lawrence Taylor. He's had a good run, but there's just too much better dancing going on around him. Sorry LT!!