Dancing With the Stars - Season 13
Posted 09 November 2011 - 11:28 PM
I think the top 2 (JR and Ricki are as strong as other seasons' contenders, and certainly stronger than a few who have won), but spot 3 is a toss up between Hope and Rob. I expected Hope to go far, as most female athletes from sports requiring fast twitch muscle fibers tend to move well in dance. I never expected Rob to make it this far. But I expect Rob to make it to to the final 3 based on his sisters' extensive social networks, which Hope does not have. However, it may just depend on how they dance....and how Maks handles the pressure...will his temper explode and prevent Hope from progressing?
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Posted 22 November 2011 - 04:36 PM
Rob Kardashian / Cheryl Burke turned in two strong performances with a lot of technique. I am most impressed by the improvement of Rob's arms. However, most improved doesn't not necessarily mean the best. Despite his sisters' networking, not sure he can win it. But I liked his free dance the most. Cheryl was correct that Rob excels in the slow dances, and going retro looked very good for him, especially the zoot suit!
Riki Lake / Derek Hough had the most underwhelming performances, she looked tight (not in a good way) while Derek was selling the choreo hard. They relaxed a bit for the free dance, but I felt the free tried to do too many things: multiple styles of dance, multiple complicated lifts, and flash. Bad song choices for both numbers.
JR Martinez / Karina Smirnoff had a nice cha-cha that didn't deserve 7's, but still got them. He also seemed a little nervous. But they picked an excellent free dance song to do some interesting lifts (I didn't like the danger factor, he could have done safer lifts and I would have liked them if they were smooth). He really is the best dancer on the floor of the contestants, and is at a higher level of dancing in the finals than Riki.
I felt like Riki peaked a couple of weeks ago, JR peaked last week, and Rob peaked this week. JR for the win, for sentimental war hero status combined with strong season-long dancing skills, and sentimental desire for Karina to finally win (she's come soooooo close!)
Posted 23 November 2011 - 05:06 AM
The final finishing order was:
1st -- JR/Karina
2nd -- Rob/Cheryl
3rd -- Ricki/Derek
Special mention has to go to Cheryl Burke who, once again, took a very unpromising contestant and got him all the way to the runner-up position. Yes, the Kardashians command a big voting bloc but I don't think that would have carried Rob quite so far if Cheryl hadn't worked a small miracle with him.
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