Hold on a second. Did I really just write that headline? A retired bullrider tied with a teenage gymnast? In a dance competition? Performing a dance called the Lindy Hop? And Steve Wozniak scored a 10? Well, that last one was last week, and it was out of a possible 30, but the rest of it is all true, folks.
Ty and Shawn are my two favorite contestants, so I suppose I should be happy to see them tied, but I really have mixed feelings. Shawn seemed like she had such high hopes for this to be her night, her dance, and then her dancing ended up taking back seat to her gymnastics. While Ty, with his usual sheepish grin and gosh-darn-I'll-try attitude, comes out and delivers a great Lindy Hop! (But did you see how uncomfortable he looked when Carrie Ann shouted, "Ty Murray is a DANCER!"? I could just see him responding, "Uh, ma'am? I think you've got the wrong fella.")
Anyway, I digress. This week's performances of the Lindy Hop and Argentine tango didn't shake up the leaderboard too much, except in the marked improvement of two long-shot dancers: the aforementioned Ty, who's now tied for fourth place, and Li'l Kim, who took Shawn's spot in the top three this week. Let's get down to business with a look at the leaderboard.
Gilles and Cheryl: The first perfect score of the season was well deserved. This Argentine Tango truly looked like two professional dancers who were made to dance together. Impeccable synchronicity, steamy chemistry, and sheer beauty in the dance. Judges' score: 30/30
Melissa and Tony: Slap a couple sets of mouse ears on this couple, because Minnie and Mickey Mouse could not have done a more gravity-defying, yet ridiculously adorable, Lindy Hop. Even though I'm not a Bachelor fan, I was smiling the whole way through that dance. Melissa is slowly winning me over. I'm glad Tony didn't drop her on her head on live television, as I thought was about to happen for about a second. Judges' score: 29/30
Li'l Kim and Derek: I'm not sure which was working harder during Kim's tango — her newly triangular, made-to-smile face to hold a serious expression, or her super-curvy little body to do all those precise moves. But she pulled it off, and that tango was totally sexy and sophisticated. I don't know much about technique, but I agree with the judges that Derek choreographed a beautiful dance that was perfectly in time and spirit with the music. Judges' score: 27/30