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It also marked the return of the Maks. Bad boy of the ballroom
This, of course, meant fellow “in jeopardy” (but again, not necessarily in the bottom two) couple
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Jack Osbourne was having a tough start to the week. He was hampered with vision problems in his left eye and a bad headache — the very symptoms that got him diagnosed with MS. "It's the beast I've got to live with, so you've just got to roll with it," Jack said like a champ. So he and Cheryl Burke had to break up their training a bit this week. Jack admirably tried to own his pimp during his jazz routine to the Police's "Roxanne." But Carrie Ann said Jack was outside his comfort zone "and I can feel it." Len thought it lacked a bit of finesse. Bruno likened Jack's dancing to "catching a hot potato" and said, "Every move has to be extended to the maximum."
Seeing Jack now, trim and fit and happy with his lovely wife and daughter and considerable ballroom skills, you forget how far the young Osbourne had come. He moved to California from England at age 12, was launched onto "The Osbournes" at 15, went to rehab by 17, and then was diagnosed with MS. He's taken a licking but keeps on ticking, so it's hard not to stand up alongside Cheryl and his family and root for him — and his terrific Argentine tango to "El Tango de Roxanne" from "Moulin Rouge." "You were so in the zone," Carrie Ann said. "Every moment done with passion and precision." "This was pure Cheryl at her best," Maks said. "Technical, no nonsense." Len liked how Jack really came out and sold the dance. "The transformation is unbelievable" from the last dance to this, Bruno thought. "To actually dance with Cheryl at that level is really a great achievement. I want to kiss you." Jack and Cheryl received a 33 for their jazz routine and a 38 for their tango. Total: 71.
Leah Remini didn’t want attitude from Tony Dovolani’s old friend Maks for her paso doble. Too bad she got a bit of shade from the regular judges for her
The Bensonhurst, Brooklyn native, mother of lovely Sofia, and friend to Chelsea Handler did not fare much better with her Argentine tango. The judges wanted to see more personality from the "King of Queens" actress. Bruno liked the intimacy — "Nice instrument you've got there," the judge said. "You should play more often, my darling." But Len didn't think Leah "embraced the dance fully." Carrie Ann acknowledged how far Leah's come, but "you need to have more confidence," she said. "You stop your movements short." Maks agreed. "You're a real woman and you bring exactly what the competition needs," he said. "If on top the Leah that I know comes out, that will be a whole other performance." Leah and Tony received a 32 for their paso and a 33 for their tango. Total: 65.
It's bad enough Bill Engvall suffers from low scores and a painful injury. Why did he and Emma Slater have to be punished further by wearing those jazzercize monstrosities? Not even bedazzles could save that awful pastel and animal print outfits worn in their cha cha, set to LMFAO's "Sexy and I Know It." It didn't help that Bill thought his cha cha was no good. So the judges chose to focus on the positive instead. Maks said it best. "Personally, I don't believe in talent. I believe in hard work. You showed that," he said eloquently. "There were a lot of holes in this cha cha, but don't worry about that. … You're amazing. A lot of people are looking up to you for even attempting this." "You're not always the judges' champion, but you're the people's champion," said Len. "Obviously you're not Baryshnikov but the pleasure you give us … is unmatchable," Bruno said.
Bill may be down on himself, but his family and friends still support him. "I couldn't be more proud of Bill right now," Gail said. "I love that people love him." And Bill really redeemed himself with his Argentine tango. Set to an acoustic "Sexy and I Know It" version sung live by Noah, the wannabe singer used all his performance skills to enact a sultry routine. "The musical interpretation was amazing," Maks said. "But the dance interpretation was just as great." Len said Bill was "full of heart" and gave credit to Emma: "The way you've nurtured Bill and brought him along is fantastic." "You set the mood, you played it straight," Bruno said. "I loved that for the first time you didn't joke around," Carrie Ann said. "You went straight to the game and went straight to the heart." Bill and Emma received a 28 for their cha cha, and a 32 and a "most improved" stamp for their Argentine tango. Total: 60.
What do you think, ballroom fans? Surprised to see Bill in the finals? How do you think Maks fared as a guest judge? Who do you think will win this season's coveted Mirror Ball Trophy?