Bruno compliments his drive and passion. Carrie Ann says she didn’t see a lift, but felt like there might have been one. She loved the “regal quality”. Len says it was terrific. Donald loves being on this show so much – it makes me happy every time. He gets a 27 – the third of the night.
Maria Menounos and Derek Hough (30/30) – There’s a weird tension in the rehearsal footage, and in an interview Maria cries about not being as good as his past partners. Like when they’ve partnered him with professional dancers? I swear, next season they’re just going to partner Derek with, I don’t know, Anna or Kym. They’ll be dancing my favorite dance, the paso doble. Maria has fangs and Derek tries to stake her. Symbolism intentional, I’m sure. They do a nice job of making the dance look like a struggle, which I mean as a compliment. Maria’s a little wooden, though – it’s like for her, “intensity” and “stiffness” are one and the same. I liked it better than most of their dances, but they just don’t sit right with me.