May 01, 2009 05:29 PM by Britteny Elrick
On her blog for Entertainment Weekly’s Popwatch, Dancing With The Starsjudge Carrie Ann Inaba talks about this week’s performances, the high level of competitiveness, and her thoughts on Julianne and Chuck’s relationship. Get the inside scoop on how she feels about all these topics and more…
Carrie says of Chuck and Julianne’s recent departure, “I found their journey to be particularly interesting because they were and still are a real-life couple. Their training video packages always had a different feeling to them and sometimes were uncomfortable to watch because unlike with the other pairs, it was their personal life that we were watching. When they argued or when Julianne was tough on Chuck, you couldn’t help but wonder what their real relationship was. And I think that made it difficult to watch. Of course, as judges, we only judge what we see on the dance floor — but the audience votes on what ever they want. I don’t think they (Chuck and Julianne) realized how much of a toll this show would take on their real-life romance. I was happy to hear that they are still together — but Chuck didn’t thank Julianne tonight, which I found a bit strange. I am sure he meant to — and in that last minute I’m sure they have so many things to say, so much to express. But he didn’t thank her for her love and her support. Most partners always express their affection for their partners.”
What about Melissa’s unfortunate absence due to her rib injury? Carrie comments, “It was too bad about Melissa not being able to dance. She was the captain of her team and wasn’t able to help them with the scores. I do think that had an effect on the outcome of the performance. I think Lacey did an INCREDIBLE JOB out there with Tony — with little to no time to learn the dance — but in the end I think that her performance in the number hurt the celebrities who came after her. She almost outshone the others,we didn’t judge Tony and Lacey, but their performance affected the dynamic of the number as a complete showcase of teamwork. It threw off the balance of the performance, I think. Also, the end of the group mambo was a bit odd. I did laugh and found it cute and enjoyable, but at this stage when the competition is SO TIGHT, you would think they would have put forth their absolute best effort to do a great performance and not go for camp. But this is what makes the competition so fascinating.”
Then Carrie switches from the celebrities to theprofessional dancer competition. She says,”The professional dancers surprised me last night. I was particularly impressed with Mayo. His height could have been a hindrance but instead it only made his high-octane jive larger than life! He really showed us that he could do both Latin and Ballroom and do both very well! Len made that comment but we all thought it — that we didn’t think he could do Latin. But he proved us all wrong and I congratulate him for it.’
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