November 13, 2012 at 12:32 pm , by Ladies' Lounge
Last night’s show was a two-part special. We started out with some wonderful dances to celebrate Veteran’s Day. The performances were exciting and paid beautiful tribute to our country’s service men and women. To have so many of them in our audience was quite an honor and a lot of fun—they were yelling and cheering more than our usual audience does! You have to take a moment to consider how lucky we are to live in this country and have the liberties we do. And we have to thank our men and women of service who keep us safe back at home. Looking around the room and seeing so many young and brave faces, I was really humbled. They really enjoyed those first seven performances and were truly touched by Kirstie Alley and Shawn Johnson’s performances, both of which had a special emotional touch. I also think Melissa’s number was fantastic this week and really ended the Veteran’s day celebration on a high note!
The second part of the show was all about trios. Len and I got into it about Shawn’s dance, which I thought was incredible. This season is really about pushing boundaries and taking risks. And when you take creative risks, you can fail or you can blow us all away. And as seen by Shawn’s trio performance with Mark Ballas and Derek Hough, you can also get mixed reactions, but that is what’s so great about our panel. Len, Bruno and I can agree to disagree. We can get so heated in the moment and by commercial break, we are all laughing and hugging again. That’s what we’re there for, to bring our different opinions to the panel. I look at the performance as a whole: Is it effective? Does it cause a reaction in the audience? Do you draw us in, complete a creative and emotional thought, and are your movements of the right quality for the dance? Is your technique correct—your posture, your frame, your musicality, the angle of your head… I look at it all. But technique and steps alone are not going to get you to the finals this season. Read more