I'll do more with this later, but I was so curious how Val would handle the positions in the air in Argentine tango, as often the man holds the woman with her feet off the ground, in frame (but supported). With her hips and both legs free, she hits lines with her legs while he turns or moves her from one side of his body to the other. That would require core control and control of her limbs Meryl has never shown in ice dance.
Take a look. The answer is - Val didn't. The strobe lights also helped the illusion of sharpness, as did a costume down one side of her body.
There has to be a reason Meryl's gotten two weeks of tens, and it's not because her dancing has gotten awesome after weeks one and two. Weeks one and two is when the fan vote comes in and the producers know what they've got. Frequently, if the fan vote is crushing it, the show creates suspense by lowering scores and building them over the season. If somebody is not getting the fan vote, then often their scores are inflated to make them seem like the sure winner. Meryl's score inflation is so abrupt, and so disconnected from what she's actually doing, even by DWTs standards, that it makes me suspect a Ricky Lake, Stacey Keibler, or even Mario Lopez situation (my understanding is Mario was popular enough but Emmitt Smith crushed it in the fan vote).
P.S. Charlie has to learn not to jerk his partner from here to there. Actual dancers like Sharna and Peta don't need to be yanked into place. Still, Charlie got an actual critique. This week, the judges decided to notice what was there and not there, and addressed it.
Okay, duly noted from comments contributor 5:34 below, Maks/Meryl's foxtrot got 120,907+ views. What does that tell us? I don't know. If you filter DWTS youtube videos by count, ignoring the non-dancing performances (like Bieber and Selena Gomez) and ignoring pro dances (like the Hough sibs jiving) and count only the highest views for celeb/partner dances, and depending, I'm sure, on how the search is worded, we see these results:
Bill Nye/Tyne cha cha: 3,545,714 views
Nancy Grace wardrobe malfunction: 1,281,543 views
Kim Kardashian Foxtrot: 1,183,195 views
And a whole bunch of Derek Hough dances with both Jennifer Gray and Nicole Scherzinger are over a million.
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Look at this. Meryl can't hold her own freaking leg unsupported in space. Not even with her other leg pinned, her arm hooked behind her across her partner's back, gluing her core to her partner, and his left arm across her trunk. Can't do it. Check out her free leg and you know why this didn't make it into the routine. Look how she bends it, and then re-straightens it. She can't hold it straight and steady for even a second. Literally. Time it.
|There it is.|
|There it goes.|
|Just take that in. Her left shoulder and arm, her hand |
gripped and arm muscles clenched. Look at his right arm/hand
holding that leg at the knee. He's locking the joint for her.
Look at her free leg.
Doris Pulaski - your thoughts?
|It's supposed to stay straight - see?|
She re-set. She just couldn't sustain.
Davis White are truly the Frankenstein's monster of ice dancers. What a mess.
And look back up at Meryl's. It's just like watching DW skate and then watching all the other top ice dance teams skate. One of these things is not like the others. It must be everybody else who sucks.