Can anyone tell me where Maks is??? Hey Alan (from Minnesota…if you didn’t know!) – Great to watch you dance again! My Guilty Pleasure is being able to highlight local Minnesota dancers and personalities in my blog, as an homage to Dancing with the Stars “Guilty Pleasures” week!
Another of my personal Guilty Pleasures is to watch anything ‘The Property Brothers’ do, including enjoying Drew and Emma dance the Argentine Tango. (And I’ll admit to being partial to Jonathan – he is so handy!!!) Drew, like many of the guys on ‘Dancing with the Stars’, was wearing ‘street apparel’ – better known to me, as a ‘non-costume’. Emma wore a schizophrenic long-sleeve black half-costume over a fully stoned nude leotard half-costume. I enjoyed it.
Derek and Sharna then danced a Cha Cha wearing blue jeans and Daisy Dukes, respectively, coordinating with a multi-color printed baseball jacket over white underwear T-shirt on Derek, and feminized baseball jacket and white stoned halter top leotard on Sharna. Very so-so costumes…maybe the Costume Department needed a break from the scores of costumes, last week?
Victoria and Val danced the Quick Step wearing cute navy costumes. Val wore a take-off of a school uniform with blazer and trousers trimmed with plaid. Victoria’s coordinating non-school uniform consisted of wide-leg trousers with a very modest crop top, with inset pleats in the bottom hem of her pants and a wide, plaid cummerbund with back bow. Their costumes were more interesting than Derek and Sharna’s but nothing exceptional. I DID love their plaid shoes!
Vanessa danced with Alan, presenting a Jazz routine with Alan in an updated tuxedo, complete with satin lapels and leg stripes. The nearly ‘baby-doll’ organza, petticoat costume that Vanessa wore in a different color from the girl pros, was cute, short and sassy. The glittering underlayer of their skirts was a fun touch – either sequins or rhinestones, adding a glitzy texture to their dresses, in addition to real straps and pleasing rhinestoned bodice embellishment.
Nikki and Artem danced a sexy Viennese Waltz with Artem in a black velvet jacketed tuxedo with silver-gray satin shirt. No, fifty shades were not included, but I did appreciate at least one shade! Nikki was suitably sultry in her black sheer lingerie looking costume which included mesh gloves.
Frankie and Witney Samba-ed in denim-colored blue costumes – a plain solid with a sort of tie-dyed combination non-stretch fabric, all trimmed with metal grommets and chains. Frankie coordinated with a very shiny black T-shirt worn under his ‘shirt-jak’. I enjoyed Witney’s matching blue bustier costume with tufts of fringe, skirt detail.
Lindsey and Mark Jived and romped in their yellow-printed PJ’s. Mark wore traditional men’s pajamas while Lindsey wore a loose-fitting ‘Teddy’ with lace straps and leg-hem trim. I enjoyed the different rhinestoning embellishment, with scattered for Mark, and color-on-color concentration on the print detail for Lindsey. And matching printed high-top sneakers? –Loved them!
Sasha and Gleb wore costume versions of chef uniforms while dancing their Jazz routine. White, edged with red piping was the costume for both. An interesting touch was black and white gingham checked fabric accenting Gleb’s trousers and on Sasha’s petticoat. I enjoyed the cuff shapes and their chef hats, but did NOT enjoy how unflattering Sasha’s costume was for her. Sasha must be a strong person and very confident for wearing unflattering costumes, now for 2 weeks in a row. I am totally enjoying her personality on the show and hope that others do, as well. Maybe next week she will get a flattering costume?
OK, I absolutely LOVED those horrendous 80’s fitness togs that Nick and Peta wore for their Jazz number! Oh my…cliché 80’s styling all the way, with the extreme French-cut suspender leotard worn with pink and crystal rhinestone striped bra-top by Peta, and then mint green running shorts worn over a black unitard, by Nick! Didn’t you LOVE those wrist and headbands in marvelous mint green?? These costumes showed true themed costuming at its best (or worst?)!
Terrell and Cheryl then danced a Salsa, incorporating Terrell’s love of trying to break dance! He wore a classy red (with black accents) track suit with a sprinkling of rhinestones on his shoulders, while Cheryl wore a multi-colored and feminized Baseball jacket over a traditional black beaded-fringed Latin dance costume.
Jordan and Lindsay danced a Charleston (although I think I missed the Charleston steps) in bright, color-blocked ‘super-hero’ costumes with lots of rhinestone embellishment. They started out in black trench coats and then emerged in their classy, high-collared costumes. These costumes looked fabulous – I LOVED them! This is another example of super, themed costuming!
I’m happy that we didn’t lose any couples this week (although the status of Maks is still questionable) and look forward to next week’s installment of ‘As the Dance Turns’.