There is lots of emphasis on the country, this week, with many eliminations that will be voted for (and against)! Oh, and it was ‘Country Night’ on “Dancing with the Stars” this week!
For those of you that know me, you know that I am not a country girl…despite growing up in the country. My Mom, who grew up right in central Minneapolis, IS a country girl – having achieved her dream of marrying a farmer and living on a farm. It seems our souls were reversed, as I longed for the bright lights of the city, and moved to Minneapolis (my dream!) as soon as I graduated from high school!
So…all the denim and plaid flannel was very familiar to me. I personally, really appreciated all the rhinestones!!! Yee-haw!
John and Emma started out the competition this week dancing a Jazz routine with John in blue jeans, a John Wayne-style bib western shirt, suspenders and a pastel yellow neckerchief. Emma wore a black (Johnny Cash inspired?) western costume with cliché embroidered yokes, ‘smile’ pockets, fun fringed skirt and all the ‘fixins’. ‘Classy country-western’ would be my description of her costume.
Evanna and Keo then danced a sweaty Rumba in silver gray costumes. Thankfully I have a photo that doesn’t highlight Keo’s severe sweatiness. (I can only imagine if I had performed as he had, I’d be a dripping mess, too!) In any case, his woven shirt coordinated with slightly darker woven trousers (with stitched creases) – a delightful accompaniment to Evanna’s corseted dress with Bridal lace neck adornment, straps and neckline edging. Her semi-sheer, woven panel skirt with deep side slits was beautiful and her costume was tailored and classy with just a touch of feminine frills. I loved this couple’s costumes!
Juan Pablo and Cheryl presented a Western Charleston. Now that is an interesting combination, don’t you think? In actuality, Cheryl’s costume was a mash up of 1920’s fringe and essence, with a slight western feel to it. The very long fringe at center front and back made this costume unique and special. Notice the real back straps! Juan Pablo wore a cliché western shirt with red buttons and embroidery to coordinate with Cheryl’s red costume. They were a handsome couple.
Joe and Jenna danced a Tango in wonderfully ‘edgy’ outfits. To borrow a quote from Bruno, the costumes were very Mad Max-esque. Brown leather, lots of metallic hardware and asymmetrical styling for both dancers. Did it detract from Joe’s dancing? For me, yes! I very much enjoyed their costumes even though they really weren’t ‘country’ in look, at all! And obviously only the very fit and very daring would venture onto the dance floor in these leather togs.
Milo and Witney presented a Foxtrot in another non-western or country themed set of costumes. Thank you, thank you very much! I loved these costumes! Milo was very dapper in his eggplant/black/gold brocade suit. He was dashing in his ensemble which was very nicely tailored. Witney wore matching eggplant sheer chiffon with a blouson sort of bodice over a glitzy stoned leotard. Her full dirndl skirt with wide-ruffled hemline and sleeve wrist ruffles were dainty and feminine, and danced beautifully.
DeMarcus and Lindsay danced a Viennese Waltz with DeMarcus in a metallic thread-enhanced, brown brocade vest with ordinary shirt and trousers. This was tailored with a touch of glitz-look that any guy could pull off. I have mixed feelings about Lindsay’s costume. Her pale pink semi-sheer woven and ruched skirt draped and danced beautifully. A matching ruched drape adorned her deep V neckline. All very pretty. The shiny sections of her bodice and her unattractive ‘nude’ elastic back strapping were not as pretty.
Alexis and (Minnesota’s own) Alan stepped up the ‘ahhhh’ factor with their ‘feelings’ chat and danced the Samba. Baby blue suited Alexis, with two tiers (three on the back) of embroidered/scalloped edge woven lace for her flouncy skirt. Her spandex bodice featured thousands of rhinestones with a concentration at the neckline and a giant bedazzled western belt and buckle. Real straps were featured, as well as her very youthful, matching ankle boots. The narrow matching baby blue tailored trim on Alan’s collar, cuffs and yokes suggested a western-style shirt, with some urbanization. And just a touch of rhinestone embellishment. They made (and make) a cute couple! The jury is out on the tied scarf in her hair – that could have been left off, in my opinion.
Bobby and Sharna performed a Viennese Waltz. Bobby was all basics with his trousers, suspenders and white shirt. Sharna incorporated a woven sheer, metallic-embroidered lace fabric for her ‘country’ dress. It was a bit busy, but included two greatly appreciated features: the scalloped lace edge created for her neckline (this was hand-trimmed) and the upper connection of her long sleeves, across the top of her shoulders which eliminated the need for excess ‘nude’ elastics across her back. The costume therefore emulated a social dancing dress, rather than a costume, even though there were plenty of rhinestones used on the lace.
There were many ‘fill in’ dances presented by the Pros along the way, as we are down to only eight couples this week, and with the double elimination, there will be only six couples remaining to complete next week during the Semi-Finals.
The Team Dances were fun to watch. Team Hay Now costumed themselves with black and red plaid shirts (guys wore them slightly differently with Milo in a short sleeved version) and blue jeans. The girls wore matching plaid crop tops tied at the front, over glitzy white/silver bra-tops and ‘Daisy Duke’ cut-off denim shorts – all slightly different. Simple, yet visual costumes – and these could easily be reproduced by any amateur group.
Team Joe Down wore much more intricate costumes with the girls in tan shorts (with various legline cuts) which looked nearly nude and then all different tan and black tops, some with fringe, some not, and most with some silver embellishment. Maybe it was ‘buckskin’ that the costume department was trying to achieve? The guys all wore black jeans with black and tan traditional fancy western shirts with embroidery on their yokes. As most of you know, I prefer costumes to be alike rather than all slightly different. But, all-in-all these costumes with red cotton bandanas were attractive. These costumes would be more difficult (and costly) to reproduce for an amateur group. (And I would suggest another color to coordinate with black.)
Hopefully our country will settle down this week and we will have a fresh new start with DWTS Semi-Finals next Monday evening!