Tonight was America Night. America-themed dances performed to America-themed music.
It might sound a bit articficial but it was actually a return to the format we know and love. Last week was classical night with the distraction of a 46-piece orchestra and the week before was story night were the couples had to sorta act.
Tonight was much more of a celebration - back to basics and have fun.
Maybe because it was back to basics, the couples, on average. scored higher than last week (or so it seemed). The couples remaining are pretty close when it comes to scoring, if not skills, and we saw two more challengers rise from the pack to mix it up with Hines and Chelsea and Ralph.
Romeo and Chelsie Hightower - 26
Ralph Macchio and Karina Smirnoff - 22
Wrestler Chris Jericho and Cheryl Burke - 26
Football player Hines Ward and Kym Johnson - 27
Disney actress Chelsea Kane and Mark Ballas - 26
Model Petra Nemcova and Dmitry Chaplin - 22
Reality star Kendra Wilkinson and Louis Van Amstel - 22
Actress Kirstie Alley and Maksim Chmerkovskiy - 23
Romeo and Chris Jerico did very well this week joing Chelsea just behind Hines. All four of these couples were professional and really seemed to be enjoying themselves.
Kirstie was just one above the other three and did fine but I get the feeling she's starting to hit a celing.
Another that seems to be hitting a ceiling is Ralph. He did very well at the beginning but doesn't seem to be progressing like (say) Chris.
Petra and Kendra did well but you just get the feeling they are starting to wear out their welcome.
But we shall see!