So last night didn’t really change my rankings too much. But two people in particular made a lasting first impression. And it will definitely help them out.
12. Chris and Witney 11. Erika and Gleb 10. Mr. T and Kym 9. Charo and Keo
So Chris stays the same. As I said yesterday, I think he’s pretty much a lock for being the first eliminated. Erika really blended in last night and she needed to stand out. So unless Gleb really changes up his choreo and makes her shine next week, they won’t make it too much further. I think Mr. T will be able to make it through the first couple of eliminations. But based on what we saw last night, I don’t think he can go much further. He’s not that great of a dancer. Kym might be able to get him to last a week longer, but unless I see him a huge change in his dances, he won’t be around too long either. Charo is my wildcard in this group. I think last night was great for her and Keo. Keo can really use her personality to get them to go far. And Charo actually can remember and execute choreography. And I think with more attention to detail, she could be a decent dancer and make it far. So she moved up to 9th but I honestly believe that she could go further and be the potential spoiler of the season.
8. Nick and Peta 7. Heather and Maks 6. Bonner and Sharna 5. Normani and Val
I think Nick came off really well last night. He’s got natural talent and he’s committed to this competition. I think he has the best attitude of any Bachelor that we’ve had. The issue here is that he is not super entertaining when he’s on the dancefloor. Heather is staying in the same place because the ringer thing is going to cause people to not vote for her. And as Maks showed last night, he’s not up to the task of creating an amazing piece of work for someone of her ability to do. She could have danced something that we’ve never seen before. But they didn’t and that will be an issue. Bonner has potential. And I think Sharna will be able to bring it everything together in the next couple of weeks. He could potentially snatch a spot in the top 4 from someone else. But for now, it seems likely that he is set for a sixth place finish. Looking back on the night, Normani was a bit of a disappointment. Most of that falls on Val for not doing her any justice with his lackluster choreography. I also find this partnership to be just a tad off. As CAI said, they’re not really dancing as a couple. They’re dancing as two individuals. I’m not sure if they can fix that, but with the way my top 4 seem to be doing, there is no room for any flaws within the partnership itself. They need to be on the same page.
4. Nancy and Artem 3. David and Lindsay 2-1. Simone and Sasha and Rashad and Emma
Nancy takes a step down to no fault of her own. I think she and Artem had a great showing last night. She seems super nice and down to earth. She has great quality of movement and Artem seems to be really invested. This is the first time that I’ve seen a partnership like this for Artem. I think they could get top 4 as long as Artem keeps her from getting in her head and he gives her challenging dances that she executes beautifully. David shot up to 3rd place because he did a great job last night. He definitely was better than I expected. He is super charming also and someone that the general audience will gravitate to and vote for. And Lindsay has yet to disappoint me, so I think these two will be there until the end. I have Simone and Rashad at 1st and 2nd. I’m not sure who will get what place, but it doesn’t matter. They both showed up and showed out last night. Both are really good. And I don’t think either one will let up. Sasha and Emma seem up for the challenge as well. So I think those two are going to be our top 2, barring any funny business from TPTB.
Those are my revised predictions. Let me know your thoughts, and I will talk to you all soon!
Favorite Outfits: Witney, Peta, Maks, David & Lindsay, Emma, and Simone & Sasha Cringiest Moment: “handgate”… gahhhhhh. Overscored: Charo & Keo and Ericka & Gleb Underscored: Normani & Val could’ve gotten all 7′s Favorite Song: “24k Magic” - Bruno Mars Least Favorite Dance: Ericka & Gleb’s Salsa Most Favorite Dance: Rashad & Emma’s Cha-cha and Simone & Sasha’s Tango
Overall thoughts on the night: To be honest, I wasn’t all that excited for this season since I only knew a few contestants and I realized how much the pros are the reason why I watch the show. Anyway, I loved the opening number and I think they had made the right choice by having Normani and Val dance first. I think she came in with a bang and it’s a great place to start. I feel that the judges were a little bit mean to Chris and there could have been another 5 in there for encouragement. I have seen A Night at the Roxbury and I loved when Chris was on SNL and it’s awesome that they finally have a castmember from the show on. I am thrilled that both Emma and Sasha have seemingly awesome partners. I am also very pleased (and surprised) to see that both Maks and Peta are back for this season. Excited for the weeks to come!
Who I think should be eliminated next week: Charo & Keo Motsepe Who I think will be eliminated next week: Chris Kattan & Witney Carson
Final Predictions 3rd Place: Rashad Jennings & Emma Slater 2nd Place: Normani Kordei & Val Chmerkovskiy 1st Place: Simone Biles & Sasha Farber
it just occurred to me that hancock might have been really young when nick came to diamond city? like who knows he might have been like 8 or 10 or maybe older idk but i really wanna see smol hancock meeting nick for the first time and welcoming him into diamond city and being super enthusiastic and running around giving him a tour and being the only one to really talk to nick for the first while cuz he looks cool and stuff