Couple: Niecy Nash & Louis van Amstel
Dance: Viennese Waltz, Paso Doble
“Dancing With the Stars,” has gotten down to it’s fab five, and the competition is stiff. Among the field of remaining contestants are two athletes and a Pussycat doll. That doesn’t bother Niecy, though.
“WE got something they don’t have,” Niecy said after last week’s episode. “I don’t know what it is yet, but I’m gonna find it.”
What she has is determination! Niecy gets up before 5 a.m. every day, and before she drags herself out the door, she takes time to practice a few moves in her front hall—curlers and all!
“When Niecy is tired she never complains,” Louis beamed during practice. “She is so committed. I got respect for her, that woman works!”
And she worked it during their Viennese waltz Monday night. Her carriage has noticeably improved and she was very light on her feet for the routine, allowing for an airiness we haven’t seen from her before.
Judges Bruno Tonioli and Len Goodman were both very impressed with her performance, only citing a minor problem with her arms. Judge Carrie Ann Inaba, however, felt that Niecy and Louis’ dance left much to be desired in the transitions.
Next, Niecy and Louis had to do a ‘90s-themed paso doble, which is all about power. According to Louis, his celebrity had that covered.
“The ‘90s, that was definitely the era of the divas and Niecy fits right in,” Louis said. The “Clean House” host got right into character as she threw shade, and her partner, from one end of the dance studio to the other during practice.
“I want to prove that I can be intense, I can be fierce and powerful all at the same time,” Niecy said.
Don’t get us wrong: We love Niecy, but she really needed to step it up in this performance. There seemed to be something a little disjointed in her paso doble with Louis.
Judge Bruno Tonioli felt that Niecy really threw herself into the dance the wrong way, likening her dance style to an avalanche.
“You never knew if it was going to end up in disaster,” he said. “It’s a very difficult dance. It requires a lot of power, but it requires a lot of control, and there was hardly any.”
Judge Carrie Ann Inaba thought the beginning of their dance looked like “bumper cars,” and Judge Len Goodman’s critique wasn’t much kinder. “You got through the routine,” he said, “but this is week eight and getting through the routine isn’t good enough.”
In the end, Niecy and Louis waltzed off with 43 points of 60, putting them at the bottom of the leaderboard.