Couple: Kyle Massey & Lacey Schwimmer
After Len lambasted his footwork in the Vienesse Waltz last week, Kyle was more concerned than ever about staying in step. “If I want to stay in this competition, I gotta point those toes and let it roll,” the actor acknowledged.
Unlike with previous weeks, Kyle couldn’t depend solely on his personality to win the judges over because they’re looking for his technique to improve. But he also had to capture the essence of the Rumba.
“He’s a young kid. He just turned 19. I don’t know if he knows what ‘sexy’ is yet,” Lacey said, listing off one challenge of the night. And the stage being elevated meant the judges could focus on footwork, so “every step has to be perfect. You can’t hide it.”
While Lacey and Kyle made sure to stick their steps, their Rumba itself was kind of stiff and lacked an essential spark. Honestly, it was a bit boring to watch, which is something we’d never thought we’d have to say about one of Kyle’s routines.
Len said Kyle and Lacey did an excellent job on the performance end, but the technique was lacking. “It was all a little bit too sharp for me. It didn’t flow,” he said.
“Rumba has to have a continuous flow to work,” Bruno added. “Sometimes you went off it.”
Carrie said that while the routine had an innocence that was age appropriate for Kyle, it was unbalanced because it was smooth in spots and sharp in others.
Overall, the judges were about as impressed with Kyle as they were with Rick, and the Disney Don Juan scored 40 points. Lucky for him, he wasn’t at the bottom of the leaderboard and the audience really seems to like him.
Find out if that’s enough to keep him on the dance floor when ABC airs “Dancing With the Stars: the Results” tonight at 9 p.m. EST.
– Sonya Eskridge