Couple: Niecy Nash & Louis van Amstel
Usually the rumba is supposed to illustrate a slow, romantic moment for a couple, but Louis wanted his routine with Niecy to show another side of the dance.
“Rumba is not just romantic, it is also very spiritual,” he said, explaining why he wanted to dedicate their dance to the memory of Niecy’s brother. “It is such a great dance to use as therapy.”
This was a tough week for Niecy because of Niecy’s grueling schedule. Our girl was pulling 12-hour days with “Clean House” before heading to practice. “My biggest fear is being able to master the technique and master the emotions that I know I feel,” Niecy revealed.
When it was time to perform their rumba, Niecy had a good handle on the moves, but they needed to be just a little more fluid and she needed to work on pointing her foot while hooking Louis’ leg. Other than that, we were impressed with the daring steps the pair pulled off.
Between the lack of sleep, and dedicating the routine to her deceased brother, this was another very emotional dance for Niecy. The judges were just looking for a little more movement, though.
“I would have liked to seen a little more hip action,” said judge Len Goodman. “For me, and I’m trying to be nice, there was no highlights going on.”
Judge Bruno Tonioli agreed, adding that the piece just needed a little more color. If there was ever a more colorful competitor on “DWTS” than Niecy, we haven’t seen them, but whatever!
The criticism from judge Carrie Ann Inaba wasn’t much better. “In your mind I think you were dancing it bigger than what we saw out here,” she said, noting that Niecy’s technique was better than Len made it seem.
If there’s one thing Niecy’s always had down, it is the power behind her performance, but the judges weren’t feeling her last night, and the timing couldn’t have been worse.
This week every star received two scores, one for their technique and another for the overall performance. Out of 60 possible points, Niecy and Louis only came away with a score of 36—that’s 18 points for each category. Hopefully they’ll do better next week, assuming the audience saves them from elimination.