‘Dancing With the Stars’ 2013: Anna Trebunskaya’s Take on the Semifinals

By ABC News

Nov 19, 2013 8:27am

Dancing With the Stars” pro Anna Trebunskaya weighs in on each of the week’s three performances. The “DWTS” veteran knows what it takes to dazzle on the dance floor and gives her take on the dances, the choreography and the judges’ scores. You can find her on Twitter @atrebunskaya.

I enjoyed the opening dance choreographed by Mandy Moore. It was a cool combo of modern, ballroom and some Latin. I like how Mandy has a clear idea of what she wants for the dance but she relies on “DWTS” dancers to interweave in some of the more traditional styles. The result is spot-on.

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The Routines

Leah Remini’s Paso Doble: It was neat and precise with footwork. Well done. It lacked the shapes and power through the upper body. The judges asked her to be more passionate in the Paso.  I believe Leah is a very passionate and emotional performer. Sometimes it all stays in her face and doesn’t travel down through her body.  The Paso is tough like that because it’s passionate but needs to have a lot of form and frame as well. Overall, she did a really solid job with her first dance.

Argentine Tango: That was a beautiful concept for a dance.  The woman is like a cello in the man’s hands – a very sexy idea. I think this was the best costume for a celebrity this night. The actual dancing was a bit stop-and-go.  It lacked flow and fluidity, the ooziness of the Tango. Still, Leah is so inspirational and such a strong woman that everything she’s done this season, to me, was entertaining and special.

Corbin Bleu’s Tango:  This was so packed with steps, tricks, actions and special effects that I feel I need to slow the video of the dance and watch it again to understand what’s going on. I take my hat off to Corbin for not missing a step and keeping the intensity and focus.  He is so talented and such a hard worker that he makes anything happen. I loved the concept – a bit of a homage to the [Hunger Games] “Catching Fire” film.

Rumba:  Corbin is so coordinated and fluid in his movement. This, to me, was one of the best Rumbas from a male celebrity on “DWTS.” He had really clean footwork as well, although people probably didn’t notice that since his shirt was off (wink wink). His was the most technically perfect routine of the night.

Jack Osbourne’s Jazz:  I love Jack’s commitment. He’s been getting more and more confident each week. That is so amazing to see. I feel that in this routine he lacked a bit of the technical finesse that he usually has in the ballroom dances, but his emotion and story overshadowed that aspect. He’s been one of my favorites from the beginning of the season because of his positive attitude.

Argentine Tango: This was such a great performance from Jack. He was strong and confident. He had the eye of the tiger. This was the best routine he had so far. A little critique would be to make sure you don’t sickle your feet when you point them. Everything else technically is working well for Jack. He got a really great score–well deserved. He is the most improved celebrity week to week.

Bill Engvall’s Cha Cha:  This was another fun and silly routine. Bruno had the best phrase for this routine –  ”You like an Olivia Newton John – splendid in polyester” – that was the most outrageous comment from the judge. It would take a lot of space here for me to criticize this Cha Cha.  But why? We all know he’s not the best dancer but we don’t care. We smile, we cheer and have a good time watching this gentleman.

Argentine Tango:  This was a dance of Mr. Bean and a Bond girl. Bill stayed in the character of the tango man and was committed through all of his moves. He was very nurturing and protective in all the lifts with Emma, but also never lost his center and posture. Great job!

Amber Riley’s Jazz: That was such a fun routine. I loved the musicality of it. It was full of intricate details, but it was also so clean and precise.  I’m glad that Amber is feeling better and her knees are able to let her do what this girl can really do.  This was so much more confident and committed from her. She got totally well-deserved scores. This was my favorite choreography of the night.

Viennese Waltz: This was a total opposite of her jazz routine, but it was done with just as much quality and precision. She is a force of her own. Her interpretation of musicality is just marvelous. Absolutely deserved scores, and it’s not easy to get these for a Waltz.

It was good to hear another opinion, and boy we know Max has opinions. I loved his honesty and positive comments.

I was not surprised to see Leah go. I thought it would be between Leah and Bill. I’m surprised, however, that both Jack and Bill are in the finals. They were not the ones with dance experience, but here they are after weeks and weeks of hard work, determination and inspirational stories. Congrats to all the finalists!

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