The dance traces its origins to 16th Century Spain and is supposed to be lighthearted and whimsical.
Alexa and Mark gave it the right touch. But this is one case where the costume overpowered the performance. As they whirled around the dance floor, Mark’s flip-floppy hands distracted from the dance.
Good thing they weren’t real scissor blades. Alexa would have been cut to shreds.
Alexa was bouncing back from last week’s performance. She channeled Britney Spears right down to the Burmese python. Brit draped herself with a snake for her performance of “I Am a Slave 4 U” at the at the 2001 MTV Video Music Awards.
That’s a tough act to live up to, and Alexa was teary-eyed after the judges felt she fell short of capturing Britney’s essence. She had a lot of ground to make up this week.
They danced the paso doble to Rodrigo y Gabriela’s “Hora Zero.” She knew she’d raised her game at the end of the dance.
“For the first time I felt like you just cut off your head and just danced,” said judge Carrie Ann Inaba, sticking with the theme.
Inaba added, however, that they had a little too much space between them during the dance. But she gave them a pass because of… you guessed it, the hands.
“To top it off, you danced like there was no tomorrow,” Carrie Ann added.
And who knows, potentially there wasn’t. After last week, Alexa must have felt like she was on the bubble.
“There was a moment where I thought you might have messed up,” said judge Julianne Hough. “But not tonight.”
Indeed, the judges gave Alexa and Mark straight nines for a final score of 27, the second highest of the night.
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