Meryl and Maks preview rehearsal:
Charlie and Sharma preview rehearsal:
Nobody uploaded Charlie and Sharna to youtube
Maks/Sharna: Who has the edge, you or Charlie/Meryl?
Maks/Sharna: Let's rehearse a bit!
Maks/Sharna: Not too bad, but there is room for improvement.
Maks/Sharna: But you can spin/flex your legs, can you not?
Meryl/Charlie: I mean, well <shrug> like this, or should it be one foot or two? I can't really do the splits but maybe you mean kinda this?
Meryl Charlie: So that was okay?
We're going to be choking down a lot of humble bragging on this show, aren't we?
"Yes." [modest shrug] "We can move our bodies on the floor just like everybody from novice on up! It's no wonder we got gold."
Depending on your rooting interest/and or interest in seeing Meryl actually dance (versus being told she's actually dancing), this is concerning:
Meryl's hips are tight and she mostly seems to be changing around her feet placement as Maks dips her from various angles, versus "dancing." She's not using her torso, core - only limbs. She's a knees down and shoulders out type of dancer. But we shall see. It is only a snippet.
Sharna seems to throw herself into performance. I'm wondering if Charlie will attempt to actually engage (his body language seems a little eh up there), and if he doesn't, if he'll be called out on it or if the judges will just pretend he did it, just like when he skates.
P.S. Apparently Meryl said dancing is hard cause you're "stuck" on the floor. I disagree. I think you can hop, scurry, skip and knee slide on the floor just as well. Granted, Maks and Sharna are not Derek, and Derek can get away with giving his partners 7 seconds of the actual footwork while filling in the rest with lunging, sliding, running on tip-toes and hopping. But perhaps for this one season, they'll both be honorary Dereks.
P.S. - Wow, Erin Andrews has an incredibly annoying voice.
Meryl's done. Let's take a look.
A few gifs:
Gold medal dance talent right there. I don't think she's actually balancing herself at any point once Maks starts with the turning and dipping from different angles. She places her feet, but her feet aren't holding her up.
I'm shocked, shocked that she has so much rhythm, except for the part where she has none whatsoever.
Granted, it's not a good song. But cha cha has built in rhythm. It's very basic.You can follow the rhythm of the cha cha through your body even if your music is ass.There's no rhythm in Meryl. Everything is one-note, and the feet are as clunky as they are on the ice.
I gifed this because of the mini body undulating thing at the end there. See even there - why didn't Maks break it down? She initiates the move with her freaking head, followed by her shoulder. You initiate that thing with your open chest - the movement is centered in your upper body, and your head follows.You don't bend your head and almost head butt him, substituting your clavicles at the last minute. She's not dancing. She's just racing through this sucker with scurrying, half-finished, short-stepped feet.
Of course, let's give her a break. We can't expect her to be like this guy:
This guy had years of not working before finally getting his big break showing his sizeable penis in a major motion picture. How can an Olympic gold medal winning ice dancer, who has spent seventeen years mastering dance forms, phrasing, proper rhythm, timing, control of her body, working closely on and off ice with a partner, sparing no expense bringing on board the best dance training money can by while fine tuning her and her partner in and out of hold, not to mention earning a reputation for the fastest (and of course, cleanest, going by all those L4 key points and step sequences) feet, possibly match that sort of impact right off the bat? Give Meryl some time.
Okay, she sucked.
I'm not going to recap Charlie until tomorrow, but I do have to say this:
|ZOMG! Eye contact!|
Do you see how close he is to her face? Yet he's looking at her actual eyes!
I've seen a whole bunch of contemporary on DWTs that's about the level Charlie unleashed tonight. A "good job!" effort from somebody youngish, fit, with a movement training background. But, whereas Meryl was DW mode in all the WTFery that implies, Charlie was more or less doing it - he had bigger, clearer movements, he phrased the music a bit and observed tempo changes with his body, and he connected with his partner, all of which he never managed or appeared to even try in seventeen years with Meryl. My world is rocked, and I guess Charlie's lucky there are no blades to rock on a dance floor.
WHAT DOES IT MEAN??
Let's face it. The main reason this is interesting to skating fans, and those who have watched DW b.s. their way across the "sport" for the years of their senior career, is to use DWTs to try and figure out - whose fault is it. Is it a perfect storm of equal shortcoming suckitude? Or does one suck particularly and the other had to adapt themselves to match, thus perhaps working "one down" all this time as a result? I'll tell you what it's looking like right now.
P.S. - I take it back about Erin Andrews - as the evening goes on she's actually engaged, not robotically braying, and she can think on her feet. So I put her in the plus column. She gets it done.
P.P.S. - Candace Bure manages her body better than Meryl. She uses her entire body, has better alignment, and better control of her limbs.