“This season is really about pushing boundaries and taking risks. And when you take creative risks, you can fail or you can blow us all away," she wrote. "Len, Bruno and I can agree to disagree. We can get so heated in the moment and by commercial break, we are all laughing and hugging again."
Carrie Ann wrote that when she looks at a performance, she asks if it's effective, causes a reaction in the audience, and draws people in. She also looks at technique, posture, frame, musicality, and angles. But, as she notes, "technique and steps alone are not going to get you to the finals this season."
What will? "This year it’s all about finding new ways to excite and thrill us while still showing good technique... Dancing With The Stars is not a standard ballroom competition. It’s a hybrid dance competition and a television show designed for entertainment."
They aren't trying to make true ballroom dancers. When a couple can please all three judges with their disparate backgrounds and tastes, that's when they strike gold. A lot of fans sided with Carrie Ann on this one — or at least Bruno, who did dock the dance a point for not being much of a Samba, awarding it a 9.
What’s more important to you, being moved/entertained by a dance, or a celeb learning how to be true to the dance style and illustrating great technique?
Catch a new episode of Dancing With the Stars Season 15: All-Stars on Tuesday, November 13 at 8 p.m. ET/PT onABC.