Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Dancing with Hope Solo - Round One

So it's now time to begin my dance judge career, as promised. Here's how I'm going to do this:

In each round, I will open by showing the video, in case some would rather form their own impression before reading mine. Then I will use the standard scale from the show, grading out of a possible 10. They don't use half-points, but I will, because I wanna. As much as I hope to love everything Hope Solo does, I'm going to be 100% honest, so... fingers crossed I don't turn into Grinch judge.

And with that, here is Hope's debut DWTS outing from last night.


Before I begin judging, let's just air that I got a little help to be able to understand what to look for with the Viennese Waltz, Hope's first assignment. I tried not to press play with pre-conceived notions, but this seemed a really difficult ask for round one. This dance is harder than it looks, plus there's opening night jitters and whatnot.

So.... I have to say... ol' girl actually did quite well. She really did. On the plus side, she looked fantastic, she nailed the footwork with no apparent hitches and she did so damn well holding her pose. As I said, this dance may seem easy - but it is anything but easy to stay attached to a partner, with your head often tilted, spinning half the time, hit your feet with a little bounce and keep all the elements in place.

On the down side, the spotlight flowing arm moves gave her a little trouble, she sorta got through them. Of course, it's very understandable on her first try. Her body is accustomed to being still, then alert and tensed suddenly. It was her first performance and it takes a little time to be able to let go when you know everyone is watching you. I don't like how the judges hinted that it wasn't "feminine enough" - it was feminine, just a female who was a little tight with expression at the time.

All in all, it was a damn fine first go, I've got to hand it to her. The judges on the show all gave her a 7, which put her third best for the night. My score? Hope gets a 7.5 from me and it's not a gift. She earned it. Her ability to stay in contact with her partner the whole time and still hit each step was impressive.

Even though I have not watched any of the other stars' routines, I will go ahead and proclaim her an early dark horse to win. Girl knows how to train... if she can let go and really perform as we go along, look out.

Next time out, she gets the style of jive. Maybe it's more in her wheelhouse, but we shall see how much groove she's working with.

- Greg Seltzer


Matt said...

Dear god, you're really going to do it aren't you? You're going to get us to watch Dancing With the Stars. Sigh. Okay.

She did look quite good, and that's a crazy, crazy dress...

Greg Seltzer said...

Thus far, I've only watched her clip. As it goes deeper into the knockouts or gets to a style that interest me more, I'll probably watch the whole show. For now, I'm avoiding any curve grading, since some of them are probably tragic out there.

Tom said...

She makes for good tv.