Recording artists-turned-ballroom divas Sitti, Nina, and Tuesday Vargas were all caught by surprise last Sunday, November 11, in ABC-5's Shall We Dance: The Celebrity Dance Challenge. Host Lucy Torres-Gomez announced that no one had been eliminated from the competition. Whether or not two of the performers or all of them will be back again this Sunday is still unsure, depending on the three resident judges' decision.
During the actual competition last Sunday, ballroom neophytes Sitti and Nina were such a revelation on the dance floor. They were not just graceful but even showed some killer moves that not all first-timers would be able to pull off. Tuesday, who had limited time to practice since she only learned about her competing in the show again the night before, showed how a second timer must dance. She surely didn't disappoint the audience for she and partner Greg Dimarucut made their routine exciting and even theatrical.
All the judges praised Sitti and Nina for accepting the challenge of dancing competitively in the program. In fact, both Regine Tolentino and Audie Gemora gave the bossa nova princess a pat on the back for giving her best and memorizing all the routines by heart. Guest judge Douglas Nierras, however, wished that Sitti could have shown more energy but he was happy nonetheless with the choreography. But Audie came to Sitti's defense, saying that he understood her lack of energy—that Sitti's kind of music is very laid back and it's only now that she's getting the hang of the upbeat kind of music used in ballroom dancing.
It was soul siren Nina, however, who grabbed the top spot last week. Nina's fans must be very happy for she got nothing but rave reviews from all the judges who thought Nina pushed herself to the limit. Audie told Nina never to look back because she can be the next Beyonce of the Philippines. "I really did my best para naman kahit papano matapatan ko ang galing ng partner kong si Efren [Ibo]," Nina said after the show.
Tuesday, who ranked second to Nina was just grateful to be given another opportunity to show the dancer side of her multi-faceted personality. But even though the novelty singer wasn't able to snatch the first place away from Nina, she might get another chance to redeem herself this week. Who knows?
This Sunday, we'll see if the singers are back for the next level of competition or if there's another batch who will compete in Shall We Dance (9 p.m. on ABC-5). But one thing's for sure, the excitement never ends in the celebrity dance challenge hosted by Lucy Torres-Gomez, so don't miss a beat only here on ABC-5.
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