Singer Gabriel Kelly demonstrated his dancing talent in the show “Let's Dance” and received full marks from the jury for the first time in the 17th season. 22-year-old and professional dancer Malika Dzumaev got 30 out of 30 points for her effectively danced tango to the instrumental version of Metallica's song “Nothing Else Matters”. However, the influencer Stefano Zarrella was eliminated from the RTL dance show on Friday night.

Juror: A quarter of Samba “on the edge of legality”

The 33-year-old food creator fared worst in a combination of jury and audience ratings. He likes the format a lot, said the younger brother of musician and presenter Giovanni Zarrella. “We're improving every week.”

The jury gave Zarrella and professional dancer Mariia Maksina's samba 19 points – this is not the worst rating of the episode. Jury Motsi Mabuse recognized Zarrella's talent: “You have absolutely brilliant moments.” But he had to work on the details. From the perspective of juror Joachim Llamb, the first quarter of the pillar was “on the edge of legality”.

Dreamed of tango

Instead, he praised Kelly: “For me, you are the favorite here.” Mabuse was not satisfied even with the highest number of points, he immediately split with “a crown and ten” and shouted: “I love it!” Kelly seemed like the boy next door, but very present on the floor, he said. In addition, the dance partner can fully rely on him, which is about dancing very important.

Kelly and Dzumaev emphasized in the film taken during the training that they want to take full risks. The singer said she missed a lot of exercise during the Easter break – as dancing is banned on Good Friday. He even woke up in a tango pose.

Words of praise and faults in the Hebe figure

Overall, the judging scores on Friday were top notch for many of the dances. After Easter, many couples put on top performances. “It's absolutely crazy,” Mabuse said.

Both sports journalist Jana Wosnitza and Vadim Garbuzov's slow waltz and choreographer Detlef D's samba! The jury gave Soost and Ekaterina Leonova 29 points each. Senior critic Llambi praised the waltz as a “magnificent performance”, Mabuse called Soost and Leonova's samba “simply perfect”. Juror Jorge González told the hip-hop coach, “You brought fringe pants to life.”

Finally, pop singer Lulu, Sarah Connor's sister, and Massimo Sinató had points deducted in their Charleston due to a faulty lifting figure. Sinató explained this by saying that he slapped his hand while dancing. The jury emphasized that a small failure could happen. The lifting figures, often applauded by the audience, have nothing to do with dancing, from Llamb's point of view.

The premiere is next Friday

The so-called partner exchange is coming next week. As Llambi explained, celebrities also take other professional dancers with them. Some participants reacted with surprise. Comedian Tony Bauer asked if there would still be an assessment (answer: yes). Mabuse also announced the premiere: the jury show number.