Hi! Just wanted to ask how you knew that they did a Rumba to Apologize by One Republic... Thanks x
This answer is for valdaya-thewanted, ultraec and lovestoned-perfect. Sorry for the late reply.
So in week 7 every couple had to train 3 dances for the dance-off: Cha-Cha, Jive and Rumba. One couple chose who they wanted to dance off against, the other couple chose the dance. Andy & Sharna danced a Cha-Cha against Ally & Mark, Z & Val jived against Karina & Jacoby, and Peta & Sean did a Rumba against Kym & Ingo. So every couple did just one dance but they had to be able to perform all three; They trained all three dances. And they all trained them to the same songs:
Cha-Cha: Brokenhearted by Karmin
Jive: Good Golly Miss Jolly by Creedence Clearwater Revival
Rumba: Apologize by OneRepublic feat. Timbaland
So never forget they actually trained a Rumba. They rehearsed it. They had to be able to perform it. Even though Val asked Karina & Jacoby to choose the Jive, he and Z had to perform the Rumba at some point. And they did it to Apologize. And there’s probably footage in ABC headquarters. And I just want to break in and find it.
(Also there’s footage of what it might have looked like. Val and Oksana did a “Jumba” for Life’s a Dance. The first part of that performance is a Rumba - coincidentally to the same mix of Apologize that was used on DWTS for the dance off. That Rumba also includes steps that we have already seen in Valdaya’s Contemporary and later in their Week 10 Cha-Cha, so it would make sense that Val would incorporate these steps when teaching Z the Rumba. It can’t be the exact Rumba they trained for the dance off because Val and Oksana’s performance includes lifts and they aren’t allowed in Rumba but we are all sure it comes very close to what it would have looked like - this is also strengthened because the 2nd part of their performance is Valdaya’s Instant Jive and Val later continued to perform Valdaya dances with professional partners.)