Judges Len Goodman called it “fabulous,” Bruno Tonioli declared it “wicked,” and Carrie Ann Inaba called the 50-year-old actress a “sexy Energizer bunny.” And this backstage judge calls it “a-ma-zing!”
On the flip side, the couple with the lowest score of the night was pop star Michael Bolton and Chelsie Hightower, who earned only a 12 out of 30 for their Jive. I’m not surprised at the bad showing since Michael is juggling his music tour with dance rehearsals and the show, and has a case of laryngitis to boot!
Other stand-out moments from Monday night include:
* Sarah Palin clapping along to her daughter Bristol’s biggest competitor: Brandy! When asked on-air about the show, the former Alaskan Governor said with that trademark accent of hers: “This is amazing. It’s so exciting. It’s great to see all this courage and joy…” By the way, she calls her daughter, “Bristol the Pistol.”
* Brandy blaming a bum routine on Maks!
* Bruno telling a certain singer it was the “worst Jive” he has seen in 11 seasons, and that it was so bad he needed a pooper-scooper for it.
* “Say What?!” Moment: Cohost Brooke Burke asking what inspired the doghouse theme to Michael Bolton’s dance to “Houng Dog.” Yes, Hound. DOG.
Let’s take a look at the night’s performances:
Jennifer Grey and Derek Hough: Jive
The way Jennifer was shaking it down the stairway at the top of the show, I knew she was bringing it her all. And not bad for a woman who was just last fall diagnosed with cancer and underwent four neck surgeries prior to coming on ‘DWTS.’ Overheard backstage: “She has the waist of an 18-year-old!” Indeed. “That was a killer Jive… wicked,” exclaimed Bruno, as Jennifer and Derek laid down in exhaustion on the floor.
Audrina Patridge and Tony Dovolani: Quickstep
Shameful admission: I honestly didn’t think Audrina had the brain power to comprehend complicated dance routines. But I’m a big enough girl to admit I was wrong. Interesting admission: She said she’s unable to see her boyfriend as much as usual due to her practice schedule and it’s starting to “cause friction” in the relationship. Ruh-roh! Well it paid off because she looked light on her feet tonight. “The show pony is turning into Secretariat,” squealed Bruno. “Huge improvement!” said Carrie Ann, who added that she has “balls” to do it. (Wonder if West Coast feed will hear that!) Len called it the best dance of the night so far. Tony said if they don’t get three 8s, he’ll wax his legs. Well, he got two 8s and one 7. Sorry, Tony – enjoy the burn!
Kyle Massey and Lacey Schwimmer: Quickstep
The Disney TV star tied for second place last week with a score of 23 and this time, well, he almost did it again. “As a performer, you are a powerhouse of boundless energy,” said Bruno, who added that he started off with a Quickstep and ended up doing a Jive. Carrie Ann called him flat-footed, but said he was “on fire. There’s something about you!” Len said, “It was hardly a classic Quickstep” and said something about being caught in a feather duster. But, “I liked it,” he added.” Huh?
Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas: Quickstep
I am loving the song choices for Bristol so far. OK, maybe I’m reading way too much into them, but I’m not the only one. First it was something about making a decision your mama doesn’t agree with (“Mama Told Me [Not To Come]”), now it’s about not rushing into things (“You Can’t Hurry Love”). Hmmm. My pick for next week: Madonna’s “Papa Don’t Preach.” Too obvious? The song pickers at ‘DWTS’ are having such subtle fun with her. Puns aside, Bristol was stiff again this week. Bruno liked her fresh non-showbiz quality about her. How nice. Carrie Ann said, “You remind me of one of my favorite dancers: Kelly Osbourne.” The judges are just too kind to her. “It just needs a bit more flair,” said Len. “I couldn’t be prouder. It was so good,” said mom Sarah Palin of her little Bristol the Pistol on tonight’s show.
Sarah Palin Embarrasses Her Teen Daughter on ‘DWTS’?
Brandy and Maksim Chmerkovskiy: Jive
All right, folks, was that feud between Brandy and Maks real or just for the cameras? Hit the comments and let us know what you think. It sounded a bit put-on to me. And, maybe it’s just me, but I think Brandy’s a bit old to be wearing those pony tails with her little school girl outfit. It looked more like a stripper outfit than one suited for ‘DWTS.’ Sarah Palin dug the performance, though, as she was spotted cheering for her daughter’s greatest competitor. Len said she took a slight “step back. You didn’t dance your full intent,” to which Brandy said, “It’s his fault not mine” pointing to Maks. Bruno agreed with Len and told her she could do so much better and that she was just “okay.”
Rick Fox and Cheryl Burke: Jive
Dancing to classic rocker “Tush,” the baller struggled with his career-ending foot injury, but ended up nailing the fast-paced Jive thanks to his whip-cracking partner. His facial expressions made some of us backstage LOL, but it was cute and endearing. “It was compact… fun… full of energy,” said Len Goodman. “If you can dance a jive, you have become a contender here.” Bruno loved it too: “Len’s right!” Carrie Ann was also on board. “I do think you are a contender.” Too bad they scored one less than last week’s 22.
Kurt Warner and Anna Trebunskaya: Jive
Was he lip-syncing? I don’t know what was cornier: singing alone or the song itself, “Danger Zone.” Carrie Ann “loved it.” Really? But then he said he reminded her of the crazy uncle at the wedding. That’s more like it. Len said, “Well done.” Bruno added, “This is a cool guy that does a cool Jive.” Cool? Sorry, I’m gonna have to veto that comment.
Florence Henderson and Corky Ballas: Quickstep
“I want to be thought of as a contender” and not just as a 76-year-old, said Florence. Well, mission accomplished! I love watching her. And not just because I’m obsessed with how great her legs are, not just for her age, but any age. Bruno however said it was a bit like “dragging Miss Daisy.” Boo, Bruno, Boo! “I think this dance really suited you,” said Carrie Ann, who called her elegant. Len said, “Your age has no bearing on how I feel…. And on that performance, I’ll see you next week!”
Margaret Cho and Louis Van Amstel: Jive
Yes, Margaret you can dance. You can really dance. Maybe not as great as, say Jennifer or Brandy, but I personally enjoy you! Her routine was spunky and Blondie’s “Dreaming” was a cool choice. “You did a proper Jive. It was full-on. It had a lot of life to it, a lot of energy,” said Len. “You gotta keep it tight in your buttocks,” said Bruno. Carrie Ann added, “Much better this week. You definitely gave it your all.”
The Situation and Karina Smirnoff: Quickstep
Ha! Karina must have a great sense of humor because she gave him a Brian Seltzer Americano song, which freaked the fist-pumping club-music-loving ‘Jersey Shore’ star right out. Favorite quote from him while hopping around the dance floor for the Quickstep: “I feel like Mary Poppins right now,” he said. Dare I say he actually cleaned up nicely in that uniform?! “It was a series of unfortunate events,” said Len, who said it was “better than last week.” Bruno praised his focus. Carrie Ann thanked him for not doing the fist pump and told him to work on musicality.
The Situation and Karina Smirnoff: Quickstep
Ha! Karina must have a great sense of humor because she gave him a Brian Seltzer Americano song, which freaked out the fist-pumping club-music-loving ‘Jersey Shore’ star. Favorite quote from him while hopping around the dance floor for the Quickstep: “I feel like Mary Poppins right now,” he said. Dare I say he actually cleaned up nicely in that uniform?! “It was a series of unfortunate events,” said Len, allowing that it was “better than last week.” Bruno praised his focus. Carrie Ann thanked him for not doing the fist pump and told him to work on musicality.
Michael Bolton and Chelsie Hightower: Jive
I give Michael a lot of credit. Did you know that he’s on tour while he’s doing this show? When he’s not performing onstage, he’s traveling or dancing. And now, we see he had laryngitis during rehearsals last week. Rough road for the pop star – and it showed. I can forgive him for looking a bit tired tonight, but it’s hard to forgive him for crawling out of the doghouse in that awful black-and-white spotted jacket. “I don’t think the world is quite ready for your interpretation of the Jive,” said Len. “You should’ve kept the bone and gone back into the doghouse,” said Bruno. “You did it all very, very, very badly” and called it the “worst Jive in 11 seasons.”
Who rocked your world tonight? Hit the comments!