Ever since that infamous school dance-off in the classic musical ‘Grease,’ I have loved to watch dance marathons and am thrilled that ‘Dancing with the Stars‘ does too.
Week six of ‘DWTS’ brings us Rock Week and the show’s mini dance marathon, where all seven couples dance for four minutes and are knocked off one by one until there’s one lucky – and tired – pair standing.
Who got tapped out first?
Who was the last couple standing?
Who could barely keep up?
Who totally rocked it?
I have the answers to those questions and more on their regular dances (Tangos and Paso Dobles) this week (yes, two dances tonight!). So without further adieu, let’s take a look at who did their best shake, rattle and roll.
Brandy and Maksim Chmerkovskiy: Tango
Did she keep her top spot on the leaderboard? I give those silver and black pants three 10s for sure. She had fire in her eyes, got into her character with ease, and nailed every single second of it. And, yes, her Tango to Bonnie Tyler’s “Holding Out for a Hero” earned her the high score of the night. “You’re my hero,” said Len, who called it “the dance of the night.” “That tango really rocked!” said Bruno. Carrie Ann loved it too. “I had goose-bumps all over my arms.” Brandy told co-host Brooke Burke, “It means everything to me right now. I can’t even tell you.”
Audrina Patridge and Tony Dovolani: Paso Doble
Being the only rock chick on the show (she did date musicians and work at a record label on ‘The Hills,’ remember?), I’d say Audrina truly embodied the character needed for Rock Week. The judges, however, felt otherwise. “You’re getting on my nerves a bit and I’ll tell you why, you’ve got the potential to blow us away week after week … every week it lacks the character,” said Len. Bruno agreed with Len. WHAT? Carrie Ann also agreed, but pointed out that she has improved each week.
Rick Fox and Cheryl Burke: Tango
After a rough rehearsal where Rick just wasn’t getting it, the pair surprisingly pulled it together for show time but methinks Mr. Fox was a wee bit too stiff. The crowd went wild though. Len thought he did an excellent job. “It was like a Mohican on the war path,” said Bruno, referring to his silver faux hawk. “I think you did amazing,” said Carrie Ann. I, on the other hand, was bored and thought his intensity looked comical, forced, and distracted from the dance.
Kyle Massey and Lacey Schwimmer: Tango
After getting beat up by the judges last week, especially Len who gave him a 5, Kyle returned to the dance floor with a vengeance. Loved Lacey’s Lady Gaga-like feathered sleeves, the choice of an Adam Lambert song, and Kyle’s determination–but was it enough? The judges thought so. “Much, much better. Way to go,” said Bruno. Carrie Ann said, “I love the way you always throw in the Kyle style.” “I’m not gonna sack you. I’m gonna back you tonight,” said Len. “You worked hard and the dance was much better.” Think he stayed up all night coming up with that rhyme? I do!
Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas: Tango
She might be appearing in a rock band’s music video (Alaska’s Static Cycle), but there is nothing, I repeat nothing, remotely rock, cool or edgy about this gal. If she had trouble getting into character before, tonight was double the trouble. From the head-banging to the air guitar, the dance was horrible. For the most part, it was just Mark dragging her around the dance floor and she barely danced. “You’re all woman tonight,” said Bruno, who called it the best performance of the day. “Last week a chimp, almost a champ,” said Len. The judges are off their freakin’ rockers with the high praise week after week for such an awful dancer. (Sorry, someone had to say it.)
Jennifer Grey and Derek Hough: Paso Doble
Loved the hair extensions, loved her dramatic looks, and oh-so-loved the pyrotechnics. But, eek, ouch, ooh, dang, that screw-up toward the end was cringe-worthy. The judges ripped her to shreds. “You need to calm down a little bit. You’re way out of control. The dance was totally disjointed … I don’t’ know what’s happening. You’re like the chosen one and something is going terrible wrong,” said Carrie Ann, who added that it was “rough, rough, rough.” Rough comments! Bruno said it was like the woman at the edge of a nervous breakdown and also said she needs to tone it down a bit. Jennifer said after the dance, “That was a rough ride.” Derek admitted it was “a little messy.”
Kurt Warner and Anna Trebunskaya: Paso Doble
I knew it would be rough seeing squeaky-clean Kurt Warner transform into a bad-boy rocker, but I didn’t think it would be this rough to watch. They brought in Bret Michaels to help him rock out, and as funny as it was to see Kurt in a bandanna a la Mr. ‘Rock of Love,’ it was a bit too Cheeseville, USA, for this gal. That said, I loved how he dragged her across the floor to the judges’ table at the end. Now, that was badass. “The dance was sort of scruffy-scruffy,” said Carrie Ann, noting his facial scruff. Len called it “awkward” and Bruno said it looked more like he was doing karate. The audience didn’t dig the judges’ comments or their low scores.
The Rock & Roll Dance Marathon:
Hands down, this was the best four minutes of ‘DWTS’ all season. The couples were voted off in this order: Kurt, Bristol, Rick, Kyle, Audrina, and Jennifer. The winners were Brandy and Maks, who earned 10 extra points for their total score. “I’m out of breath just watching it,” said Len. “A great rock and roll extravaganza,” said Bruno.
Who rocked your world this week? Sound off in the comments below.