The competition is really heating up as week 8 of ‘Dancing with the Stars‘ brings another double-threat: Each of the five remaining couples had to dance two individual routines – one ballroom and one “Instant Dance.”
Just what is an “Instant Dance”? ‘Dancing’ on demand! Sort of. The couples knew what dance they were doing in advance but didn’t know what song they’d be dancing to, which, of course, is a big part of choreographing a dance number.
“It’s more like a regular ballroom competition,” explained head judge Len Goodman, who said that’s how they do it in real competitions. The couples had less than one hour to prepare – some (Kyle and Lacey) had 45 minutes, while others (Brandy and Maks) had just 20 minutes; it all depended on when they finished their first dance and were given their second-dance song.
Who fared best? Who got tons of 10s? Who got into a fight with the judges? Let’s take a look….
Brandy and Maksim Chmerkovskiy: Waltz
From the intensity in her eyes to the perfect tilt of her head, this girl showed everyone just how badly she wants to win during this dramatic Waltz. “This was more than a dance, this was an exquisite interpretation of a song,” said Bruno. “It was like a symphony. It was like a poem. You danced absolutely beautifully.” Carrie Ann said she was spellbound and called it riveting. She also predicted she’ll make it to the finals. “I was overwhelmed by the whole performance,” said Len. She scored 10s from both Len and Bruno. Kudos!
Jennifer Grey and Derek Hough: Quickstep
Last week it was her neck, this week her knee. Is Jennifer Grey falling apart? Seems so. Is she carrying on? Heck yeah! Even her doctor questions whether enough is enough and if she should continue on. But her dad, Joel Grey, visited the set and rooted for the show to go on for this troubled twinkle toes. “It was like watching a vintage Fred Astaire-Ginger Rogers classic quickstep,” said Bruno, who also noticed a tiny misstep. “It was just gorgeous,” said Carrie Ann. “It was great,” said Len.
Kyle Massey and Lacey Schwimmer: Viennese Waltz
Wow, such focus, such concentration, such poise. Well done. No signs of the silly, funny guy we’ve come to know and love, and, yes, for this serious waltz, that’s a good thing. Even Len smiled. “This week a gorgeous orchid,” he said. “We are all totally charmed by you,” said Bruno. Carrie Ann squealed again about her crush on Kyle. Cute. “It was like watching a fairytale come to life. I thought it was brilliant,” she said.
Kurt Warner and Anna Trebunskaya: Waltz
I’m sorry, but Kurt just reminds me of Herman Munster from ‘The Munsters.’ Nice guy, but there is nothing graceful about a Frankenstein doing the waltz. That doesn’t mean he didn’t do a good job, he did, but I can’t get past his stature sometimes. Carrie Ann, on the flip side, likened Kurt to a Ken doll. Len called him graceful and said “the whole feeling of the dance was beautiful.” Bruno loved his smile and said he lights up the room.
Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas: Argentine Tango
Well, for all my moaning about Bristol, I not thrilled to say that she kind of brought it big time tonight. I can’t believe I’m writing these words, but she was sexy and fierce and totally in character. Shockingly, though, the judges – who have been praising her bad performances all season long – didn’t feel as wowed as I did. Len said she lacked intensity, which is super duper odd because she was more intense on this night than ever. Bruno also criticized her for not staying in character, but said she did well. Carrie Ann was on my page, though, saying, “I think that was the most intensity we had ever seen…” We Carries are always right. ;-)
Jennifer Grey and Derek Hough: Rumba, “Waiting for a Girl Like You”
She had me at the leg extension in rehearsal. Yoga has paid off for her! Rumbas are supposed to be sexy, slinky and sultry and “Jenoughfer”s was just that. “This was just breathtaking!” said Bruno. “Flawless! Flawless!” Carrie Ann agreed, and said there is nothing more beautiful to her than watching someone “reclaiming her power.”
Score: 30–*the first perfect score of the season
Kyle Massey and Lacey Schwimmer: Jive, “Good Golly Miss Molly”
With just 45 minutes to get ready, the pair kicked some serious ‘Dancing’ butt in their energetic Jive that showed off Kyle’s playful persona. Good times! Len called it fun and high energy too. “It was a little bit wild and wacky,” he added. Bruno stood up and screamed, “I loved every second of it!” “It was like that song was made for you,” said Carrie Ann. The dance earned two more 10s for the night.
Brandy and Maksim Chmerkovskiy: Cha Cha Cha, “Teenage Dream”
Being musical certainly paid off for Brandy tonight as that seemed like a well-rehearsed dance, not an instant dance. Bruno loved it. But Carrie Ann complained about how the dance started, leading Maks to talk back, “Don’t worry about it.” Len also didn’t like that they didn’t instantly dance and Maks once again fiercely defended their decision to sit out a few bars before hitting the floor. Wonder if the Maks-judges smackdown cost the couple some points? Maybe a 10 should have been in there somewhere? Thoughts?
Kurt Warner and Anna Trebunskaya: Cha Cha Cha, “Hella Good”
Fringed pants? Really, wardrobe? That is just cruel to put a hunky footballer in such flamboyant trousers. That aside, Carrie Ann loved his sex appeal and charisma. Len said he performed well and kept on the beat. “You let it loose and you had fun and you went for it, which is what we want to see,” said Bruno, who criticized his foot placement. Even though the duo scored three solid 8s, the crowed booed. Go figure.
Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas: Samba, “Mas Que Nada”
Again, Bristol really shook her moneymaker nicely on this dance. She’s two for two tonight. Shocking. She seemed much more confident up until she lost her place and kind of stood there not dancing for a moment. But up until that, she was nailing it. Len said she did a wonderful job for a difficult dance. Bruno said moments were excellent but in others she lost it. “Unfortunately, I don’t think you were that connected with the music,” said Carrie Ann, which prompted the audience to boo loudly.
Who do you think is going home next? Hit the comments with your pick.
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