It’s one of the most star-studded weeks on “Dancing with the Stars” and we’re not talking about the ones battling it out on the dance floor.
For “Movie Score Week” night, the ballroom had Cher – looking 25 years younger than her true age – as well as the usual gang: The Kardashian/Jenner clan, Billy Baldwin, and a medley of Coxes and Arquettes. And on the dance floor Tuesday night, “Dancing” alum Julianne Hough and her “Footloose” costar Kenny Wormald, Blake Shelton, Susan Boyle, and Raphael Saadiq are all on deck. Now, that’s how you pack a movie-themed week.
After a somewhat corny opening number by the dance troupe to a medley of movie scores, including “Star Wars,” the remaining nine stars danced to a popular iconic song from a movie. From “Rocky” to “Toy Story” and weird costumes to funny themes, lots of surprises ensued.
But, boy, was the pressure on, as many of the contestants were cracking during their rehearsals, often mentioning that the shocking elimination last week of Kristin Cavallari and Mark Ballas threw them all for a loop.
Who t-o-t-a-l-l-y cracked under pressure? Who wanted to quit? Take a look below to find out…
Chynna Phillips and Tony Dovolani: Tango (“Mission Impossible”)
The pressure is on! Chynna was a bit off her game in a very stressed-out rehearsal and on the dance floor. It started off hot-hot-hot with Tony being lowered down from the ceiling via wires in true “M.I.” fashion and Chynna sporting a bedazzled gun holster on her thigh. But as for the dance, it looked like Chynna blanked and just stopped dancing at one point. They looked sexy, but damn they messed up massively. She knew it, shaking her head in disappointment before the judges. “You lost it. It went wrong. You didn’t know where you were and then you panicked,” said Len Goodman, who added, “I’m so sorry Chynna.” Bruno Tonioli told her, “You lost the plot!” Carrie Ann Inaba tried to console her saying it’s just dancing. Afterward, Tony – limping to backstage -said that she just blanked out.
David Arquette and Kym Johnson: Paso Doble (“The Raiders of the Lost Ark”)
David pulled every trick out of his sleeve for this show-stopping number that started with the actor swinging onto the dance floor via a rope (with his shirt open) and cracking a whip a la Indiana Jones – whipping the audience into a frenzy (and a standing ovation!). “I love the way you crack your whip,” said Bruno, going on about his tight muscles and tight pants. Carrie Ann loved it. But Len didn’t quite see what the fuss was all about. “It was all ‘Temple of Doom,’” he said to a booing audience, before complaining that he didn’t see any “tight buttocks,” which then whipped Bruno into a frenzy and prompted David to talk back. Yeah, you gotta watch this one back.
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Carson Kressley and Anna Trebunskaya: Viennese Waltz (“Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl”)
Carson is delivering the funny week after week and tonight might just take the cake. He wielded a sword. He flirted with the sword teacher, donned the best pirate outfit ever, complete with a parrot and a Len tattoo. Carson brought the laughs from the get-go when he yelled, “Land! Ho!” with Anna as his “ho.” Carrie Ann giggled and called it his “most butch performance.” Carson loved that. Len said, “It’s like childbirth: terrible while it’s happening and a joy when it’s over.” Good one, Len. Carson responded to him by saying, “We still love you Len,” as he showed off a fake heart tattoo with Len’s name in it. This pirate parade was all good with Bruno, though, who called it, “Revenge of the gay blade!”
Nancy Grace and Tristan MacManus: Paso Doble (“Flash Gordon”)
Yes! Finally, Nancy’s tough, aggressive, uncompromising side from her CNN show finally showed up on the dance floor. But was it enough for the judges? Not so much. (And, uh, she kind of slipped at the end there or she looked like she was supposed to do a split, then chickened out last minute. Why no one mentioned it is beyond me!) “Your dancing is competent, but I can’t get excited. It was okay,” said Len to boos. The crowed pretty much just booed Len all night long. “Nancy, you’ve got to become a ball breaker out here,” scolded Bruno. Carrie Ann came to her defense: “We need to give Nancy more credit” and thought it was a “great job.”
Hope Solo and Maksim Chmerkovskiy: Foxtrot (“Toy Story”)
Ugh, here we go again. Hope and Maks are bickering again. If they were a couple, everyone in their inner circle would be screaming: BREAK UP ALREADY! They danced to “You’ve Got a Friend In Me?” Hello, irony! These two are gonna kill each other and lightening the mood by wearing ridiculous “Toy Story” cowboy costumes didn’t make them any more endearing. But, wacky Bruno loved it, and it made Carrie Ann smile the whole way through. “It was so refreshing to see you out there having fun,” she added. Len, however, got all parental on the pair, scolded the two for arguing and sort of insinuated that they don’t rehearse enough. “Bond stronger! Last longer!” Len yelled at them.
Rob Kardashian and Cheryl Burke: Paso Doble (“Superman”)
Having more in common with the shy, nerdy Clark Kent part of his character than with the masculine, confident Superman, Rob failed to impress. And dare we say it? His pants were a tad tight, no? “I like the way you move,” said Carrie Ann, loving how steady and sensual he was. Len told it like it was though. “It was as though you were a waiter giving out hors d’oeuvres,” he said, adding, “Having said that, I liked it.” Bruno told Rob: It’s time to leave Smallville and take on the world. You’ve got to believe in yourself more and become more assertive.” Wow, rude question of the night: “Have you ever worked so hard at any anything?” asked Brooke Burke.
Ricki Lake and Derek Hough: Tango (“Psycho”)
“I want to quit and I’m not a quitter,” Ricki wearily said in the rehearsal package. We are so glad she didn’t as the behind-the-screen “Psycho” entrance was brilliant and their Tango, all dressed in black, brought drama (the good kind!) to the hardwood for the first time of the evening. “You’re like the U.S. mail. You always deliver…Top of the leaderboard, I think so,” said Len. Bruno loved the “chilling” ending where Derek stabs Ricki to death. “Brilliance in the ballroom,” added Carrie Ann. Again, my words exactly, Carrie Ann. The pair scored the very first 10s of the season – two of them in fact!
Chaz Bono and Lacey Schwimmer: Paso Doble (“Rocky”)
He might not be able to dance, but he certainly knows how to get tons of tears flowing. Mirroring the underdog theme of “Rocky,” Chaz gave it all he had during the Paso, but it was the ending where he ran up the stairs like Rocky Balboa with mom Cher cheering on boldly that made this a super memorable and super sweet moment. “You keep getting stronger,” said Bruno. Carrie Ann was in tears. “You make me root for you just like Rocky Balboa. You have magic. I think it’s a great night your mom came to see you,” she said. Cher stood clapping and crying and the whole room stood up with her. It was so touching that even Len couldn’t tear it down: “It wasn’t exactly a knock-out performance but it was your best dance to date.”
J.R. Martinez and Karina Smirnoff: Foxtrot (“The Pink Panther”)
Even J.R. struggled with focus and nerves this week. But they do save the best for last, and this was certainly my favorite. Looking dapper in a pink tuxedo and daring in her rose gown, the two closed the show with a slinky, sexy number. “I thought it was okay,” said Carrie Ann. “But for some reason this performance fell a little flat for me” and then she complained the routine had some humor. Huh? Len was hating on his fellow judges. “I got the loony [he points to Bruno] and then I got this…”This?” said Carrie Ann, confused. “This was the best male dance,” said Len, showing his love for the “fabulous” dance. Bruno loved it too.