Last week, the theater in the round took its toll on The Situation and Karina. But tonight, TV Theme Week brings the stars and their pro trainers to the breaking point, but doesn’t stop a few from making some TV magic. Its the half way point in the competition so its time for the stars to step up their game to prove they have what it takes to win the coveted Mirror Ball trophy. The evening takes a LONG half hour to begin with the judges recapping all of the stars and their partners and their favorite routines so far this season. YAWN! Have to eat up a two hour time slot hey ABC? That’s really too bad. It was the most boring time filler ever. Alright, its finally time to get to the dancing.

BRANDY & MAKSIM CHMERKOVSKIY

SONG: Theme Song from Friends (I’ll Be There For You)
Last week, Brandy’s Rumba stole Bruno’s heart. Tonight, they have the theme song from Friends and Brandy is excited. Their Quickstep begins in the audience and Maks offers Brandy and lollipop before they run onto the floor and begin their actual dancing. Brandy looks great, polished and confident in her movements. Her footwork is clean and it looks like her technique is on point. I’m sure the great song is helping her feel it out. Len is so impressed with the routine as the Quickstep is a hard dance. He thought it was sassy and had a lot of energy. Bruno tells them they’ve found the right formula that makes them work. Carie Ann notices that the trust has built between the two and now, they have had a successful routine on the floor.

The Scores:
Carie Ann: 9
Len: 9
Bruno: 9
TOTAL: 27 out of 30 (Brandy’s highest score yet)

FLORENCE HENDERSON & CORKY BALLAS

SONG: Theme from The Brady Bunch
Florence and Corky was a little too much for Carie Ann last week when they performed a sexy Rumba. This week, they have the theme song that made Florence famous and Barry Williams even stops by during the rehearsal process. Barry takes Florence and they dance a little steaming up the rehearsal space. The actual routine begins and Florence is wearing a big plaid coat which Corky removes to reveal a gorgeous gold gown. The stage is lit and classic 60′s and 70′s colors. The routine however isn’t as colorful as the squares on the floor. Bruno thought the Tango was a little rag doll for him. Carie Ann liked it and was impressed with some of her newer moves even though some threw her off. Len starts off by saying he wishes he was a sexy senior like Florence but agrees with his colleagues that some of her moves were a little too much for her. Florence says “try doing the Tango to the Brady Bunch theme.” I’d have to agree. It was pretty quick for a Tango.

The Scores:
Carie Ann: 7
Len: 7
Bruno: 7
TOTAL: 21 out of 30

KURT WARNER & ANNA TREBUNSKAYA

SONG: Theme from Bewitched
Last week, Kurt’s Rumba failed to impress in the technique department but he’s ready to pick up and try again this week. Anna doesn’t know what Bewitched is as they didn’t have it in Russia where she grew up. After Kurt explains it to her they get going and things look a little rough. The routine begins up by the sky box and they have the cutest chemistry. Kurt’s fun little personality comes out quite a bit during the routine but his footwork hasn’t improved at all. And those big hands of his are still awkward. The audience doesn’t seem to mind though. Carie Ann says that the spirit of Gene Kelly just entered Kurt’s body during that routine. Len thought he went up from last week so that’s a great improvement. Bruno says that the magic is back and he was one sparkling form. His musicality was great in hitting all the sparkles and tings in the music.

The Scores:
Caire Ann: 8
Len: 8
Bruno: 8
TOTAL: 24 out of 30 (Kurt’s highest score so far)

AUDRINA PATRIDGE & TONY DOVOLANI

SONG: “Unwritten” by Natasha Bedingfield (Them from The Hills)
Last week, she fell from the top a few spots when she didn’t perform the passion she needed. This week they have the Rumba so hopefully Audrina can bring the sexy out. Richard Gere told Tony once to eat garlic and onions before doing something of this nature to take the pressure off. After Audrina takes a big chomp out of an onion, they proceed and rehearsals go a lot smoother. The lighting team needs to get an award for the beginning of the piece as they emulate a pool on the floor with Audrina lounging on a chair beside it. As the piece goes, Audrina doesn’t seem to have the passion the judges were asking for. She is just smiling the whole time and looks really really focused. I’m interested to hear what the judges have to say. Len thought it was an excellent Rumba with nice feet and legs and great chemistry. He did notice her intimidation to the piece but other than that, he liked it. Bruno sees the improvement from last week but didn’t see the smoldering passion he wanted. Carie Ann thought she went leaps and bounds from last week. However, Carie Ann thought it still felt a little disjointed.

The Scores:
Carie Ann: 7
Len: 8
Bruno: 8
TOTAL: 23 out of 30

KYLE MASSEY & LACEY SCHWIMMER

SONG: The Theme from Charlie’s Angels
Kyle has always been a great performer and a crowd pleaser but the judges can’t seem to correct him enough to bring technique to the floor. This week, they are performing a Foxtrot to the theme from Charlie’s Angels. Lacey enlists the help of some “angels” aka Chelsea and Kim to help out Kyle with his technique and footwork. Hopefully their help can bring what the judges have been asking for. Kyle turns around in his chair as Lacey appears from behind the judges table like Jane Fonda with the fan blowing on her blonde locks. The routine is super fun and so far the most entertaining of them all. I like Lacey’s choice of throwing in some faster choreography to juxtapose the slower moments with the Foxtrot. His technique seems a little better or at least that he is aware of it. The audience is on their feet and they love it. Bruno tells Kyle he brings on the feel good factor but doesn’t think there was enough Foxtrot in it. Carie Ann loved the routine and thought he was super focused on leading and the technique. Len thought it started bad and gradually got worse and worse. He thought it was a joke and that it was terrible.

The Scores:
Carie Ann: 8
Len: 5
Bruno: 7
TOTAL: 20 out of 30

RICK FOX & CHERYL BURKE

SONG: The Theme from Hill Street Blues
Last week, Rick looked the part but Bruno called him Megatron. Yikes. Rick decides this week that he is going to transform into a lover. The quick information learning curve is causing some pressure in rehearsals so Rick brings Cheryl to some Laker training with Kobe Bryant and Phil Jackson. Its game on with this Rumba. Rick and Cheryl bring the heat of off duty cops to the floor and the passion seems to be there. I love the entire routine. Carie Ann thinks its a crime that Rick can look that good and Rumba so well. She thought it got hotter and hotter. Len thinks there is an ease about Rick’s dancing but didn’t feel the momentum of the number. Bruno says that Rick went from Megatron to mega-smooth. I agree. I thought the routine had poise and that Rick pulled off the super swagger.

The Scores:
Carie Ann: 8
Len: 8
Bruno: 8
TOTAL: 24 out of 30

BRISTOL PALIN & MARK BALLAS

SONG: The Theme from the Monkees
Last week, Carie Ann called out Bristol and asked her to dance with more intensity after her Rumba lacked passion and smooth moves. Mark and Bristol decide to show their personalities in this one with a monkey themed Jive. They have some clown coaches come in for a clown coaching to teach her some different expressions and how to let go. Bristol looks a lot uncomfortable with it but we’ll see what happens. As the routine begins, they are in big ape costumes with Bristol’s costume wearing a big tutu and bow on her head. The apes are removed and the two reveal their matching pink costumes. Super cute. Bristol actually looks like she’s having a fun. Unfortunately, she’s still a hot mess on the floor missing a few steps and not quite feeling comfortable with all the moves. Len liked the monkey suits and thought they should have kept them on longer. Bruno thought she tried to perform but with all of the focus on that, she lost the technique. Carie Ann is proud of Bristol for making the transformation but noticed the miss in steps.

The Scores:
Carie Ann: 6
Len: 6
Bruno: 6
TOTAL: 18 out of 30

JENNIFER GREY & DEREK HOUGH

SONG: “Love and Marriage” by Frank Sinatra (Married with Children)
Jennifer took the top spot again last week and keeps impressing the judges. However, the pressure to stay on top is taking a toll on the two of them. In rehearsals, Derek begins to get frustrated and Jennifer calls him out on it telling him to gain control of it. Jennifer even walks out on one rehearsal after hitting a breaking point. Hopefully the two can cool it in time to perform the Foxtrot on the floor. The stage set up is brilliant with the shag carpet, couch and TV. These two looked like they stepped out of the old TV set and started dancing. I will say that Jennifer seems to have lost her edge this week. She looks a little uncomfortable in this routine. Maybe she was right in saying that this piece wasn’t her dance during rehearsals. Not my favorite of hers. Bruno thought it was like watching the perfect housewife and they recreated the time perfectly. Carie Ann thought it was good but noticed it wasn’t her best and asked her to come back stronger next week. Len thought the actual dance was lovely but it was a little too theatrical for his taste. He thinks Jennifer is a good enough dancer that she doesn’t need all the extra.

The Scores:
Carie Ann: 8
Len: 8
Bruno: 9
TOTAL: 25 out of 30

So there you have it. Jennifer dropped back down and Brandy takes the top of the leader board while Bristol and Mark are at the bottom. Check back tomorrow to see how your votes ranked these stars and their pros, who you put in danger and who will be leaving the competition. Thanks for reading.