Who will Rock You and who will Get Rocked?! Welcome to the Glitter Dome. Turn it up to 11. Its ROCK WEEK! The ballroom looks amazing with all the rigging and lightning. The band is even rocking out this week with 3 Electric Guitars. The judges desk is even plated in medal this week. As the stars enter the ballroom the costumes look unreal. I feel tonight is going to be full of drama and surprises. Tom says this show may also double as their Halloween show. Lets begin!
AUDRINA PATRIDGE & TONY DOVOLANI – PASO DOBLE
SONG: “Another One Bites The Dust” – Queen
Last week, Audrina had all the moves but lacked the passion. Tony thinks she may be thinking too much and needs to perform it more. Audrina says its intense and passionate. Tony loves her sweet personality but its nothing like Paso. Tony takes her to MMA training to get rough for Paso. Her outfit is so stunning and she begins with great steam in her eyes. She attacks everything aggressively and I love it. The only thing I will say is that her look is the same the entire time. The have one great lift moment where she is on his thigh and gets swept around him. I loved the ending with him pulling her down the floor and her shimmy to their final tableau. Len says that every week, her dances are lacking character lately. She has everything working but she just needs to work on that character. Bruno agrees with Len. He says imagine the man-eating Spanish beauty. He says she gets to the next stage. Carie Ann says that her improvement is ridiculous since week one and says its impressive. She says there is no intension behind the movement and if she can master that, she’ll go far.
Carie Ann: 8
TOTAL: 24 out of 30
KYLE MASSEY & LACEY SCHWIMMER – TANGO
SONG: “If I Had You” – Adam Lambert
Last week, Kyle received the lowest paddle from Len doing his 70’s Foxtrot getting a 5. Kyle says its time to hit the panic button and come out swinging. Its a tough week but its necessary for them to get it down to keep up with the competition. They’ve been filming his steps so he can go home and practice. His brother Kyle has even been helping him out and dressing him up like Lacey. The routine starts with some great stair choreography and pyro flames. He is pretty strong in his steps and intention with Lacey. His technique looks impressively improved from the last few weeks. As they sweep the floor, the pyro flames erupt again. He’s even turning out his feet this week which is helping a lot and his carriage and frame looks good as well. The audience is cheering proving they loved it. Bruno says that he can tell Kyle put a lot of work into it and his footwork was much better. Carie Ann says she loves how he throw the Kyle into everything. She also noticed his carriage was improved. Len says he won’t sack him but back him instead. Len noticed that his hard work paid off and that his pieces are performance driven. He wants a better balance of technique and performance. Its still a bit rough but its on it way.
Carie Ann: 8
TOTAL: 23 out of 30
JENNIFER GREY & DEREK HOUGH – PASO DOBLE
SONG: “So What” – Pink
Last week, Jennifer was a little out of sync in her Foxtrot and she fell out of first place. The energy they had last week wasn’t working. Derek thinks she’ll connect well with the Paso Doble. Jennifer is pushing the limits of what she thinks is comfortable and safe. She plays with him a bit pretending it hurts when it doesn’t. The air is much clearer in rehearsal now. She says she is going to take all the frustration from last week and use it this week for the Paso. Derek starts on the stage and Jennifer whips her dress on the floor with great passion. Already right from the beginning you can tell that these two have found their groove again. Jennifer is so much more into it. However, closer to the end of the piece, Jennifer seems tired and even loses her balance on one turn out. Hmm. What happened to the Jennifer we saw during the ballroom in the round? Carie Ann says Jennifer needs to calm down as she is losing control. She says she is going down hill and needs to know her limits because its getting rough. Len says that its all about balance and she got the attack and intension but with all of it, she lost control. Bruno says she got the rage right but she lost the quality of movement and lost the quality of the performance, she just needs to tone down. I agree with everything they said.
Carie Ann: 6
TOTAL: 20 out of 30
RICK FOX & CHERYL BURKE – TANGO
SONG: “You Really Got Me” – Van Halen
Last Monday, Rick went from Megatron to mega smooth but it still wasn’t enough. He’s been told to turn up the romance so with this Tango, he hopes he can turn up the heat. Frame, posture, all of those things are stressing Rick out in rehearsals. Rick is needing a little bit of a slower pace in rehearsal and Cheryl is getting frustrated because he is over analyzing everything. She wants him to get the flow of it first. This competition means a lot to him so he knows he has to get out of his head. Rick looks like he is ready for battle. Right off the top I would say that Rick has the same syndrome that Audrina has. As well, because he is trying to be so strong, it sort of comes off as angry instead of passionate. They have some great moments but the connection is completely lost between the two of them. The audience loved it but will the judges? Len thought he did an excellent job considering it was such a hard dance. Bruno said the attack was fierce. He noticed there wasn’t enough romance and sought out the anger. Carie Ann says that he did an amazing job of mixing intensity and passion. Really? Were we watching the same dance? She did notice that she did miss at moments the person behind the dancer.
Carie Ann: 8
TOTAL: 24 out of 30
BRISTOL PALIN & MARK BALLAS – TANGO
SONG: “According To You” – Orianthi
Last week, Bristol took her Jive to the extreme with the gorilla/ape suits but still landed in last place when she messed up a majority of her steps. Bristol states that she probably messed up because she never went full out in rehearsals. Bristol says that she loves the Tango and thinks they should air guitar during the guitar solos. Mark gave Bristol a guitar lesson to help understand the air guitar. She wants to show that she has personality and technique on the dance floor. WHOAH! Where did this woman come from. Her passion and fire already starting the piece. Her frame is amazing and all their footwork sweeping the floor is flawless. The air guitar section shows enough personality to move mountains. The audience is on their feet for her. This has been my favorite performance of hers so far. She was so passionate and you can tell she was so into it. Maybe because the judging presence of momma Palin wasn’t there? Bruno says that she was all woman tonight and her best performance and best technique of the night. Carie Ann thought it was ridiculously amazing. Carie Ann said as well, WHO ARE YOU? Len said last week a chimp, this week, almost a champ. Len said she broke hold a bit which is needed for the entire tango but high praise all around from the judges.
Carie Ann: 8
TOTAL: 23 out of 30
KURT WARNER & ANNA TREBUNSKAYA – PASO DOBLE
SONG: “Final Countdown” – Europe
Last week, Kurt made a comeback with his Bewitched theme Foxtrot. Carie Ann even said she saw the spirit of Gene Kelly. Kurt is having trouble pulling out the rock in himself during rehearsals. Anna has to pull the wild side out of him, so Bret Michaels makes an appearance at their rehearsals. So, Kurt comes out in different outfits and Bret judges him on them and in the end, comes out dressed like Bret. He watches them and adds a piece of advice for them to help Kurt out. They definitely have the best song of the night by far. Kurt has some fire and fight in his eyes although he looks a little like my uncle rocking out at a wedding reception after a few rye and cokes. They have some great moments sweeping the floor though and I am impressed that Kurt did find a little rock and roll in his performance. Their final lift/tableau left something to be desired. I think he fell in and out of intensity but he comes to the judges table, dragging Anna on the floor. Carie Ann thought the dance was scruffy and lacked a lot of polish. She appreciated the commitment to the character but she said it felt strained. Len saw what they were trying to do but it didn’t come off and he felt awkward watching it. Bruno said he had the intention but it was karate instead of Latin dancing. Ouch.
Carie Ann: 6
TOTAL: 18 out of 30
BRANDY & MAKSIM CHMERKOVSKIY
SONG: “I Need A Hero” – Bonnie Tyler
Last week, her fast and friendly Quickstep brought her to the top of the leader board. So now they must kill the tango. She shows up at rehearsal looking like Erica Badhu in her head scarf. Rehearsals are looking rough and they are having a hard time as Brandy is getting frustrated. She even walks out at one point as she is so overwhelmed with emotion. Maks says it pains him to see her cry but they need to work hard and the passion was there because of the emotion. She needs to trust in them as a couple. Will this routine be good enough for her to take the lead the second week in a row? Brandy starts off looking very strong but her facial expression is again the same throughout the entire thing, pursed lips and icy eyes. I don’t feel a connection with her and Maks are very present. I love the choreography though. As the routine continues, Brandy starts to get more into it and I like it a lot more. It took half the routine but she got there. She is so happy with the result and is so emotional. Len says that Maks is his hero because that was the dance of the night. Bruno compared Brandy to Tina Turner and that she killed all of the emotion in it. Carie Ann said she had goosebumps and told the story well. She also noticed the missed steps but loved the intention behind the movement.
Carie Ann: 8
TOTAL: 26 out of 30
ROCK & ROLL DANCE MARATHON
Tonight, the marathon will test the stars as they dance side by side for four minutes. They can use moves from the Jive, Lindy Hop, and Swing Dance. Legal lifts are also allowed. The dance marathon is a classic ballroom competition. A tap on the shoulder means your out. Wow. No pressure. If you make it to the end, you’ll have danced for four minutes non-stop. The stars trained extra hard for this portion of the night including their individual routine. When their are 4 couples left, you can break position and use the whole floor.
Brandy notes all the tricks you can use at this time, all the ones she cannot do. Derek Hough has won the marathon two seasons in a row so the pressure is on for Jennifer to perform. Here we go. I will list them in order that they are removed and in brackets will be their combined total for the evening.
- 1. Kurt and Anna (22)
- 2. Bristol and Mark (28)
- 3. Rick and Cheryl (30)
- 4. Kyle and Lacey (30)
- 5. Audrina and Tony (32)
- 6. Jennifer and Derek (29)
Brandy and Maks win it with an evening total of 36 points. What a great night for these two. They truly showed stamina for the entire time. They are at the top of the leader board with Kurt and Anna falling all the way to the bottom. Check back tomorrow to see which star is eliminated and recaps of performances from Heart and Kylie Minogue. Thanks for reading.