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!
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
Last night, the stars put on a show with numbers from popular TV classics like Bewitched and Charlie’s Angels. Kyle Massey who has proven to be a crowd favorite, fell almost all the way to the bottom of the pack when Len dropped their score down with an astonishing 5. Bristol and Mark were the bottom couple with their Monkee’s routine in ape suits and Brandy and Maks topped their leader board with their routine to the theme song from Friends. So lets find who got eliminated this week.
We start with the bottom two couples of the night. Kyle and Lacey danced to the theme from Charlie’s Angels. Their routine mixed disco with Foxtrot but fell short with Len who gave them a 5. On the flipside, he loved the theatrics of Mark and Bristol’s ape costumes but Bristol’s shortfalls during the routine caused them to score only 18 for the routine. The first couple safe is Kyle and Lacey. Bristol and Mark are also safe this week. SHOCKER! The bottom two couples are safe. Will a judges favorite be going home?
With TV Theme week, the show decided to create a few infomercials (to fill the one hour time slot). Bring It Like Bruno is the first up. With this DVD series, you can learn the moves of Bruno Tonioli like the lawn mower and my personal favorite the pencil sharpener. Hilarious.
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.
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.
Carie Ann: 9
TOTAL: 27 out of 30 (Brandy’s highest score yet)
Here we go. Another round of eliminations and as the weeks go on, they get tougher. Last night, the judges gave out two scores. One for technique and one for performance. This split in the scores really rained down hard on not only the stars but the pros as well. Technique lacked for many and performance wasn’t far behind. Jennifer reclaimed her spot on the top of the leader board receiving the first 10′s of the season. Audrina, the opponent who rose to the top last week wasn’t far behind. Mike “The Situation” fell to the bottom of the back in technique and performance, but will he be eliminated tonight? The ballroom in the round took its toll but who will be its first victim?
The leading ladies from last night are first up to hear their fate. Brandy and Maks, Jennifer and Derek and Audrina and Tony all had great performances and proved why they deserve to be here. With a dramatic pause, Tom reveals that all 3 top performers from last night are safe.
Good evening. Tonight the stars are back to win your votes America. The ballroom has undergone its biggest makeover in 11 seasons to coincide with acoustic week. Tonight, the couples will be judge with two separate scores. One for technique and one for performance. Because the audience has been closer than ever the stars are under a lot more pressure to perform this week. Its also acoustic week. That serves as a challenge for most of the pros as they usually choreograph to accents in the music which are not as prominent in an unplugged band. The pros seem a bit shaken by the change not to mention to the stars. The musicality must be on point as well as the technique with the raised floor putting everything under the microscope. Lets hope everyone has what it takes when they perform the Argentine Tango or the Rumba.
The pros begin the night with a passionate Rumba. Chelsea and Dmitri show off their sexy skills to Chasing Pavements by Adele. Their chemistry, lifts and footwork steam up the ballroom. The judges seem to approve and we begin the first performance of the night.
SONG:”Drops of Jupiter” by Train
Last week, Kurt’s charm won over Carrie Ann, but will his sexy Rumba do the same? In rehearsals, Kurt seems to have a little trouble with the new technique. Anna thinks that the sensual chemistry that is needed for the piece may be awkward. Kurt explains that being a Christian and dancing sensually with Anna is hard not knowing how is wife feels. She comes to observe a rehearsal with Anna’s husband and she approves. Now Kurt has to bring that passion to the dance floor. As I watch the routine I feel like Kurt is dancing Rumba by numbers. There is zero passion between these two and Kurt is really stiff. Anna however is giving us everything in her hot little dress. Len liked Kurt’s hip movement and thought he pitched the romantic side of the piece just right. Bruno gives Kurt some criticism on his hands and tells him it has to flow through his hands and all the way to his fingers. Carrie Ann liked the performance and thought it was intimate and honest. She does mention his musicality wasn’t as spot on as it was last week.
Technical: Carrie Ann-5 Len-5 Bruno-5
Performance: Carie Anne-7 Len-6 Bruno-6
Grand Total: 34 out of 60
Tonight is eliminations. After last night’s story telling, who left it all on the floor and won you over America. Millions voted through calls, text and web votes. Audrina, Kyle and Kurt are the first celebs up on the block. The first couple safe is Audrina and Tony. I think this is great. Their emotional routine last night rocked the house. Kurt and Ana are the second couple safe and Kyle and Lacey find themselves in possible danger. Kurt stepped it up last night I thought but Kyle is the ultimate performer. He just needs to figure out how to make his footwork look less awkward.
After Ne-Yo’s performance, we are on to our next set of couples. Rick, Brandy and Jennifer are up to hear their results. Jennifer and Derek are the first couple safe. Their routine had a little mistake at the beginning, but its seems America didn’t care. Rick and Cheryl find themselves in jeopardy as Brandy and Maks are safe for the second week in a row. Rick did so well with his partner last night and had his shirt ripped open. Where were all the soccer moms? Why didn’t you call? Brandy and Maks had a great routine but I’m not a fan of Maks’ teaching style. Hopefully he can buck up before next week.
Its Week 3 and our couples are back for Story Night where they must tell a story through their routines. After Michael Bolton’s train wreck Jive and ejection from the show, will the stars will step it up even more to win your votes? This challenge began last season and the use of props is encouraged meaning the routines will be more expressive and elaborate. We take a quick look at the couples preparing their stories and my my, do they look interesting. Last season if you remember, this challenge brought us Kate Gosselin’s ever famous Paparazzi routine. Oh man. Lets hope we have some better results this time around.
We kick off the evening with a story telling dance from the pros. The three couples sweep the floor so gracefully telling the story of love and romance. The girls tear off their long skirts and start their sexy Latin routine. Pieces like this make me appreciate ballroom dancing so much. The commitment, the passion and the technique is astonishing. Wow.
SONG: “A Little Respect” by Erasure
Our first Samba is with Jennifer and Derek. After we recap her Jive from last week, we are reminded of her visit to the top of the leader board for the second time. Jennifer and Derek start their story of Jennifer playing teacher and Derek playing student. Sounds super sexy. Derek is challenging Jennifer and decides to put the hardest step in the routine… The Samba Roll. Jennifer gets frustrated but the want to be on top keeps her working hard. The piece starts with Ms. Gray at the chalkboard and she comes down to meet Derek at the desk. Jennifer strips down to sexy teacher and Derek and her sweep the floor with their routine. I feel their connection isn’t as strong this week. The routine doesn’t feel as solid as her ones previous. Len loves that the couple carried the storyline all the way through the piece but notices the routine wasn’t as clean. Bruno calls Jennifer a Cougar. He also mentions the snafu in the middle of the routine with the Samba roll. Carie Ann also notices the routine wasn’t as clean as usual but loved the story and choreography. In the sky box, Brooke asks Jennifer how she felt about the challenge. She was pleased and they both had fun.
The scores: CA: 8 LG: 8 BT: 8
Same as last week. I think a 7 in there wouldn’t have killed the buzz but overall a good routine. Once again, I think Jennifer has no worries of being in the bottom or even in danger.
Two more shows premiered on FOX last night…Raising Hope and Running Wilde. While the two shows make their primetime debut, the first couple on Dancing With The Stars says goodbye after being eliminated.
– The Results (First Elimination)
It was the first results show of the season. We’re treated to some amazing performances by the experts, some live performances by the legendary Santana, India Arie (who has apparently gained some weight) and Daughtry, as well as some inappropriate humor by Adam Corolla and his green screened “Tour De Dance”. What joke of his took the cake? Saying that the Flamenco was not to be confused with Bruno Tonioli‘s debut album, The Flamin’ Co., which was accompanied by an album cover with Bruno and three of the male dance pros…shirtless . Awkward!