'Dancing With the Stars' Recap: Paso Double-Take
Frontrunner Jennifer Grey flames out with the judges
It’s rock week. What does that mean? The "DWTS" house band had to learn a bunch of new songs, like usual, and the costumes had lots of sequins -- like usual. It was also dance marathon night, which meant that each star got two scores.
If she’s not at the top, Jennifer Grey is at least top two. But tonight? She fell almost to the bottom of the leaderboard, leaving Brandy to take the top spot for the second week running. The pop star dominated in both the individual and marathon rounds.
The rest of our stars are almost tied up. Very few points separate the bottom five contenders from each other, so anyone could go home this week.
Here’s how our stars rocked out:
Her crisp and precise paso doble just didn’t have the passion or the craziness you need with a larger-than-life Queen song. Carrie Ann praised Audrina for her progress throughout the season, but was clearly looking for a little more spirit behind the moves, as were Len and Bruno.
Paso doble: 24/30
Kyle can’t seem to catch a break. Both this week’s tango and last week’s "Charlie’s Angels"-inspired foxtrot were huge hits with the audience and got nitpicked by the judges. Carrie Ann pointed out some difficulty Kyle and Lacey had coming out of a spin and Len told Kyle that he needs to work on his technique. Their scores could put our Disney prince in real danger.
At the promising start of her paso doble I thought the only thing I’d have to criticize tonight would be Jennifer’s terrible hair extensions. Unfortunately, she and Derek really flubbed this one: their timing was a little off, Jennifer had a serious stumble coming out of a spin and the whole routine was frenzied. Bruno called her a woman on the edge of a nervous breakdown and then waved his arms around. Ouch.
Paso doble: 20/30
A tango to Van Halen? Why not! I’m starting to believe that Rick and Cheryl can pull off just about anything. He was a little stiff at the beginning, but Rick turned in a fantastic performance. His control throughout the routine was amazing: he didn’t sacrifice any passion for the precision of his movements. I think this was Rick’s best performance to date.
The tango is the undoing of many a star, but Miss Palin is bucking the trend. Her footwork was excellent, but she broke hold toward the end of the routine. The judges were pretty forgiving with their paddles, however, and called the performance Bristol’s best to date.
Kyle might get all the attention for his over-the-top performance skills, but Kurt is waiting in the wings. What his tango lacked in polish it made up for in sheer theatricality. For the second time in the broadcast Bruno stood up and waved his arms around, this time to demonstrate bad form. The audience seemed to love the routine, however, so maybe the voters will too.
Every Latin round has a hot tango, and this was it. Len called Brandy and Maks’ fierce routine the dance of the night. Brandy’s intensity was to be envied, even though she slipped up a few times toward the end.
Who won over the judges? Brandy and Audrina
Who won over the crowd? Kyle, Rick and Kurt
Who needs to step it up? Kurt, Bristol and Jennifer
gws, back up the bus! You are the one who is making this political. Can't anyone post without using "liberal" like a swear word, or infusing political rhetoric? This is about DWTS. Sure, the Palin girl is doing better, and trying very hard. We admire her for that. But she is not as talented as some of the others. Nor is the Disney kid, Kyle, even though he tries. Booting Audrina to keep a weaker dancer on has to be due to some hidden agenda - favoring participants because of political clout, race, employer's clout, something. Find some other soapbox for your political rantings. This is about dancing. To bad music and inconsistent judges. Lighten up!
DWTS are you really serious??????????
Bristol has got to go. It is obvious that the only reason she is there is because you are in full support of her mama and that republican tea party!!!!!
she is the worst dancer you have had in 10 seasons!
First off, how any professional can dance a tango or paso doble to the music that is played on this show is beyond me. It sucks and does not characterize the dance being presented. It sucks.
As for Jennifer faltering, don't blame it on the judges. While I think she deserved higher scores last night, this is all the fault of Derek. Derek is a shameful exhibitionist and over dances his students. As a former ballroom teacher, I can tell that these people take too many risks with their students abilities. It is all based on self-interest: win at any cost. Last night, it was obvious to me that Derek was shoving and pushing Jennifer instead of leading Jennifer. She should win this contest on her abilities -- and I stress "her abilities" -- and not Derek's pride and self-interest. And Len, who I would think has judged many ballroom competitions, is right when he chides the professionals. Max, on the other hand, brings out the inherent strengths of his students and fares much better as a result. Someone should remind Derek that he isn't the only one competing.
Good for Bristol! She most likely will not make it to the top three, but she did show all the HATERS who had her going home in the first round & talked so rotten about her, that she can dance & just needs to lose her shyness! Even if she leaves tonight she can go out with her head up & a proud smile on her face!
Atta girl Bristol! Never let the B A S T A R D S keep you down!
First I just gotta say Brooke's dress was one of the most horrific things I've seen in a long time. It looked so ridiculously stupid...I couldn't believe it, it ALMOST distracted me from her terrible hosting......almost.
Second Carrie Ann drives me nuts....I have NO respect for this woman. While she sits and drools over Kyle (astonishment here) and Rick Fox (can't blame her for that one) she then manages to find EVERY nuance and nit pick about everyone's dance. I absolutely DISAGREE with the judges on Kurt Warner's dance. I thought he finally found passion and poise. I really enjoyed it.
I felt so bad for Jen and Derek. The mistakes, the LOUSY dance itself, and the horrible song...nothing went right for them.
Bristol had her best dance tonight but out of all of them I think she is the one to go. Her or Kyle.