'Dancing With the Stars' Recap: Last Tango in L.A.
Chaz Bono heads home
After a rough week with the tango, Chaz Bono bid the show farewell. Chaz said the experience taught him he could do so much more than he thought he would. When Tom Bergeron pointed out how much confidence and charisma he'd gained over the course of the season, Chaz replied, "I came on this show because I wanted to show America a different kind of man."
He's got a lot to be proud of! It was clear how sad the rest of the cast was to see Chaz go – just about everyone joined him on the floor for his last dance with Lacey, and Nancy Grace looked like she was crying.
This was a really tough elimination, but as always, the show must go on. Here's how each of the remaining stars fared this week:
His elegant, mercurial quickstep had the crowd on its feet and the judges offering him the encore. His excellent footwork and dazzling stage presence really make J.R. the total package. He’s got two dances next week, and I have a feeling that at least one of them will net him that elusive perfect 30.
Ricki's gorgeous quickstep was fresh and fun: Her timing and footwork were both excellent, and her presence onstage was the best it's ever been. Carrie Ann put it best when she called the routine "poetry in motion."
No one expected Nancy to last past the first few weeks, but here she is. Guess what? Nancy's sweet but cheeky foxtrot was the surprise of the week! It was easily her best performance to date, and will hopefully inspire her to even greater heights in the next round.
David’s "Grease"-inspired quickstep had a great energy, but he was having a little trouble staying in sync with Kym. Len called it "rough around the edges," which seemed fair for once. He’s getting better – but is it too little too late?
Rob's cha-cha was a lot of fun, but it wasn’t the judges’ favorite. His timing and footwork were good, but Len wants him to work on his fluidity and Bruno wants him to step up and own the floor. Rob has been working hard, and it shows, but he’ll need to work even harder to stay in this thing much longer.
Hope's revealing rumba wasn't her best performance, but it had its moments. The problem wasn't the technique so much as the flow of Hope's movements. Len called the routine Hope's worst dance of the season – which prompted Maks to jump in and defend her and make things that much work. Yikes. It was good to see Hope dodge a bullet this week, but I’m worried for her.
Who won the week: Ricki and J.R.
Who needs to step it up: Hope and Rob
What do you think of Tuesday night's results?
"Dancing With the Stars" airs Mondays at 8 p.m. and Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.
I will miss Chaz. He never spoke an unkind word to anyone and tried his best. I lost a great deal of respect for Lacey. Having patience with someone who is not a natural dancer is what she is getting paid for. She was rude and disrespectful in rehearsal. I do think JR will win and Rikki will be a finalist. They are talented and also have a good attitude. Sorry there is so much intolerance out there.
Hope is a beauty. She doesnt need to slink around. Not everyone looks like a graceful swan when they move. Thank Goodness Maks stuck up for her. Len is a grumpy old man. Carrie is a Kardashian wanna be
Nancy Grace has wowed me. I used to think she was such a B on the news channel- but I have seen a whole nother side of her. She is a beautiful middle aged woman and her legs put all the other gals to shame. I am rooting for her to stay as long as possible. Of course JR has my heart and I wish him the treasured Mirror ball and my hopes is that he may be able to pursue a professional career in dancing.
KLMOM is right! He should have been gone the first week.
He never really "danced" -- he just sort of 'stood there' while Lacy carried the performance. It was embarrassing! Other far better dancers were eliminated too early.
It was easy to see Lacy becoming increasingly frustrated each week with his lack of ability. (I think her words were something akin to, "C'mon, this is Week 6. I can't keep doing all the work!" during the practice session outakes that were aired on Monday night.)
I loved Carson and I would love to get a picture of Carson in the Pirate costume.
I am really glad that Chaz is gone. Not becaue of gendar, or sex because that is personal choice and we do not have the right to judge a private choice. I wish there were new judges. These three are getting old. And so is Len. And the other two need to stop judging on favoritism of personalities instead of talent. Lets see them dance to see if they know if they know what they are talking about. OK Len? This is hard work, and you all kick them to the curb with no right to really do it. It is up to them to either look good or be voted off by us. Not you.
People have finally done the right thing this time and not voted as much for Chaz he wasn't a good dancer he needed to go.