It’s 80’s week on Dancing With the Stars! It’s a night of pumped up hair and big glam! The Bangles are performing music for the troupe. LOL at the three judges dancing the Egyptian at the end! Tomorrow we’ll find out which somewhat talented star is eliminated over the likes of Chaz, Carson, and other not-so-talented stars! Carson and Anna’s outfits sort of scare me thinking about their performance. Ooooh look at Brooke Burke’s dress! It’s more exciting than she’s been in 2 seasons! – VIDEO
It’s already the half way point in the competition!!!! Whoah….
Hope Solo and Maksim Chmerkovskiy – Tango – Carrie Ann says she needs a breakthrough, and the tango could be it! Maks and Hope are not working as one, but once they do, they’ll be incredible. It’s tango to the Living on a Prayer! In the beginning Hope is letting Maks throw her around the ballroom. She’s gaining much more control as the dance goes on, and her movements synchronize with Maks. She’s got some wild legs flailing whenever she kicks though. It frustrates me because Hope has so much potential, but there’s always something holding her back. The attitude and acting were spot on, though! Len said Hope was too “willowy” and he doesn’t know how Maks controlled her. But he liked her aggression. I should be a judge on this show, I’m good at calling what the judges call ;). Bruno loved her strength, sexiness, and power. Carrie Ann thinks Hope was strong but she attacked it so hard that her lines became awkward. If she worked harder, she could top the leaderboard, says Carrie Ann. See: above. Carrie Ann – 8 Len – 8 Bruno – 8 – 24. 1-800-VOTE4-08. Hope really wanted a 9! – VIDEO
Next week is Broadway hits! Tom says Maks looked like a Keebler elf in the 80’s!
Carson Kressley and Anna Trebunskaya – Jive - Bruno says Carons has great personality. He has produced very memorable moments, but his technique has not been great. Anna says without Carson, the show would be more boring. Carson knows all the 80’s dance moves and style! Carson says he can’t go home because he didn’t book a plane ticket! Stacy Keibler danced probably the best jive ever on DWTS to this song back in Season (?)2! Short shorts on Carson! Len will bash him for being too feminine, but he’s there to support Anna. Carson messed up turning Ann around him. It was good, but not challenging at all. Bruno said he squeezed so much wacky fun out of a jive, and it was “a crowning achievement in madness.” Carrie Ann called it fun. Richard Simmons was watching and envying Carson’s outfit! She didn’t see much technique anywhere. Bring Richard Simmons for next season’s DWTS. Len said he’s been getting Len’s fan letters! Len says that wasn’t good enough to bring him back next week. Carrie Ann – 6 Len – 6 Bruno – 7 – 19. 1-800-VOTE4-. Errrm….Carson’s bulge. HAHAHA Carson says there won’t be a romantic connection between them obviously, but they share a love for shoes. – VIDEO
Nancy Grace and Tristan McManus – Rumba - Extra observation: J.R., yet again, isn’t performing early in the show. Be fair, DWTS. I’ll leave it at that. LOL at Nancy shaking it and cheering in rehearsal! Tristan thinks the biggest challenge is Nancy not listening. Wow, Nancy! She is very fluid and grooving ot the music. I feel like this takes her back, and she can connect. Her awkward flailing hand is sort of distracting, but she’s doing an awesome job with this! She looks great and so youthful with her hair all curly! So much flexibility, control, beauty….is this really Nancy!? That was beautiful! Carrie Ann thought she wanted to see real passion, but she can’t connect to Nancy. She needs to connect all of her movements. Len disagreed and thought that it was simple and effective. There was ease and elegance to it. Bruno is rambling about something I didn’t follow (not about the dance). Bruno said she got it right, and it was one of her best performances. I agree! Carrie Ann – 7 Len – 7 Bruno – 8 – 22. It’s her highest scores. She’s happy to get an 8! Oh my goodness at the pictures of the judges! – VIDEO
The Bangles are back with “Manic Monday.” How appropriate. – VIDEO
J.R. Martinez and Karina Smirnoff – Samba - Bruno says J.R. is good, but has to add extra to top the leaderboard again. To get into the samba, J.R. went to listen to conga music. J.R. on drums! Lots of hip action. Samba rolls look good! Hard-hitting, synchronized, and independent away from Karina. J.R.’s confidence is improving. They completely lose sync when they go down the dance floor at the very end, though. It was good. Len didn’t think J.R. could pull it off, but he did a great job with it. Bruno says he loves J.R.’s talent and charisma. Carrie Ann wanted more of it because it was amazing! Judges’ Score: 28! Second 10’s of the seaosn. Sorry I missed the scoring part! – VIDEO
Rob Kardashian and Cheryl Burke – Rumba- I missed the intro to this dance, sorry! Rob’s emotion and passion is all there. His movements are also connected and fluid. He does a nice job in this. For the first time I had the smallest semblane of a connection with Rob. Bruno liked Rob the Hearthrob. He uses Cheryl as a partner instead of using her to hide. A great performance. Carrie Ann said at the beginning that she saw potential, and every week is slowly and slowly improving. He was sturdy and in control of Cheryl. Len said it’s hard because he must be masculine, and that’s just what he did. He adds not to keep trying to do the splits! Carrie Ann – 9(!) Len – 8 Bruno – 8 – 25. Carrie Ann gave him a 9 because she’s attracted to him. – VIDEO
Chaz Bono and Lacey Schwimmer – Samba - Carrie Ann says when Chaz is on, he’s great. But when he’s off, he’s terrible. Chaz’s weakness is him being too shy, and not being comfortable with shaking. Lacey brings in her father Buddy Schwimmer to bring out Chaz’s flash and flair. She also wants Chaz to see big guys and still shake it. Buddy says they have more to shake! Chaz is very bouncy in his movements, which is better than him just walking, but not controlled enough. Lacey dumbed up the choreography quite a bit. There’s definitely a big change in Chaz’s confidence and his lack of robotic movements. The crowd is obviously going crazy for him! Carrie Ann said it was the most dancing he’s ever seen. “Shake it don’t break it because it took your mama 9 months to make it” or something like that. Len called it a gallon of effort. Bruno called out Chaz for being underwhelming after J.R. Not called for, Bruno! Carrie Ann – 7 Len – 7 Bruno – 7 – 21. Chaz thinks his fans will carry him through again. 1-800-VOTE4-12. – VIDEO
David Arquette and Kym Johnson – Jive – Carrie Ann thinks once David finds the balance, and once he realizes that he’s sexy he will really be great. David decided to go old-school for the 80’s. David finds things starting to click finally. David is afraid that Kym will lose him points for breaking hold! Kym is seeing a brand new David. fantastic, strong motion. David needs to dance a little bit higher up as opposed to digging in more into the ground, but I see lots of improvement. This is the control Carrie Ann was talkinga bout! Len says you have to show up or shut up, and he SHOWED UP. He called it fantastic! Bruno loved how in charge David was. Carrie Ann thinks his hold is improving, but he needs to work on musicality. She’s saying the complete opposite of Len. I’m leaning more towards Carrie Ann here, but I think David did a great job with it. Carrie Ann thinks David could be a contender. With Chynna and Kristin out, why not!? Carrie Ann – 8 Len – 9 Bruno – 8 – 25. Woohoo for getting a 9! 1-800-VOTE4-06. – VIDEO
Ricki Lake and Derek Hough – Foxtrot – Ricki goes back to the days of Hairspray. She just needs to have fun. Very 80’s-retro. Like Nancy, Ricki looks super youthful. Her hold goes from pristine to lopsided, though. She’s doing a nice job with incorporating the 80’s moves into a foxtrot. Derek is really great at this stuff. Will this be enough to top J.R. and Karina!? Not exciting enough for a 10, but I think they’ll amass 8’s and 9’s. Bruno says in her case the performance didn’t gel between the breaking hold and connection. Carrie Ann agrees, but she loves how connected they are. They could have just stayed in hold and performed a great performance, but they took a risk. Len said nobody loves funk as much as he does (he calls himself a “funkateer”). He didn’t appreciate the funk in a foxtrot. He didn’t like how they didn’t touch and connect in the holds. Like the other two, he called them out for being off-beat. Standing O in the back. They do their 80’s move! Carrie Ann – 8 Len – 8 Bruno – 8 – 24. Low for them. 1-800-VOTE4-11. Derek thinks the foxtrot and 80’s theme didn’t blend at all. – VIDEO