Dancing With the Stars – Week 4

Tonight, 9 stars “brought together by destiny, advancing only by dancing” will dance to Movie Scores night.  This may or may not be the corniest intro on “Dancing” yet.  Aww, last week we lost our “blonde bombshell” Kristin Cavallari, while Chaz lived to dance another day.  Speaking of Chaz, Cher should be in the audience today…her appearance will keep him in another two weeks minimum.  Ha!  I just realized the music stands say “HWB” on them, probably for Harold Wheeler Band.  Okay, bring on “My Heart Will Go On.”  You know it’s coming.

Up first is a medley from the pimped out band–Peta, LOUIS VAN AMSTEL (YAY), and Val Chmerkovskiy will dance to the medley, along with the dance troupe.

Chynna Phillips and Tony Dovolani – Tango – Chynna says she’s very afraid because last week Kristin left, and she was very good.  They’re dancing to the theme from “Mission Impossible.”  Tony says Chynna needs to focus on him, and is really stressed out.  Okay, Maksim Jr!  Chynna wants the dance to be phenomenal.  We’ll see…after the break!  Maks is hovering down from the ceiling!  Nice, quick solo from Chynna.  What’s going on now?  Her movements are fluid, but she looks super confused.  She just froze for a few seconds in the middle of the ballroom.  This is not very good, without a doubt Chynna’s worst dance yet.  What she did do right was beautiful, but 80% of that was a jumbled mess.  Len liked what she did right, but realized she got lost.  Bruno called her hot, but she completely lost the pulse.  Carrie Ann admired her for not quitting and keeping composure, even though it wasn’t good.  Chynna says the smoke and different music threw her off.   Carrie Ann – 7 Len – 7 Bruno – 7 – 21. 1-800-VOTE4-04


David and Kym – Paso Doble – They are dancing to the theme from Indiana Jones.  To me, the Paso Doble is the hardest dance.  Forget the Quickstep, SYTYCD!  They referenced Kristin’s elimination, too.  He swings in on a vine.Very masculine–David’s getting into the character well.  He’s not very smooth in his movements, but he’s strong.  Uh oh!  He drops Kym at the end.  Bruno admired his strength.  Carrie Ann liked it somewhat too, but it’s sort of lukewarm.  Len liked the beginning and the end, but hated the stomping, hand movements, etc.  Bruno is screaming!    Carrie Ann – 8 Len – 7 Bruno – 8 – 23. 1-800-VOTE4-06.  More referencing Kristin’s elimination.


Carson Kressley and Anna Trabunskaya – Carson thinks he’ll be good at this because it involves tight pants and low-cut shirts.  Anna practices with Carson by taking him sword-fighting. Carson thanks the instructor for wearing a low-cut shirt!  Carson shouts to start the dance, and they come in on a boat.  Swordfighting!  Anna definitely kept the pirate theme in mind.  I’m not sure that there is enough Vienese Waltz choreography, though.  On the bright side, Carson is actually taking a masculine role, as opposed to a femine one!  Not too bad.  Carrie Ann said she thought it was good.  Len is holding his hand!  Carrie Ann says she’s excited, but the technique isn’t that good.  Len (IKNEW IT) bashes them for no technique, fluidity, and dance-aspect.  But he says if he was at home, he’d vote for him.  Bruno jokes that Jack Sparrow is “out.”  Carson lost footing, but people only care about the enjoyment.    Carrie Ann – 7 Len – 6 Bruno – 7 – 20.  1-800-VOTE4-09.


Nancy Grace and Tristan McManus – Paso Doble – Nancy is a funny character.  Can she handle the Paso Doble?  It’s not that bad, but it’s nothing special.  Nancy is definitely refusing to back down.  She’s utilizing her ress well.  Is that a split she goes for at the end!?  Either way it doesn’t work out.  Len said it was okay, but he couldn’t get excited.  I agree.  Bruno doesn’t want her to hide.  He wants he to kick “him” in the balls!  Carrie Ann thinks Nancy deserves more credit.  She on the older side, there’s never hesitation, but she needs to connect with the audience.  Carrie Ann – 7 Len – 7 Bruno – 7 – 21. 1-800-VOTE4-05.


Hope Solo and Maksim Chmerkovskiy – Foxtrot – Tonight they’re dancing from music from “Toy Story.”  Ooooh why are Maks and Hope holding hands when walking!?  Sorry, back to the topic.  Hope thinks her biggest weakness is that she overthinks and is a perfectionist.  Aww, it’s Jessie and Woody.  The best way I can descirbe this is just by “cute.”  They’re doing a really great job with this.  Footwork is precise and clean.  Hope is also acting very well.  On a night of tons of mistakes, they definitely did the best.  Bruno called it lovely, and he admires Maks’ niceness, because when he’s nice, Hope is nice!  Carrie Ann said it was refreshing to see them both out there having fun and liked the fluidity.  Len said he got frustrated (Tom cuts in and says by age) because Hope can go all the way.  He thinks the more she polishes in rehearsal, the more she’ll shine on the floor, but he doesn’t think they do that.  Len is censored!!!!  He doesn’t like Maks’ constant cursing at Hope.  Carrie Ann – 8 Len – 8 Bruno – 8 – 24.  They deserved at least one 9.  Hope points out that they WORKED HARD (Len) for that score.


Rob Kardashian and Cheryl Burke – Paso Doble- It’s to the music of “Superman.”  Rob takes dancing extremely seriously.  He thinks he’s the “loser brother” who hasn’t done anything before, but now he’s making progress.  Cheryl is very impressed by his work ethic.  Rob has grown a lot.  His paso is strong and controlled.  He’s a little bit stiff and rigid.  That move where he glides across the floor on just his knees is very difficult.  Cool effect at the end with the spotlights and the “S” underneat his suit jacket.  Carrie Ann likes the way he moves-steady and masculine.  She loved his ease across the ballroom.  Len didn’t mind it, but the Paso needs to be the most “living” dance, but he wasn’t strong enough.  But he liked it.  Okay.  Bruno said it’s time to leave Smallville and take on the world.  He says Rob has musicality and moves well.  He has to reach through his body and can’t falter himself.  Carrie Ann – 8 Len – 8 Bruno – 8 – 24.  Rob brags about graduating from college… 1-800-VOTE4-02.


It’s been  a LOOOOOOOOOOOOOONG, slow, non-impressive night on the ballroom….

Ricki Lake and Derek Hough – Tango – They are dancing to the “Psycho” theme.  Derek’s right, the key changes and the overall song structure is very confusing.  Ricki is struggling and panicking in rehearsal.  Light screen effect to start!  Theh ballroom is super dark.  Ricki looks very elegant, and she’s matching Derek step for step.  WOW!  Fantastic synchronization.  Fluid, smooth, seductive, action-packed: I can’t complain at all.  Her frame is gorgeous.  Her emotion is just right.  Thanks goodness for a dance that was finally EXCITING AND TECHNICALLY BEAUTIFUL. 10 10 10!  Carrie Ann’s mouth dropped in awe.  Len said she was like the US Mail-she always delivers (lame).  However, she drops her chin sometimes and loses her shape.  He thinks she’ll be on top of the leaderboard.  With the highest score being a 24, she better!  Bruno thought it was an emaculate tribute to the master of suspense.  Carrie Ann said “Brilliance in the ballroom.  Done.”  I think they can muster up a ten!  Carrie Ann – 10!!! Len – 9 Bruno – 10! –  29. Yaaaay!  First 10’s of the season!  That was gorgeous.


Chaz Bono and Lacey Schwimmer – Paso Doble – Tonight they are dancing to the theme of “Rocky.”  It was one of the first movies Chaz saw, and he wanted to be just like him.  Chaz’s weaknesses are his knees, ankles, and the endurance part of it, says Lacey.  HAHAHA!  Of course she bringsi n Richard Simmons.  He says he borrowed his outfit from the Kardashians.  They make a sort of inspirational video of Chaz training.  Richard is insane.  Chaz and Lacey both have boxing outfits on to start the dance.  I’m going to start cracking up.  Watching Chaz is just so funny, but I totally feel for him!  He gets much better as the dance continues.  That lacked a lot of Paso Doble content, though, it was a lot of punching the air.  CHER IN THE HOUSE!  She looks ecstatic!  Bruno  says Chaz keeps fighting.  Carrie Ann doesn’t know why she’s crying.  Carrie Ann pulls for Chaz and thinks he was magic.  More Cher!  Len says (singing) Chaz is getting stronger.  It was his best to date.  He calls his singing his “X Factor” moment.  Len!  X Factor has replaced Idol yet!  PS I’m very excited for Wednesday’s X Factor.  Back to scores: Carrie Ann – 7 Len – 7 Bruno – 7 – 21.  It’s their best score.  Lacey’s very proud.  1-800-VOTe4-12.


J.R. Martinez and Karina Smirnoff – Foxtrot – Music is coming from the “Pink Panther!”  It’s very smooth and connected; acted out very well.  Carrie Ann thought she saw a lift.  She thinks the humor was not necessary.  It was just okay.  I agree with Carrie Ann.  Len said that was the best male dance of the night.  It didn’t go flat, but it needed some tweaking.  It was fabulous, he said.  Bruno uses a French accent.  He likes how J.R. can do Latin, ballroom, comedy, and drama.  I’m on Carrie Ann’s side-good, but not phenomenal.  Definitely should put them in second place on such a flat night, though! Carrie Ann – 8 Len – 9 Bruno – 9 –  26. One complaint: J.R. and Karina are always last or close to last!  Why?  Be fair, DWTS.  Second place for the night again.  J.R. thinks Ricki is his biggest competition.


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