Dancing with the Stars 2010 week 6, dubbed Rock Week in order to continue season 11’s cornball them obsession, aired on October 25. In addition to the requisite individual dances set to the blarin’ sounds of rock and roll, the remaining contestants took part in a dance marathon, and co-hosts Tom Bergeron and Brooke Burke counted down the viewer-voted best 10 dances in DWTS history. Did your fave make the list? Better yet, did your pick for Dancing with the Stars 2010’s Fall season winner excel or decel during the rock and roll challenge? Read on for a recap and review from moi.
Right out of the gates, Tom and Brooke introduced the viewer-voted ‘best Dancing with the Stars routines EVER’ countdown. Here’s a look at the results, from number 10 clear on up to number 1.
10: Shawn Johnson and Mark Ballas, Season 8, Freestyle – Do Your Thing
9: Donnie Osmond and Kym Johnson, Season 9, Argentine Tango – Tango a Pugliese
8: Helio Castroneves and Julianne Hough, Season 5, Quickstep – Hey Pachuco
7: Apolo Ohno and Julianne Hough, Season 4, Freestyle – Bust a Move
6: Joanna Krupa and Derek Hough, Season 9, Paso Doble – Living on Video
5: Mel B and Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Season 5, Paso Doble – Free Your Mind
4: Nicole Scherzinger and Derek Hough, Season 10, Paso Doble – Spanish Guitar
3: Apolo Ohno and Julianne Hough, Season 4, Samba – I Like to Move It
2: Gilles Marini and Cheryl Burke, Season 8, Argentine Tango – Assassin’s Tango
1: Drew Lachey and Cheryl Burke, Season 2, Freestyle – Save a Horse, Ride a Cowboy
I just have to say it: Woohoo Drew and Cheryl! I loved their down ‘n dirty country freestyle back when it fired came to life in season 2, and I still love it now! Also, I’m still drooling a little over Gilles. Such a smooth operator! I could’ve picked any of those myself (though I confess that I didn’t vote!), so good going, America. Now moving on with the rock and roll-ness of the current season.
Dancing with the Stars 2010 week 6 got underway in earnest with a Paso Doble by reality star Audrina Patridge and her partner Tony Dovolani. After noting his partner’s natural “wholesome” qualities, Tony hooked Audrina up with some mixed martial arts training to try to bring out some aggressiveness. Grrrr. Audrina looked a little more hardcore than usual clad in her bright red and black get-up and strutting around the DWTS ballroom to the tune of Another One Bites the Dust. She could’ve been sharper with her movements, but all in all, it was strong.
Len Goodman began by telling Audrina that she’s “getting on [his] nerves a bit” for failing to get into the character of her dances. Bruno Tonioli agreed with Crankypants, and told her to “imagine the man eating Spanish beauty” to get “to the next stage in the Latin”. Carrie Ann Inaba agreed as well, but praised her for the progress she’s made across the season. Audrina Patridge and Tony Dovolani’s Dancing with the Stars 2010 week 6 results: 8, 8, 8 = 24.
Disney actor Kyle Massey and partner Lacey Schwimmer, who last week suffered the sting of the lowly 5-paddle, were up next with their rock and roll Tango. Kyle practiced his routine at home on the arm of his brother. Meh heh. As usual, the lovable Kyle nailed the entertainment aspect of his dance (and of course, the flashing 80s lights and steam clouds didn’t hurt), and you know what? His footwork was decent! Wow!
Bruno asserted “you’re all grown up, all macho!” and praised his hold and footwork. Carrie Ann enjoyed “the Kyle style” and called his carriage “amazing”. Len said “I’m not gonna sack you, I’m going to back you tonight”. He was pleased to see an improved, more balanced performance. Kyle Massey and Lacey Schwimmer’s Dancing with the Stars 2010 week 6 results: 8, 7, 8 = 23.
It was Paso time up next as former leaderboard topper and actress Jennifer Grey and partner Derek Hough took to the floor with their rock and roll routine. After a rough week 5, the power couple appeared ready to redeem themselves, but the dance itself was a bit wild and rough around the edges. Oof, and the end was a disaster. At least her silver dress was cool… right?
Carrie Ann told Jennifer to “calm down” and noted a lift. She called her “the chosen one” but said that “something is going downhill”. Len said her “attitude” was present but that the control was absent. Bruno called her “a woman at the edge of a nervous breakdown” but said she’d “lost the quality of movement”. Jennifer Grey and Derek Hough’s Dancing with the Stars 2010 week 6 results: 6, 7, 7 = 20.
Former Laker Rick Fox and partner Cheryl Burke kept Dancing with the Stars week 6 moving with a Tango. Rick struggled during rehearsals with overanalyzing his steps; can he relax and create a smokin’ Tango? While I was rapt by his totally weird get-up, complete with long-tailed vest, eyeliner and mowhawk, I can’t say that they really managed to turn up the passion. But it was visually interesting, so points for that.
Len called it “an excellent job”. Bruno called Rick “a Mohican on the warpath”. Uh, okay. Carrie Ann said it was “really really well done” but cautioned him against becoming “too stern” and losing his humanity. Rick Fox and Cheryl Burke’s Dancing with the Stars 2010 week 6 results: 8, 8, 8 = 24.
Perhaps DWTS season 11’s most controversial remaining couple, teen activist Bristol Palin and partner Mark Ballas, were up next with their Tango. Bristol pushed Mark to include an air guitar segment in their dance to give her more “personality on the dance floor”. Hmmm. You know, it worked a little: When she did her little bit, she did break into a smile for a moment. Her carriage was great and she was much better than she was during last week’s Monkee disaster. I’ve gotten lots of flack for praising her technical ability, but I’ll say it again: Bristol Palin can dance, people.
Bruno called it “best performance and best technique of today”. Carrie Ann called it “ridiculously amazing” and praised her for “creating drama”. Len said “last week a chimp, almost a champ” but criticized them for breaking hold. Oh, phooey on Crankypants. Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas’ Dancing with the Stars 2010 week 6 results: 8, 7, 8 = 23.
With five hopefuls down, NFL star Kurt Warner and partner Anna Trebunskaya were up with their Paso Doble. Kurt struggled during rehearsals with releasing his inner rock and roll, so Anna brought in Bret Michaels to help him out. Wow. I’m not even sure what to say about that one. I like Kurt a lot, but I feel confused.
Carrie Ann called the dance “scruffy scruffy” and said it felt like it wasn’t very “polished”. Len said “you looked awkward doing it, I felt awkward watching it”. Bruno said “you looked like you were doing karate” rather than a Latin dance. Ooooh, not good. But I get what they’re saying. After all, I wasn’t sure what to say about it myself. Kurt Warner and Anna Trebunskaya’s Dancing wtih the Stars 2010 week 6 results: 6, 6, 6 = 18.
Up last to perform their individual dance of the week were R&B star Brandy and partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy, who topped the leaderboard after week 5. The duo was charged with performing a Tango, and Brandy struggled with the emotion of the competition during rehearsals. Their dance was packed with Paso-like intensity from beginning to end.
Len called Maks his hero, praising him for creating “the dance of the night”. Bruno shouted “that tango really rocked!” and likened Brandy to “Tina Turner in Mad Max”. Carrie Ann claimed to have “goosebumps on her arms” while watching the performance, but noted some small missteps. Brandy and Maksim Chmerkovskiy’s Dancing with the Stars week 6 results: 8, 9, 9 = 26.
So with the individual dance portion of the night complete, Brandy rests atop the leaderboard once again with a total of 26, and Kurt sits at the bottom with just 18. Up next: The four-minute long rock and roll dance marathon. Here’s the tap-out order, from first to go to last couple standing.
Kurt and Anna – 4 points = 22 total
Bristol and Mark – 5 points = 28 total
Rick and Cheryl – 6 points = 30 total
Kyle and Lacey – 7 points = 30 total
Audrina and Tony – 8 points = 32 total
Jennifer and Derek – 9 points = 29 total
Brandy and Maks – 10 points = 36 total
There’s something seriously wrong in DWTS land when I can predict the outcome of a dance marathon near-perfectly (I’d flipped Kurt and Bristol’s finishing placements) days before it happens. Sure, I pay attention, but let’s face it: The judges have their faves, and use things like marathons to add some extra points to their tallies, and to push their non-faves down a little further in the pecking order.
So who gets the axe on the Dancing with the Stars week 6 results show? Based purely on scores, I’ll go with Kurt Warner. I like the guy, but knew that the aggressive Paso Doble wouldn’t suit his warm, easygoing personality well at all. He’d have done much better with the Tango. But oh well: It happens.
Tune in tomorrow night for the results show. Or you can just check in with me. You know I’ll be watching.
Dancing with the Stars 2010 week 6, October 25, 2010, ABC