Welcome back dance lovers to the latest episode of spray tans, sparkly outfits and snarky judges. Last week Rick Fox was voted off. This week the last five couples would do two dances. The second dance was called an “instant dance” because they would pick the music for it only after their first performance and have less than an hour to prepare.
Kyle Massey and Lacey Schwimmer
First Dance: Viennese Waltz
Lacey criticized Kyle hard during rehearsals and it paid off. Kyle’s posture was spot on and his footwork improved. Len even called him a “gorgeous orchid.” Bruno said Kyle charmed him. Carrie Ann proclaimed her crush back on. All judges broke out their 9 paddles.
Instant Dance: Jive – Lionel Richie “Good Golly Miss Molly”
Kyle really got into the song and did a superb job. He even remembered to keep his feet pointed. Carrie Ann said it was the most fun dance she’d seen all season. Bruno loved it for its entertainment value. Kyle got two 10 paddles and one 9 from Len.
Total Score: 56
Jennifer Grey and Derek Hough
First Dance: Quick Step
During rehearsals Jen had knee problems. The doctor said it was inflamed and could go either way. But Jen decided to take her father’s advice to keep on dancin’. It also possibly looked like she took his advice to go to his same rhinoplasty surgeon since their noses looked suspiciously similar. Anywhoo. Jen-Hough-er looked gorgeous as usual. Bruno compared them to Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. 9 paddles all around.
Instant Dance: Rumba – Foreigner “Waiting For a Girl Like You”
They wowed everyone when Jen balanced her leg on Derek’s shoulder; I thought she wobbled a bit but apparently that didn’t matter. Her legwork also seemed off at one point. This music seemed a little bit slow for a latin dance but the judges gave them praise and a perfect score.
Total Score: 57
Kurt Warner and Anna Trebunskaya
First Dance: Waltz
Kurt really tried with this dance but he just wasn’t on the same level as Jen Grey or Kyle so it was still a bit painful to watch. The judges were nice and said he was really making an effort. So they leniently gave them all 8 paddles.
Instant Dance: Cha Cha – No Doubt “Hella Good”
Kurt was more relaxed and had fun with this dance. Len liked it but just reminded him about his foot placement. Carrie Ann said he had sex appeal. So Kurt was a bit disappointed at getting all 8’s again from the judges.
Total Score: 48
Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas
First Dance: Argentine Tango
Bristol and Mark flew to Alaska to show off the dance to Sarah Palin. Brist was a bit embarrassed because she thought the beginning was too racy, but as long as it wasn’t “lap-dance scandalous” the former governor thought it was great. She even told Bristol to dominate! Bristol still can’t manage facial expressions but overall it was a good effort. The judges said she lacked intensity and wanted to see more power in her leg flicks. Another round of 8 paddles.
Instant Dance: Samba – Sergio Mendes “Mas Que Nada”
Mark tried to infuse some fun into the dance by incorporating some of the faux dance moves from the Bruno dance DVD commercial a few weeks back. The “pencil sharpener” was in there but Bristol seemed to only be able to shimmy her shoulders a bazillion times. Mark tried to dance for both of them by shaking his booty super intensely. But the judges said Bristol wasn’t in time to the music and she looked lost.
Total Score: 47
Brandy and Maksim Chmerkovskiy
First Dance: Waltz
Brandy seemed a bit like a brat at the beginning of the show but suddenly she’s connecting with Maks and the dances are definitely improving. The judges praised this dance as beautiful. Carrie Ann said she could see Brandy in the finals so she just has to watch her neck. Two 10’s from Len and Bruno, and a 9 from Carrie Ann because of the neck issue.
Instant Dance: Cha Cha – Katy Perry “Teenage Dream”
Another fun dance to watch especially since the two really connected and played off each other. Carrie Ann said they started the dance too late and Maks got into a bit of a fight with her. But Bruno and Len liked it even though after some prodding Len agreed with Carrie Ann about the late start. So they got two 9’s and a 10 from Bruno.
Total Score: 57
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