At first I thought “Dancing with the Stars” was going to be a complete letdown from last week. According to Tom and Brooke it was the number one show of the season premieres. That is true it received 21 million viewers last week and the results show got 19 million viewers. However, that was so last week. A lot can happen in a seven day time period.
Overall, the majority of the couples vastly improved on Monday night. There were some that slipped a point or two. Needless to say I thought when this one couple hit the dance floor with an Elvis classic “Dancing with the Stars” had jumped the shark. It was by far the most uncomfortable dance I had ever seen on this show. I’ll start by clearing the elephant in the room first and foremost.
Michael Bolton’s “Hound Dog” Jive
Len scolded Bruno for saying such a mean and insensitive comment to Michael Bolton’s Jive during the judge’s feedback. In a way it left a feeling that everyone will be talking about Bolton’s dance (if you want to call it that), but no one’s going to address it. I’m sorry, but I cannot ignore it any longer. The comment Bruno was called out on was: “You did it all very, very badly. I think this is probably the worst jive in 11 seasons.”
That truly summed it up. The dance had some jive steps here and there, but it looked like he literally forgot all the rest. For his ending he held his position for what seemed like an eternity. I think he was rushing to get to the end, so he could stay there till the music ended. For me the worst parts were his lackadaisical attitude and behavior during the rehearsal footage with Chelsie. He was arguing with Chelsie as well as not caring about being there in the first place. Why they didn’t let Bolton go last week instead of The Hoff I’ll never know.
You had to see it to believe it with this Jive’s intro. When they talked about it in rehearsal I thought it was a joke. Michael Bolton was actually on his hands and knees when he came out of a dog house. On top of the entrance it read the dog’s name which was Bolt. He also wore this hideous jacket that looked like Dalmatian spots. At that moment I though “Dancing with the Stars” had jumped the shark.
This was beyond humiliating. At the end Michael and Chelsie received scores of a “5” from Carrie, a “4” from Len and a “3” from Bruno. That was not the lowest scores given in the history of “Dancing with the Stars”. In season 2 one couple received a 4, 2, 2 for a grand total of “8”. Michael Bolton’s total was ’12”.
Slip Sliding from Last Week
Rick Fox – This couple opened the show with a feisty Jive. During the rehearsal we learned more about his devastating injury that ended his professional basketball career. Rick Fox would not be able to do certain dance moves required in the Jive. Well, it was an impressive showing considering all the obstacles. 21/30
Brandy – Why is it with every celebrity Maksim Chmerkovskiy is paired up they argue and bicker non-stop every week? It’s getting too old now that it’s not even funny or amusing anymore. Not only that, it giving me a headache. Unfortunately Brandy’s performance of the Jive wasn’t as good as last week’s scores since she dropped two points. 21/30
Voted “Most Improved”
Florence Henderson – You can tell she is so appreciative and happy to be on “Dancing with the Stars”. I have never seen any celebrity as dedicated as her. In seasons past I vividly remember Florence Henderson being in the audience for every show it seemed. Now she did an amazing Quickstep in a black sequined gown. I loved how the gown’s skirt made a flaring circle while she was turning. That was great camera work with the aerial shot. Florence does not have to worry about being an older comic relief celebrity with her much improved score. 19/30
Margaret Cho – This time she got down to business with her determined Jive without any of the funny stuff from last week’s debacle. She needs a lot more work on technique, But Margaret Cho is on her way to being a good dancer. I thought she danced a very good and entertaining Jive. 18/30
Kurt Warner – Kurtanna, my favorite couple, danced a military-styled Jive to the opening theme song from the film “Top Gun.” It was to Kenny Loggins’ “Danger Zone”. I was amazed by Kurt’s sharp foot work, speed and agility. My favorite part of all was when Kurt made the slight dig at Len Goodman during rehearsal. He has been booed by thousands as a quarterback, so a bad comment from an English guy won’t even hurt him. Afterwards, Len jokingly said he was hurt by it. At least Len gave Kurt Warner much better feedback this week. 21/30
The Situation – If he wants to be successful on the show as a dancer instead of a reality show star punching bag he needs to familiarize himself with all genres of music from every conceivable era. That is exactly what you’ll be doing in ballroom and Latin dancing is different kinds of music, not hip hop or dance club. When Karina told him what music they were dancing to The Situation acted like it was beneath him. I agreed with Carrie that his musicality is sorely lacking. However, his Quickstep was also very entertaining this time. 18/30
The Best of the Bunch
Audrina Patridge – She certainly took it up a notch or two with her excellent Quickstep. There is no doubt if she continues on this pace Audrina Patridge could very well make it to the top five later on this season. 23/30
Jennifer Grey – Talk about an extreme performance from the worst of the night given by Michael Bolton she did it again and received the highest score of the night. Their Jive was one of the most energetic with a lot of intricate foot work I have ever seen on the show. Jennifer Grey dazzled the crowd as usual. After they got their scores that were the same as last week’s you could hear the crowd booing. My guess was the audience disagreed with the low scoring. Personally, I thought they deserved all “9’s”. 24/30
Kyle Massey – Once again he managed to give another crowd pleasing performance with the Quickstep. Kyle is truly funny, especially when Lacey asked if he ate anymore hamburgers. He said he didn’t, but looked into the camera revealing his secret he’d eaten two already. That was hilarious. 22/30
Bristol Palin – Midway into the show Tom Bergeron interviewed Bristol’s mom, Sarah Palin. She finally made it into the audience as promised. Prior to the interview you did see a quick glimpse of Sarah Palin in the crowd. The visit to Wasilla, Alaska was very touching, especially when mom was thanking Mark Ballas for making her proud of Bristol’s dancing debut. Here is another celebrity, like Audrina Patridge, who continues to vastly improve week by week thus far. 22/30
Jennifer Grey is in first place with 24, Audrina Patridge in second place with 23, a tie for third at 22 goes to Kyle Massey and Bristol Palin, a three-way tie for fourth place with Kurt Warner, Rick Fox, and Brandy at 21, Florence Henderson in fifth place with 18, Margaret Cho and the Situation in sixth place at 18 and Michael Bolton in last place with an off-the-chart low score. Seal will be the main musical guest star along with the Macy’s Dance of Stars aerialists. It looks like there’s an elephant in the room with who is going home during the results show.
Dancing with the Stars, ABC
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