Audrina Patridge and Tony Dovolani took the lead Monday night on ‘Dancing With the Stars,’ earning 26 points from the judges for an elegant , graceful routine. It’s the highest score anyone has received this season, including Jennifer Grey and Derek Hough, who held the top spot for the first two weeks of the season with scores of 24.
Judges Len Goodman and Bruno Tonioli each gave Audrina and Tony a 9, while Carrie Ann Inaba gave the couple an 8. “Every move was connected to an emotional journey,” said Bruno. Carrie Ann cautioned Audrina to point her toes more, but Len declared the performance the most touching of the night.
Jennifer Grey and Derek Hough also put on a good performance, with Jennifer taking on a schoolteacher role that ended with her popping Derek with a ruler. For me, it evoked memories of Elton John’s “Teacher, I Need You,” and perhaps it did for Bruno as well, who said students would be waiting in line to learn from her. Len liked the performance, although Carrie Ann said it was slightly out of sync. Total score was 24.
Also earning a 24 were Rick Fox and Cheryl Burke who danced a hot and sexy samba. During practice, Rick jokingly referred to Cheryl as a little “pipsqueak” who said he wasn’t being sexy enough. Well, the couple each proved to the other that there was enough sexpot to go around because they burned up the dance floor to score that 24. “We want to see more of that, bring it on,” said Bruno.
Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino is still lagging behind, although he and dance partner Karina Smirnoff earned a respectable 20 points for their foxtrot. Carrie Ann told “The Situation” he was “babystepping” his way to becoming a dancer, while Bruno said the performance was entertaining in a “very weird way.”
Len was more blunt. “If that’s the future, then I’m glad I’m in the past,” he said, adding that he didn’t want to be “nasty” because it wasn’t his nature (said with a straight face). But he also called the performance “bizarre” and told “The Situation” If you were dancing in my backyard I would have to draw the curtain.” Hmmm, now how insulting is that?
Kyle Massey maintained his irresistible charm, scoring 23 points for a coffee shop routine with partner Lacey Schwimmer. Len praised his action and performance, but called his footwork atrocious. Bruno nailed it when he told Kyle he has the “likeability factor so knocked.”
I’m not sure what kind of chemistry Brandy and Maks Chmerkovsky have going on, but each has a strong personality and they seem to collide and clash a bit, but they still earned 24 points. Florence Henderson and Corky Ballas danced a sweet waltz, although Len wants better footwork from Florence, who wants a better score from Len, who gave her a six. With 7s from Carrie Ann and Bruno, she earned a score of 20.
Kurt Warner and Anna Trebunskaya scored 23 points, with Len calling it well done and Carrie Ann pronouncing it “totally in sync.” Bruno, though, said Kurt nearly dropped Anna and compared his hands to frying pans.
Margaret Cho and Louis Van Amstel got the lowest score of the night, 18, after dancing the samba to “Copacabana.” The judges all said the dance started out well, but went downhill as it progressed. Margaret, who wore a rainbow dress of colors, managed to bring attention to the recent rash of sucides by gay youth, saying it needed to end.
“Bristol the Pistol” Palin was not–she and dance partner Mark Ballis scored 19 points, although Carrie Ann acknowledged that Bristol is the new kid with limited experience. Bristol has pulled off decent performances so far, and I think she will continue in that mode.
I think “The Situation” and Margaret Cho are both in danger of being voted off the show Tuesday night, although both seem to want to succeed.
Dancing With The StarsDancers
Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas–Team Ballin’
Florence Henderson and Corky Ballas–Team Florky
Audrina Patridge and Tony Dovolani–TeamTorinA
Brandy and Maksim Chmerkovskiy–Team Bran DMC.
Jennifer Grey and Derek Hough–Team Jenougher
Kurt Warner and Anna Trebunskaya–Team KURTanna
Kyle Massey and Lacey Schwimmer–Team Schmurgles
Margaret Cho Louis Van Amstel–Team van Cho,
Mike Sorrentino and Karina Smirnoff–Team Sitchoff
Rick Fox and Cheryl Burke Team Fox-C
David Hasselhoff and Kym Johnson-Team Dancehoff
Michael Bolton and Chelsie Hightower–Team Bolt Tower
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