This was definitely one of the best performance shows I have seen this season on “Dancing with the Stars.” Everyone did a beautiful job with each of their dances. My favorite part was learning about each of the four semi-finalist’s stories of struggles that have spurned them on in the competition. I was not aware of what some went through. Basically, the 90-minute show was all about dancing and none of the filler fluff stuff they’ve added in previous two-hour shows.
Latin Dances with Solos
Brandy – Paso Doble: Actually this was my least favorite dance of the evening. I wasn’t crazy about their song choice and costume. Technically, Brandy and Maks were very good, performance-wise, but it wasn’t entertaining. 27/30
Jennifer Grey – Cha Cha: What can you say about Jennifer and Derek? She was deliriously happy in her rehearsal footage as a result of getting the first perfect score of the season in the quarterfinals. This got her in rare form of being on top of her game without the physical health issues and drama with Derek. Their performance was truly electrifying. They did it again with another perfect score. 30/30
Bristol Palin – Paso Doble: The first couple of weeks in the season Bristol was impressive. Then she lost her way over the weeks and now is back on track. I’ve had my issues with Bristol for a while, but she certainly pulled through now. 27/30
Kyle Massey – Samba: There is no doubt the judges absolute adore Kyle and Lacey. He is definitely one of the more entertaining, likeable and funny celebrities on “Dancing with the Stars.” Once again, Kyle’s samba was energetic from start to finish. I liked when Len stated he didn’t bring in drama or injuries, just a positive attitude. 29/30
Ballroom Dances and Celebrity Stories
Brandy – Argentine Tango: In her pre-dance film she talked about how her first few albums were great successes, then the tide turned and they weren’t selling so well. That was at the time she was involved in a traumatic car crash. I was not aware of this incident. If I did not like her first dance this one was incredible. She achieved some daring feats I’ve never seen any other celebrity do on the show. Brandy and Maks got their first perfect score. It was certainly well deserved and by far one of my favorite dances in this round. 30/30
Jennifer Grey – Waltz: For her opening and closing she did an arabesque while Derek twirled Jennifer around as her skirt flared out beautifully. I was not aware she had been in a car accident that resulted in her whiplash when telling her story. She is amazing to be on this show putting her neck at risk like that. However, her waltz was breath-taking and stunning to watch from beginning to end. This was also one of my favorite dances Monday night. Naturally the audience and judges loved it for another perfect score. 30/30
Bristol Palin – Waltz: You’d have to have been under a rock not to know her story. Now Bristol knows the benefits of abstinence. In all the seasons I have seen “Dancing with the Stars” I’ve never seen the waltz interpreted like this. It was different and very haunting. I love those couples who try something daring. That was one of those times. 26/30
Kyle Massey – Argentine Tango: How truly wonderful Kyle has such a strong support system with his mother and older brother. They were willing to go all out and relocate to Hollywood to fulfill Kyle’s dreams and it paid off. I agreed 100% when Carrie Ann said he reminded her of Emmitt Smith, the winner of season 3. Once again Kyle entertained the crowd and the judges loved him. 29/30
Jennifer and Derek topped the leader board with a grand total of 60 out of 60. Lyle and Lacey were second with a total score of 58. Brandy and Maks’ scores totaled 57 while Bristol and Mark landed at the bottom, again, at 53. The results show will have as musical guests, Annie Lenox and Enrique Iglesias. The Pick-A-Dance will be revealed with the pro couple and costumes. I always enjoy seeing these every season now. It’s hard to believe the finale is next week.
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Allyssa Lee, “‘Dancing with the Stars’ recap: Semifinal showdown”, Los Angeles Times