Monday night’s show saw for the first time on “Dancing with the Stars” a TV Theme Week. I’ve been looking forward to this for awhile. My curiosity was getting the better of me on what theme songs they’d dance to. Some of the shows I had definitely watched while others I have never seen an episode of.
They were a mix of the old and new TV shows. One included a current reality show while most came from the ’60s and ’70s, plus a couple were from the ’80s/’90s/’00s era. The first couple of the night wowed us. Another couple who scored near the bottom last week literally had by far the best dance of the entire evening.
In the show’s first 30-minutes was boring me to tears with its “results show-esque” type of commentary on each of the celebrities’ best dance thus far in the competition. Why didn’t they have it on for 90-minutes instead? Maybe there wasn’t a half-hour prime time show to cover that slot from 8-8:30 pm.
The Silliest and Worst of the Night
Bristol Palin – “The Monkees”
You definitely learn something new every day. Mark Ballas made a comment on the type of show “The Monkees” was all about. It was slapstick mixed in with some British humor. That was why the show’s storyline and comedy always went over my head when I watched it as a kid. I never realized that, thanks Mark. The only reason I watched “The Monkees” was for the music, first and foremost. Also, I had the biggest crush on Mickey Dolenz who was the drummer.
However, this routine to one of my favorite TV show theme songs was horrific. It was painfully obvious Bristol was making mistake after mistake in that hideous gorilla costume. If I thought Michael Bolton’s entering through a life size dog house for his routine was humiliating, this was right up there with Bristol’s opening number to “The Monkess” dressed as an ape, monkey, gorilla or whatever.
Finally, when they took those wretched costumes off her Jive suffered even more. I don’t think Bristol can handle being a character and dancing at the same time. They had the lowest scores of the night. She most likely will be going home on the results show. 18/30
Good Performances – Not My Favorite TV Shows
Florence Henderson – “The Brady Bunch”
Of course she had to dance to her own show’s theme song. When “The Brady Bunch” was on I was living overseas, so I missed a lot of seasons. When I did see some episodes I had a big crush on Robert Reed, who played the father. I was touched when Florence dedicated her Tango to him. Reed passed away in 1992. Trying to do the Tango to this theme song didn’t seem to work so well, but I thought Florence and Corky did an admirable job. 20/30
Audrina Patridge – “The Hills”
Sorry to say I have never watched this reality show on MTV. The theme song sounds like a hit song I’ve heard on commercials and elsewhere on TV. I actually like this theme song. Once again, Audrina danced to her show’s music. Her Rumba was good technically from the waist down, but she suffers from the Bristol Palin syndrome of not getting into character very well. For once I agreed with the judge’s feedback. 23/30
Kyle Massey – “Charlie’s Angels”
This was never a favorite show of mine. I may have watched one or two episodes at the most of “Charlie’s Angels”. Kyle needs to do research on the computer if he does not know the shows, music and bands outside of his generation. “Dancing with the Stars” largest demographics are the Baby Boomers. When Kyle said he never heard of this show he’s sticking his foot in his mouth by offending the Boomers. Kyle and Lacey put on a very entertaining tribute to the ’70s disco dance moves, but forgot to do most of their Foxtrot. Len Goodman slammed them by giving them a “5” for his score. 20/30
Jennifer Grey – “Married… with Children”
She was dressed as the picture perfect 1950s mom, a la the late Barbara Billingsley who was June Cleaver on “Leave it to Beaver.” During their rehearsal footage we saw a lot of tension that seemed to carry over into the routine Monday night. The theme song from the show “Married… with Children” was originally sung by Frank Sinatra. Their Foxtrot was nice, but it was just OK. Jennifer and Derek’s scores were certainly not as high as last week, but it was enough to put them into second place. 25/30
Great Performances – Some of My Favorite Shows
Brandy – “Friends”
What a perfect way to start off the show with a fast and furious Quickstep. This was one of my sister’s favorite TV shows. The “Friends” theme song, which is very upbeat, was perfectly suited to Maks’ choreography. It was cute the way it started out and ended. Brandy received her best score yet as well as top the leader board for the first time. She is starting to become a real contender now for the mirror ball trophy. 27/30
Kurt Warner – “Bewitched”
Without question my favorite dance of the entire show. The theme song is a bit cheesy, but Kurt and Anna had excellent chemistry. Their Quickstep was beautifully choreographed with Anna looking remarkably like Samantha, right down to the twinkling of the nose, and Kurt as Darrin (the original and the funniest of the two actors who portrayed that character).
I loved how they started out at the celebriquarium and ran down the stairs in perfect timing with the music. The audience even broke out in applause over it. It was a superb tribute to the show about a witch married to an ad executive. Kurt and Anna did a brilliant job with acting out the characters.
“Bewitched” was one of my favorite shows growing up, because I loved the powers she had with the twitch of her nose. I wanted to be able to do that too. Kurt Warner vastly improved from his devastating Rumba last week. His score tied him for third place overall. 24/30
Rick Fox – “Hill Street Blues”
An excellent show about a police department in a non-descript major urban city which was the precursor to Law & Order, NYPD Blues, etc. The band’s arrangement of the instrumental theme song was by far the best of the night. I remember hearing this song on the radio when it came out as a single release. Rick Fox’s Rumba was sexy and in character with the show. “Hill Street Blues” also dealt with love stories within the police force. This was another fine tribute to the TV Theme Week by Rick and Cheryl. They tied for third place at the end of the show. 24/30
Tuesday night’s results show will have Shakira and Jason Derulo as the musical guests. David Hasslehoff will be dropping by too. One of the other things I was impressed with the TV Theme Week on “Dancing with the Stars” was during the commercial breaks they had the pros and celebrities acting out in a 1950s retro TV set style of commercials and sitcoms from that era. It was creative, clever and impressive. Next week’s theme is Rock and Roll with either the Paso Doble or the Tango.
Dancing with the Stars, ABC
Allyssa Lee, “‘Dancing with the Stars’ recap: The TV set”, Los Angeles Times
Dancing with the Stars (U.S. season 11), Wikipedia